Once trendy, now trashy, New York’s The Village Voice has nothing but disdain for NYC’s restaurant inspection grading system.
Most recently, the Voice used the dirty kitchen story to conclude, “Your kitchen is probably filthier than New York’s dirtiest dive.”
“In yet another glaring example that the Department of Health’s restaurant inspection letter grades are likely to be formidably misunderstood by the average dining Joe, researchers have found that at least one in seven home kitchens would fail the DOH inspection — in other words, score less than a C grade. …
“If the top-rated restaurant in the city can only get a C (and White Castle is at the top of the class alongside A-graded Popeye’s Chicken and McDonald’s), something must be wrong with the system.”