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Oct 8, 2009

Photos: TripAdvisor Announces 'Go/No Go Index' and Dishes Out the Top Spots to Eat Like a Local

Photos: TripAdvisor Announces 'Go/No Go Index' and Dishes Out the Top Spots to Eat Like a Local

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced its new Go/No Go Index. Leveraging millions of data points from, the Go/No Go Index exposes unique travel finds every month.

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For October, TripAdvisor's inside scoop is on eating like a local in five amazing culinary destinations: the "Go," where locals are eating, the "No Go," where everyone else is eating, and "The Best of Both Worlds" - the middle ground, the most browsed eateries by locals and foreigners alike.

See the Go/No Go Index on TripAdvisor's blog.


GO: Whym, 889 9th Ave., New York, NY

Boasting an eclectic American menu with an Asian twist, Whym also has the hip, sleek atmosphere to match its prime New York location (just steps from Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle). One TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, "Their brunch (and dinner!) offerings are vast and have always impressed me. I love, love, love their cornmeal pancakes, smothered in strawberries, bananas and chocolate shavings."

NO GO: Penelope, 159 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

A homey cafe on chic Lexington Avenue, Penelope boasts tasty American fare and is popular for brunch. However, visitors are likely to find they are chowing down beside other tourists, since many hotels recommend Penelope to guests.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Per Se, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY

A stylish, popular, and pricey hot spot, Per Se is one of only three New York City restaurants to earn three Michelin stars, ranking it among the best in the world and attracting a mixed crowd of New Yorkers and out-of-towners.


GO: Pane e Vino, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

An intimate Italian restaurant that is also hip and happening, Pane e Vino offers a romantic patio atmosphere and tasty food and wine. One TripAdvisor traveler from Los Angeles says, "My husband and I eat here regularly... it's on our neighborhood regulars list. Always reliable, good specials, best patio in town."

NO GO: Osteria Mozza, 6602 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA

An elegant spin on Italian can be found at Mario Batali's Osteria Mozza, a lively restaurant popular with out-of-towners looking for a great splurge.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: The Ivy, 113 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Known primarily as a spot to catch a glimpse of Hollywood stars, The Ivy puts a spin on comfort food. Tourists and locals alike enjoy its "see-and-be-seen" atmosphere.


GO: Le Pot de Terre, 22, rue du Pot-de-Fer, Paris

A lively and beautiful neighborhood enhances the experience of eating at this little auberge in the 5th arrondissement. Parisian reviewers rave about excellent quality, reasonable prices, warm atmosphere and great service. One TripAdvisor traveler said, "When I went there, all the surrounding restaurants were empty and the Le Pot was busy. . . best advert for any place."

NO GO: Le Jules Verne, Tour Eiffel, Paris

Parisians may find themselves here on a rare occasion, but in general you're likely to find yourself amongst other awe-stricken Americans as you dine atop Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Le Relais de l'Isle, 37 rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Paris

A little jazz piano, a romantic ambiance, and sublime food seem to draw locals and foreigners alike to this tiny Parisian gem.


GO: Bermondsey Kitchen Bar & Restaurant, 194 Bermondsey St., London

Informal, relaxed, and priding itself on fresh and creative food, Bermondsey Kitchen Bar & Restaurant is especially appealing for its informal brunch, drawing locals in for hearty weekend fare. One TripAdvisor traveler called it a "Convenient neighborhood restaurant. Particularly nice brunch place on weekends."

NO GO: Murano, 20 Queen St., London

Murano's chic ambiance, pricey menu, and excellent reputation make it a sought-after London destination for tourists seeking a fantastic meal out on the town.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd., London

A 1950s coffee house proud to call itself "a proper cafe," Troubadour has a rich musical heritage (past performers include Bob Dylan and Paul Simon), a bohemian feel, and eccentric decor.


GO: Life, Via della Vite 28/30, Rome

Life is in the heart of Rome, amidst busy tourist attractions like the Spanish Steps, yet provides fresh and delicious fare that even the locals rave about. One TripAdvisor traveler from Rome calls it "A rare find, a great restaurant in the center of Rome with a great chef serving local cuisine at a very reasonable price. . . Pizza Tartuffo is to die for."

NO GO: Babbo's, Via Volturno 13, Rome

Many tourists visiting Rome stop at Babbo's to get a taste of true Roman cuisine and atmosphere. While some emerge more fulfilled than others, there's no denying that it is a popular restaurant for tourists seeking a great introduction to al fresco dining.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: La Taverna di Martin, Via Dei Coronari 139, Rome

Amazing prices attract both tourists and locals to this popular spot, which offers thoughtfully-prepared dishes in a laid-back atmosphere.

"Knowing whether you're likely to be surrounded by tourists at a restaurant is valuable information for travelers seeking an authentic local dining experience," said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

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