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3 Star Coffee Shop on Columbus and 86th was closed by the Health Department this week for the third time in the past two years. (I think there’s a joke in here about “3 Stars” but I can’t think of it. If you can, let us know in the comments.)

To add insult to injury, our tipster says that the area all around that building, which has two other shuttered storefronts, does not seem to have been shoveled at all during Thursday’s blizzard.

Here are the violations, which earned the restaurant 35 points:

Sanitary Violations
1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment.
3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
4) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
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.

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    1. yes says:

      All those sanitary violations apply to the conditions at the Senior Center at Hamilton House on W.73rd street. I was there twice and my stomach was seriously upset. Others I spoke with had the same problem. I reported it on 311 and nothing was done. I guess the City doesn’t have to abide by the same rules. Sad.

    2. Jackie says:

      . . . However they do make a superior pea soup every Thursday.

    3. Michael Stark says:

      3 Star coffee slop?

    4. Andy says:

      With all the stupid regulations this city has how can a food establishment be allowed to continue operations after receiving so many F’s?? This place is a hazard.

      From what I hear the story goes that the two brothers who own the diner also own the building. Nobody has to pay rent so they aren’t hurt financial. Strange story….

    5. Dumb says:

      If they own the building why dont they open up a business they know how to run…or at least doesnt require inspection from the health department….

      Idiots – go away….

    6. larry tird says:

      3 strikes coffee shop … YOU’RE OUTTA HERE!

    7. Tony Uws says:

      3 Strikes Diner

    8. Minsb says:

      I like this place and the staff who work here. Could be a successful business if the owners cared to make it one. Sad to see the last of three neighborhood diners close due to neglect.

      • Rocky says:

        Does anyone know if they are planning to reopen?

        • Anonymous 007 says:

          There on current plans to reopen and renovate this place. There was a conflict between the two brothers,one loved the old feeling to the diner and didnt wanna renovate and the other brother wanted to renovate because of the health department. For the meanwhile u can go to there other diners which I recommend because there squeaky clean. Remedy diner 245 e. Houston st. And jax inn diner 72-12 northern blvd. you’ll be surprised they own these places. There food is delicious.

          • nyc girl says:

            Any updates with reopening or re-renting? Do the restaurant owners own the building? It’s been over a year already and the block is an eyesore with vacant, boarded up storefronts.