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.

LES Bites: Oliva, Pok Pok Wing, Slow Coffee, Nom Wah, Grand Street CSA, Booker & Dax

What's next for Oliva, the tapas place at Houston and Allen? April Bloomfield takes a pass.

Restaurant and bar news in advance of the weekend:

  • April Bloomfield is not taking over Oliva after all. (Eater National)
  • Is the new Pok Pok Wing on Rivington Street living up to all its hype? The first round of feedback is mostly good. (Eater)
  • Balancing good coffee with long prep times: a tour around the LES and East Village’s java shops. (DNA Info)
  • A behind-the-scenes slideshow of Nom Wah Tea Parlor. (SeriousEats)
  • The Grand Street CSA has new farmers for 2012; meet them and register for the new season at an event on Jan. 30. (GrandStreetCSA)
  • A visit to Booker & Dax, the new high-tech cocktail bar that just opened in the old Milk Bar space. (NYT)

LES Bites: Milk Bar Transforms to Cocktails, Bowery Diner Menu, More on Pok Pok Wing

Via Tribunali's signage has appeared at 122 Ludlow St.

There’s lots of restaurant and bar news to start off the week, and more on the way; later today, we’ll have some details from last evening’s meeting of Community Board 3’s liquor license committee. In the meantime, here’s what’s making the rounds in other media:

  • David Chang’s original Milk Bar space in the East Village will be transformed into a high-tech cocktail lounge addition to the Momofuko empire, in a collaboration between Chang and Dave Arnold of the French Culinary Institute. (Zagat)
  • Sneak peeks at the menu and wine list for the new Bowery Diner, opening this weekend. (NYT, TimeOut)
  • New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva shares his love of the Japanese home cooking at Umi No Ie. (Eater)
  • Pok Pok Wing, which is taking over the Baohaus space on Rivington, drew lots of media love — and monk’s blessings — in advance of its opening last night. (GrubStreet)


LES Bites: Pok Pok Wing, Teany, Grilled Cheese

Coming soon to Rivington Street: Pok Pok Wing.

  • Pok Pok Wing, an offshoot of a Portland, Ore., Thai favorite, is scheduled to open “early next week” in the old Baohaus space at 137 Rivington St., featuring “Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings,” papaya salad and Som drinking vinegars. (Read more about proprietor and chef Andy Ricker in this NYT feature from November.) (GrubStreet, Facebook)
  • Speaking of Pacific Northwest imports, Seattle-based Via Tribunali, a Neapolitan pizzeria, expects to open by the end of the month at 122 Ludlow St. (Website)
  • A follow-up on the health department’s closure of Teany, a story we first brought you on Monday: new management has big plans for the vegan joint founded by musician Moby. (DNA Info)
  • A look at the upscale makeover of grilled cheese, featuring LES newcomer Little Muenster. (NY Post)
  • The folks behind Bowery Beef plan to open a raw bar on First Avenue. (Local EV)
  • As part of the American Realness Festival, Pushcart Coffee on East Broadway will host a pop-up cafe at the Abrons Arts Center from Jan. 5-15, offering Sixpoint beer, Brooklyn Oenology wine and Stumptown Coffee. (TLD inbox)