TipTop, which went live last night, doesn't bother itself with stars, grades, or long-winded reviews. Upon sign-up, TipTop will ask you to enter your neighborhood, then asks for your opinions on a few local spots in that area. You can then go on to upvote other users' picks or contribute your own "bests" by neighborhood in categories like brunch, pizza, bars, and date spots. When you go to search for the best X in a certain neighborhood--say, the "best soup dumpling" in "Chinatown"--TipTop will just give you the name of the spot that's been upvoted by the most people. (It's Joe's Shanghai, by the way.)
As someone who often doesn't like to spend too much time deciding where to go, it's easy for me to see the appeal of an app like TipTop. As the team describes, "sometimes we only want to single out the Best in one easy search."
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