Walked in because I didn't want to wait 45 minutes at Red Bamboo, a few doors down. Noticed that they had a "grade pending" sign en lieu of a letter grade. Sat down to a dirty table and handed a sticky menu.
One of my dinner guests went to the washroom and reported back that everything was sticky and the crud on the toilet seat could be scratched off with your fingernail... not that anyone would dare do that. Being the matron of the group, she convinced us to promptly leave.
Glad I did because, three days later, I just read this:
"A restaurant has two chances to earn an A in every inspection cycle. If it doesn’t earn an A on the first inspection, it’s scored but ungraded. An inspector goes back to the restaurant unannounced, typically within a month, to inspect it again and the re-inspection is graded. If the grade is a B or C, the
restaurant will receive a grade card and a grade pending card. It can post either card until it has an opportunity to be heard at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Health Tribunal.
Until a restaurant has a graded inspection, it is listed as Not Yet Graded on the Health Department website."
Those grades posted in the front windows are so reassuring. On my last NYC trip to didn't even bother to walk into a crummy C-graded restaurant. I haven't visited a B-graded place yet, but I think that's as low as I'd go. Maybe.
I wanted to give this place 1 star but for some reason the lowest rating you can give a vegan/vegetarian establishment is 2