If you’ve tried serving small plates in your restaurant or café and your customers are left wanting more, how about creating meals specifically made for sharing? It’s not a new idea, but more and more restaurants are adding larger, shareable dishes to their menus. The New York Times recently reported on how rapidly the trend is spreading across Manhattan eateries. What’s the idea behind the big plates? Restaurateurs say sharing gives people a homey feeling, encourages interaction and brings diners closer together. (Of course, restaurants can also charge more for a big plate of shareable ribs than a tiny plate of artichoke hearts.) Plus, chefs have more creativity to try dishes that work better in a large format rather than try to squeeze taste into three shrimp on a plate.