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Greek restaurant Crave temporarily closed by the Health Dept.


Aug. 26, 2014 Staff Report

Crave, the Greek restaurant located just off 30th Avenue, has been temporarily closed by the Dept. of Health.

The Department shut down the 28-55 36th Street establishment after an August 21 inspector found live roaches on the premises. The department cited the restaurant for a number of other violations:

Sanitary Violations
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment.
3) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
5) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
6) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
7) Thawing procedures improper.
8) Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.
9) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

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I ordered from Crave over the years and never had an issue…..that was until more recently this past August. I hadnt ordred from them in several months….decided to….and was throwing up after. I found this article two weeks after the incident…..



I have been a Chef for over 6 years now. And yes there are roaches and yes the health department try and find stuff wrong but getting shut down like that is inexcusable. I’ve gotten a few A grades and I am not perfect I have received a couple of B grades as well. The health department is tough bug they do not look to shut people down. There are off days but that seems like a very off day

Cuatro Montana

Did Saki (Day cook) stop scratching his balls with the tongs? Did he ever wash his hands? Probably not. Did the cook stop cutting chicken with the same unwashed knife he he cut pork with? Probaly not .Jimmy I used to work there . This place should of beenxclosed long ago.


Sorry jimmy, I worked there…if you had ANY idea…I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner. Health dept. is in the right and I’ll bet didn’t even catch it all.


I agree with jimmy…look what happened at strand, you rub an inspector the wrong way and they go on a power trip and abuse their authority!


The Health department is out of control ladies and gentelmen…. They close places for bullshit every day… And if you think there are no cockaroaches in ny city restaurants you are seriously mistaken… Its all about the coin for the Health Department… They could give two shuts about mine or your health…. And P.S. i have never eaten in the place just know how that department functions


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