Why It’s Taking Off: Hoppit lets users search for restaurants based on their current moods and the people they are with at the moment. Read more…
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NEW YORK - November 20, 2012 - Hoppit, the leading ambience search engine for restaurants, has launched its brand new Android app in the Google Play store today. Available in 14 cities, it’s the only search app that allows you to receive context-aware suggestions and virtually visit each restaurant location. Hoppit’s iPhone app has also received a significant update, including menus, dish recommendations, and online reservations.
Hoppit’s iPhone update comes bearing gifts, including 250,000 menus, recommended dishes, and online reservations, all embedded within the app. As an added bonus, Hoppit now shows you the popularity level of a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop based on what he’s gathered from across the web. Finally, Hoppit’s doubled his photo count, and you can easily to poke your head into locations before you go out. Dubbed as “Pandora for Restaurants,” Hoppit lets you to love where you eat.
What: Download the free app to search restaurants by vibe (cozy, watering hole, classy), diner type (toddlers, book-readers, lovers), and so on.
Why: Belly up to spots inAustin, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Manhattan, Dallas, and Los Angeles now. Additional cities are coming soon.
Where: Available at hoppit.com.
Even in our age of Yelp and Google Places, finding the right restaurant can often be hard. In April, Hoppit launched its “ambiance search engine for restaurants” to make it easier to find a nice spot that fits not just your culinary preferences but also your mood. Today, after a bit of a delay, the company is launching its redesigned website and its iPhone app. Just like its website, the mobile app allows users to filter restaurants by mood, so you can easily find thathipster-friendly, romantic restaurant for yourdate. Another feature that makes the app stand out is that it also offers access to over 40,000 high-quality photos of restaurant interiors.
Sadly, the iPhone app currently only works in nine U.S. cities – New York, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Seattle, Austin, Dallas and Boston. The web version also offers recommendations in Portland and Chicago.
So far, Hoppit has used its “state-of-the-art natural language processing technology and related algorithms [that] take into account a consumer’s unique situation regarding atmosphere and accompanying guests” to analyze over 500,000 restaurants.
You simply tell the app what kind of restaurant you are looking for (classy, hipster, romantic etc.), who you are with (your colleagues, a date, friends or your 2-year-old toddler), what cuisine you are interested in and how much you want to spend. Hoppit then finds the restaurants that best match these descriptions. You can also filter restaurants by other factors, including noise level, neighborhood and whether local deals services like Groupon and Gilt City current offer a deal there.
We know what settling looks like. Overcome by hunger and exhaustion, we, too, have picked a place to eat simply to save sanity… and we, too, have tasted disappointment. Enter the Hoppit app. With over40,000 interior shots, Hoppit is in your hand wherever you go, letting you poke your head into restaurants before you commit. Plus, after half a million suggestions, Hoppit’s foodie IQ is through the roof. So quit playing the guessing game—love where you eat each and every time.
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