Health Department Closes Nagasaki Sushi on Eldridge Street

Nagasaki Sushi, 109 Eldridge Street. Photo by RK Chin.

The New York City Health Department has closed Nagasaki Sushi at 109 Eldridge Street. In an inspection this past Wednesday, the popular spot for inexpensive rolls racked up 80 violation points.

Among the “critical violations” noted by the inspector: “hot food item not held at or above 140º F,”  “cold food item held above 41º F,” “live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.”  Nagasaki Sushi has done relatively well in past Health Department inspections.  In July of last year, the restaurant recorded 18 violations points.

 

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.

Two LES Pizza Ventures Cited for Sanitation Problems; One Shuttered

Va Bene Pizza, 201 Clinton Street.

Va Bene Pizza, at 201 E. Clinton St. near East Broadway, was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday after receiving 81 points for sanitary violations.

Va Bene was cited for eight violations, six of them rated critical. The critical violations included not providing a toilet for either either employees or patrons, the presence of mice, improper holding temperatures for cold foods, and food that was “adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated or not discarded” appropriately.

Restaurant Report Card: July 2011

Here at The Lo-Down, we know our readers care a lot about our local restaurants. We are all fortunate to live, work and play in a neighborhood full of interesting places to eat and drink. We welcome the new ones and look forward to giving them a try; we grieve the loss of old favorites; and we love to analyze all the ones in between. As part of our ongoing coverage, each month, on the second Wednesday, we post this report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code. We list those that scored 28 points or more on their health department inspections, earning “C” grades. We also call out those establishments that excelled in their inspections by earning 3 points or fewer.

For more details on how the city grades restaurants, 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.

Here’s the report for July.

Health Dept. Shutters Overseas Taste on Canal

Overseas Taste Restaurant

The city’s health inspectors closed neighborhood Malaysian restaurant Overseas Taste at 49 Canal St. yesterday, citing 10 violations of sanitary regulations totalling 82 points.

The problems noted included improper holding temperatures for both hot and cold foods, the presence of roaches and problems with plumbing and food-preparation surfaces.

Restaurant Report Card: June 2011

Here at The Lo-Down, we know our readers care a lot about our local restaurants. We are all fortunate to live, work and play in a neighborhood full of interesting places to eat and drink. We welcome the new ones and look forward to giving them a try; we grieve the loss of old favorites; and we love to analyze all the ones in between. The second Wednesday of each month, we post a summary of the previous month’s health department inspections for eateries in the 10002 ZIP code. Click through to read the June report.

Health Department Shuts Essex Street Tiki Bar PKNY

Authorities returned to PKNY at 49 Essex St. last night and shut it down.

It’s been a tough few weeks for PKNY, the Lower East Side tiki bar formerly known as Painkiller. On top of losing its former name in a federal lawsuit over trademarks in late May, city health officials issued it terrible inspection report earlier this month. Even though the beloved one-year-old artisan cocktail bar received a passing score on a subsequent inspection, authorities arrived late last night and closed it down.

Notices on the door this morning attribute the closure to “operating without a permit.” The cleaning crew on site a few minutes ago said they understood it to be a temporary problem and that the bar would open up in a few days. They did not want to be identified, and referred questions to the owners.

The National Underground Will Reopen Next Week

The National Underground on East Houston Street plans to reopen next week after passing its health department reinspection this afternoon.

Rock club The National Underground passed a reinspection from the city’s health department today, but will not be reopening tonight, as co-owner Joey DeGraw had hoped. A sign on the door this afternoon called it “good news and bad news.” It’s unclear whether it will reopen on Monday, June 20 or Tuesday, June 21. You can read all the background here.

PKNY Tiki Bar Earns a B on Health Dept. Re-inspection

The LES tiki bar formerly known as Painkiller apparently has addressed most of the sanitation issues that earned it 101 violation points from the city health department earlier this month. In its second inspection in 10 days on Monday, the artisan cocktail outlet on Essex Street earned only 24 points, a B on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s graded scale.

National Underground Plans to Reopen, Bands Kvetch

Joey DeGraw hopes to reopen The National Underground tomorrow night.

In the six days since the city’s health department shut The National Underground down, Joey DeGraw has been up late cleaning out his walk-in cooler, installing new bathroom vents and caulking the floorboards of his stage. A crew of employees and volunteer NYC musicians who are regulars at his East Houston Street joint have rolled up their sleeves to help him tackle a list of violations that brought the club’s 75-shows-a-week business to a screeching halt. A re-inspection is scheduled for tomorrow; if it goes well, the music resumes tomorrow night. In the meantime, DeGraw doesn’t have a lot of time for complainers.

The National Underground Shut by Health Department

The National Underground, singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw's rock lounge at 159 E. Houston St., was shuttered Friday by city health inspectors.

The National Underground, a popular rock and roots bar on East Houston Street, was shut down Friday by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Lo-Down has learned. Inspectors issued 71 violation points (a C grade), citing problems with food handling such as improper holding temperatures and the potential for contamination, as well as the presence of mice or the evidence of mice. The bar was cited for 10 violations, five of them ranked as “critical.” The lesser violations involved plumbing and structural issues.

A big yellow “Closed” sticker clung to the front door this afternoon, while workers were on site making improvements and renovations in a scramble to reopen as soon as possible.

Health Inspection Turns Up Trouble at Tiki Bar Painkiller

Health inspectors gave Painkiller (aka PKNY) 101 points for nine violations during a visit Friday.

Following on the heels of settling a federal lawsuit over trademark infringement last month, Lower East Side tiki bar Painkiller faces another kind of trouble in the wake of a health department inspection Friday. The bar drew 101 violation points for a variety of serious sanitation issues.

The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene cited it for nine violations. Seven were labeled “critical,” including water and ice that was not potable or drawn from an unapproved source, food being handled with bare hands, the presence of live roaches, inadequate hand-washing facilities, and a lack of food protection certification for the supervisor of food operations.

Restaurant Report Card: May 2011

Restaurants that receive a grade lower than "A" can post a "Grade Pending" certificate while they appeal.

Here at The Lo-Down, we know our readers care a lot about local restaurants. We are all fortunate to live, work and play in a neighborhood stocked with interesting places to eat and drink. We welcome the new ones and look forward to giving them a try; we grieve the loss of old favorites; and we love to analyze all the ones in between.

This month, we are launching a new restaurant feature: The second Wednesday of each month, we’ll post a summary of the previous month’s health department inspections for eateries in the 10002 ZIP code.