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Restaurant Report Card: July 2011

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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.

First, the good news: CC’s Café, Kang Kee Chinese Restaurant, Yummy Yummy Bakery, Noodle King and Tien Garden all earned only 2 points during their latest inspections. CC’s Café, on Monroe Street, was inspected for the first time last month. But in the other four cases, those excellent low scores occurred during re-inspections that were prompted by large numbers of violations during earlier visits: Kang Kee on Hester Street scored 78 points on July 25; Yummy Yummy Bakery on East Broadway garnered 60 points on July 11; Noodle King on Henry Street scored 88 points on June 30; and Tien Garden scored 76 points during a July 5 inspection.

Here’s the 28 points and over list for July, from most points to least:

Crown Fried Chicken 197 Madison St. 7/19/2011 55
King Of Casserole (CLOSED) 21 Division St. 7/11/2011 55
Natalie Bakery 271 Grand St. 7/28/2011 50
Apolo Restaurant 168 1/2 Delancey St. 7/12/2011 47
Nam Son Restaurant 245 Grand St. 7/25/2011 47
Good Taste Fuzhou Cuisine 118 Eldridge St. 7/29/2011 42
New Wong Restaurant 103 E. Broadway 7/5/2011 38
Pinalito City Restaurant 293 E. Houston St. 7/19/2011 38
Taqueria Lower East Side 198b Orchard St. 7/5/2011 38
Bacaro 136 Division St. 7/14/2011 35
Fu Zhow Restaurant 84 Eldridge St. 7/26/2011 31
Grotto 100b Forsyth St. 7/12/2011 31
Masala Twist 189 E. Houston St. 7/14/2011 31
Congee Village 98-100 Allen St. 7/18/2011 30
Fen Yang Restaurant 107 Eldridge St. 7/25/2011 30
Heaven’s Hot Bagel 283 E. Houston St. 7/27/2011 30
Sugar Cafe 200 Allen St. 7/25/2011 30
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  1. Congee Village is one of the dirtiest establishment in the city. I interned in the Health Dept two summers ago and the amount of complaints this place gets is enough keep me away. At night you can see the rats run out into the back of the restaurant on Orchard Street. The residential units above suffered from all the pest from Congee Village.

    Seeing 30 points from them is no surprise.

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