Urbanspoon is a Web site that features restaurant reviews from critics, food bloggers and the general public. They’ll be releasing an iPhone application on the App Store in July for free that will tie in to the Web site.
“We wanted to take advantage of the physicality of the iPhone, so we’re using the accelerometer,” said Urbanspoon co-founder Ethan Lowry. “So we’ve developed an application for the iPhone that’s part slot machine, part Magic 8-Ball.”
Users can, of course, narrow their selections or select a restaurant manually, based on criteria like type of food, location and price.
“The iPhone is toy-like and fun — it’s the opposite of the BlackBerry that way,” said Lowry. “So we wanted an application to match it.”
So far Urbanspoon includes restaurant listings in 41 major markets throughout the United States and Canada.