Nina and Tim Zagat’s Favorite New Yorkers Are Each Other

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Name: Nina and Tim Zagat
Age: 66 and 68
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Nina: Tim.
Tim: Nina.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Nina's Thanksgiving dinners at home.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
We talk and edit — and dream up things that will be fun to survey and, hopefully, useful.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Absolutely. Of course it would take a lot more imagination and improvisation now than when we did it before.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Gerry Schoenfeld's memorial, with everyone participating — from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Hugh Jackman to Angela Lansbury and on and on.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Nina: No.
Tim: Yes.

What's your drink?
Nina: Earl Grey tea.
Tim: Iced tea (three-quarters) with cranberry juice (one-quarter).

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Nina: At least three days a week.
Tim: Come again?

What's your favorite medication?
Nina: Try to avoid them.
Tim: Tylenol Cold.

What's hanging above your sofa?
Central Park.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
It depends on how much hair you have.

When's bedtime?
After Jon Stewart.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
The new.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
He's a New York icon.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Not applicable. We love everything about New York.

Who is your mortal enemy?
You must be kidding. We don't have any enemies.

When's the last time you drove a car?
Today.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
It made us appreciate real values, such as family and friends, more. As with all businesses, we are adjusting to the new world. Among other things, we've published a new series of Dining Deal guides.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Don't forget The Wall Street Journal.

Where do you go to be alone?
Our country house.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Nina: It has nothing to do with being born here. It has to do with loving the city's intellectual, emotional, and culinary energy and diversity.
Tim: Living here for three or more years.