The new 2012 Zagat guide to city dining took not of an interesting new trend to expect in food, the rise of Southern food in New York City restaurants. New restaurant entrants such as Red Rooster and The Cardinal specialize in okra, fried green tomatoes and savory pork chops. Though Zagat was recently acquired by Google, the results if this survey were taken before the acquisition occurred. Regardless, found Tim Zagat claims that readers won’t notice a difference in the guide since joining forces with Google.

The guide also sites restaurants with rooftop seating as a growing trend, and gives insight into the new letter-grade system for sanitation the city enacted on all restaurants to follow. In response to this grading system, nearly four out of five surveyors were pleased with this new system, and 35% said that they would only eat at restaurants given an “A” rating.

This year’s survey rated 2,111 restaurants indexed into wide-ranging categories such as “gluten-free” or “hipster”. The average cost of a meal was found to have increased 4.1% to $43.46 last year. The guide also noted that the average cost of a meal at the 20 most expensive restaurants was $163.34. Zagat said that in the past year there were 135 notable restaurant openings, and 68 restaurant closings.

Zagat surveys began 32 years ago in New York, and have expanded to over 100 cities.

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