The wait is over. In the "awards the city makes up just because" news, the Department of Health has finally announced the winners of their Golden Apple Awards - their food safety awards! Newsday broke it down, with the Golden Applees including a Dunkin' Donuts in Flushing, Winchesters Pub in Bellerose, Carifesta Restaurant in the Bronx, a Blimpie in the Bronx, the Churrascaria Plataforma in Midtown, the Post House on East 63rd, Juice Generation on West 72nd Street, McDonald's on Bowery and the Executive Conference Center on East 53rd. So there are nine really clean restaurants of varying price points in the city - thanks, DoH! And if you were wondering what it would take to win a Golden Apple, wonder no more. The Department of Health says:

To become eligible for a Golden Apple, a food service establishment must not have any critical violations and have four or fewer general violations (totaling no more than eight 'points') during their past two annual inspections; the manager or a supervisor must have satisfactorily completed DOHMH's Quality Improvement Food Protection Course or implemented a quality improvement plan that has been in place for 12 months prior; and the FSE must demonstrate that it has implemented and actively maintains a quality assurance program.

These establishments will now get a Golden Apple sticker to proudly display in their window. Sure beats an awesome review in the Times or Zagat!