Restaurant Report Card: December 2011

Teany Cafe on Rivington St. reopened this week after being shuttered by inspectors late last month.

Each month, we post a report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code that scored 28 points or more on their 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 here.

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” grade in their storefronts.

This week, the city council launched an initiative to evaluate the 18-month-old grading system, which has drawn plenty of ire from the restaurant and bar industry. Read more about that here.

Here’s the report for December.

First, the good news: Three establishments scored 3 points or less on inspections this month: 162 EB Corp, 162 E. Broadway, received 3 points during a Dec. 20 inspection. Super Taste, 26 Eldridge St., received 2 points at a Dec. 12 review. Shui Mei, 67A E. Broadway, drew only 2 points on Dec. 7.

Also in the good news category, Teany, the Rivington Street café that tops our list of most points for December, reopened on Jan. 10 after follow-up inspections showed the issues that shut it down on Dec. 29 had been resolved.

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

RESTAURANT ADDRESS INSPECTION DATE VIOLATION POINTS
Teany Cafe 90 Rivington St.

12/29/2011

90
Tao Hong Bakery, Inc. 79 Chrystie St.

12/9/2011

83
Rhong-Tiam Express 154 Orchard St.

12/20/2011

56
Sorella 95 Allen St.

12/6/2011

47
Good Taste Fuzhou Cuisine 118 Eldridge St.

12/15/2011

42
East Seafood Restaurant 17 Division St.

12/30/2011

36
Fuleen Seafood Restaurant 11 Division St

12/29/2011

32
Sweet Paradise 14b Orchard St.

12/23/2011

30
Frank & Tony Pizzeria 201 Madison St.

12/7/2011

30
Pizza A Casa 371 Grand St.

12/29/2011

28
Oliva 161 East Houston St.

12/7/2011

28