The 40/40 Club Racks Up Violations After NYC Health Department Inspection Last Month
The New York City Health Department hit Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club with violations for its faulty plumbing and sewer system and for not properly cleaning surfaces where food is prepared.
The latter violation, deemed critical, was among the food prep lapses health department officials found after they inspected the restaurant and lounge Sept. 8.
“Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use,” health officials wrote, “and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.”
The club – where presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton attended a fundraiser last week – was also cited for a poorly installed and maintained plumbing system that allowed liquid to collect in the kitchen area’s floor. The 40/40’s sewage disposal system is also “in disrepair or not functioning properly,” according to the health department’s inspection report.
Despite the violations, the lounge scored nine points, enough for it to earn an “A” rating. Restaurants can get an “A” if they get 13 points or less, a “B” for 14 to 27 points and a “C” for 28 points or more.
The 40/40 Club’s latest inspection is a huge improvement from its health inspection last June, when it racked up 51 points – enough violations for a “C” – after officials found evidence of mice, use of pesticides not according the label or and that the club wasn’t properly protected from vermin. The health department also said cold foods weren’t being kept chilled, food was being prepared in a way that it could be cross-contaminated, and kitchen staff weren’t checking if hazardous foods were being prepped and served at the right temperatures.
We’ve reached out to the 40/40 Club’s manager for comment.
Note: This article was corrected on Oct. 15 to reflect the following: The 40/40 Club scored 51 points, not 55 points in its June 2014 Health Report. That report stated that the club’s use of pesticides was not in accordance with the label or applicable law and not that club staff used banned pesticides.