Foursquare launches user-based "Best of New York"

The social-media juggernaut has scoured its check-in database to come up with a bevy of NYC superlatives. Are the lists legit, or do they miss the mark?

Dedicated TONY reader that you are, you've diligently studied our annual lists of the best things to see and do in New York City. But there's a new contender in the battle for determining the city's superlatives: Our friends at Foursquare have poured over their users' 3 million-plus check-ins to come up with the Best of Foursquare—New York City (good call on avoiding the "Best of NYC" title, guys).

Scanning the lists—which are broken out into categories such as Best American Restaurants and Best Bars—we found ourselves nodding in agreement of a fair number of the winners. We're happy to see several TONY favorites among the top tens (the Breslin, Dominique Ansel, Cielo and the Bell House, among others), but there were also spots that raised an eyebrow—namely, 1 Oak topping out the dance clubs list. Really, guys? Are we living in 2009? And sure, we love Madison Square Park too, but should it trump Brooklyn Bowl, Upright Citizens Brigade or the PIT for best thing to do just because the masses happen to check in there while they're waiting in the Shake Shack line? We think not.

Another observation: Though the overall results favor Manhattan, a few categories skew heavily toward Brooklyn (pizza, bars and beer) and most comprise a heartening number of small or independent venues and vendors (coffee, sandwiches). All in all, the lists seem reflective of the young, technologically savvy New Yorkers who are comfortable broadcasting their whereabouts and eschewing mass-market chains.

Take a peek at some of the other heavy-hitters:

1.       Employees Only
2.       Pegu Club
3.       PDT
4.       Mother's Ruin
5.       Death & Company
6.       Maison Premiere
7.       Clover Club
8.       Angel's Share
9.       Elsa
10.     The Summit Bar

1.       Brooklyn Museum
2.       Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
3.       The Metropolitan Museum of Art
4.       Whitney Museum of American Art
5.       Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
6.       Museum of the City of New York
7.       New Museum of Contemporary Art
8.       The Morgan Library & Museum
9.       Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI)
10.     Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

1.       Madison Square Park
2.       Brooklyn Bowl
3.       Peoples Improv Theater (PIT)
4.       Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
5.       Museum of the City of New York
6.       Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
7.       Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
8.       Angelika Film Center
9.       American Museum of Natural History
10.     IFC Center

What do you think? Do these results surprise you? Weigh in by tweeting us (@TimeOutNewYork).

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