91% of Rockaway Restaurants Pass Health Inspection
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) inspects every restaurant in the city at least once a year and violations are cited based on those inspections. The violations can include unsafe work conditions, hygiene, potential for bacteria growth, vermin, or whether or not a menu item was made with trans fat oils, just to name a few.
However, with a laundry list of possible violations to look after, 91 percent of Rockaway business owners operate with a clean bill of health. There are 109 restaurants along the Rockaway peninsula, and only ten failed their most recent inspections.
The Wave has compiled a list of every Rock away restaurant and its res pective inspection score. The current in spec tion process uses a points system in which violations are issued a specific number of points depending on the severity. A score of 28 or more requires a re-inspection and immediate attention to the violations.
Robbins (49-01 Beach Channel Drive), and The New Cheung Hing Kitchen, both with zero points. There were 10 addition al restaur ants which scor ed 2 points.
Among the rest aurants with the worst inspection record were Gallagher’s Snug Harbour – which was recently sold (68 points), John & John Pizza – which was closed by the Department of Health (58) and LI Mandrin Duck (56).
The average inspection score on the peninsula is 16.8. Scores can be seen in their entirety with details of each violation at nyc.gov/doh. A base point value is assigned to each violation. A Public Health Hazard is the most severe type of violation and typically has a base point value of 7; other Critical Violations have a base point value of 5; and General Violations have a base point value of 2, according to DOH.
The points system will be replaced in July with the recently-approved letter grade system. Under the new guidelines, restaurant owners will be required to display the letter grade in their front window. Restaurants receiving 0 to 13 vio-
lation points would receive an A grade. Those with 14 to 27 points would get B’s, and those with more than 28 points would get C’s. According to DOH, however, a restaurant receiving an A will post its grade card at the end of the inspection. A restaurant receiving a B or C will not be required to post its grade immediately. These establishments will be re-inspected within a month, giving them a chance to improve.