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NYC Restaurant Closures

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Department of Health inspections from August 6 to August 8 found 11 businesses with critical violations in cleanliness and sanitation. The businesses below were ordered closed, but may reopen once violations have been corrected.

Learn more about the inspection process from nyc.gov and search the Department of Health inspection database for full details on any establishment that serves food.


Polleria Azoguentia in Queens

9123 37TH AVE

Violations

  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140° F to 70° F or less within 2 hours, and from 70° F to 41° F or less within 4 additional hours.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.


Grimaldis Pizzeria in Brooklyn

1 FRONT ST

Violations

  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • 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.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.


Ceci Restaurant in Manhattan

78 SHERMAN AVENUE

Violations

  • Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
  • 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.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.


Numero 28 Pizzeria in Manhattan

176 2ND AVE

Violations

  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • 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.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Bassett Caterers in Brooklyn

1404 AVENUE X

Violations

  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Fare And Folk in Brooklyn

402 HENRY ST

Violations

  • Toilet facility not provided for employees or for patrons when required.
  • No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.
  • Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.


Cafe Argentino in Brooklyn

499 GRAND STREET

Violations

  • 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.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.


New York Diner in Queens

4909 NORTHERN BOULEVARD

Violations

  • Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140° F to 70° F or less within 2 hours, and from 70° F to 41° F or less within 4 additional hours.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.


10 Below Ice Cream in Queens

13620 38TH AVE

Violations

  • 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.


Curry Dream in Manhattan

66 WEST 39 STREET

Violations

  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.


City Island In The City in Manhattan

301 W 151ST ST

Violations

  • Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.

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