Seven health department violations, five of them critical, caused inspectors to order the Congee Bowery to close this week.
Authorities visited the popular Chinese eatery on Jan. 9 and issued it 55 points. Violations included improper holding temperatures for both hot and cold food items, evidence of mice and roaches, and unsanitary food surfaces.
Monday’s closure was a follow-up inspection to a Dec. 27 visit by inspectors, in which Congee Bowery drew 50 points. City records show the 7-year-old restaurant has received more than 50 points on four inspections dating back to March 2011, with several follow-ups with good scores in between.