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.

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)

 

Fire at Teany: Restaurant to be Closed For “A Few Weeks”

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Eater reports an overnight fire broke out at Teany, the tea and sandwich shop on Rivington Street. It was apparently an electrical fire that caused damage to the restaurant and at least some of the apartments in the building. A manager told Eater the destruction is significant, but they hope to reopen in a few weeks. Teany was once owned by Moby.