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The 12 Dirtiest, Cleanest NYC Restaurants

Yesterday, State Senator Jeff Klein released his annual list of the 12 dirtiest and cleanest New York restaurants. Klein compiles his lists from Department of Health restaurant inspection info, and he reserves special ire for pest-ridden restaurants. He released his two lists at a press conference outside Del Posto, in the meatpacking district, which failed its inspection in June but has since cleaned up the problems.

Klein wants the city to adopt a grading system (like LA's), in which each restaurant is given a DOH grade, A-D, and must post the grade prominently. That might work better than just shutting down places at the drop of a hat—if your favorite restaurant earns a C, you can decide for yourself whether to go there or not.

Here are the lists (which Klein calls the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Sparkling Twelve.") Heh. Frankly, I think I'd rather eat cockroaches than go to the McDonald's that's listed as one of the cleanest. On the other hand, Sripraphai, the fantastic Queens Thai spot, is also listed as one the cleanest—just another good reason to eat there. 26 Seats is the only relatively high-profile restaurant called out on the dirty list.

The lists are below, with their violation scores in parentheses after the date of inspection.

Senator Jeff Klein’s Dirty Dozen New York City Restaurants of 2008

EL BARRIO RESTAURANT 152 EAST 110 STREET, MANHATTAN 7/24/08 – INSECTS, COCKROACHES (204)

GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY 1862 NOSTRAND AVENUE, BROOKLYN 7/09/09 – MICE, INSECTS, COCKROACHES (182)

GUACAMOLE’X 1186 EAST 180 STREET, BRONX 7/25/08 – MICE, INSECTS (126)

MERRY JERRY’S JAMAICAN RESTAURANT 102 SARATOGA AVENUE, BROOKLYN 7/10/08 – RATS, INSECTS (125)

NEW CHOPSTICK HOUSE 102-09 QUEENS BOULEVARD, QUEENS 7/03/08 – MICE, COCKROACHES (100)

NINO’S PIZZA 842 FRANKLIN AVENUE, BROOKLYN 7/29/08 – MICE, INSECTS, COCKROACHES (98)

THE METROPOLITAN GRILL 1 MADISON STREET, MANHATTAN 6/05/08 – MICE, INSECTS, COCKROACHES (97)

CAFÉ CARCIOFO 248 COURT STREET, BROOKLYN 7/29/08 – MICE, INSECTS (97)

JIMMY’S COFFEE SHOP 900 6 AVENUE, MANHATTAN 7/08/08 – INSECTS, COCKROACHES (95)

POPCORN HOF AND BAR 246 EAST 204 STREET, BRONX 4/24/08 – MICE, RATS (93)

ACTION BURGER 513 GRAND STREET, BROOKLYN 4/17/08 – MICE, RATS (93)

26 SEATS 168 AVENUE B, MANHATTAN 8/06/08 – MICE, INSECTS (92)

Senator Jeff Klein’s Sparkling Twelve Cleanest New York City Restaurants of 2008

ARTUSO PASTRY SHOP 672 EAST 187 STREET, BRONX 1/23/08 (7)

BLIMPIE 85 EAST GUN HILL ROAD, BRONX 10467 4/2/08 (5)

CAFFE ITALIA 12-40 A CLINTONVILLE STREET, QUEENS 10/16/07 (4)

CARIFESTA RESTAURANT 4251 WHITE PLAINS ROAD, BRONX 4/2/08 (4)

CHURRASCARIA PLATAFORMA 316 WEST 49 STREET, MANHATTAN 4/22/08 (6)

CORATO PIZZA II 60-91 MYRTLE AVENUE, QUEENS 2/20/08 (2)

MCDONALD'S 119-05 LIBERTY AVENUE, QUEENS 4/9/08 (7)

OCEAN GRILL 384 COLUMBUS AVENUE, MANHATTAN 11/27/07 (5)

PRIMO AMORE 34-33 FRANCIS LEWIS BOULEVARD, QUEENS 10/11/07 (2)

RUSSO'S ON THE BAY 162-45 CROSS BAY BOULEVARD, QUEENS 11/1/07 (4)

SRIPRAPHAI THAI RESTAURANT 64-13 39 AVENUE, QUEENS 11/29/07 (5)

TRATTORIA ALBA 233 EAST 34 STREET, MANHATTAN 2/21/08 (5)


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