Of roughly 24,000 restaurants, nearly 1,400 have been hit with $1,000 fines for failing to display grades,.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she’s been hearing a steady drumbeat of complaints from eatery owners about the health department’s restaurant letter grading system.
Restaurants in New York City have been required to display letter grades from the health department for over a year now but not street vendors. The City Council may consider changing that.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg returned to Sparks Deli, the Queens restaurant that received the city’s first-ever A grade last year, to present them with their second consecutive A rating for cleanliness.
Many New Yorkers said the grades have helped them make choices on which restaurants to frequent, but some would rather make their own choices.