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Calorie Posting


City Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of

Food Service Establishments (FSEs) in New York City must post calorie information on their menus and menu boards if they offer menu items that are standardized for preparation, portion size and content, and they belong to a group of 15 or more FSEs that do business under the same name or that operate under common ownership or are individually franchised (locally or nationally).

FSEs that do not meet this criteria do not have to post calories.

A menu item is an individual food or beverage item, or combination of items that is listed or displayed on a menu board or menu, or depicted on any other list or pictorial display which includes price(s) and is visible within the food service establishment. Posted calorie information must clearly identify the number of calories for each menu item, be posted clearly and conspicuously, and be printed in a font or format that is at least as prominent as the name or price of the menu item.

The information on this page is designed to explain the application, regulatory compliance, and requirements for posting calorie information on menus and menu boards of FSEs in New York City. Note: the NYC Health Department enhanced calorie posting requirements in May of 2017. Click on the links below for the updated guidance.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)

Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation
125 Worth Street
Customer Service Window, Room 1020
New York, NY 10013
Phone (212) 676-1600

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Calorie Posting Regulation Information

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