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Anyone with a smart phone can track down a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris or point you in the direction of the Forbidden City. But this slim, deeply researched line of guidebooks—don’t expect maps, illustrations, or any of the otherwise Google-able info you’d find stuffed in fatter versions—specializes in the type of locales known only to the natives. It’s the kind of unabashedly opinionated editorial advice that will send you happily flying solo. And it’s executed with so much brevity and class that the guides can fit comfortably into a pocket or your carry-on.
First off, I received 2 of these - the same city, New York. Not sure why, packing error? Anyway, while I appreciate the idea behind the guide, I didn't see any of the restaurants we visited, or the hotel we used (Hotel Giraffe didn't make the list? Odd). The font is pretty small, and the accordian style foldout doesn't lend itself to whipping out while standing on a street corner, looking for something new in the area. Speaking of that, this isn't divided up into regions. For example, there's no "Flatiron District" section - it's all combined into food, lodging, etc. That works fine for some, not so much for others.
We're going to give one copy to friends currently living in Manhattan, and get their take. For us it's only a 3-star product.
Hello everyone and welcome to 2013! I absolutely love the information provided, but Google Maps Zagat is more useful and likely to be used.
If this came as an app (Android & iOS) then you'd be better off and the price could come down to something I'd pay without thought ($10 is high enough for a "one-time" use that I'd have to question it's abilities versus the free Internet sites.)
I think this guide is definitely more befitting for actual folks living in LA or those who are fake LA wannabes. I used to live in S. California and I'm so past all the fakeness and the absurd smugness spewing from that place. However, the publication is presented in a comical and sarcastic tone, which begs me to think that it's almost trying to scare you aware from trying to blend into the LA hoity toity too-good-for-you scene. Anyway, this more of a critique on LA than this actual guide. Anyone want to trade this for another city? :)4
Did this come from the era of the yellow pages? Why would I ever need restaurants printed out? Cute idea, but impractical.1
While your smartphone can pretty much give you anything you want to know about visiting a major city, I still prefer have a guide book with me. The LUXE guide is extremely wordy, but not convenient to really carry around with you. It would be difficult to try and read it while walking around. There are better alternatives.2
I received the Chicago guide in my box and loved it. Planning a trip next month, will definitely use it!4
This a rare Birchbox disappointment. I have zero use for this.1
I wish I had gotten a guide for a city I would actually go to/have already been to so that I could test it out. I'm originally from Chicago, now living in Boston, so either Chicago or NYC would have been nice. Instead I got LA, a city I am not really interested in going to. Also all of the recommendations seem to be very pricey... but I guess that should be expected if you are shelling out money for a guide, when you could also find info for free online. Basically though I can't really say whether or not the guide is actually recommending good places.3
This was a fun piece to receive. I am looking forward to making use of it.
I was a bit disappointed that I received a New York guide when I live closer to Chicago.
I recieved the NY version in my most recent Birchbox. It would probably look cool on my dresser or whatever, but there are enough websites out there that I can get all of this info on my iPhone online.1