Harlem Restaurants Ordered Closed By NYC’s Health Department Last Week

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, NYC’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 us 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 October 5, 2019, according to the Department of Health:

Calle 174 Pescaderia 4127 Broadway

BUY IT ON Shop HW

Violation points: 41

1) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

2) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.

3) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions were conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

5) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

Mamas Restaurant Jamaican and American Food
2347 2 AVE

Violation points: 91

1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.

2) Hot food item that has been cooked and refrigerated is being held for service without first being reheated to 1 65º F or above within 2 hours.

3) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.

4) Food Protection Certificate not held by the supervisor of food operations.

5) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blowflies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.

6) The sewage disposal system was improper or unapproved.

7) Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.

8) Personal cleanliness was inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminants. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.

9) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions are conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

10) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

Click here to the list of closed restaurants in other parts of the city.

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