At A Glance

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Provides descriptive information, such as whether an item appears on a kids menu, is offered only regionally or as part of a limited-time offer, or is meant to be shared.
  • Nutritional content can be compared across items, restaurants, food categories (e.g., burgers, pizza), and over time.
  • Provides date-stamped nutrition data on 150,000+ menu items available at 150+ of the largest restaurant chains. Data are obtained from the restaurant websites.



To share nutrition data from the largest restaurant chains in the United States in a way that is easy to search and analyze.

Target Population

Menu items from the largest chain restaurants in the United States.


Launched in 2013 and currently includes nutrition data from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Data are collected annually in January and posted online later in that year.


MenuStat was built and is maintained by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with funding in part from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Special Note(s)

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Sample Design

Longitudinal. MenuStat currently includes data from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Data are collected annually in January and posted online later in that year. The following nutrition data were collected from restaurant websites: menu item name; serving size; servings per item; calories; total fat; saturated fat; trans fat; sodium; potassium; cholesterol; carbohydrates; dietary fiber; sugar; and protein. Other descriptive features were coded, such as whether an item appears on a kids menu, is meant to be shared, or is a limited-time offer or region-specific. Whether an item contains alcohol, is on the breakfast menu, or contains meat, poultry or seafood is also available. A codebook of data completeness by year is available on the website.

Sample Size

Approximately 150,000+ menu items from 150+ restaurant chains. The sample size will increase with annual updates.

Special Note(s)

Information presented in MenuStat reflects the completeness and accuracy of data as presented on the restaurant websites. Restaurant nutrition information is not standardized and may be presented inconsistently between and within restaurants. Items with missing nutrition may skew results.

Key Variables


Item Name
Restaurant Name
Food Category
Serving Size
Servings per Item
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Descriptive Features (e.g., breakfast, kids, regional/limited availability)

Data Access and Cost

Data Availability

Data can be exported from the MenuStat results page.



Special Note(s)



Geocode Variable(s)


Existing Linkages


Selected Publications


Bleich SN, Wolfson JA, Jarlenski MP, Block JP. Restaurants With Calories Displayed On Menus Had Lower Calorie Counts Compared To Restaurants Without Such Labels. Health Affairs, 34, no.11 (2015):1877-1884.

Bleich SN, Wolfson JA, Jarlenski MP. Calorie Changes in Chain Restaurant Menu Items: Implications for Obesity and Evaluations of Menu Labeling. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Volume 48, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 70–75.

Bleich SN, Wolfson JA, Jarlenski MP. Indirect Effects From Menu Labeling Can Improve The Public’s Health. Health Affairs Blog. February 24, 2015.

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Restaurants Can’t Shake the Salt. December 2, 2014.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reducing Sodium: From Menu to Mouth. – this consumer-friendly site will help you determine if your favorite chain restaurant menu items are healthy or not at-a-glance, as determined by a medical team.