Daniel receives No. 1 food ranking in NYC

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- Daniel Boulud makes the best meal in New York City, according to the new 2002 Zagat Survey.

Boulud's French restaurant, Daniel, received the No. 1 food ranking after more than 29,000 surveys were tallied.

Union Square Cafe, however, still rated as the city's favorite restaurant, a title it has held for the past six years. ''No one 'makes it seem so easy,''' surveyors said of the restaurant owned by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano.

Noting that the reviews were collected before the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, survey founders Tim and Nina Zagat said they expect a shift in eating habits. Moderately priced neighborhood restaurants should fare well, while very expensive or theme restaurants will likely see a downturn, they predicted.

The 2002 Zagat Survey based its rankings on the largest response the guidebook has received in its 23-year history. A total of 29,116 diners voluntarily submitted reviews covering 1,951 restaurants.

Proceeds from the sale of the first 10,000 copies of the book are being donated to Windows of Hope Relief Fund for families of food-service workers who died in the attacks.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Scripps Networks has signed several long-term agreements with Time Warner Cable to boost distribution of its lifestyle channels by nearly 12 million viewers within the next two years.

The agreement allows Time Warner Cable to carry HGTV (Home & Garden Television), the Food Network and the DIY Network (Do It Yourself), all of which Scripps owns.

Time Warner also will carry Scripps' newest network, Fine Living, which is set to launch in early 2002.

''Time Warner Cable has given a tremendous vote of confidence to our established networks,'' said Susan Packard, president of new ventures for Scripps Networks. ''In addition, by committing to Fine Living months before its launch and by greatly increasing DIY's distribution, those convergent networks are similarly poised to become mainstays in American homes.''

The Food Network will be added to Time Warner Cable systems in several markets, including Houston; Tampa, Fla.; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; and Charlotte, N.C.

Time Warner also will add HGTV to some of its systems that aren't now carrying it.

Food Network is now distributed to 67 million homes; HGTV, 74 million homes. DIY Network, primarily available through satellite systems, is expected to reach 20 million subscribers by 2003, with Fine Living reaching 5 million in its first year.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Scripps Networks, based in Knoxville, is an operating unit of The E. W. Scripps Company, a media corporation based in Cincinnati. Time Warner Cable, an operating unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., owns and manages cable operations serving 12.7 million customers.

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On the Net:

Scripps Networks: http://www.scrippsnetworks.com/

Time Warner Cable: http://www.aoltimewarner.com/

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- NBC, citing ''current world events,'' has pulled out of a soap opera fan festival at Universal Studios.

The NBC Soap FanFest, which had been set for Nov. 3-4, was to have brought NBC soap stars such as Deidre Hall from ''Days of Our Lives'' for a weekend of autograph signing and interaction with fans.

Fans who have purchased vacation packages for the event will get refunds, said Universal spokeswoman Linda Buckley.



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