Restaurant Report Card: November 2011

Each month, on the second Wednesday, we post this report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code that scored 28 points or more on their most recent health department inspections, the equivalent of “C” grades under the city’s rating system. We also call out establishments that excelled by earning 3 points or fewer.

For more details on how the city grades food establishments, see the guide (PDF). Because of the way the online search function operates, we cannot link directly to individual restaurant 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. You can also read our Restaurant Report Card archives. Please note that restaurateurs are permitted to post a “grade pending” certificate while they await reinspection or appeal an unsatisfactory score, so those listed here may not currently display a “C” grade in their storefronts.

Here’s the report for November.

First, the good news: Five establishments earned 3 points or less on inspections last month. Shang @ The Thompson Hotel (now closed) scored 0 points. Newcomer Grit N Glory scored 2 points at its initial pre-opening inspection. Carnation Food & Bakery on Canal Street scored 3 points. Two others, Reach  House Chinese Restaurant and C & L Dumpling, scored 3 points and 2 points respectively, both after being closed temporarily for earning high scores earlier in the month.

Here’s the list of 28 points and over, from most points to least:

RESTAURANT ADDRESS INSPECTION DATE VIOLATION POINTS
AAA Ichiban 198a Orchard St.  11/28/2011 48
88 Palace Restaurant 88 E. Broadway 11/17/2011 41
New Chinatown Snack 26 E. Broadway 11/2/2011 36
Cocoa Bar 21 Clinton St. 11/30/2011 35
Yi Zhang Fishball 9 Eldridge St.  11/21/2011 32
Roots & Vines 409 Grand St. 11/4/2011 30