We have written about the Chinese food crisis on the Upper West Side — the neighborhood, once a reliable destination for Chinese food, has fewer and fewer solid options available. But there’s a new kind of crisis brewing.
In the past week and a half, three Asian restaurants on the Upper West Side were shuttered by the NYC Health Department. Last week, Ozen Asian Fusion at 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue was closed by the department for a roach problem, among other violations. A reinspection a few days later resulted in the restaurant reopening.
Then this week, two more restaurants were shut down.
Hunan Park, a Chinese restaurant at 96th Street and Columbus, had to close because of roaches, soiled wiping cloths, food held at the worng temperatures and other problems. After a reinspection on Wednesday where the inspector turned up evidence of mice, the restaurant was re-closed.
And Columbia Cottage on 111th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, which serves free all-you-can-drink wine, was shuttered on Tuesday because of problems with flies, food that was unprotected from contamination, and the lack of a place for employees to adequately wash their hands. It hasn’t been reinspected yet, according to the DOH website.