Oct. 3, by Nathaly Pesantez
Sik Gaek, the Korean BBQ and seafood grill in Woodside, has been closed by the Department of Health.
A notice on the door of the restaurant, located at 49-11 Roosevelt Ave., reads “closed by order of the commissioner of health and mental hygiene.” It is dated Oct. 2.
An Aug. 25 inspection found five critical violations at the restaurant, according to city data. One of them is inadequate personal cleanliness, with an outer garment of an employee “soiled with possible contaminant”. Hair restraints were also not worn in an area where food is prepared.
Other critical violations include unprotected food from potential sources of contamination, cold food stored at over 41 degrees Fahrenheit, improperly stored sanitized equipment or utensils, and wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution. A total of 29 points were recorded.
Sik Gaek opened in 2010, and is one of the few places in New York City that serves san-nakji, or live octopus, which has brought crowds to the restaurant and some controversy by animal rights activist groups. The owner also has a Sik Gaek restaurant in Flushing.