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May 21, 2014 05:39 PM

Most popular take-out food in NYC, by borough, according to Seamless

Kind of ridiculous, and maybe more of a statement of the limitations of Seamless, or maybe of what people order online as opposed to on the phone.
Weirdest is that pizza does not even make the top ten in any borough but Staten Island. And that the number one online delivery food in Queens EGG SANDWICH????

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  1. Interesting stuff, although I have a feeling the reporter and/or GrubHub/Seamless have butchered the analysis. I'd love to know the methodology.

    1. I don't think you guys read it right. It's not a list of the most-ordered items. If it was I'm sure pizza would be number one for all of them. It's a list for each borough ranked by uniqueness.

      So they're not saying an egg sandwhich is the #1 ordered food in Queens, it's #1 in being uniquely ordered in Queens compared to the other boroughs.

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      1. re: nfnebwiri

        I think the article was clear that it was ranking uniqueness. But I still don't think the results are valid.

        1. re: Dave Feldman

          I thought maybe you knew that, but pretty sure the OP didn't. But what makes you think the results aren't valid? (not saying you're wrong just curious what foods you'd pick)

          I think this sort of ranking it's easy to get very different results depending on parameters (see below) but hard to say which result is more valid than another. But we may be getting too nerdy for a food forum here.

          1. re: nfnebwiri

            What does it mean that mac and cheese is 170% "more commonly ordered" than the other boroughs. Brooklyn's population is five times as large as Staten Island. Do they divide the gross number of orders by the population base? Do they divide the gross number by the number of restaurants in that borough that serve that dish? What is "fried chicken?" Does that include Korean fried chicken, non-deep fried but stir-fried chicken you might find in a Chinese restaurant? Are tostados really ordered more than six times the number of times in the Bronx than the other boroughs?

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              True, they don't make it clear, my assumption would be based on percentage of takeout orders, but who knows. I doubt they delved into the level of chicken detail you are talking about.

              My guess on Staten Island is that there are relatively fewer choices overall, so pizza snags a larger percentage of total orders.

            2. re: nfnebwiri

              You are correct that I had read it incorrectly. But that still doesn't answer the pizza in Staten Island vs. the other four boroughs question.

        2. All i take away from the results is that staten island only has italian and pizza delivery options available and that people on brooklyn don't mind slightly warm delivery smoothies.... Well, and the bronx has some good eats!