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.

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.

Brooklyn Bitters Brewing on the LES

Jason Rowan, at the essex Street Market.

Jason Rowan needs to buy a label maker.

The brown glass medicine bottles lined up in a gourmet shop in the Essex Street Market bear labels produced on his home printer. But since Rowan and business partner Mark Buettler launched Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters eight weeks ago, the pair can’t keep up that way any more.

Demand for their bitters—concoctions born of macerating fruits, herbs and spices in alcohol and other bittering agents, which are then used to flavor cocktails—has outpaced their home-office equipment, and they are ramping up production and packaging to meet it.

“We’re at that awkward phase, where you’ve dipped your toe in, and then all of the sudden you’re getting all this feedback, and people wanting more,” Rowan said.

Food Wire: Fatta Cuckoo, White Star, Shopsin’s

Photo via Grub Street.

Lots of catching up to do today, on the food/restaurant beat:

  • Grub Street gets a look at the menus for Fatta Cuckoo, the seasonal Italian restaurant opening on Clinton Street next week.  The chef is Brett Ackerman of Diner and Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg. Dinner entrees include: veal dumplings, ginger soy sauce glazed salmon and a ribeye with fries for $22.
  • Grub Street also reports: Mixologist to the stars Sasha Petraske is no longer involved with White Star on Essex Street.
  • Serious Eats samples the breakfast sandwich at Shopsin’s and finds it to be delicious, even though there’s an umbrella stuck on the top.