Two Restaurants Cited For Critical Violations in Wantagh-Seaford

Two Wantagh eateries cited for critical violations in the last year.

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The State Health Department reports that the vast majority of food service establishments in the Wantagh-Seaford area have passed inspections.

A patch review of inspections listed on the attached map shows that two Wantagh establishments were cited for one "critical violation" while no establishments in Seaford were cited. The information is based on data downloaded from the state's online data portal on Jan 7, which may not reflect any inspection results added to the state's database since then.

The two Wantagh establishments with critical violations are:

Corry's Ale House at 3274 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh (1 violation)
New Burrito Mariachi at 2014 Wantah Avenue. (1 violation)

In October, Corry's Ale House was cited for a critical violation because an employee put a drink on a cutting board, which can lead to cross contamination, according to Nassau County Health Department spokeswoman, Mary Ellen Laurain.

"Basically the cook was taking a sip of his soda & put it down," Corry's Ale House owner John Corry wrote in a statement to Patch.  "How that fits into the critical item category is beyond us. The same inspector also gave us an A rating in that same report."

Corry said the inspector's sheet described the violation as: "Food Workers Do Not Wash Hands Thoroughly (Generate Lather) After Visiting The Toilet, Coughing, Sneezing, Smoking or Otherwise Contaminating Their Hands."

The pub owner insisted that staff and management of the restaurant would never condone the behavior described."

"We pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with all codes and guidelines given by the Department of Health, having developed check-lists and our own policies to help enforce all precedents," he said.

Sam Liu, the owner of New Burrito Mariachi, said his restaurant was cited for storing eggs too close to avacaodos. He said the problem was quickly corrected and all of the food involved was thrown out immediately.

In both cases the critical violations were corrected according to state documents. Several other area eateries were also cited for routine violations.

The various county health departments make these inspections routinely and follows up with restaurants that have critical violations. The reports then go to the state.
Kevin January 17, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Hopefully this is not the County and Patch going after owners who are not part of their club. Been to both. Great places. Maybe the County should look at a Strip Club in Bellmore operating without proper licensing. Hope the Strippers don't put their drinks down.
Denise January 17, 2014 at 08:34 AM
And the purpose of this article?
Patrick Nicolosi January 17, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Why can't Long Island have a rating system similar to New York city. My wife and I would love to see the ratings posted on all established businesses that serve food. Don't we have the right to know how clean a place really is. My wife and I both had food posioning from eating on Long Island in places that were well known and well endorsed. Not FUN!
K January 17, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Thanks Patch, love the interactive map. Very useful information!
Constance Roland January 17, 2014 at 05:24 PM
I'm not a patron at Corry's... But I love Burrito Mariachi.. Great Mex takeout, fresh whole food ingredients. Very attentive owner and staff. Come to think of it.. That's what's for dinner tonight!


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