Read: "NYC chain restaurants posting calories on menus" on Yahoo! Health
What a good idea! Imagine knowing just a little more about what you plan on eating. This is not just about health because we all know this is not going to bankrupt McDonalds or the Olive Garden or any store really. This is about information. The more information we are provided with about the things we do - particularly those things we do all the time (like eating) and very often without thinking too much (like eating) - the better off we are. We pride ourselves as the top of the food chain, as the king of beasts, as the world's greatest protector, as the universe's or God's greatest achievement (all depending on who we are) but most of us live our lives on full auto-pilot: not really thinking about 99% of the things that we do.
This is of course only a small part but it's pretty important. NYC's a big place (one of the reasons I'm glad I don't live there anymore) and there will now be a lot of people that are a little more conscious about the stuff they're shoving into their maws. Hopefully it won't stop at NYC. That's another thing that bothers me. This is a pretty good idea. There's not much that can be said about it's downside. But you know it will be 20 years at least until we see it even substantially outside NYC. That's my prediction... Prove me wrong, kids!