Saturday, July 14, 2012

NYC Department Of Health Restaurant Ratings Map...It's Interactive!

I remember a couple of years back when the letter grading system was instituted in NYC by the Department of Health, causing a minor uproar in the restaurant community because some thought it was unfair. The main reason for the uproar was that restaurants have to hang their grade in the front window of their shop or they would be fined. Some restaurants responded by creatively hiding their grades, if they were not an A, like putting a row of tall plants in front of their windows. Look, the bottom line is that we all pay good money to eat at restaurants that are clean, that are free of pests, and keep their food properly refrigerated. Most people have probably seen these grades without exactly understanding exactly what they mean. I mean a B sounds good right? Well it's not. A B means that a restaurant has some major violations...major! 
I'm not going to explain what the violations are or what the process is for the restaurants to appeal their grades, that would take too long. Most of us don't have the time to really check out a restaurant on our own before we go out to eat...or do we? 
Thanks to the Department of Health they have set up an interactive map of the entire city so you can quickly find out about a restaurant that you are planning to go to tonight. The amazing thing is that you can see exactly what the violations are, if any. Don't let yourself be fooled by how a restaurant appears or sounds, make sure you are looking out for yourself because the last thing you want to have to deal with is Food Poisoning, or worse, a trip to the hospital. Click the link below to be taken to the map:

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