From filth to flies — some restaurants across Harlem have dirty secrets they’d rather you didn’t know or think about. Fortunately for the diner’s well-being, New York City’s Health Department is watching.
Every year, inspectors go unannounced into more than 24,000 restaurants in the city. Of them, the majority are fine, but some fall disgustingly short of the city’s cleanliness requirements.
The most common violations, according to the city, are food stored at wrong temperatures, vermin, “plumbing” issues (the mind boggles) and basic food safety protocols not being followed.
Every week, the good folks at Patch will tell you which restaurants have gotten the chop – try not to read over your lunch break.
Inspection scores above 28 earn eateries a C grade and extra close monitoring from the city’s health department – which could decide to shut it down.
These are the restaurants closed down since January 25, 2019, according to the Department of Health:
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Good Taste Chinese Restaurant, 3371 Broadway
Violation points: 76
- Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
- Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
- Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used.
- Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
- Facility, not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
Click here to the list of closed restaurants in other parts of the city.