A radio newscast (WQXR, 9am Saturday) mentioned
that 13 among 20 of the poshest eateries favored
by chi-chi reviewers and celebrities were
inspected by the Board of Health and found to
have 'problems'. Two names cited for their lack
of hygiene were Woody Allen's fave Elaine's and
Le Cirque 2,000. It seems that the 'je ne sais
quoi' flavor in their specialties may be nothing
more (or less) than simple ol' rodent droppings.
I got all sentimental and teary-eyed for the days
when the New York Times would publish the week's
(s)hit parade, or citations by the Board of
Health. Often one would find Friday's 5 star rave
on Sunday's brown list. This service to diners
was discontinued due to corruption among
inspectors, but ought to be resumed, being that
Mayor Giuliani has restored the city to a
near-Nirvana level of efficiency and integrity.
Perhaps we can contact the Board of Health (as
this information is probably and legally public
info) and publish updates on the secret(e) life
in the 5 star kitchens of Gotham?