Monty Q’s Closed

A BHB tipster confirms that Monty Q's has been DOH'd

This just in from a BHB tipster:

Coming home from work, I saw a yellow “CLOSED” sign on Monty Q’s door.  Makes me sad, having had a nice yet very affordable pasta/pizza meal there last Friday night.  Not gourmet, just fast and tasty. I know there have been some DOH issues in the past — any idea what’s up?

Update: As confirmed by our BHB tipster and by the DOH website (finally updated today),  Monty Q’s has racked up 50 NYC Department of Health violation points.  We’ve said it before and we’ve said it again – the DOH is very aggressive with their inspections and a high number of violation points doesn’t mean death for an eatery.

Update 2: BHB’s Heather Quinlan reports that according to the restaurant, they’ll be reopening in “two days”.

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  • Brian

    I just ordered delivery from there 3 hours ago. Should I see a doctor?

  • Anon

    The shop on Livingston changed owners at least 3-4 weeks ago. The menu and prices are the same, but the pizza is just average so it isn’t worth it.

  • Arch Stanton

    Only if you’re still waiting for it

  • Anon

    On 10/4 Monty Q’s at 158 Montague St, scored a 50 on their inspection and was closed by the Health Department.

    Sanitary Violations
    1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
    2) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
    3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
    4) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
    5) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
    6) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.

  • EHinBH

    Sorry, but good riddance! Let’s say goodbye to bad food that caters to Court Street workers with nowhere else to go…

  • Mickey

    I agree with EHinBH. At best their pizza was just okay and $2.69 plus tax per slice even makes Fascati’s prices seam reasonable.

  • Drew

    Not to mention their outrageously slow and indifferent service. Let’s hope we get a better replacement run by people who want to serve good food and value their customers.

  • Monty

    I started ordering from Reginella when Fascati was on it’s annual vacation and haven’t looked back. It’s tad bit pricey, but it’s really excellent quality.

  • Victor

    LOL. Reginella isn’t even in the same league as Fascati. Pass.

  • ag

    Going to try Fascati, but Reginella is pretty good for quick pizza. Nice guys and way better than My Little Pizzaria IMO.

  • Arch Stanton

    Fascati not only has great pizza they also have an “A” rating form the Department of Health…

  • Clintonious Wow

    I like My Little Pizzaria! MontyQs pizza was heavy with dough & expensive, and the mall-like atmosphere put me off too.

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  • eg

    There goes one of my “pit stops” on Montague, on the way home.

  • Hicks St guy

    Fascati’s are a bunch of punks with very average pizza.

  • Ben

    This is a sad day but George and the Calfa Family, Lassen & Hennings owners. Geoge, Al, Chris, and Thomas will put Monty Q’s back together better than ever. Part of the problem here is that George puts too much trust in his employees the night time evening managment of Monty’s is really bad slow, indiffernt service, dity tables. George can NOT stay at home in Malverne with Susan and the kids he MUST be here 14 hours per day to run this place. Clean the place up and get going George and for the last time do NOT delagate management of your restaurant to employees who do not care.

  • nabeguy

    Let the Pizza Wars begin! For a change of taste, try Tutt’s on Hick’s. Not your traditional NY pie, but tasty nonetheless.

  • x

    Monty Q’s got my delivery orders wrong 9 out of 10 times.

    Good riddance.

  • nabeguy

    Apparently, that’s one of the other reasons they got a Q rating from the DOH.

  • Arch Stanton

    Unfortunately is seems they are going to try to reopen. I would love to see them go away forever….

  • Steve R

    Another place people should consider for pizza delivery is WiPie at 155 Remsen. Not only do they have very tasty pizza with many toppings available, but their menu is similar to Monty Q with sandwiches, wraps, and build-your-own salads. This duality allows my wife and I to order from the same place.

    WiPie delivery includes paper plates, plastic utensils, little packets of different pizza seasonings, and napkins. It’s like receiving a ready-to-go picnic basket. We live around the corner from Fascati but we prefer to order from WiPie.

  • Anon

    it’s not so bad, is it? i like the food there. aren’t most places just as dirty and montyqs supposedly is? seems like it could just be a way for the city to increase their $$$$ during a budget crunch.

    what sort of bad experiences have other people had there?

  • Arch Stanton

    The fines levied against food establishments are usually pending. if the violation is cleared by the return inspection the fine is usually dropped or reduced. Besides, I doubt the fines collected even break even on the cost of issuing and collecting them…. Unlike traffic violations…

  • Timithy

    I’ve been to Wi-Pie a couple of times. I love their buffalo and BBQ pizza. I’ve read that because it’s Bloomberg’s last term in office, he is putting a lot of pressure on the Health Department to inspect a record number of restaurants. Some of the Health Department requirements are near impossible to comply with, and with the new point system, it is very difficult for restaurants with a large quantity of menu items to get an A grade. Places like Monte’s get shut down yet Taco Bells pass with flying colors a week before rat infestations are discovered. There seems to be a disconnect here. Someone should inspect the Health Department and the city.

  • Arch Stanton

    I disagree that “Some of the Health Department requirements are near impossible to comply with” which ones? Personally I am glad the city is cracking down on sloppily run restaurants. I don’t want to get sick just because some owner is too lazy or cheap to keep the place clean. I used to be in the restaurant business years ago when it was much easier to get away with violations. No matter, I ran a tight ship and made an effort to keep the place clean and safe. I wouldn’t want to serve anything I wouldn’t eat myself.

  • nabeguy

    Or, God forbid Arch, anything that might actually kill your clientele. . Timithy does make one interesting point, namely the B’berg administration’s obsession with letter grades. If PS 8 had only served great pizza, they might have gotten a better grade this year.

  • Nancy

    The restaurant grading was actually started by State Senator Jeff Klein. I don’t think it is a bad idea. I saw that MontyQ’s has a Pending Grade now, but it still won’t make me want to walk back in there. some of the restaurants grades I do question the A grade given to Andy’s My kids won’t eat there since they saw a few 8 legged critters walking up the walls. Kind of puts a damper on the appetite. Gues they were having a beter day when the inspector came a -callin’

  • Milamber

    @Nancy: but surely you’ve seen spiders or other such fellows in your own home and you still eat there? it just seems to me that there are inevitably creatures. like, can a restaurant really kill everything?

  • Monty

    I’ve only eaten at MontyQ’s a handful or times, but it certainly seemed dirtier than average. Lots of flies buzzing around. And I also second nabeguy’s Tutt recommendation. The standard cheese pizza is pretty tasty and goes great with some falafel and lentil soup for a family dinner.

  • harumph

    @Steve R and @Timithy…sorry to disagree, but I’ve been to Wi-Pie and it rates rather low. I have a little boy that desperately needed to use their bathroom when we were there and I was so grateful that they let us go in the back to use theirs – MY MISTAKE…the place was 1.) FILTHY, and I’m not talking just about the bathroom, the kitchen was down right dirty 2.) food was laying on top of food, raw chicken was out directly on the counter and flies were flying around it. Nuff said.