The New York City restaurant grading system implemented in 2010 is working. Many diners won’t enter a restaurant  if there’s a “B” or “Grade Pending” posted in the window. In fact, I — like 88% of New Yorkers — consider the grade before booking my res. I check with the department of heath online or use the ABCEats app. Click here to find a restaurant’s letter grade and to learn what the grades actually indicate.

Did you know that:

  • New Yorkers eat at restaurants nearly a billion times each year
  • 6,000 New Yorkers are hospitalized and 20,000 visit emergency room each year because of foodborne illnesses
  • 2,700 residents of NYC complain to the City each year about restaurant-foodborne illness
  • 1 in 4 restaurants are re-inspected due to severe health code violations

Keep looking for and frequenting those restaurants with  “A” grades in their windows. I know I will.


– bonnie

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