Uptown’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

This week we’ve posted about two Harlem restaurants with a history of health code violations that have recently closed. Last week amNY posted an article that zip code 10026 in Morningside Heights/West Harlem has the highest percentage of violations in the city.

Ten of the 50 restaurants in that ZIP code inspected by the health department — or about 20 percent — either got a C grade, the lowest, or a “grade pending” until they get their act together.

One was so bad it was shuttered last month.

To be honest, we aren’t surprised. While dining for the first time at Toast on Broadway a rat ran through the restaurant until it was caught by a staff member and taken into the cellar. A recent check of the DOH website shows that despite critical violations they still have an A grade!

In Harlem proper, two established eateries were caught with violations. According to the article, “Business has dropped since a “grade pending” sign went up at Le Baobab, a Senegalese eatery in Harlem.” Society on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, also has a “grade pending” and a violation resulting from a faulty refrigerator that kept food too warm.

“The goal of the health department is good,”said Karl Williams, owner of Society and 67 Orange. “We just need to figure out a way to make it less a snapshot in time and into more of a pattern or trend.”

Read the article here: amNY

Check to see if your favorite restaurant has been cited here: DOH