food 02.26.04

Front and Back

BondSt, 6 Bond [Bway/Lafayette] 212.777.2500
Front of House:"With food this fresh, original, and vibrantly spiced, the kitchen can easily take on most traditional midtown sushi houses and wouldn't have to walk out of a room backwards if Nobu's troops were in attendance." (New York Mag)
Back of House: "Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly maintained or not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred." (Health Dept.)

Soho House, 29-35 9th [W. 13th] 212.627.9800
Front of House: "The greatest and hippest hangout of all, however, is Soho House on 9th Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets." (The Daily Telegraph)
Back of House:"Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly maintained or not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored." (Health Dept.)

Il Mulino, 86 W. 3rd [Sullivan/Thompson] 212.673.3783
Front of House:"A bacchanal with phenomenal service supplying endless ambrosial food…pure heaven." (Zagat)
Back of House:"Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service." (Health Dept.)

Picholine, 35 W. 64th [Bway/CPW] 212.724.8585
Front of House: "Since Picholine opened in 1993, it has been one of the best restaurants around Lincoln Center, but that has not kept it from getting better and better." (NY Times)
Back of House:"Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility. Food contact surface not properly maintained or not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred." (Health Dept.)

Lola, 30 W. 22nd [5th/6th] 212.675.6700
Front of House: "The perfect place to enjoy a good meal…" (CNN)
Back of House:Failed inspection. "Current valid permit, registration or other authorization to operate establishment not available. Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided." (Health Dept.)

Pastis, 9 9th [Little W. 12th] 212.929.4844
Front of House: "The only thing disappointing is that you don't live closer." (NY Mag)
Back of House:"Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly maintained or not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred." (Health Dept.)

Shun Lee West, 43 W. 65th [Col/CPW] 212.595.8895
Front of House: "For Chinese food with glamour, it's hard to beat this solid-gold Westsider…" (Zagat)
Back of House:Failed inspection. "Canned food product observed swollen, leaking, rusted, severely dented. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored." (Health Dept.)

Pipa, 38 E. 19th [Bway/Park Ave. S.] 212.677.2233
Front of House: "Tapas heaven" (NY Post)
Back of House:Failed inspection. "Food from unapproved or unknown source, spoiled, adulterated, or home canned. Canned food product observed swollen, leaking, rusted, severely dented. Evidence of, or live flies/other insects present in facility. Food contact surface not properly maintained or not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred." (Health Dept.)

Michael's, 24 W. 55th [5th/6th] 212.767.0555
Front of House: "Fine seasonal cuisine." (Bon Appetit)
Back of House:"Milk or milk product undated, improperly dated or expired. Cooked or prepared food is cross-contaminated. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility." (Health Dept.)

Rao's, 455 E. 114th [Pleasant] 212.722.6709
Front of House: "You're still in New York, but you never imagined this Brigadoon existed, and when you leave, you swear no one will believe what you experienced." (NY Mag)
Back of House:"Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Canned food product observed swollen, leaking, rusted, severely dented. Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding. Dead bodies in the dining area.*" (Health Dept.)

*Just kidding. (MUG)

(Note: Violations cited by the Health Dept. are considered "significant" and require "immediate action." The restaurant passed inspection unless otherwise noted.)
Yesterday's MUG: Andrew Haswell Green


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