shopping 05.1.12

Etsy Hunt Reuse Edition
Every Person in New York

Maybe we'll eat in tonight.

(Health Department Inspections are from the past year. 'HACCP' is Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points, a food safety management system. Per the DOH: "filth flies" include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Ed: Just ew.)


Michael's, 24 W. 55th [5th/6th] 212.767.0555
Front of House: "Media moguls rub shoulders with publishing insiders over haute California cuisine at this clubby Midtown eatery. Everybody's a somebody here, at least for the duration of the meal." (New York Magazine)

Back of House: "Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist." (Health Dept.)

Brooklyn Diner, 155 W. 43rd [Bway/6th] 212.265.5400
Front of House: "It somehow serves up a little bit of Brooklyn in Manhattan with class. Class meaning this diner is a hot spot for elite eaters and even celebrities." (Shecky's)

Back of House: "Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist. " (Health Dept.)


Per Se, 10 Columbus Circle [59th] 212.823.9335
Front of House: "It represents the ideal of an American high-culture luxury restaurant. The appetizer is not food so much as a poem about creaminess, a meditation on brine, a sculpture about the delicious. No restaurant in New York City does a better job than Per Se of making personal and revelatory the process of spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on food and drink." (The New York Times)

Back of House: Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not labeled in accordance with HACCP plan. Other general violation." (Health Dept.)


The Darby, 244 W. 14th [7th/8th] 212.242.4411
Front of House: "[T]here are times to splurge, and that's what places like the Darby are for." (Wall Street Journal)

Back of House: "Evidence of mice or live mice 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. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist. Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly." (Health Dept.)

Arte Cafe, 106 W. 73rd [Col/Amst] 212.501.7014
Front of House: "A warm, unpretentious Italian restaurant, Arte Cafe is the prototypical neighborhood standby. The specialties here are wholesome, uncomplicated dishes at reasonable prices and—as with many 'family style' Italian restaurants—enormous portions. " (New York Magazine)

Back of House: "Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist. Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used. Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly. " (Health Dept.)


Oyster Bar, Grand Central
Front of House: "For a "glimpse of NY's glamorous past", drop anchor at this "timeless", 99-year-old seafooder in the depths of Grand Central, where an "incredible" bivalve selection and "classic oyster pan roasts" are served in a vast room crowned by a tiled "vaulted ceiling"; "minimal service" and "maximal noise" are "part of the experience", so insiders "head for the Saloon" for "more peaceful" dining." (Zagat)

Back of House: "Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist. Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly." (Health Dept.)


The Four Seasons, 99 E. 52nd [Park/Lex] 212.754.9494
Front of House: "For almost half a century, New York's grande dame of special-occasion restaurants has held court on 52nd Street. Though the Grill Room's famously high-rolling power lunch is the institution's true raison'être [sic], dinner in the Pool Room—a palatial dining arena centered on a bubbling marble pool—certainly has its charms." (Time Out)

Back of House: "Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service." (Health Dept.)


Niko, 170 Mercer [Houston/Prince] 212.991.5650
Front of House: "[A]nother trendy new Soho restaurant with unexpectedly good cooking" (New York Magazine)

Back of House: "Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Thawing procedures improper. Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door. Single service item reused, improperly stored, dispensed; not used when required." (Health Dept.)


Landmarc, 10 Columbus Circle [59th]
Front of House: "Chef Marc Murphy offers "something for everyone" at this "popular" French duo known for "affordable" grub and "wine bargains" galore; "no rezzies" is the rule at both the "rustic" TriBeCa original and the "cavernous" Time Warner Center satellite" (Zagat)

Back of House: "Cold food item held above 41° F except during necessary preparation. Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred." (Health Dept.)














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Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.


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