Bits & Pieces (The “How to Cover up the DOH Sticker” Edition)

I hadn’t seen this one before… the recently shuttered Hing Won on 48th btw. 5+6th pulled their gate down just far enough to “coincidentally” obscure the bright yellow DOH sticker (you can see the top sticking out a little bit).  This guy wasn’t fooled though!  You can’t see it in this photo, but the hordes of confused slack jawed yokels hovering around, asking “are they closed?” to no one in particular totally reminded me of the scene on the very same street almost 2 years ago when Variety Cafe was DOH’d.  That post spawned the creation of the “Closed by the DOH” category, and these clairvoyant words:

“EDITOR NOTE: We have created a new “Closed for Health Reasons” Category, which given our content, and location will probably have to be used more often then any of us would like. Hing Won, you’ve been warned.”

Still no word on exaclty why they were DOH’d, but it’s not hard to imagine.  They were in the process of “cleaning” up the place, and said if the re-inspection in the morning goes well, they’ll be back open tomorrow.

Also closed (but not by the Department of Health, and seemingly for good) is Le Croissant Shop on 6th Ave. btw. 38+39th.  Popular for their croissants (naturally) and Mexican food (huh?), they will certainly be missed on Cinco de Mayo (and Bastille Day?).

It’s not all bad news though…

After a slow Winter, the lines are back at the Jamaican Dutchy (on 51st & 7th) where it’s business as usual despite the opening of a new Caribbean cart on 46th St.  Wait- that’s not good news.  I liked it better when there was no waiting.

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  • I tried the tacos from the Croissant Shop a few weeks back. I asked for beef, and got cubes of something unidentifiable, like gyro meat.

    Edible, but not worth a return trip. Now it looks like I won’t have to feel bad passing them on my way to the former El Blimpie.

  • The DOH has been on a rampage. My beloved Mei Lai Wah in Chinatown was a recent casualty and now I’ve heard via Eater that the owners are calling it quits and aren’t going to reopen. I hope Hing Won is back in business for you soon, Zach.

  • Hing Won is back–hooray!

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