Restaurant: Junko – 33-02 Broadway, Astoria, Queens, NY

I was devastated the other day when, walking past my favorite sushi restaurant in Astoria, I saw a bright orange “C” pasted to the window. That’s right, Junko, my “go to” place for sushi, is sporting a “C” health grade from New York City’s Department of Health.

Junko Sushi C Restaurant Rating
“C” Grade Hidden Down in the Bottom Corner

What did they do to receive it? As detailed by the city, violations included (critical violations in red):

  • Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
  • Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  • Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed.
  • Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
  • Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
  • 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.

Live roaches? Personal cleanliness inadequate? Sorry. Junko but you’re out. It looks like I’m going to have to find another sushi spot.