Kefi, the popular Greek restaurant on Columbus Avenue between 84th and 85th Streets from Chef Michael Psilakis, was shut down by the Health Department on Monday. Kefi is known for its Greek platters and sandwiches. At its last inspection in April, it received an A grade. The Health Department has not yet listed the reasons why the restaurant was closed, but we’ll update this post when we get that information.
Update, Wednesday morning: Here are the reasons for the closure, according to the Health Department, which gave the restaurant 54 violation points. (As of Wednesday afternoon, Kefi had reopened, Gothamist reported, although the bottom floor was closed for a “private party.”)
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
5) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
6) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.
Update, Tuesday afternoon: We hear from a source that the company failed its reinspection, but we haven’t confirmed it yet. There was still no info up on the Health Department site about the specific problems as of about 1 p.m.
Kefi reached out to the blog Eater, which had linked to our post: A rep said “Following a failed health inspection, incidents reported on Monday night are currently being resolved. Kefi continues to work towards upholding its level of excellence and will reopen for service tomorrow.” Eater also notes that an employee sued Psilakis and his partner earlier this year, charging them with failing to pay minimum wage, among other allegations.
Thanks to our anonymous tipster/photographer.