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As New Yorkers, we love to talk pizza. Nearly everyone has a favorite place, and many people claim to know the best slice. To our knowledge, only Colin Hagendorf would know objectively where the best in Manhattan is – because he has now been to every pizza place in the borough.
Whether you prefer coal oven, Sicilian, or a dollar slice from 2 Bros, sometimes what matters most is just which place is the closest. So which New York City neighborhoods have the highest number of pizza establishments? Using the latest available data from the Department of Health restaurant inspection results, we know this to be the East Village (zip 10003) with 33 pizza places. In Queens, Ridgewood (11385) has the most, while Williamsburg (11211) is number one in Brooklyn. Williamsbridge (10467) and Oakwood/New Dorp (10306) are top in the Bronx and Staten Island, respectively.
Source: NYCEDC analysis of NYC DOHMH data
Land area and residential population play a big role in the number of pizza places in a particular zip code. On a per capita basis, East Harlem (10029) and the Lower East Side (10002) rise to the top spots, while the East Village falls to number 18.
Hungry now? Favorites of the Economic Analysis & Research team include Sam’s (Cobble Hill), Sac’s (Astoria—pizzas pictured above), the vodka slice at Pomodoro (Nolita), and Franny’s (Prospect Heights).
StatsBee is a column featuring interesting statistics about NYC, written by economists at the Economic Research & Analysis department within NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation.