food safety

Restaurant Letter Grades: Why the ABCs Are Bad for Business in the Five Boroughs

The New York City health department’s letter-grade system for restaurants is old news, but not really. Instituted a year ago, the consequences of letter grades are being felt by restaurateurs at every level, from high-end fine dining to casual eateries. I’ve worked in many restaurants and earned a HACCP certification during my stint at culinary […]

Grading Restaurants’ Cleanliness: New York City Says Letters Are Better

There’s been much heated debate around the New York City Health Department’s recent requirement that restaurants display sanitary inspection scores, which are now being awarded in more consumer-friendly letter grades. Prior to this approach, curious diners in the Big Apple had to search online to find out details about a restaurant’s sanitary inspection records. Restaurateurs, understandably, have […]