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This is One BLT We Don't Want to Bite Into

October 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM | by | ()

When we sampled Chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Marketinside The Ritz-Carlton Central Park back in early 2009 we loved the friendly, snoot-free vibe, even if the menu prices were a little too ritzy for our budgets. But fast-forward two and a half years and now we're not sure we'd ever eat there again.

That's because the restaurant received a C grade by the NYC health department for violations including mold in the ice, a fly infestation and food stored at unsafe temperature, according to the NY Post, who also outed two other fancy hotel eateries back in June.

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Which Two Manhattan Hotels Are Ignoring Their Health Code Violations?

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

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!

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