Restaurant Report Card: October 2011

On the second Wednesday of each month, we post this 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 monthly 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. Also, some restaurants may have been reinspected since Oct. 31; there is a lag between the health department’s inspections and its online database updates.

Here’s the report for October.

Khushie Indian Kitchen Shuttered by Health Department

City health inspectors shut down Khushie Indian Kitchen on Essex Street yesterday.

Khushie Indian Kitchen, a tiny storefront at 139 Essex St. that does a big delivery and takeout business, was shuttered by the health department after an inspection yesterday. The restaurant was cited for seven sanitary violations, four of them ranked “critical.” Those included inadequate prevention of food contamination and the presence or evidence of rats. Less serious violations noted problems with the sewage disposal system and other plumbing issues.