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Panade Puffs & Pastries Shuttered by Health Department [UPDATED]

The bakery at 129 Eldridge St. scored 65 violation points during an inspection July 2. 

Sugar Cafe on Allen Street Shuttered by Health Department (Updated 2/1 1:16 p.m.)

This afternoon Sugar Cafe, 200 Allen Street (East Houston) was shut down by the New York City Health Department.  The restaurant was pretty much cleared out when we walked by a few moments ago.

Restaurant Report Card: April 2012

Brown, a popular cafe on Hester Street, earned 43 points in a health department inspection last month.

Each month on the second Wednesday, we post a 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. This month, the much-hyped newcomer Pok Pok Wing makes our list, as does Brown, the Hester Street hipster hangout.

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.

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

Restaurant Report Card: January 2012

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.

Here’s the report for January.

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.

Sorella Reopens Saturday; Unrelated, Inspections System Decried

Two weeks of post-holiday renovations are nearly complete at Sorella, and chef Emma Hearst’s cozy Allen Street restaurant will reopen Saturday night.

Manager Brittany Hoed assured us in an email yesterday that the temporary closure that began Jan. 2 was for a kitchen floor upfit, and unrelated to a Dec. 6 inspection in which the restaurant drew 47 violation points — by far its highest score on record in the restaurant’s three years in business.

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.

Health Department Shutters Congee Bowery

Congee Bowery at 207 Bowery was ordered closed on Monday.

Seven health department violations, five of them critical, caused inspectors to order the Congee Bowery to close this week.

Authorities visited the popular Chinese eatery on Jan. 9 and issued it 55 points. Violations included improper holding temperatures for both hot and cold food items, evidence of mice and roaches, and unsanitary food surfaces.

Monday’s closure was a follow-up inspection to a Dec. 27 visit by inspectors, in which Congee Bowery drew 50 points. City records show the 7-year-old restaurant has received more than 50 points on four inspections dating back to March 2011, with several follow-ups with good scores in between.

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.

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.

Restaurant Report Card: September 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 health department inspections, the equivalent of “C” grades under the city’s rating system. We also call out establishments that excelled, by earning three 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.

Here’s the report for September.

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.

(Updated: 5:04 p.m.) Nightclub Verlaine Shuttered by Health Department; Reopens Tonight

City inspectors shut down Verlaine on Wednesday night.

A visit from the city’s health inspectors Wednesday night shut down Verlaine, a busy Lower East Side nightspot that serves Asian tapas and high-end cocktails with a splash of DJ music, poetry readings and art exhibits.

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.