Department of Health Shutters Khushie Kitchen on Essex

Posted on: October 7th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

Essex Street isn’t exactly known for its Indian food.  Leave that to the “Curry Row” mini-empire further north at the corner of East Sixth and First Avenue.  Nevertheless, the cuisine is becoming a bit more commonplace along the upper reaches of the thoroughfare.  While Lower East Side veteran Khushie Kitchen has operated at 139 Essex since June 2004, only one formidable challenger has arrived.  Newcomer Masala Wala continues to threaten a launch further up the block, but has yet to make good on the promise.  Meanwhile, Khushie, which means “happiness,” is anything but.  It’s out of commission.

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Diehard Khushie fans will be sad to learn that the small-table cheapo fast food-joint was just shuttered by the Department of Health.  An inspection on Wednesday afternoon resulted in the following seven violations (52 points!):

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  • Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
  • Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
  • 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.
  • Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  • Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
  • Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
  • Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.

Where’s your favorite neighborhood spot to order Indian food?

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