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Jungle Cafe Temporarily Closed by Health Department

Jungle Cafe at 996 Manhattan Ave. (via Carolina S. on Yelp)

Feb. 12, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Greenpoint’s Jungle Cafe has been temporarily closed by the Department of Health after racking up several sanitary violations during a recent inspection.

The vegetarian restaurant, located at 996 Manhattan Ave., received violations including evidence of rats or live rats present in the facility’s food and/or non-food areas, food not being properly protected from potential sources of contamination, and an improperly sanitized food contact surface after a Feb. 8 inspection.

A total of seven violations, including six labeled as “critical”, were recorded at the site, adding up to 81 violation points.

Jungle Cafe opened in 2014, and is known for serving a variety of juices and smoothies, as well as dishes like beet burgers, coconut curry, and vegan mac ’n cheese.

Full list of sanitary violations listed below:

1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
5) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
6) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

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