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If the Dow Jones and Company can do it periodically to the components of their Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA); And if the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) can tweak their formula too; Then as sure you’ll be hungry an hour after eating Chinese food, The Chinese Quest can change their formula too! Not that there was anything fundamentally wrong with our rating calculation of Chinese restaurants at all. But, we realized, three and a half years in to our Quest, we aren’t going to be able to keep going back to Chinese restaurants that we had already reviewed to see if they have maintained the rating we assigned.
We are augmenting our ratings to capture whether we would WANT to go back to Chinese restaurants that we have reviewed. Whether it be to take family and friends, or perhaps we heard there was a change in their menu or they brought in a new Chef. We call this new metric, “Aftertaste”.
What is it?
- It could mean that the food was so good that we really want to go back to that Chinese restaurant.
- It could mean that after sleeping on our review / rating, something didn’t quite sit right in our bellies.
- It could mean that since our review, we received comments or suggestions that we missed something (perhaps a signature dish? perhaps the Chef was out that day?)
“After Taste” will be the ONLY metric that is fluid and can be altered over time (as a result of the factors mentioned above). Our base rating is static. It can not, and will not, change. It is our first impression. Our gut feeling. You have to trust your first instinct and call it as you see, and taste, it.
Wait for it
In four days time, we will unveil our new rankings of Chinese Restaurants on Long Island and New York City. Mark your calendars. Hold space in the weekend “Dining Out” sections the Newspaper. You’re going to want to publish our rankings as soon as they come off the press. Don’t be the last Newspaper, website, blog, etc., to have the most up-to-date, accurate, and non-biased, reviews and rankings of Chinese restaurants on Long Island and New York City.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)