New York City is planning to introduce the same letter-sign system that California uses to announce to its restaurants’ potential customers the health standards of each establishment. Starting in July of 2010, as reported by the New York Times, NYC restaurants will be doing this. I think it’s about time. I always loved this about California.
It essentially works like a report card:
A = 90 – 100 points
B = 80 – 89 points
C = 70 – 79 points
D = >70 points
So the next question to ask is, how does a restaurant score points. Well, it’s an elaborate system but you can find the details of LA County’s system here (.pdf). What LA County and many other counties in California that adopted the system saw was a huge increase in A and B restaurants after the program was in effect for a few years. This can only be good for our piece of mind as we’re dining out in New York. I for one am thrilled about this program. I simply will not go to any place that does not have an A. It’s that simple. I wonder how the “Mexican” places run by the Chinese will fare? I guess we’ll find out.
See more on restaurant ratings under Los Angeles County on Wikipedia.
What do you think about this system?