Great Wall DOH’d!

It looks like the NYC Department of Health has shut down another Henry Street eatery, as Great Wall [60 Henry Street] appears to have been shut down. No one answered the phone there at 5pm this evening. BHB commenter Nick reports:

I just noticed that DOH closed down Great Wall for operating without a permit. Too bad because I liked that place. Why is it so hard for restaurants in Brooklyn Heights to operate within DOH guidelines?


As another commenter, The Huh?, adds and we’ve discovered  Great Wall racked up 58 DOH violation points during its last inspection on February 22.  On the Hit Parade ewwwwwwwwwww:

Sanitary Violations
1.) Other General Violation
2.) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin infestation exist.
3.) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
4.) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
5.) Personal hygiene inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
6.) Evidence of, or live roaches in facility’s food and/ or nonfood areas.
7.) Food worker does not wash hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet, coughing, sneezing, smoking, preparing raw foods or otherwise contaminating hands.
8.) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
9.) Hot PHF not held at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photos by Karl Junkersfeld

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  • Nick

    So unfortunate. I found this to be one of the better Chinese restaurants in New York City. But how can one go back with that litany of violations?

  • my2cents

    HA. I never understood the fascination with that place.

  • Sam
  • velvetflip

    Gross….I got my lunch there today! I must have been one of the last customers. I guess that is why I appear to be growing a long tail!

  • nabeguy

    I happen to enjoy GW, but I can’t say I’m really surprised by these violations. Standing at that counter waiting for my sweet & sour chicken and looking at the state of that kitchen doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in their approach to basic hygiene. On the other hand, the fact that it has a open kitchen provides a level of transparency that most restaurants don’t offer. I guess the lesson is to use your eyes to protect your stomach.

  • AEB

    Oh, god, say it ain’t so! No Great Wall, no Great Wall threadings….

    …As for the food, well, as Mao used to say, let’s not go there….

  • http://Nope Dumpster_Diving

    Fascati barely avoided a requisite inspection with its own 26 violations…

    …Which seems quaint next to Noodle Pudding’s WHOPPING 71 Violations??? How the hell are they not shut down???!!

    So GROSS…

  • Ellen

    This I believe:
    “6.) Evidence of, or live roaches in facility’s food and/ or nonfood areas.”
    I saw one with my own eyes while waiting for my food. When I pointed RIGHT AT IT, the staff pretended not to see. I did it several times. Then I left, dumped my food, and never came back.

  • paul

    I am always astounded that people are surprised by this stuff. have none of you ever worked in a restaurant? besides, this is NYC, people. there are roaches in your building, probably in your apartment, there are rats in the subway and there are damn sure going to be rats and mice in kitchens.

  • gw

    This cannot be.

  • xochi

    it’s about time.

  • No One of Consequence

    Does the DOH ever go to Chinatown? Authentic Chinese cuisine almost requires these conditions.

  • Heightsman

    No One of Consequence – too funny!

  • x

    roaches feces are the secret ingredient to takeout Chinese cuisine!

  • John

    the Chinese guy who delivers for them is gross also.
    he is constantly spiting and blowing his nose with his fingers !

  • No One of Consequence

    Again, both of those activities are pretty much the routine in the Five Points.

  • othersideofthebridge

    rat, the other white meat.

  • HeightsDiva

    Wow glad I never ate there, but I do wish there were more open past 11PM quick eats for the younger crowd around here. Especially on weekends

  • Arch Stanton

    I loved Great wall, The food was good and cheap…. I would go back….

  • Andrew Porter

    Stray cats and dogs…rats, squirrels, pigeons, possums and raccoons! NYC is a smorgasbord, if you’re not picky where your next meal is coming from. Hope you’ve had all your shots…