It pains us to say this, but it seems the popular Caribbean-American restaurant Golden Krust is the second filthiest in the city, according to the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.
And what does it mean to be among the dirtiest restaurants, among the so-called "Dirty Dozen" of the city's eateries?
Well, city officials say that all those in the Dirty Dozen "had some combination of mice, rats, cockroaches and insects."
Presumably not in the food, necessarily, but almost surely there in the restaurant near the cooks and the eaters.
It's pretty disgusting and a warning bell to owners that they need to, literally, clean up their act.
[The owner of Golden Krust does a lot of good in the city, but this allegation strikes a tender neve with us because a journalist friend of ours got very sick at a Golden Krust outlet about a year ago.]
Here's the list and accumulated points or violations of the top six dirtiest restaurants, according to the city:
El Barrio Restaurant
152 E. 110th St., Manhattan
7/24/08 – insects, cockroaches 204
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery
1862 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn
7/09/09 – mice, insects, cockroaches 182
1186 E. 180th St., Bronx
7/25/08 – mice, insects 126
Merry Jerry’s Jamaican Restaurant
102 Saratoga Ave., Brooklyn
7/10/08 – rats, insects 125
The Metropolitan Grill
1 Madison St., Manhattan
6/5/08 – mice, insects, cockroaches 100
Jimmy’s Coffee Shop
900 6th Ave, Manhattan
7/08/08 – insects, cockroaches 97
According to an Epoch Times report: "If an establishment exceeds 28 violation points, it is issued a warning followed by re-inspection. If the problems persist, it will be inspected every six months until it can pass two inspections in a row. During the re-inspections, the restaurants are allowed to remain open."