The Department of Health has really been on a roll these past couple months.
Coco Roco, Konditori, Baluchi's, Five Guys, and more have been a victim of their ever-widening hammer in recent weeks, and a couple days ago it fell on Juventino (formerly Get Fresh), the popular restaurant and brunch spot on Fifth Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
The spacious, pricey restaurant, best known for its farm-to-table fare inspired by the home cooking of chef/owner Juventino Avila's mother, is a big hit with the daytime crowd, and every menu item is selected with an eye on seasonality and freshness. Judging by the DOH report it doesn't appear as if cleanliness was the issue here; apparently there just wasn't enough done to ensure that food was cooked to, and held at, safe temperatures.
Many argue that the city's health inspectors have gotten out of control, and are in it more for the money than to actually keep restaurants clean. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn agrees, and will soon be proposing legislation that would scale back the overzealous inspections and outrageous fines.
UPDATE: I just heard from Juventino, who informed me that the restaurant is back open. "We have held an A grade for some time now," he said, "It came as a surprise to receive an unfavorable grade– especially since all 4 (yes, 4) inspectors commented on how clean our restaurant was kept."
As a way to thank the community for their support, they will be offering all white wine for half price until Sunday evening.