New York City Restaurant Inspections

New York City Restaurant Inspections

A Data Science & Analytics Research Project


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Total Number of Top 10 Violations in New York ⬇





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  • We hope you enjoyed reading our paper, and we also hope you were able to learn something new from our insights. Here is a quick recap of some of our findings:
  • There are 27,000 restaurants in NYC, and 10,6 00 of them are in Manhattan; which makes it an easy place to find food.
  • Across all 5 boroughs the grading is fair with equal ratios between A’s, B’s & C’s; meaning you shouldn’t avoid any borough when looking for clean/safe food.
  • NYC is the most diverse place for food in the world with about 89 different cuisines, but the most common cuisines are American, Chinese, Coffee, Pizza, and Mexican.
  • Close to 80% of restaurants are graded an A, so most of the time the food is safe in NY.
  • The biggest violation offenders are surface area issues, rodents, and vermin.
  • The average score in the data set is around 19, or a B; while the mode of the data set is 12, or an A. The amount of low scores pulling the average down are mostly from initial inspections, but after re-inspection most restaurants are able to receive an A.
  • Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and Donuts are the highest scoring restaurants, so these are some safe bets and also popular food choices.
  • On the other hand, be more careful when eating Moroccan, Chinese, Egyptian, or Cajun because these cuisine types receive the most B’s and C’s.
  • In general, avoid fast food establishments like Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and McDonalds because these restaurants are not only the largest violation receivers, but the biggest offenders of vermin, rats, and bug related violations. Just pick a local spot instead.
  • While the city is doing a good job keeping inspections fair by borough, they need to focus more re-inspection efforts in African, Bangladesh, Chinese, Cajun, and Filipino restaurants. These restaurants have some of the highest average scores, and re-inspecting sooner or more frequently could help these establishments resolve their errors faster.
  • The data set should also be automated to output a specific score and grade per selected violation to ensure more accurate data.
  • If you own a restaurant, make sure to have appropriate temperature, surfaces, and storage before inspections. Also be aware, if being inspected in the second half of the year, of the greater amounts of vermin, rodents, and bugs.

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