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These are the chain restaurants that favor each borough the most

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

When it comes to chain restaurants, all five boroughs in New York are not created equally. A few things are true pretty much across the board. With 536 locations in New York, Dunkin Donuts has the most locations of any chain in all boroughs except Manhattan (Starbucks takes the title there.) After those ubiquitous coffee meccas, Subway is the most prevalent chain. 

But when you look at the distribution of cheap eateries across the city, some differences begin to emerge. Some companies favor certain boroughs very strongly. The map below shows the five chains that are the most unevenly distributed amongst the boroughs. We've labeled each according to the chain that has the highest percentage of restaurants in that part of the city. (AKA the one that loves each borough the most.)

Pret A Manger and the soon-to-open Sonic take the cake for borough snobs with 100% of their locations in Manhattan and Staten Island, respectively. With 29 locations in Brooklyn, Popeye’s comes in next with 37% of their operations in Kings County. Rounding out the list is Baskin Robbins with 33% of their restaurants in Queens, and IHOP with 30% of their NYC outposts in the Bronx.


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