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FAL Jun 19, 2010 04:46 AM

NYC -DOH in July will begin grading the restaurants where we eat . Will you go to a restaurants that has a C rating? DO you think this is a good idea .I do. But I am a little worried that the restaurant I like will not be up to par anymore .

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    Nicole Jun 22, 2010 05:32 PM

    We have posted grades here in California. I'm generally okay with an A or B, but I'm not okay with a C or worse. It also depends on the kind of restaurant...for sushi I will only eat at an A-rated restaurant.

    1. BrookBoy Jun 22, 2010 10:55 AM

      Well, given the way the grades are going to be given, I wouldn't set foot in a place that gets a C.

      If a restaurant does not receive an A on the initial inspection, the restaurant gets a second inspection, at least a week later. This gives the restaurant time to correct the violations. If after the second inspection, the restaurant gets an A, they then post the card showing that grade.

      But if they don't get an A on the second inspection, they receive a card that says "Grade Pending", and the restaurant then has the opportunity to appeal the grade by appearing at a Health Department tribunal. If they lose the appeal, then they have to post the grade.

      The letter grade for a restaurant will be a major factor for me. If a restaurant has a C, it's not for me.

      1. BobB Jun 21, 2010 12:43 PM

        Restaurants here in Boston don't have posted health ratings. I've never even heard of such a thing. Does it exist anywhere outside NYC? (And if not, should dthis thread be moved to the NY board?)

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          Sooeygun Jun 22, 2010 10:08 AM

          We have it here in Toronto. Pass, Conditional, Closed. And on the city's Dinesafe website, you can see the reasons for conditional, as well.

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          mpjmph Jun 21, 2010 05:14 AM

          We've had health department letter "grades" with numeric scores posted in NC for as long as i can remember. A lot of people won't even go to "B" restaurants. It's actually very rare to see a posted grade other an "A." I'm not sure if restaurant practices are better b/c the grades are posted, or our health standards just aren't that high.

          I frequently check inspections online if I have questions - in my experience, the lower graded restaurants often have multiple minor violations that really don't concern me that much, but "A" restaurants often have one or two violations that make my skin crawl. My guess is that people in NYC will avoid lower graded restaurants after the grades are posted on site, but I would encourage you to read the full report for any restaurant you're worried about.

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            tastesgoodwhatisit Jun 21, 2010 03:10 AM

            I was in Toronto when they moved to a posted granding system (pass, conditional and fail) and it did affect my eating habits - I would avoid going to any place that had to close down to renovate after failing.

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              dump123456789 Jun 20, 2010 09:14 AM

              Yes, it's a good idea. No, I wouldn't go to a C restaurant.

              We don't have DOH-type ratings posted in our area, but whenever we travel to areas that do, we find that the information winds up playing into where we decide to eat.

              1. janie Jun 19, 2010 08:04 AM

                I already do check out a lot of places before I eat there anyway, but having the sign on the door will definitely impact people who otherwise didn't know this info was available online--or for places you never looked up--it's a good thing, it will finally get owners to get their act together,--sorry, but no matter how good the food is, there's no excuse for improper handling of food and using spoiled dented product, --it shows no respect for your customer and complete ignorance of food borne illness...food poisoning is no joke. As much as owners clean up their act, it is still their responsibility to make sure their employess know proper hygiene..don't be fooled by all the gloves--they use the gloves to touch everything--washing hands and avoiding cross contamination of raw to cooked, and cleaned prep surfaces and food at proper temp is most important...also, bathrooms are a disaster at so many restaurants--this is always a bad sign.

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