Baluchi's, the Indian restaurant on Fifth Avenue between Second and Third Streets, was shuttered last week by the Department of Health, for the second time in two years.
Last year, the restaurant racked up a whopping 72 violation points after an inspection on June 8th, and this time 49 points forced it to shut down. Here sre all the grimy details:
1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Hot food item that has been cooked and refrigerated is being held for service without first being reheated to 165º F or above within 2 hours.
3) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
4) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
5) Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
6) Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed.
7) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
8) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
9) 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.