Thursday, January 19, 2006

You Are What You Eat

The NYC Department of Health has made choosing a place to eat a whole lot easier. They have established an easy-to-use website that puts the results of area health inspections at your fingertips. The site is a bit slow right now, but so is getting over a case of food poisoning.

NYC DOH - Inspection Information

The database houses information on the city's 24,000 eating establishments around the 5 boroughs. Any restaurant with a score higher than 28 fails and has to be retested or face being shut down. The scale goes up to 175 points (at which the UN sends in troops).

The cleanest restaurants are awarded a Golden Apple and are no fun to post about. The ones listed below are what we will call Rotten Apples.

Here are a few places you may want to pass on.
TIME OUT - 349 Amsterdam Ave. - (137 - highest score)
-Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
-Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
-Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room.

ARIEL'S RESTAURANT - 43-46 46 Street Queens - (122)
-Personal cleanliness inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
-Evidence of roaches or live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
-Food, food preparation area, food storage area, area used by employees or patrons, contaminated by sewage or liquid waste.

BAMA FISH N' CHIPS - 1944 Amsterdam Avenue (108)
-Personal cleanliness inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
-Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
-Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas
-Evidence of roaches or live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.

Remember, you are what you eat.

(Source - 1010WINS)