LES Bites: Kuma Inn, Henan Noodles, Hua Ji Pork Chop, IHOP

Kuma Inn draws raves from the owner of Ellabess.

A look at some neighborhood joints making the news this week:

  • The folks at Serious Eats are chronicling some of their favorites from the Real Cheap Eats database this week, and they want to tell you about Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food, at 7 Allen St.
  • And just for fun, don’t miss this review of dinner at the new East Village IHOP on 14th Street. (EV Grieve)

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.