Pricey NYC restaurant can't ace health inspection

NEW YORK (AP) — A $310 tasting menu makes Per Se (puhr SAY') one of New York City's most expensive restaurants.

But Per Se's failure to get an "A'' from the city Health Department puts it near the bottom of the heap when it comes to sanitary violations.

Health Department records show that Per Se got 42 violation points when it was inspected on Feb. 19. That's a "C'' grade.

Infractions included hot food not held at 140 degrees and no hand-washing facility near the food-prep area.

Per Se will have a chance to argue its case at a hearing. Until then it must post a "Grade Pending" sign.

The Health Department says about 87 percent of city restaurants currently have "A'' grades.

Per Se representatives did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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