Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Did Your Favorite East Village Restaurant Flunk the Health Department Inspection?

It's been a year since the NYC Health Department introduced its controversial grading policy. A, 0-13 violations; B, 14-27 violations; C, 28+ violations.

I first reported results for East Village restaurants last summer. But after seeing a lot of Grade Pendings (which means the owner is contesting its grade) lately, I knew it was time to do an update. Is your favorite eatery an A student? Or does it need to go to summer school? Here's only a sampling of some of the most popular neighborhood restaurants. For a full list of results, visit the official site:

Grade A                                                                Grade B

7A                                                                         Black Iron Burger
Brindle Room                                                         Black Market
Buenos Aires                                                         Cafe Cortadito
Butter Lane                                                            Esperanto
Cafe Mogador                                                         Northern Spy Food Co
Cafe Rakka                                                            Pata Negra
Cafetasia                                                               Pylos
Caracas                                                                South Brooklyn Pizza
Edi + the Wolf                                                       Two Boots
Good Beer                                                             Westville East
Hummos Place
Luke's Lobster
Mama's Food Shop
Mary O's
Momofuku Ko
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Mono + Mono
Ninth Street Espresso
Pizza Gruppo
This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef
Yuca Bar
Zabb Elee

28+ Violations as Published on NYC Dept of Health Website

I'm shocked by how many respectable eateries scored so poorly. And I can't help feeling let down by some of my favorites with their hefty violations. The system has been in place for 12 months now. It's not a new exercise anymore. Come on. Customers deserve better.

10 Degrees 35
Back Forty 29
Balade 36
Bourgeois Pig 36
Bowery Beef 52
Death + Co. 31
Flea Market Cafe 32
Giano 29
Goat Town 39
Hasaki 35
La Lucha 54
Otafuku 35
Sake Bar Satsko 38
Supper 34
The Redhead 51
Tree 51

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