TriBeCa Has Country's Highest Number of Restaurants Per Person

02/01/2011 04:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Julie Shapiro

LOWER MANHATTAN -- TriBeCa has more restaurants per resident than any other neighborhood in the country, a new survey found.

The 10013 zip code, which covers TriBeCa and southern SoHo, has .018 restaurants for every person who lives there, according to Pinpoint Demographics, a research firm in Maine.

Five other Manhattan neighborhoods made Pinpoint's top-10 list, which also included zip codes in San Diego, San Francisco, Honolulu and Myrtle Beach.

Once a wholesale district with few residents and even fewer restaurants, TriBeCa began to change in the 1980s as several destination dining spots opened, including the Odeon, Chanterelle and Capsouto Frères. Residents soon followed, and the neighborhood's population has grown even more since 9/11, due to government incentives.

The 10013 zip code now has 27,356 residents, 360 fast-food restaurants and 136 full-service restaurants, Pinpoint found. The food industry employed more than 6,500 people and netted over $300 million in TriBeCa last year, Pinpoint said.

"The restaurant industry helped revitalize TriBeCa, bringing both new businesses and residents into the area, attracting more and more restaurants," Andrew Rigie, director of operations at the New York State Restaurant Association, said in a statement. "TriBeCa is no longer only for destination dining -- it also offers a myriad of incredible dining options to the local residents and businesses."

On Pinpoint's list, Midtown and Clinton came in second, with .01 restaurants per resident, followed by Midtown East and Sutton Place, and Washington Square and NoLita. The West Village came in seventh and Gramercy came in ninth, with .007 restaurants per resident.

New York was the only city with more than one neighborhood in the Pinpoint's top 10, which Rigie attributed to Manhattan's many tourist destinations.

"New York City is ... a place where [visitors] can taste the flavors of their native countries or try cuisines from around the world, all on the same block," Rigie said.

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