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Pakistani Restaurant on Northern Boulevard Closed by Health Department

73-10 Northern Boulevard (Photo: Google Maps)

July 3, 2018 By Tara Law

A Jackson Heights Pakistani restaurant has been temporarily closed by the Department of Health.

Taste of Lahore, located at 73-10 Northern Boulevard, was closed by the Health Department after an inspection on June 26.

The inspector described finding numerous violations, including an improper sewage disposable system, flies, and evidence of mice or live mice.

The restaurant was hit with 56 violation points. The Health Department listed the following violations; the first five were listed as critical.

1) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours.

2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

3) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.

4) Sewage disposal system improper or unapproved.

5) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

6) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

7) Food contact surface not properly maintained.

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Toni Scofield

Two days ago I walked past this restaurant, remembering what I had read here, about it’s being closed. The doors were open and there were lots of guys delivering food on dollies. The “Grade” sign read: “Grade Pending”…NOT “Closed by the Health Dept.”. Someone should look into this! This can’t be legal.


My God, I never thought such a variety of flies existed on this planet, let alone in one restaurant!


Honestly, do we really need a grading system to tell us that many of these restaurants are filthy? Here’s the criteria I use: walk straight to the bathroom. If it’s filthy, go elsewhere. If you’re on Northern Boulevard, you might as well keep walking until you reach Brussels.


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