City Council: Restaurants Don't Really Like The City's Grading System

Mike Licht,
A day after Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference touting the successes of the city's letter grading system for restaurant health inspections, members of the City Council are saying that a majority of businesses don't actually like them.

Bloomberg, alongside the city's health commissioner, told reporters yesterday that requiring restaurants to post their letter grades has done nothing but good for the city since the policy was first implemented in 2010.

Most New Yorkers like seeing As, Bs, and Cs in restaurant windows, restaurant sales have jumped, more businesses have improved their cleanliness, and salmonella infections have gone down, the city reported.

Everyone wins, right?

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Long Island City Clubhouse Is Getting Serious About Comedy

Let's face it -- Long Island City is just way cooler than your typical go-to trendy neighborhoods in New York City. It's got that great combo of not-yet-too-gentrified, still-a-safe-place-to-chill, not-as-hipster-as-Williamsburg, and very-friggin'-close-to-Manhattan-AND-Brooklyn.

At the heart of this growing Queens neighborhood -- where strip clubs are NOT welcome! -- is a comedy joint on the rise. The Creek and the Cave, a multi-level restaurant and bar with nonstop comedy, is a gem that nicely epitomizes the little-neighborhood-that-could. The clubhouse features affordable Mexican food and drinks, the comedy shows are free, and it's a homegrown effort run by a Long Island City resident. And just like the fast-paced development of its surrounding neighborhood, the Creek and the Cave is also growing rapidly -- now, with the help of the ever-popular Kickstarter.

Today, Runnin' Scared caught up with the comedy-loving, former underwear-saleswoman owner of Creek and the Cave to hear about the clubhouse's latest expansion goals with the Kickstarter project.

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Serial Restaurant Burglar At Large in Manhattan

Burglary suspect
‚ÄčCausing heartburn among a select few around the city in the past six weeks, a serial burglar has cut through security gates late at night and swiped cash from at least 17 little businesses in Manhattan, most of them restaurants, cops say.

Tips are welcome, not only at the restaurants. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.

Nasty New York City Restaurants Seem to Be Getting Graded on a Curve

"These top chefs haven't passed the mustard." Thanks again, New York Post. Since the Health Department started delivering letter grades city-wide for cleanliness, some students expected to shine as stars have faltered, including "celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's flagship brasserie, Les Halles; Upper West Side staple Shun Lee; Dylan Thomas' favorite pub, the White Horse Tavern; and Di Fara's Pizzeria, often hailed as the city's best slice." Even Shake Shack racked up a pile of violation points. But questions remain! How would you grade, "Evidence of rats and roaches; not vermin-proof"?

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