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March 18, 2004



Letting the waitperson decide is a way of satisficing. In general you will get a good meal based on his superior knowledge of what the kitchen does well - but you will not get your optimal meal that you would get if, for instance, you ordered every single dish on the menu, tasted it, threw out the rest, and then had the chef prepare anew the one you liked best. (My usual method at Jean Georges. I'm an excellent tipper.)

I wonder if there is an optimal number of choices. On a bistro menu, I would say it is about 6. At Jean Georges, 10. At a diner, 437, but just get the eggs over easy.

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