Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Zagat Is Changing Its Scoring System

A popular restaurant guide is replacing its well-known scoring system with a different one more than 37 years after the original system was put in place.

The New York Times is reporting that the Zagat 2017 New York City Restaurants Guidebook is being published today with a rating system that goes from 1.0 to 5.0 (using decimals in increments of tenths), which is a major change from its old system that went from 1 to 30. The article says that the change was made because Zagat readers "preferred a simpler system" and gives an example showing Le Bernardin having a food rating of 4.9 out of 5.0 rather than 29 out of 30.

It is presumed that Zagat--which is owned by Google--is changing the scoring system universally, including in Boston.

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