Some NYC Restaurants Face Fines For Not Posting Health Department Letter Grade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Health Department has issued hundreds of violations to restaurants failing to post a letter grade reflecting the result of an inspection.

Health officials announced Tuesday that they’ll pay surprise visits so food establishments can’t suddenly pull out the signs.

Daniel Kass, the Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Health at the department, told 1010 WINS that only a “small number of restaurants” were in violation.

“We’ve been looking on every inspection. We have a group of people who are doing random spot checks and we respond to public complaints,” Kass said.

The City Is Serious About Those ABC’s. WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond Reports.

More than 800 violations have been issued for not displaying a grade, or putting it in a place where patrons can’t spot it easily.

“The public will really come to expect to see it and they’ll let restaurants know that it’s not acceptable not to post a grade,” Kass said.

The grading system was started last July. About three-quarters of the city’s more than 24,000 restaurants have been inspected. The rest must post a “Grade Pending” sign.

An A, B or C reflects cleanliness, food safety and other requirements such as number of sinks.

A restaurant may appeal a grade, or be reinspected with improvements. Violations come with fines up to $1,000.

“Restaurants have a choice, they can invest in hygiene in their restaurants or they can invest in paying fines. And we’ve said from the very beginning that we want them to invest in hygiene,” Kass said.

What Do You Think About Some Restaurants Not Posting Their Grades?  Share Your Thoughts In The Comments Section…

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  3. Max says:

    The grading system is BS
    They give you a score and then they discuss the grade
    A restaurant in my hood has vermin droppings and they got an A
    Another one got a C and then cleaned up there act and got an A
    Its another agency in the city that is corrupt

  4. steve says:

    I thinks it’s great. Hope the inspectors, do surprise checks. I agree, The vendors on the street are getting away with murder. They sneeze in there hands,pick their nose etc. You get a (C) you are out…….


    Why do restaruants and deli’s get treated like garbage by the health inspectors and street vendors go unchecked and ungraded? There are many food trucks that sell food that are not places I would eat. The places that I eat are clean and sanitary that have rediculous violation requierments and are fined regularly for petty non sense. The mobile vendor is not even responsible for the sidewalk they are in front of. How can any inside merchant compete? Mobile vendors should be required to have hand sanitizers mounted to make sure the hands stay clean before they prepare each meal, after all where is the sink to wash them?

  6. Hungry Lion says:

    The city inspectors should inspect all the food stands on Stillwell Avenue next to Nathans in the flea market. None of them have running water. One stand brought a huge garbage pale of water from the bathroom on the boardwalk to use in food preparation. The city has been called many times and they Ignore this area run by Thor Equities. Somebody is going to get seriously sick from these fly by the night food stands.

  7. Barre Flynn says:

    Grading is a mere embarrassment. If you get a B you have so many days until they come back to see if you fixed the problem. If you do you get the A. However you can get an A and the next day invite the Rats to come back home to live. It is impossible to make sure the A level is adhered to. People are easily fooled into thinking they are any safer.

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