Critical Cleanliness Violations at Restaurants in The Bronx and Manhattan

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Department of Health inspections from October 19 to October 22 found 18 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.


Er Bar in Manhattan

605 2ND AVE

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.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • 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 Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed.


Daniel's Bagel in Manhattan

569 THIRD AVENUE

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


Malaz West Indian & American Cuisine in Brooklyn

1168 FULTON ST

Violations

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


Kennedy Fried Chicken in The Bronx

25 BEDFORD PARK BLVD E

Violations

  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • 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 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Silver Star Chinese Restaurant in Brooklyn

6221 18 AVENUE

Violations

  • 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 Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
  • Live animals other than fish in tank or service animal present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Chopsticks in Queens

11716 LIBERTY AVENUE

Violations

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


Canton Lounge in Manhattan

70 MOTT ST

Violations

  • Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.


Tortillas King in Brooklyn

7103 18TH AVE

Violations

  • 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.
  • Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.


U Me Sushi in Queens

8509 JAMAICA AVE

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.


Bakery St Marc in Brooklyn

1121 FLATBUSH AVENUE

Violations

  • Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours.
  • 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.


Manuel E Restaurant in Queens

10328 CORONA AVE

Violations

  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Toxic chemical improperly labeled, stored or used such that food contamination may occur.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.


Bangla Garden Restaurant in The Bronx

1864 WESTCHESTER AVE

Violations

  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
  • Food not cooked to required minimum temperature.
  • Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) 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.
  • Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.


La Bella Pizzeria in Brooklyn

8509 20 AVENUE

Violations

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


Walker's Restaurant in Manhattan

16 NORTH MOORE STREET

Violations

  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.


Pep Bakery Cafe in Brooklyn

9413 3RD AVE

Violations

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


Old Tbilisi in Manhattan

174 BLEECKER ST

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.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.


Am Thai Bistro in Brooklyn

1003 CHURCH AVENUE

Violations

  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.


Kennedy Fried Chicken in The Bronx

870 HUNTS POINT AVE

Violations

  • Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
  • 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 worker does not wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, coughing, sneezing, smoking, eating, preparing raw foods or otherwise contaminating hands.

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