Most NYC Restaurants Get An ‘A’ From The Health Department

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –Mayor Michael Bloomberg returned Monday to the Queens restaurant that received the city’s first-ever A grade last year to present them once again with the same honor.

Bloomberg ordered some scrambled eggs on burnt white toast for breakfast from Sparks Deli as he announced key findings about the first year of the city’s restaurant grading system.

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Sixty-nine percent of restaurants inspected in the five boroughs over the past year have received As. So far, 90 percent of restaurants have been issued letter grades.

“I would much prefer to eat in a restaurant with an A. I think it says that the owners really care,” says Bloomberg.

Thirty percent of the restaurants in the city do not get A’s and that’s a source of indigestion for them, according to an industry spokesman.

“If we have to have a letter grade system, let’s have A , pass, you’re safe to serve the public. Or F, fail. We don’t need B’s and C’s that mislead the public, and really damage and shame restaurants,” Andrew Rigie, of the New York State Restaurant Association told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

The city health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says it’s still too early to gauge the effect of the letter grades on public health.

“We certainly hope that is going to be the case. That did happen in Los Angeles, a reduction in foodborne illnesses. But it’s too early to say here in New York,” Farley said. “Every food establishment in New York City, from a corner deli to a five-star restaurant can have the best food safety practices if they train their staff and focus on food safety consistently.”

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Sparks Deli owner Tony Araujo says it’s not difficult.

“You don’t have to be scared of the board of health. The board of health gives you a lot of tools to help you,” he says.

Bloomberg says the grades have saved restaurants millions of dollars in fines.

“If you get an A and you still have some violations, because there’s always going to be some, we don’t fine you. And it’s a policy to encourage that have an A to keep an A,” says Bloomberg.

The letters are getting a big thumbs up from New Yorkers. Sixty-five percent in a recent survey say they base their restaurant choices solely on the grades.

Do you only eat at ‘A’ restaurants? Let us know below…

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  1. Rabat says:

    A Muslim Halal Restaurant on 29th street between Broadway and 5th avenue
    in Manhattan iwhere all our cab drivers eat is the only restaurant that I have
    seen with a “C” rating,I think it is still cleaner than any restaurant that is in
    the Taxi drivers own country ,this dirty place in near the Taxi Drivers Mosque.

  2. WOODEN NICKEL says:

    @ Mckinney
    There is a saying..A SUCKER IS BORN EVERYDAY !!!!
    DOES THE WORD “REFURBISHED” MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU ??
    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR..THE MOMENT YOUR BOSSES’ TV BURNS OUT YOU WILL LOSE YOUR JOB..You get what comes around..

  3. DEBBIE says:

    An A…?? This is not about elementary school. This is about restaurants that people like myself patronize and give our hard-earned dollars.
    In corona on 99th and 59th streets there is a hideous Chinese restaurant/candy store/bodega, I ate from there ONCE and was deathly sick thereafter not aware of the location/menu at my door. The place is not only HOT but dirty, the shelves and its contents have been there for YEARS, there are more flies than customers. The place is in dire need of renovation, LAST WEEK SHE HAD A “B”, THAT SHE HAS HAD FOR QUITE SOMETIME..YESTERDAY SHE WAS SMILING AS SHE PLACED A FRESHLY RECEIVED “A” IN HER WINDOW AND TOOK CELLPHONE PICTURES OF….ARE YOU KIDDING ME ??? WHAT PERSON WITHOUT A TANK FOR A STOMACH IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD EAT FROM THAT DUMP ???
    I WOULD LOVE THE PLEASURE OF STANDING IN ON AN INSPECTION JUST TO SEE WHAT THEY LOOK FOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES FOR AN “A”..NOT TO MENTION A “B”. THE HEALTH DEPT. NEEDS TO CLOSE HER DOWN BEFORE SOMEONE DIES OF FOOD POISIONING.

  4. YUP MAN says:

    THE MAYORS OFFICE YOU GET THE LETTER .C. OKAY TAXI LIMOUSINE COMMISSION LETTER .C. NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT LETTER .F.F THE FIRE DEPARTMENT LETTER A A A HHHHH MR MAYOR ITS TIME FOR YOU TO RETIRE YOU TOO OLD FOR THE CITY

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    I should have said the fish must be from the Hudson river
    as no labels there either…

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    “Cafe 28” on the corner of 5th avenue & 28th street in NYC is a very busy
    place to eat with tons of tourists ,they have no ingredients or signs ever
    listed on the self serve foodtables,nor hot food from the Hudson river as
    no signs or labels on that self service table either..
    They have been this way for years and one thinks they pay off
    our health inspectors. One also sees no grade sign at all, I wonder why?

  7. Emmy says:

    I would LOVE to see NYC nail salons rated the same way by the health dept. They really need to clean up the act.

  8. LLL says:

    There is a Sushi place on 9th Ave. on the corner that is so filthy especially the floors and I saw an “A” Grade, obviously this system is not working!

    1. Greg says:

      Unless your sushi falls on the floor, I don’t see why it would constitute a B or C.

  9. RuhRoh says:

    We hit a place on Mott St. every other Sunday, well, we used to. They have an A in the window but we’ve witnessed the employees use the dumbwaiter to send garbage downstairs only to take freshly prepared, uncovered food out of the same dumbwaiter. On our last visit, one of the employees dropped a pair of scissors on the floor, picked them up and cut up an item for a customer and didn’t bat an eye. We complained to one of the waiters who took the scissors, wiped them with a napkin and said “all clean now” and went back to work. So much for that A out front and we are done eating there as a result. A good friend in San Francisco who works for the Dept. of Public Health told me to never look in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant because you will never eat there again. Pretty accurate.

  10. fart says:

    Say no to diarrhea!

  11. tortes says:

    Food carts should be rated as well!!!

  12. Jon J says:

    This letter grade system seems fishy and supicious. I Know there are some eateries that possess neck-high violations(more than those with B or C Grades) yet they still have A grades (nothing a little $$ and a few connects in DOH can’t fix)

  13. JONATHAN says:

    ACTUALLY IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, THIS LETTER GRADE SYSTEM IS A SCAM TO GENERATE MONEY, I GUARANTEE EVER SINCE IT STARTED IT HAS INCREASED IN $$ COMING IN FROM LAST YEAR AND THE WAY IT WORKS IS THAT THEY FAIL YOU ON PURPOSE THE FIRST AND SECOND TIME AND THEN GIVE YOU THE “A”. ONCE YOU FAIL THE FIRST AND SECOND TIME YOU ARE IN THE SYSTEM TO AUTOMATICALLY GET REINSPECTED A FOURTH OR FIFTH TIME DURING A YEAR’S TIME. EACH FAILED INSPECTION ONE IS ISSUED FINES AND VIOLATIONS TO PAY TO THE CITY COFFERS. THE CITY IS OPERATED LIKE A JOKE, LOOK AT THE PAYROLL SYSTEM THE MAYOR HAD WHICH RAPED TAXPAYERS MILLIONS AND NOW LOOK AT THE MTA.
    BLOOMBERG NEEDS TO LEAVE

  14. Russ says:

    I do not think the city does a good job at making sure the restaurants are posting the correct score. There are a few places in astoria (chinese food places) that if you go online the grade is different then what is in the window….SCARY STUFF TOO!

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