Even A-grade restaurants blast ratings

bf2977221dc2f192d8a4909e47a5ebf0
GETTY IMAGES

Even restaurateurs making A grades loathe New York City’s controversial letter-grading system, Council Speaker Christine Quinn revealed yesterday.

In a new Council survey of nearly 1,300 restaurants, 66 percent rated the city’s letter grading as “poor” — and 67 percent of those surveyed had received A’s.

The restaurants ranged from delis and bakeries to fine dining establishments, Quinn said.

“Clearly it’s not just restaurants that are breaking the law that have concerns about the system,” Quinn said.

Many restaurant owners told her that the system was inconsistent and arbitrary, with inspectors enforcing different standards.

For example, Scott Rosenberg, who co-owns Sushi Yasuda, which has an A grade, said on one inspection, a health department inspector told him he could keep rice sitting out, as long as he kept track of how long. Yet on another day, a second inspector told him never to keep rice out.

Quinn said she suspected that the system may be to generate revenue for the city, as even eateries that receive A’s are hit with an increasing number of food safety violations.

Of the restaurant owners, 68 percent said the grades increased their costs and complained about being ticketed for minor violations, such as having open doors.

Quinn suggested that the Department of Health have regular summits with restaurant owners, or even take small steps like not wearing jackets with Health Department logos on them, which she said scares customers.

‘They want to catch you’

Scott Rosenberg, co-owner of Sushi Yasuda near Grand Central Station, said that health inspectors constantly tell him different things.

“The process by and large has been inconsistent,” he said, recalling a time when an inspector took $10,000 worth of tuna, dumped it in the garbage and poured bleach over it because it was prepared by bare hands.

Herb Wetanson, whose businesses include Dallas BBQ, said the inspectors do not seem to want to work with businesses, instead ticketing them for minor infractions — Wetanson said he was slapped with a violation for having a bit of dust on top of an ice machine.

“They come and they catch you,” he said. “They want to catch you.”

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @AlisonatMetro



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…