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Critical Cleanliness Violations at Restaurants in Brooklyn and Staten Island

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Department of Health inspections from September 22 to September 25 found 14 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.


Xinya in The Bronx

898 HUNTS POINT AVE

Violations

  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
  • No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.
  • 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.


Taco Mix in Manhattan

234 E 116TH ST

Violations

  • Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
  • 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.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • 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 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.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.


Two Brothers African Cuisine Llc in Queens

11044 SUTPHIN BLVD

Violations

  • No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.
  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Alberta Mexican Cusine in Queens

3781 103RD ST

Violations

  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice 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.
  • 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.


Bella Napoli in Manhattan

130 MADISON AVENUE

Violations

  • 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.
  • 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 prepared from ingredients at ambient temperature not cooled to 41° F or below within 4 hours.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Hua Xia Restaurant in Manhattan

49 DIVISION ST

Violations

  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Texas Fried Chicken And Pizza in Brooklyn

240 UTICA AVE

Violations

  • 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.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • 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.


Panda House in Queens

22428 BRADDOCK 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.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • 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.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Rego Park Coffee Shop in Queens

9414 63RD DR

Violations

  • Live roaches 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.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.


New Gayaha in Queens

13693 37TH AVE

Violations

  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Great China Restaurant in Staten Island

2154 FOREST AVE

Violations

  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Tart Tart House in Queens

14711 45TH AVE

Violations

  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Lao Jie Special Soup Buns in Queens

13620 38TH AVE

Violations

  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • 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.


Wing Wagon in Brooklyn

351 FLATBUSH AVENUE

Violations

  • Sewage disposal system improper or unapproved.

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