NYC is watching, but won’t crack down on candlelit restaurants

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been making the rounds among restaurants without refrigeration. Inspectors are not issuing citations or even conducting inspections, but rather just trying to prevent serious lapses in food safety.

Grub Street New York reports dozens of restaurants that still have gas have outfitted their cooks with headlamps and their dining rooms with candles. The DOHMH is circulating special food safety guidelines for areas that do not have electricity.