5 Boro Pizza Challenge

Five slices. Five boros. One day.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

People eating pizza 2016

Only in New York City

Experience the best pizza in New York City as you maneuver across the five boros without using a car.

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is the ultimate test of urban navigation ingenuity and gastrointestinal fortitude. And all for a great cause.


On Saturday, September 28, we'll gather by the Red Cube (140 Broadway in lower Manhattan). At 11 a.m. sharp, we’ll hand you a list of five carefully selected pizzerias, one in each borough, and the challenge will begin!

You'll plot your course across the city, eat a slice at each pizzeria, take a photo and tag #5boropizzachallenge.

Return to the finish line after party (location TBD). Once your photo proof is verified, you will have successfully completed the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge.

Register by Sept. 23rd to get a t-shirt. If you successfully complete the Challenge you'll receive the coveted 5 Boro Pizza Challenge finisher medal.

The first team or individual to complete the challenge will earn the title of 5 Boro Pizza Challenge 2019 Champion — a distinction which comes with serious bragging rights, and other cool prizes.

People eating pizza 2017
People eating pizza 2017


2018 champion Brandon Chamberlin

Scott Fitzgerald

2018 champion Brandon Chamberlin

Brandon Chamberlin

2017 champions Team Comet Pizza

Team Comet Pizza
(Adam Watters, Mike Shafland, Alex Menche)

2016 champions Jessica Halloran and Chris

Jessica Halloran and Chris Norton


The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocate for walking, biking and public transit.


Each year, we choose a pizzeria in each borough for 5 Boro Pizza Challengers to visit. Here are the locations from past events, in alphabetical order by borough (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island)

  • 2019: Pugsley Pizza, Norm's, Sofia Pizza Shoppe, Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Paulie's Pizzeria

  • 2018: Best Italian Pizza, Luigi's Pizza, Sal & Carmine Pizza, Sunnyside Pizza, Pier 76

  • 2017: Golden Pizza, Best Pizza, Prince Street Pizza, Polito's Pizza, Paulie's Pizzeria

  • 2016: Giovanni's Pizza, Front Street Pizza, Joe's Pizza, sLICe, Pier 76


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Insider, October 4, 2019

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The Villager, October 2, 2019

Pizza Lovers Trek to All 5 Boroughs to Find the Best Slice
NY1, September 28, 2019

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ABC 7 New York, September 28, 2019

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Staten Island Advance, September 28, 2019

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Gothamist, September 23, 2019

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 23, 2019

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Time Out, September 4, 2019

‘5 Boro Pizza Challenge’ Is a Test of Stamina, Fortitude and Deliciousness
Queens Daily Eagle, September 3, 2019

5 Boro Pizza Challenge Returns for a Third Year
Times Ledger, September 19, 2018

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Metro, August 31, 2018

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NY1 News, September 23, 2017

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PIX 11 News, September 20, 2017

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Gothamist, September 12, 2017

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Time Out, July 19, 2017

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AM New York, July 28, 2016

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Gothamist, July 28, 2016

5 Slices, 5 Boroughs, Zero Cars: Eat Pizza Across NYC to Raise Money for Transportation Alternatives
Brokelyn, July 22, 2016

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is Competitive Eating Meets the Amazing Race
Time Out, June 17, 2016


Questions: 5boropizzachallenge@gmail.com
Media inquiries: 646-873-6027