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Local Eateries Cited by Health Inspectors

According to data supplied by the New York State Health Department, more than 100 local eateries in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties were cited for "critical violations" during the most recent recorded inspection.

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More than 100 food service establishments were cited for "critical violations" during the most recent recorded inspection by health inspectors. 

Collected from the “Health Data NY” section of the New York “Open Data Portal,” the searchable map above includes food service establishments in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties that were cited for “critical violations” during the last recorded inspection by the state health department.

Among the Rockland county establishments listed are:

  • Olde Village Inne
  • Noel's Gourmet Deli and Cafe
  • Popeye's
  • Country Corner Deli
  • Lexington Grill and Pub
  • Zimi Bagel Cafe

You can zoom in and out of the map and click on an orange bubble for basic information about the food service establishment cited, including its name, date of inspection and specifics of the violation or violations cited.

In New York, the State Department of Health's Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection “works to protect the public health by assuring that food service establishments are operated in a manner that eliminates hazards through design and management, resulting in a decreased incidence of foodborne illness in our communities,” according to the agency’s website.

Across more than 90,000 food service establishments statewide, the bureau’s “Food Protection Program” guides county and city health officials who permit and inspect food service establishments, the agency says.

The bureau maintains Part 14 of the New York State Sanitary Code, including subpart 14-1 which regulates food service establishments. See this subsection for specifics on inspections.

Some of the citations available from the Health Department date back to early 2013; some restaurants have had subsequent inspections. 

For example, Greg DeMarco, for six years an owner at Rye Roadhouse (which has received four star ratings on Yelp and Trip Advisor), told Patch that the critical violation cited in April was for a single cracked egg on a flat of eggs in the restaurant’s walkthrough.

“By the book, that is considered a critical violation and it was an oversight on our part that happened during the normal course of business that morning,” DeMarco said. “We are committed to cleanliness and food safety. It’s a top priority. This hasn’t been an issue for us in the past and we don’t expect it to be an issue going forward.”

It hasn’t been.

Records show that the most recent inspection at Rye Roadhouse, on Dec. 30, yielded zero critical violations.



bill Johnson January 17, 2014 at 09:58 PM
The reason the Lexington Grille received a red violation is because of our new business Lexington Pizza and Pasta right next door. Unknowingly, we did not have the proper permit for our pizza display case. We have since received the proper permit. The pizza is always kept and served fresh, but we needed the proper permit to fully meet the Board of Health expectations. As owner of these two locations for the last 24 years, and 2 establishments in Nyack I pride myself on our cleanliness and quality of food.
marc rutstein January 18, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Another example of media sensationalism, make it look like Lex Grill is in violation if health and now people wonder if safe to eat there, bad misrepresentation by the reporters! Lex Grill has great food and is a clean establishment!
Rockland Resident January 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Bill, never been to your restaurant but your response makes me want to try it. Maybe even tonight!
AH January 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I went to Southern Exposure in Valley Cottage last night and they were closed down with a Notice from the Board of Health on the front door. Anyone know what that is all about? Had just bought a Groupon voucher for $79 - they haven't notified Groupon that they've been closed since 1/7!
bill Johnson January 18, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Thanks! If you do try Lexington you won't be disappointed. You will get a solid meal, good service all at a fair price. I promise. Please let me know your thoughts. If you do try it least something positive came from this article. I guess any advertising is good advertising. Thanks again for the support.
Elmer Williams January 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM
All of the above Lexington Grille comments are, in my opinion, fraudulent with shill comments. There was a reality TV show called Restaurant Stakeout, hosted by Willie Degel, who tried to help this troubled eatery. Google search it. I wouldn't go there if the meal was free. Not worth getting sick.
bill Johnson January 20, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Elmer I am ok with u not going to the Lexington. FYI, restaurant stakeout was reality tv as in no truth. I was paid for the hour commercial. Oh, by the way the show is about service not unsanitary conditions. Sounds to me as if u didn't even see the show.
MitchP January 21, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I had a recent experience at Lexington Pizza a couple weekends ago. About 6 adults + 4 pre-schoolers went in after a round at Monster Golf. Place looked spotless and we all had a great pizza lunch. No hesitation on going back.
bill Johnson January 21, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Thanks Mitch!

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