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Critical Cleanliness Violations at Restaurants in Staten Island and Brooklyn

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Department of Health inspections from December 5 to December 7 found 17 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.


John's Fried Chicken in Manhattan

3853 BROADWAY

Violations

  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used.
  • 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.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140° F.
  • 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.
  • No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.


Forever Ink Bar in Brooklyn

1051 FLATBUSH AVE

Violations

  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
  • Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used.
  • Toxic chemical improperly labeled, stored or used such that food contamination may occur.


Yi Lan Halal Restaurant in Queens

4279A MAIN STREET

Violations

  • 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.
  • Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.


How Greek It Is Too! in Staten Island

1734 VICTORY BLVD

Violations

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


D & I Restaurant & Bakery in Brooklyn

1033 NOSTRAND AVENUE

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.


Bar 9 in Manhattan

807 9TH 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.
  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
  • Food from unapproved or unknown source or home canned. Reduced oxygen packaged (ROP) fish not frozen before processing; or ROP foods prepared on premises transported to another site.
  • 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.


Spice in Manhattan

975 AMSTERDAM AVE

Violations

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


Buka in Brooklyn

946 FULTON STREET

Violations

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


Bibble And Sip in Manhattan

253 W 51ST ST

Violations

  • Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
  • 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.


The Dumpling House in Queens

8305 BROADWAY

Violations

  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.


Subway in Staten Island

597 BAY STREET

Violations

  • Sewage disposal system improper or unapproved.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.


Bath Beach Diner in Brooklyn

2028 BATH AVENUE

Violations

  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Evidence of rats or live rats 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.
  • Food, food preparation area, food storage area, area used by employees or patrons, contaminated by sewage or liquid waste.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.


Grain House in Manhattan

929 AMSTERDAM AVE

Violations

  • 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.
  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • 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 Chao Buns in Queens

4214B BOWNE ST

Violations

  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • 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.


Pyramids Hookah And Bar in Queens

40-19 BELL BOULEVARD

Violations

  • 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 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.
  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • Cold food item held above 41° F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 °F) except during necessary preparation.


Mendel's Pizza in Brooklyn

4923 18TH AVE

Violations

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


Lobster Gogo in Manhattan

190 FRONT ST

Violations

  • Food from unapproved or unknown source or home canned. Reduced oxygen packaged (ROP) fish not frozen before processing; or ROP foods prepared on premises transported to another site.

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