Thursday, January 19, 2012

Smith Street Restaurant's Oil Slick Infuriates Neighbors

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What to do with old cooking oil?  If you are Ting Hua, the Chinese eatery at 351 Smith Street, you dump a few huge containers of the greasy stuff right into the gutter and let it flow down into the city's sewer drain.
The resulting mess has neighbors fuming, especially since  the grease is quite slippery and is leaving track marks up and shown the sidewalk. On top of that , the ooze kept on flowing past the intersection at Carroll Street and down the side street, where it left a few smelly puddles.
It was easy to trace the slick back to the restaurant by following the track to the eatery's  front doors.
When confronted by an angry resident,  the staff at Ting Hua admitted to having dumped the grease.
Apparently, the restaurant had placed a few big open containers of used oil out with the trash, but the carter responsible for picking up its trash only picked up one container.
I suppose dumping the others into the gutter seemed like a capital idea.
Unfortunately, it's not the first time Ting Hua does this.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ting Hua is gross. I've also seen them sit uncovered coolers filled with chicken, on the dirty sidewalk out front and leave them there while they unload - paying no attention to what or who is touching the chicken that they are then feeding customers. It's disgusting. Don't eat there.

Anonymous said...

How utterly stupid. They should be fined by DOS.

Anonymous said...

Gross and disgusting - and ILLEGAL! Boycott them!

Jean said...

that's awful. but we should give them the opportunity to clean it up and never do it again. maybe even donate towards improving the city as a self imposed fine. if they say no, get the city involved.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for leaving remarks about a place both good and bad, when its due. Truthfully though, unless you're going to an authentic cantonese style restaurant (and even then I would doubt different cleaning measures) 99% of the take-out chinese in NY have the same practices. Regardless, their food as opposed to most in the neighborhood is actually tasty. Their wonton soup is some of the best in the city -- The sauces with cornstarch I'd avoid because they get gloopy, but lo mein and basic dishes are delicious.

Anonymous said...

It great that the writer of this blog is out there and post this. But since the dumping of used cooking oil into the city sewer system, either by accident or with some thought, is against the law has anyone called 311 with this violation. If any of us really care about this neighborhood we need to do more than write about. Stand up and do something. It does not matter if their food is good or bad.

Anonymous said...

It's not about how the food tastes but their utter disregard for the community, environment, and if they are doing this where everyone can see it, who knows what they are doing behind closed doors. I wouldn't have their soup no matter how tasty it might be.

Anonymous said...

I did notice these open buckets on the sidewalk, thinking that the oil recyclers would pick them up...
But dumping them in the sewer? What are these people
thinking? If they treat the community and our environment this way, one can only imagine what gets
out of their kitchen...
Boycott this place and keep watching their sidewalk,
camera in hand so we can file a complaint.

Anonymous said...

ok. So. Most places have grease monkey pick up used oils. Even bad places. But Michelen Star Grocery leaves gallons if oil on the street also. No pick up from oil places. Bad. And everyone can see it.

Anonymous said...

That you Ting?

Anonymous said...

Shut this DUMP down .

Anonymous said...

Anyone who actually eats food from this place is either homeless or insane. Think that's chicken you're eating? Think again.

Anonymous said...

i don't eat from most chinese food places like this...they're just too dirty and disgusting.

Jim said...

Most of the low-grade Chinese places, like Ting Hua and the now deceased Red Apple have been terrible for years. Me and My Egg Roll is good, as are some others, but it's not surprising that Ting Hua continues to do this. What is surprising is that other restaurants have been shuttered for less. Ting Hua can't possibly have powerful connections - not a chance. What's the deal?

Anonymous said...

I believe it's the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) who needs to get involved with this. NOTHING should be dumped down the sewers as it eventually will be in our water supply or our river.

Anonymous said...

I agree that is a red flag indeed and a saftey hazard causing more conflicts. Pretty bad when Asian restaurant owners can not follow rules and regulations. The health department should shut them down