The ‘C’ Class: Restaurants That Would Have the Lowest Marks Under Letter Grading

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As you know, restaurants will be required to post health-inspection letter grades starting in July. According to the Department of Health’s fact sheet, 30 percent of the city’s restaurants would currently get A grades (for fewer than fourteen demerit points during an inspection), 40 percent would get B's (for 14 to 27 points), and 26 percent would get C's (for 28 points and above — the range that requires a follow-up inspection). Restaurateurs have complained that C grades would unfairly scare potential diners away — to help you determine whether that argument has any merit, we’ve singled out the notable restaurants that currently have a grade of 28 or higher on the Department of Health’s Restaurant Inspection Information database (all restaurants have their scores next to them, and are linked to their health-inspection results). Note that greasy spoons, Kennedy Fried Chickens, and the like have been excluded. And keep in mind, these numbers fluctuate — the Box once racked up an unholy 168 out of 175 points and now has a respectable 7. What do you think: Would a big fat C keep you from dining at Monkey Bar, which racked up 60 points (owing mainly to paperwork issues, it seems) earlier this month?

Los Pollitos (Park Slope) - 28
The Slaughtered Lamb - 28
Uncle Vanya - 28
Centrico - 29
Hakata Ton Ton - 29
Oro Bakery and Bar - 29
The Rusty Knot - 29
Oliver’s - 30
Two Boots (Ave A) - 30
Los Pollitos (Bay Ridge) - 30
Bar Carrera (Second Ave) - 31
Lenny’s Clam Bar - 31
Moonstruck Diner - 31
Snack - 31
The Jake Walk - 31
Salt Bar - 32
The Sunburnt Cow - 32
Gallagher’s Steakhouse - 33
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (Greenwich St.) - 33
Financier Patisserie (Stone St.) - 33
Manhattan Ocean Club - 34
Bill’s Gay 90’s - 35
Bombay Grill (Seventh Ave) - 35
Forge - 35
Hooters - 35
Pacific Grill - 35
Peter Luger Steakhouse - 35
Smith’s - 36
Sotto Voce - 36
Cipriani Dolci - 37
Euzkadi - 37
Gusto - 37
Gobo (Third Ave) - 37
La Bonbonniere - 37
Cafecito Bogota - 38
Mercadito (Ave B) - 38
Nori - 38
Wild Ginger (Broome St.) - 38
Shang - 41
Dim Sum Go Go - 42
Nyonya (Sunset Park) - 42
Riposo 72 - 42
La Nacional - 43
Le Barricou - 43
BLT Fish - 44
Fish - 45
Grand Sichuan (Ninth Ave) - 45
El Quijote - 46
Macao - 48
Russian Samovar - 48
Great NY Noodletown - 50
Le Bilboguet - 50
Urban Lobster (Stone St.) - 50
Snacky - 51
Macondo - 52
Myrtle Ave - 52
Spicy & Tasty - 52
Boqueria (Spring St.) - 54
Fat Hippo - 56
Monkey Bar - 60
Le Gamin (Bedford St.) - 77
Dopo Teatro - 93