Restaurant Report Card: November 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 most recent 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. Please note that restaurateurs are permitted to post a “grade pending” certificate while they await reinspection or appeal an unsatisfactory score, so those listed here may not currently display a “C” grade in their storefronts.

Here’s the report for November.

Roots & Vines Seeks Permission to Stay Open Later

It's that time of the month again… Monday night Community Board 3's Licensing Committee is back in action. "Roots & Vines," the coffee shop on Grand Street, will ask the committee for permission to extend its hours. "1 Essex LLC" had been scheduled to make its case for a new liquor license. But the mystery restaurant, on the corner of Essex and Canal, has been removed from the agenda. The location has been the subject of much speculation. Internet rumors that celebrated restauranteurs Keith McNally or Jean Georges Vongerichten were behind the venture have turned out to be untrue. The meeting starts at 630pm. It's at the JSA/Green Residence, 200 East 5th Street. The full agenda can be viewed here.