PHOTOS: Google And Zagat Had A Huge Mixer At A Hot Restaurant Last Night

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Photo: via Zagat Buzz

Last night, Zagat Survey threw a huge party to celebrate the launch of its 2012 New York City Restaurant Guide.But there was more than one reason to celebrate; the company was also clearly feting the news that it had been purchased by Google last month for a reported $125 million.

The party, at newly opened cevicheria La Mar, was jammed with employees from both companies.

From what we heard, the merger is going smoothly so far, with many Zagat employees receiving official offers from Google and an influx of free food at Zagat’s Columbus Circle office.

We stopped by after Business Insider’s own shindig at the New York Stock Exchange wound down. The pisco sours were still flowing and the A-list of New York’s restaurant scene mingled with the crowd.

We snapped some photos but the ones from Guest of a Guest and Zagat’s Buzz blog were far better, so thanks to them for sharing.

The party took place at La Mar, a new ceviche restaurant on Madison Square Park.

Zagat staffers checked in the guests.

Unfortunately we missed most of the food--what a mistake.

The empanadas looked delicious.

Tim and Nina Zagat gave a toast to all the restaurants that made it into the 2012 NYC survey.

The bartenders whipped up batch after batch of Peruvian-style drinks.

The Zagat employees were easy to spot in red t-shirts.

Could these be Googlers? They didn't have t-shirts--and were much harder to spot.

Eric Ripert, whose La Bernardin was voted most popular restaurant in NYC, surrounded by a gaggle of admirers.

Zagat had plenty of reasons to celebrate.

We spotted some friends from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.

Proof that Business Insider represented! That's Meredith Galante, Abby Rogers, Julie Zeveloff and Zagat marketing associate Jenni Samuels.

There were some fun activities, like a Zagat photo booth.

Two party-goers posed for a picture inside.

Some outtakes from the photo booth. They surely got more interesting as the night went on.

That's Aquavit's Marcus Jernmark on the right.

And Torrisi Italian Specialties' Mario Carbone.

Serial restaurateur Eddie Huang vamped for the camera.

This was a tech-savvy party: a big screen flashed tweets with the hashtag #ZagatNYC.

And Zagat Buzz's James Mulcahy liveblogged the entire party! Pretty impressive.

Daniel Humm, the chef (and new owner) of Eleven Madison Park, answered an interviewer's questions.

Overall, it seemed like the Zagat and Google teams mixed nicely.

And Tim Zagat had a blast.

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