Update: Two Restaurants and a Bar Temporarily Closed by Health Department

The NYC Health Department has been busy in the neighborhood, recently closing two restaurants and a bar because of violations.

Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen on 87th and Amsterdam was closed because of a permit issue. The restaurant said in a note that they’re working to get the issue corrected. Thanks to Michelle and Yael for the photos.

Update: Todd McMullen, manager of Kirsh, tells us “we are going to be open again by this evening. After spending hours trying to resolve our permit issue, we finally solved the problem and are ready to serve our loyal customers. We also want to thank all the people who stopped by yesterday to check on us and wished us well. We really appreciate everyone’s warm thoughts and concern.”

Wes End Lounge at 955 West End Avenue (107th) was also closed by the Health Department, although the exact details were not clear because they hadn’t been posted online. A note on the door said they were closed for “unforeseen circumstances.” Thanks to Patricia for the photo.

Polpette at 483 Amsterdam (83rd-84th) was closed for health violations, including evidence of mice, according to an inspection posted on the department website. The full list of violations is below. Thanks to Yael for the photo.

Violation points: 42
Sanitary Violations
1) Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment.
2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
4) 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.

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    1. WestSideGuru says:

      How is Noi Due on west 69th still up n running? They store their food containers in an alleyway unprotected.

    2. BillyNYC says:

      God bless The NYC Health Department… NOW GO AFTER THE STREET VENDORS AROUND THE MUSEUM!!!!!!

    3. Sue Brown says:

      Famiglia pizza on 96 and Amsterdam also has a notice of closure due to unsafe construction.

    4. Mary Jones says:

      My DH walked past Kirsh today (Thursday) early afternoon…no signs on the door, someone sitting inside looks like it’s open. We’re relieved since we love the place. Their wonderful milk bread is so delicious.

    5. W. Thompson says:

      This kind of information is well received by the public. It’s good to know that our health is being looked out for considering the fact of our patronage to these establishments we should at least be able to eat in clean places. Not mentioned which was also closed for health citations yesterday was Mamie’s Spoonbread on 110th right off Columbus Ave 110th street.

      • B.B. says:

        Ever since that famous (or infamous) video of rats at that KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in Chelsea, and the scandal that unfolded afterward; DOH has gone into over drive.

        Some feel the increased inspections, closings, online reporting etc… is a bit over the top; but as you say we are dealing with public health and food safety.