Yahoo announced a new set of quick search apps today.
- Sketch-A-Search App now available for "desktop, Sketch-A-Search iPhone app, iPad Sketch-A-Search app" that help make it easier to discover new restaurants, and lets you draw an outline on a map and confine local results to be within that outline.
This app allows you to refine your restaurant hunt by drawing the area you want to search directly on a map and zeroing in on a particular street or neighborhood. Simply search for a food category and location, for e.g., restaurants 94109, look for the Sketch-a-Search link, and then sketch your way to restaurants in the area. You can filter restaurants by cuisine, ambiance, and ratings, and even see reviews of thousands of Zagat-rated restaurants alongside reviews from Yahoo!'s huge community.
- OpenTable Quick App allow you to book reservations without ever leaving the Yahoo! Search results page. Just search for a restaurant, click "Make Reservation" button, review the overview with pricing, location and parking information, and click "find a table."
- Restaurant Comparison Quick App will help you choose the best restaurant for any occasion by organizing the often-cluttered local content on the Web into a single snapshot view of similar restaurants in the area -- with a side-by-side look at their cuisine type, distance, atmosphere, price, and ratings.