From flies to filth — 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.
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These are the restaurants closed down since October 25, 2019, according to the Department of Health:
Jesus Taco, 501 West 145th Street
Violation points: 43
- Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
- Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
- Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions are conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
- 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.