NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing Tuesday about New York City’s restaurant letter grade system.

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During the system’s first full year, the city’s number of salmonella cases, a strong indicator of food poisoning, fell to a 20-year low.

In contrast, his honor pointed out that, “In Connecticut, New Jersey, and the rest of New York state, salmonella ratings have remained largely unchanged. So, it’s down 14 percent here, but in all of the surrounding areas it has not changed at all. We have a rating system and they don’t.”

The mayor also chides those who say the letter grades would hurt restaurants, pointing out overall revenues for them have risen 9.3 percent – or $800 million – since the grades have been handed out.

72 percent of the restaurants have an “A” – up 65 percent from a year ago.

“With restaurants making improvements, diners across the city have many more ‘A’ grade restaurants to choose from,” said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs. “New Yorkers are paying attention to grades in restaurant windows and restaurant operators are clearly paying attention to food safety practices and cleanliness. Restaurants are making the grade and early results show foodborne illness is declining.”

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The mayor also pointed out the results of a Baruch College poll on restaurant grades.

“91 percent of New Yorkers approve of posting grades. The survey also revealed that 88 percent of New Yorkers factor the letter grades into their decisions about where to dine out,” said Bloomberg.

What do you think about the restaurant grades? Would you eat at one that got a B? Sound off in the comments section below!

Comments (9)
  1. MG says:

    If you want more information on the specific violations that the restaurant recent in the latest or previous inspections… check out the new DOH mobile app for the iphone. Search on the app store for: ABC Eats

    It will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision!!!!!

  2. Rob says:

    Be careful of what you post in here. CBS news is using censorship to filter out the negative comments of the mayor. This forum is tainted. They’ve taken down my post and forbidden to be posted in here. SHAMEFUL of this CBS NEWS forum.

  3. DopamineJunkie says:

    An “A” grade doesn’t necessarily mean a cleaner restaurant, just as this A-graded restaurant has been found to have live mice. See it to believe:

  4. Matt H. says:

    If you own a restaurant you’re a stationary target. They can shake you down for the slightest infraction. Hey, NYC needs the money, let’s have it.

  5. foody says:

    Steve, if ya wanna know why it’s a B, then ask the owner to see the report.
    Who’s cares if he’s gay. Good chance the guy next to you is too.
    And you don’t think he gets input from the advisors? You really think he’s an expert on Restaurant revenues?
    What really would be good is if the reports were posted right alongside the grading letters.
    And why do some places not have any grades like Clementi’s off Knapp St, Brooklyn?

  6. steven says:

    I eat at a resturaunt that received a B rating every Sunday. The place is packed. It is clean from the front until the back. The rating system is flawed.

  7. Ready, Set CRAP! says:


    1. Anonymous says:

      I thnk you are right, His best pal is queen Koch.

  8. Esmerelda says:

    What a bunch of hooey.
    What does the Mayor know about whose restaurant revenue went up –
    other than his friends ?

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