One of the biggest holes in the iPhone App Store is a lack of a menu database app. And now that New York Magazine has purchased Menupages.com, it’s time for them to fix that.
Menupages is a straightforward site: it holds thousands of menus for restaurants in various cities. In New York, it’s invaluable. I use it all the time when I’m at my computer. The problem is that the design is completely terrible on the iPhone. The search bar is placed so it often disappears from view when I’m trying to type in a restaurant, the menus open in new windows and the tables that hold the menus are just a bit too wide to fit the iPhone’s screen with the text at a readable size.
Making an app for the site would not be difficult. Essentially, all that needs to be done is to create a new interface to access the database holding the menus. Someone could pop that out in a weekend if need be. More robust features, such as location-awareness and reservations (something the OpenTable app does) could be added later. But really, I don’t care about those things. I just want to be able to find menus easily on my phone. The data is there, just make it more accessible. Is that too much to ask, Menupages?