Brian Williams' Coffee Has Poop in It: A Guide to Manhattan's Filthiest StarbucksesS

The New York City Health Department recently inspected 30 Rock's Starbucks and discovered it to be teeming with "live mice." Consequently, the Starbucks serving the stars of NBC received a 'C.' Which other Manhattan Starbucks stores are among the impressively filthy elite?

Answer: The Starbucks stores serving Zucotti Park, Park Avenue, and Penn Station. All four currently have either a "C" or "Grade Pending," the latter of which is code for "crappy grade, but they're trying to shape up and/or are contesting it at a Health Tribunal." The only rating worse than "C" and "Grade Pending" is "Closed."

Here are the filthiest Starbuckses' report cards, with notes:


30 Rock's Starbucks

30 Rockefeller Center Plaza, home of NBC
Inspection Date: December 27, 2011
Current Grade: C
Violation points: 28

1) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. [CRITICAL VIOLATION]
2) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

"Allowing vermin to exist" is an admittedly odd violation. By that standard, God would not pass a Health Department inspection. Anyway, back to the report cards.


Zucotti Park's Starbucks

100 William Street, 10038
Inspection Date: Jan. 27, 2012
Current Grade: GRADE PENDING
Violation points: 39

1) 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. [CRITICAL]
2) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.[CRITICAL]
3)Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
4) Covered garbage receptacle not provided or inadequate, except that garbage receptacle may be uncovered during active use. Garbage storage area not properly constructed or maintained; grinder or compactor dirty.

"Soap not provided" troubles me. No soap anywhere? In the whole place? Or was the soap dish just in the wrong place.


Penn Station's Starbucks

151 West 34th St., between 6th and 7th Ave.
Inspection Date: Jan. 13, 2012
Current Grade: GRADE PENDING
Violation points: 22

1) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. [CRITICAL]
2) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. [CRITICAL]
3) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution. [CRITICAL]
4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.


Park Avenue's Starbucks

301 Park Avenue, corner of 49th St.
Inspection Date: Jan. 6, 2012
Current Grade: GRADE PENDING
Violation points: 26

1) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. [CRITICAL]
2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. [CRITICAL]
3) Live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. [CRITICAL]
4) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored. [CRITICAL]
5) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
6) 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.

Do you know of a restaurant, coffee shop, bar, or soul-killing chain of lifestyle-branded piping-hot edibles that has a humorously awful track record on hygiene? Email maureen@gawker.com.

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