Thursday, November 29, 2018
[Updated] The DOH temporarily closes the Málà Project; 'bursting pipe party in basement'
The restaurant is back open.
The Málà Project, the well-reviewed restaurant serving Chinese Dry Pot at 122 First Ave. between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place, is currently closed following a DOH inspection on Monday...
According to public records, the inspection turned up 91 violation points. (Per the DOH, a score of 28 or higher earns a restaurant-cafe a C score.) Among other critical violations, the inspector found "Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas."
A rather jaunty sign arrived above the DOH's Yellow Sticker offering the following explanation for the closure...
"We are having a bursting pipe party in the basement and will remain closed till further notice."
The Málà Project opened in December 2015 and recently added an outpost in Bryant Park.