Sorry Restaurant Owners, People Actually Like the Letter-Grading System

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The people have spoken, and they want grades. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced the results of a poll that showed that most New Yorkers approve of the letter-grading system; they were later dismissed by restaurant owners who said that the survey had been conducted by a city institution -- CUNY's Baruch College -- making it biased. But now a new survey from a non-city source has largely corroborated these first findings.

The Baruch survey found that 91 percent of New Yorkers approve of the grading system, and 88 percent of people take grades into account when choosing a restaurant, according to the Times. A new survey from Quinnipiac University revealed that 82 percent of New Yorkers support the system and 67 percent say that the grades affect where they eat.

How restaurant owners are going to get people to change their minds about a system that many of them consider unfair and harmful to their businesses remains to be seen.

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Not a surprise at all, as most people prefer industrial food to good food and their preferences aren't affected by the grading system.  If you don't like fresh mozzarella cheese kept at room temperature, sushi which isn't cold to the bite, charcuterie which is properly stored and aged, gently cooked meat, poultry, and eggs,etc., than of course you don't mind the grading system which disfavors these food traditions which are hundreds of years old.  If you like your food fresh off the Sysco truck, than the grading doesn't affect you.

Restauranteurs and all people who appreciate good food must work to make the public understand that Department of Health regulations and inspections have nothing to do with health or food safety, and everything to do with bureaucratic power mongering, corruption, and ignorance.