The Health Department conducts unannounced inspections of restaurants at least once a year. Inspectors check for compliance in food handling, food temperature, personal hygiene and vermin control. Each violation of a regulation gets a certain number of points. At the end of the inspection, the inspector totals the points, and this number is the restaurant's inspection score—the lower the score, the better the Grade.
Restaurant Operators: For current information on restaurant inspections, opening or operating a restaurant, mobile and temporary food vending, and important changes to the NYC Health Code, visit the Food Service Operators & Workers page.