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WNYC News

Restaurants Are Getting a Reprieve from Health Department

Friday, March 21, 2014

WNYC

Letter grading was never intended to be a revenue generator for New York City, the City Council Speaker said.

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WNYC News

City Council Challenges Restaurant Grading System

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A City Council survey released Wednesday showed 85 percent of restaurant owners say the letter grading system is "Poor" or "Fair." Less than 5 percent say it's "Very Good" or "Excellent."

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WNYC News

A's Galore for Restaurants, One Year into New Grade Program

Monday, August 01, 2011

Sixty-nine percent of New York City's restaurants have received a score of A since a restaurant grading system was put in place last summer.

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Features

Broadway Theaters Get Served with Health Department Violations

Monday, June 20, 2011

Even though they're not cooking any food, Broadway theaters are getting letter grades from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Broadway venues, along with Off-Broadway and movie theaters, are included in the city's restaurant grading program because they operate concession stands. Many of the stands aren't performing very well.

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WNYC News

Fact-Checking Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City Speech

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Some quick fact-checking on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City speech.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do You Care About Restaurant Grades?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Alan Sytsma, senior editor at the food blog Grub Street at New York magazine, discusses the restaurant grades currently being handed out by the NYC health department.

Listeners: How much do these health grades matter to you when you're deciding where to eat? Call or comment here!

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WQXR News

Will Restaurant Grades Reduce Hospital Visits?

Friday, July 16, 2010

When food poisoning announces itself, it’s sudden.

“I think I had a sip of Diet Coke, and I sat there, and sort of felt my stomach grumble a little bit,” says Forrest Jessee, a Manhattanite who was in a movie theater when he noticed the first signs of a bug. Jessee quickly decided to walk out of "Forrest Gump," though he was enjoying the film.

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WNYC News

Will Restaurant Grades in New York Mean Fewer Visits to the Hospital?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Restaurant owners may feel queasy about having food-safety grades posted at their entrances. But what about diners who have really felt ill thanks to restaurant food? Ilya Marritz examines the evidence behind the decision of the New York City Health Department to adopt letter grades.

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WQXR News

Will Restaurant Grades Change Where New Yorkers Dine?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Restaurant owners are bracing themselves for a new food safety grading system starting later this month.

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WNYC News

Will Restaurant Grades Change Where New Yorkers Dine?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Restaurant owners are bracing themselves for a new food safety grading system starting later this month. Diners will soon see an 8 x 12 inch blue "A," green "B," or yellow "C" letter posted at the entrance of every restaurant and bar in all five boroughs of New York City--nearly 24,000 locations in total.

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WQXR News

Grading Restaurants: Seemingly Small Violations Can Add Up Quickly

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If a restaurant fails its health inspection, you might think it had rats, mice or roaches.

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WNYC News

Back to School: New York City Restaurants Receive Letter Grades for Sanitary Conditions

Monday, July 12, 2010

Starting later this month, color-coded grades based on restaurant food-safety conditions will begin appearing in prominent locations to the entrances of New York City’s nearly 24,000 eating establishments.

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WNYC News

Restaurant Grades: 'A' Grade

Monday, July 12, 2010

In school we learned that an 'A' was awarded for a score between 90-100 points, a 'B' for 80-89 points and a 'C' for 70 to 79. That’s not how the New York City’s new health inspection restaurant grading program will work.

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WNYC News

Restaurant Grades: 'B' Grade

Monday, July 12, 2010

As the new food inspection program rolls out later this month, if a restaurant receives more than 14 points, it will not receive a grade at that time. Instead, the restaurant will be re-inspected at least a week after the first inspection. During that time, the Health Department hopes restaurants will fix any violations before a second, different inspector makes an announced visit to conduct another survey.

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WNYC News

Restaurant Grades: 'C' Grade

Monday, July 12, 2010

The dreaded 'C.' It is the "Scarlet Letter" of restaurant grades. With only three possible grades, the 'C' is the lowest mark a restaurant can receive.

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WNYC News

Restaurant Grades: Pending Grade

Monday, July 12, 2010

A restaurant that receives a 'B' or 'C' on its second inspection can opt to post a 'Grade Pending' card in the window while it waits for a hearing before an Administrative Tribunal at the Health Department.

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