If you're spending $14 on soup or $10 on a side of spinach (let's not get into the $47 veal chop), you'd probably hope that the restaurant would have a Department of Health Restaurant Inspection grade of A, right? Well, in the case of the BLT Market restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South, it's a C-venue—thanks to violations like "Hot food item not held at or above 140º F" and "Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies." Your diet starts now!

The Post, which has the lede, "The Ritz is the pits, as far as the city’s Health Department is concerned," reports that the restaurant's C-grade is "barely visible" in the window (not surprising!) and spoke to potential diners who seemed turned off. A tourist said, "We do like to go to upscale restaurants when we’re here, but I don’t expect that type of grade from a restaurant of this level of quality. It taints it. No, I won’t be going.”

Manager Scott Geraghty was apologetic to the Post, “More than anything, we care about our guests and customer. The Health Department came in a while ago, and we took all their suggestions and made all the improvements, and now we’re just waiting for them to come back... It’s sort of a mystery, they come when they come." While many restaurants do hope to improve their grades with another inspection (any receiving over 28 points is a C), BLT Market—which you can find here under "Ritz-Carlton New York" at the CPS address—had 67 points in June and 42 points in March, which suggests that the restaurant got a C back in March and when inspectors came back three months later, it really bombed.