- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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 “C” grade 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 Feb. 19. Infractions included failure to hold hot food at 140 degrees and a lack of a hand-washing facility near the food preparation area.

Per Se representatives did not immediately return a call seeking comment, but the restaurant will have a chance to argue its case at a hearing. Until then it must post a sign saying its grade is pending.

The Health Department says about 87 percent of city restaurants have “A” grades.

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