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Which Two Manhattan Hotels Are Ignoring Their Health Code Violations?

June 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Would you dine at a place with a "B"?

UPDATE 6:49PM: Andaz Fifth Avenue's general manager Jonathan Frolich has sent us this statement regarding the letter grade.

"We've addressed the issues brought to us by the inspector and we look forward to a re-inspection. We are fully committed to ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and we're confident that the current grade will be amended in the very near future."

For what it's worth, Andaz Wall Street has an A and the team is following the same F&B rules as Andaz 5th Avenue.

Let's not make a big deal of this—since Lord knows the management at the Plaza Hotel and Andaz 5th Avenue don't want to—but it looks as if two upscale midtown hotels have been silently boycotting their unfavorable Department of Health inspection results. The news might not come as a surprise for those who have followed the Oak Room's downward spiral. Between its $28 burgers, unpredictable nightlife scene (Lady Gaga is far better off at a place like the Standard), and, now, apparent neglect of health code, the Oak Room has essentially sealed its own doom.

The New York Post reports:

"The iconic Oak Room at The Plaza hotel has been inspected twice by the Health Department since the grading system took effect last July. It scored 33 and then 39 violation points -- well beyond the 28 that rates a "C" -- for a lack of hand-washing facilities near the food-prep area and the toilet, among other infractions.

Asked where the grade was posted, a manager sniffed, 'I do have it, but I can't let you see it.'"

Now, we get it. These places have a reputation to uphold, and can't stand the thought of lost business because of a pesky letter grade placard posted in the restaurant's front window for all to see. Here's a tip for panic-stricken hotel restaurant managers: if you don't want to get stuck with the bad grade, you gotta do the homework! Like, you know, keeping food prep surfaces clean, and ridding the kitchen of flies, and making sure all the requisite hand-washing facilities are in place!

An empty Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue

Not that any of these individual issues poses that big of a threat. We're not talking bed bugs or anything. It's the principle of the matter! After all, if White Castle can do it, a classy joint like the Andaz 5th Avenue certainly can too. Apparently, the Andaz suffered from "filth flies in the kitchen and inadequate cleanliness of kitchen staff." Kind of a shame, considering we are not only fans of the hotel's lounge bar, but we even chose their downstairs bar as the meeting place for last year's HotelChatter cocktail hour.

Heard of any other hotel bars flunking health inspections? Let us know!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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I've always appreciated the NY health board's brash advertising for this reason. Kitchens can be nightmares at any institution, and I think it's comical and humbling that everyone from the Plaza to the taco truck has to post this jarring sheet of paper in their window.

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