The wonders of the internet deliver us instant information that saves heaps of time and usually gives us more choices. There are heaps of NYC specific apps but today I’ll look at apps that help you find the craft beer of your choice and get the pizza you want.
Craft Beer has become very popular and the dedicated drinker of craft beer has a broad array of brews and flavors he or she can explore. Many bars have craft beers on tap or stock a wide range of bottles or cans. The difficulty is that with such a wide choice of products how do you find the bar that is serving your favourite brew or has a really excellent selection available?
An app set up to take the pain out of the search is Craft Beer New York available on both iTunes and Google Play.
It helps you discover great bars, breweries and shops in all 5 boroughs of NYC, gives detailed reviews of 100 bars selling craft beer, and offers easy to use maps to get you to where you want to go. 100 bars is a lot but it’s not totally comprehensive, so that might be okay with you or you might want to know about all the craft beer available in NYC.
In which case you should log onto Beer Menus . This site offers a comprehensive list of all the bars in NYC, a list of which brands of craft beer they sell, the price, whether they offer draft, cans, bottle or growlers and the ABV. Using your smart phone to navigate you’ll have no trouble finding a craft beer that’s to your taste.
Finding just the right slice of pie can also be a problem in NYC. There’s stacks of Pizza shops but do they offer the base and toppings you want? The big chains Pizza Hut and Dominos both offer an app, but in Manhattan both chains only have 3 shops apiece so that’s kind of limiting.
Pie Nearby is an app on iTunes and it finds you a Pizza shop provided you live in Manhattan. It’s coverage of Staten Island and Queens is not great and the last time I looked it didn’t cover the Bronx at all. Whether it does or does not cover Brooklyn isn’t clear.
Another one is Real Pizza of New York which doesn’t claim to be comprehensive but offers instead a list of the ‘best’ pizzerias in NYC. Again the problem is if you don’t agree with the selection that has been made you miss out on exactly what you want. It does however get a tick of approval on the official NYC site which recommends the best apps for people visiting ot living in NYC, so it’s obviously got something to offer.
There is a newbie that has just arrived, called Pizza Compass. It will find you the closest Pizzeria in real time. It points you in the direction you need to go and gives you a signal as you get close. It’s claim to fame is that it focusses directly on Pizza and you don’t have to fiddle around finding a review site, checking the reviews etc and then heading off. It’s designed to get you to a piping hot terrific piece of pie in record time.
There’s obviously a lot of energy in the Pizza market, as there is in the Craft Beer market so it’s not surprising that apps have been developed to help people get what they want. Has the definitive app for either search been developed yet? That’s up to you to decide. With Startups being so big in NYC right now we can assume there’s people out their creating new ones all the time.