Restaurant Report Card: August 2011

Each month, on the second Wednesday, we post a report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code that scored 28 points or more–the equivalent of a “C” grade–on their health department inspections the previous month. We also call out establishments that excelled, by earning three points or fewer. August proved a difficult month for several notable local restaurants—among them, Beauty & Essex, Kuma Inn and Falai (which is now closed)—as well as a handful of popular nightlife spots, such as White Star, Gallery Bar and Foundation (which was shuttered after an Aug. 19 inspection).

For details on how the city grades food establishments, see the guide (PDF). Because of the way the city’s online search function operates, we cannot link directly to individual reports here, but you can visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website, type in the name of any restaurant and view the details of inspectors’ findings for all recent visits. For past months’ reports, see our Restaurant Report Card archives.

Here’s the report for August.

First, the good news: The new Café Grumpy outpost on Essex Street and the Thompson LES Hotel’s basement and seventh floor eateries all earned zero points. Hok Zhou Restaurant on East Broadway and The Raging Skillet on East Houston both scored 3 points this month.Va Bene Pizza earned only 2 points during a re-inspection on Aug. 17, allowing it to reopen after being closed by authorities Aug. 9, when it earned 81 violation points.

Here’s the full list of restaurants scoring 28 points or more, from most points to least. Please note that restaurateurs are permitted to post a “grade pending” certificate while they appeal an unsatisfactory score, so those listed here may not currently display a “C” in their storefronts.

RESTAURANT ADDRESS INSPECTION DATE VIOLATION POINTS
Nonna L.E.S. Pizzeria 105 Clinton St.

8/3/2011

106

Azul 152 Stanton St.

8/9/2011

70

Lunch Box Buffet 15 Division St.

8/4/2011

67

East Broadway Restaurant 94 E. Broadway

8/4/2011

66

New Langqi Zhong Hing Seafood Restaurant 30 Market St.

8/15/2011

59

Fong Da Bakery 83 Essex St.

8/4/2011

58

Congee Restaurant (Bowery) 207 Bowery

8/24/2011

51

Dong Fang Noodle Shop 27 Eldridge St.

8/8/2011

51

Famous Champion Pizza (Famous Hakki Pizza) 123 Essex St.

8/8/2011

51

83 Kien Tuong Restaurant 83 Chrystie St.

8/16/2011

50

New Wong Wah Bakery 83 Canal St.

8/20/2011

49

Neway KTV 90 Eldridge St.

8/24/2011

47

New J&B Restaurant 39-41 E. Broadway

8/29/2011

45

Casa Mezcal 86 Orchard St.

8/3/2011

45

169 Bar 169 E. Broadway

8/2/2011

44

Pop Yogurt 85 Stanton St.

8/10/2011

43

Fen Yang Restaurant 107 Eldridge St

8/24/2011

36

Lolita Bar 266 Broome St.

8/10/2011

36

Kong Kee Food 240 Grand St.

8/29/2011

35

Gallery Bar 120 Orchard St.

8/16/2011

34

Kuma Inn 113 Ludlow St., 2nd Floor

8/16/2011

32

White Star 21 Essex St.

8/9/2011

31

Jin Sushi 252 Broome St.

8/4/2011

31

The Draft 157 Ludlow St.

8/18/2011

29

Falai 68 Clinton St.

8/16/2011

29

Foundation (CLOSED) 137 Essex St., Basement

8/19/2011

28

Famous Hakki Pizza 170 Rivington St.

8/18/2011

28

Beauty & Essex 146 Essex St.

8/17/2011

28