The Kips Bay outpost of restaurant chainlet Barking Dog is the latest Manhattan eatery to be shuttered by the Health Department for some seriously gross violations. On a July 10th inspection, the 34th Street restaurant racked up an impressive 89 violation points on litany of topics ranging from filth flies to refrigeration issues to food areas "contaminated by sewage or liquid waste." But hey, no rats in the sandwiches! Credit where credit is due.
Other vom-worthy violations include "adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated" foods, unsanitzed food contact surfaces and food "not protected from potential source[s] of contamination." The facility was also dubbed "not vermin proof," so we may have spoken too soon on the lack of rodents! This Barking Dog location has struggled to keep up with DOH requirements in recent years, scoring C-worthy grades on two inspections in the past eight months, though the restaurant did earn a B with 16 violation points during a January inspection of this year.
Despite all of these horrifying violations, the restaurant was ready for business today according to an employee on the phone, who told us they were "open as usual." The Health Department's website still indicates that the restaurant has been shuttered, but a spokesperson told us the restaurant had been "re-inspected and authorized to re-open."