Several elite NYC restaurants graded unclean

Last Updated: 8:04 PM, August 8, 2010Posted: 5:59 AM, August 8, 2010

These top chefs haven't passed the mustard.

The Health Department's new letter-grading system has some of the city's best known kitchens in hot water - en route to earning lowly Bs and Cs for cleanliness. On track to receive a B for dirty or unsafe kitchen conditions are: celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's flagship brasserie, Les Halles; Upper West Side staple Shun Lee; Dylan Thomas' favorite pub, the White Horse Tavern; and Di Fara's Pizzeria, often hailed as the city's best slice.

The 540 Park Restaurant at the Regency Hotel and at the iconic McSorley's Old Ale House, Manhattan's oldest bar, are two of the more than 100 restaurants that racked up so many violation points last week that they currently qualify for a cold C for health violations. Eateries that earned a B or a C have one last chance to contest the grade before receiving their scarlet letterClick here to read more....