One of the city's highest rated and most exclusive restaurants racked up enough violations in its latest health inspection to get a "C" grade.
Per Se had seven violations, worth 42 points, with five of the violations deemed critical, according to the Feb. 19 inspection report.
The inspector observed soiled wiping cloths, no hand-washing facility or soap near the food prep area and hot and cold items, including smoked fish, not stored according to proper temperatures.
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Per Se, which is one of just seven New York City restaurants to have three Michelin stars, offers a nine-course tasting menu for $310 per person. On Monday, the offerings included "Tsar Imperial Ossetra caviar," a terrine of duck foie gras and lobster "a la Bordelaise."
Inspectors give an "A" for 0 to 13 points, "B" for 14 to 27 points and "C" for 28 or more.
The report says Per Se has a "grade pending."
Restaurants that get a "grade pending" are typically contesting their grades and are awaiting the chance to argue their case at an administrative tribunal.
Per Se did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Tuesday.
In its last inspection June 2013, Per Se had one violation worth 7 points, but other inspections in 2013 and 2011 revealed a similar number of problems.