Our list of the top 8 must-have apps on mobile. Smartphone required, street smarts…not so much.
- Immaculate Infatuation: A personal concierge with the right recommendation for every occasion. Use the filters in search to choose whether you’d like action at the bar, BYOB, a damn good steak, or a spot that impresses out-of-towners (to name a few). Recos are curated and can be sorted by cuisine, neighborhood, and “proximity to.” One of the only recommendation apps we actually trust.
- Goings On: The New Yorker’s app for things to do around town. Great for when you’re feeling a touch elitist, and we love the concept of the audio tours. Pop in your headphones and head downtown for a guide on eating with Calvin Trillin, or a walk on the High Line with Paul Goldberger.
- Yelp: Yeah, yeah, we know. But if you’re getting curated recommendations from the top two, sometimes it’s helpful to see what the masses have to say about it. Even if you think the masses are a bunch of blubbering fools. C’mon, do you really want to eat somewhere with 2 stars even if it got rave reviews from the press? We’re looking at you, Bowery Diner.
- Seamless: Most commonly visited as a web app, use their mobile for the times you’re out but want your food the second you walk in the door. Also helpful to see what’s open at certain late-night hours when you’re on your way home, or if you’re ordering take-out at the bar.
- Embark: Voted #1 subway app by the MTA and Big Apps, we have to admit, this one’s pretty good. Get service interruptions in real-time, find the closest stations, search for an area or a landmark, and tweet, text, or email directions easily. Plus we dig the UI.
- Twist: Never wait for anyone ever again. Released this week, Twist sends alerts to your friends when you leave for your destination and another when you’re almost there. It also calculates arrival time based on mode of transportation and traffic. Of course, this also means you can’t use the “I’m two blocks away” line when you’re actually still at home playing X-Box. Not that we’ve ever done that or anything.
- Best Bathrooms: Exactly what it sounds like. Find the nicest bathrooms in the area, with turn-by-turn directions in case the situation is dire.
- Pocket: Perfect for commuting, this app lets you save articles, videos, and web pages for easy access later - even without an internet connection.
Plus, an honorable mention as it’s not currently a mobile app but still very insightful, especially for Brooklynites: http://www.istheltrainfucked.com/