Food Service Operators

Steam Pipe Explosion in Manhattan

Restaurants in the area affected by the July 19 steam main explosion (PDF) should remain closed until the City clears their building for re-occupancy.

When a building is cleared for reoccupancy, any restaurant located in that building may reopen. The Health Department will not require a food safety inspection before a reopening.

Once you regain access to your restaurant, if you see debris, visit the reception center at 10 East 15th Street in Manhattan. Representatives from Con Edison, the Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection are on-site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can also call (212) 358-4565. Do not disturb, sweep or vacuum the debris.


Whether you work in a restaurant, soup kitchen or other food service establishment, the Health Department has important information about operating a clean, safe, healthy and legal business. Use the links provided on the left to find the guidance and information you need.

Calorie Labeling Enforcement

You can get important information about the Updated Calorie Labeling Rule (PDF).
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The rule in New York City affects establishments that are part of a chain with 15 or more locations in the United States. Enforcement began on May 7, 2018.

Operators can request an inspection history report for their food service establishment.

Restaurant Food Safety Workshops

The Health Department holds food safety workshops for operators throughout the five boroughs. At these workshops, you will:

  • Learn how to achieve and maintain an “A” grade
  • Receive an inspection history report that describes your restaurant’s repeat violations and how to correct them
  • Be able to ask questions and receive guidance from Health Department staff on improving your restaurant's food safety practices

At this time, there are no workshops scheduled. Please check this site in February 2019 for the Spring 2019 schedule.

Business Owner's Bill of Rights

Read the Bill of Rights (PDF)
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