Say It Ain’t DOH – Great Wall Closed Again?

This news just in from a BHB tipster who claims there’s trouble at Great Wall Kitchen [60 Henry Street]:

FYI – Just passed by Great Wall – they’re closed by the Dept of Health and looks like they’re fumigating inside…

DEVELOPING… See update here.

The last NYC DOH inspection of the eatery available online was conducted on August 29. GW racked up 29 violation points:

Violation points: 29

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) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
5) 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

The NYC DOH awarded Great Wall a “B” grade on March 17, 2012 despite reporting these violations:

Violation points: 24

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) Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
4) Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.
5) 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.

(Photo: Yelp)

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  • Curmudgeon

    Some time ago, I caught the Great Wall delivery person urinating on the exit door of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema around the corner on Orange Street. (Think about it – not washing his hands and then delivering your food.) When I called him on this and followed him, he jumped on his bike and pretended to go to Fortune House. When he thought I was gone, he made his way back to Great Wall. I went over and let him know I was not fooled.

    I saw him over the next few weeks and I kinda got to feel sorry for him. It was very clear he was not treated well and was always outside in all sorts of weather and sometimes he looked so tired, he was almost asleep on his feet.

    It all makes you think what kind of restaurant owners would treat an employee this way? Obviously, they didn’t even let this guy use the bathroom. What else did they do to him? I guess their the kind of owners who get closed down by the DOH.

  • Curmudgeon

    Grrrr. “they’re not “their”.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Ugh. Nothing like reading sanitary violations to work up an appetite.

  • signoff

    Traitorous lies!

  • AEB

    Time to turn it into a theme park.

  • Willowtowncop

    I had chicken and broccoli from Red Apple on Columbia Street last night. Everything was fresh, and they deliver to the Heights. It was certainly better than either Fortune House or Lychee Nut, in my opinion.

  • AEB

    …although, in a way, it already is…

  • elemengee

    I was in Great Wall the other day purchasing food for a homebound friend who “loves” Great Wall. I asked the person behind the counter why they received a “B” rating. He said the inspectors were unreasonable; that they wanted him to keep the food covered at all times, which he claimed was impossible as they had customers coming in all day and were very busy at lunch time. He said they were after him about a “small leak in the back.” By the way, Willowtowncop, Sam Sifton the former food critic for the NY Times, said the Fortune House had the worst Chinese food he’d ever eaten.

  • Monty

    Health inspectors are such prudes about roaches in the food and wiping.

  • Hicks St Guy

    if it’s cheap, they’ll always do good business in BH, despite the creepy looking kitchen.

  • j

    I stopped going there once I witnessed the female employee get thrown to the floor and hit in front of several customers.

  • Knight

    Who hit her? The health inspector?

  • Wiley E.

    Fleid Lice, anyone?

  • PBL

    What they lack in cleanliness they make up for in greeting customers with a big smile and a clear, audible “Welcome to Great Wall.”

  • Riyaz Shaikh

    Hmm… I happen to live just above the restaurant. That explains the dead roach I saw in my bathtub last night!

  • Andrew Porter

    The last time I ate at Fortune House—the first time in over a year—the chopsticks stank of insect spray.

  • Chelsea

    Two years ago was the last time I ate at Great Wall. Why has it been two years?

    Ordered their pork dumplings. Ate it (despite it being a tad bit on the cold side… my first hint that something was wrong). It all came back out barely several hours later. Yup, I got food poisoning. Lasted a good 24+ hours. Never went back.

    And yeah, the Fortune House isn’t the best, but it’s better than Great Wall and it’s close by to where I live in the Heights. So, “meh” to the uppity NY Times food critic. I’d rather have mediocre at best food from the Fortune House than get food poisoning again from the Great Wall.

  • Penny Bridge

    “Mr. Bloomberg, tear down that wall”