Congee Bowery Reopens, UC Lounge Remains Closed

Congee Bowery at 207 Bowery was reinspected Friday and has reopened for business.

Following up on a story we brought you last week, the popular Congee Bowery restaurant has reopened. Originally shuttered on Jan. 9 for racking up 55 points in sanitary violations–just two weeks after scoring 50 points–the restaurant was reinspected by the health department twice last week and finally given the green light on Jan. 13, records show. The subsequent inspections logged 18 points and then 11 points, the latter of which consisted of three violations, only one considered “critical.”

Judging from all the lamentations on Twitter about Congee Bowery’s closure, we suspect this news will be greeted with joy by the eatery’s fans.

UC Lounge Shuttered by Health Department

Saturday night's shows were relocated; the health department closure notice is visible through the mesh gate.

City health inspectors shut down UC Lounge Thursday night, after the live music and comedy venue racked up 53 points for sanitary violations, which included evidence of mice, improper protection against food contamination and the lack of a food-handling certificate by a supervisor.

Thursday’s closure followed a Nov. 30 inspection in which the bar, at 87 Ludlow between Broome and Delancey, drew 59 points for similar issues. It was allowed to remain open, pending last week’s reinspection.