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BREAKING: Amir’s Shut by Health Department

Terrible, terrible news as Morningside standby Amir’s has been shuttered due to health code violations. And it only violated 11 points’ worth of your health during its last inspection in January.

Bwog tried calling the ill-fated falafel distributor for comment, but after a few rings, the phone just cut off.  Close-up of the notice and the Department of Health’s list of grievances–and the fate of Amir’s!–after the jump.

Photos by Anish Bramhandkar

Jessica Scaperotti, who works in media relations at the Department of Health, talked to Bwog Culinary Bureau Chief Jon Hill about the restaurant’s specific violations, which include:

  • Cold food being stored above proper temperatures
  • Food not being cooled by the appropriate methods (Considering there are only so many ways to cool food, Bwog wonders what was going on)
  • Roaches in the food storage area
  • Evidence of a fly infestation

Says Scaperotti: “As soon as the situation is rectified, they can contact the Department of Health for a subsequent inspection.”

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  • where says:

    @where is the ‘list of grievances’?

  • EWWWW says:

    @EWWWW now I’m glad I never ate there.

    and what is up with the roaches? they’ve been semi-rampant in Wien lately

  • told says:

    @told you.

  • damn says:

    @damn up from 11 to 77 violations?

  • and says:

    @and rats in claremont

  • woooooo says:

    @woooooo i dont think ive ever eaten worse falafel. this is a long time coming. we gotta get jerusalem shawarma to move up in here.

  • seriously says:

    @seriously i’m not joking when I say this, but I found a roach in my platter from Amir’s once. good riddance.

  • finally says:

    @finally fuck amir’s that place sucks. let’s get a sporting goods store or something

  • ha ha ha says:

    @ha ha ha HA to my roommate who ate all the time there last year. HA. HA. HA. that’s what you get

  • i feel... says:

    @i feel... so dirty about having eaten there.

  • ehh says:

    @ehh most of the restaurants on morningside have health violations and get closed down at one point or another. i still like amir’s.

  • So, explain this says:

    @So, explain this Then, how has John Jay not been shut down?

  • Hamilton says:

    @Hamilton How about a Five Guys? Or a good kebab place?

  • Five Guys says:

    @Five Guys Is not possible because Morningside Heights would never allow a good, cheap restaurant to exist within its boundaries. (Excepting Roti Roll and Taqueria)

    1. i want says:

      @i want no i neeeeeed a five guys near campus. there are so many back home and i miss them like crazy.

      1. five guys says:

        @five guys is an artery clogging gift from the heavens.

        1. Five Guys enthusiast says:

          @Five Guys enthusiast I would gain about 30 pounds each semester if we had five guys, but I’d love every minute of it

      2. DHI says:

        @DHI Word. There are no burgers near that tasty around here.


        I have politicized this post!

        1. TOTALLY says:

          @TOTALLY i am from the dc area and i have never craved anything from home like a five guys burger. in fact, im going to the one on 55th this weekend to satisfy my craving. but one closer to campus would seriously rock my world.

  • ... says:

    @... someone speaks the truth and they are immediately censored… i feel like an opressed male now

  • ..... says:

    @..... you should date a vegetarian. we taste better. or, become one yourself. food is cheaper that way

  • barnard girl says:

    @barnard girl they can replace it with a yogurt place!

  • oooooh says:

    @oooooh JAMBA JUICE!!!!!

    1. DHI says:

      @DHI Come on now nah nah we don’t need that.

      1. oh.hello.there says:

        @oh.hello.there au contraire!
        WE NEED A JAMBA JUICE!!! or what about a PANERA?

  • oh my god says:


  • pico de guava says:

    @pico de guava no no panera blows

  • I second says:

    @I second JAMBA JUICE

  • Quizno's Lover says:

    @Quizno's Lover Quizno’s would dominate Columbia. I would even put some of my own money in to help it get built.

  • cyang says:

    @cyang please write In Defense of Amir’s Lebanese Chicken Wrap.

    1. Nobler says:

      @Nobler You mean “Amir’s Lebanese Salmonella Wraps.”

      1. muzz says:

        @muzz don’t ever make the mistake and eat there. i ate there once and got terribly sick from the food. turned out to be salmonella! i hope this place gets closed down by DOH soon

  • panera??? says:

    @panera??? is there a worse scourge than Panera, with its fake bread and fake cold cuts and nothing worth eating? Let’s hope to god it stays in the ‘burbs. I did not move to NYC to eat at Panera.

    1. dude says:

      @dude chill out man. don’t be such a snob. panera is good shit.

  • hmmmm says:

    @hmmmm i wouldn’t mind an au bon pain or pret a manger around here

    1. agreed- says:

      @agreed- a pret would be awesome

  • time for says:

    @time for a really good middle eastern place. preferrably persian or afghani!

  • mat says:

    @mat Jerusalem Cafe is better anyway.

  • surlybastard says:

    @surlybastard The problem with Amir’s was that they always used stale pitas. Jerusalem Gyro was always much better, and infinitely more filthy.

    1. actually says:

      @actually the problem with amir’s was that they were dirty.

  • likeAmir's says:

    @likeAmir's I like Amir’s. The food was very good. I ate there so many times and I never felt bad.

  • aaoaoao says:

    @aaoaoao As the poster demonstrates, it could have possibly been a mental hygiene violation that closed Amir’s. any ideas on what that could mean

  • I'd enjoy says:

    @I'd enjoy something vegetarian or healthy, because I can’t think of any restaurant in morningside heights that fits either of those qualifications. If not, (good) middle eastern/persian/AFGHANI would also be a great replacement.

  • Taco Bell says:

    @Taco Bell that would be fucking epic

  • DHI says:

    @DHI Okay there’s never gonna be a commuter tax.

    BUT there could possibly be a Five Guys near CU.

  • au bon pain says:

    @au bon pain would be amazing. seriously, lots of other colleges have one near their campus. good food, cheap, and does breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack.

  • ... says:

    @... i love how they call it the department of health and mental hygiene.

    it’s just so… midcentury… it totally conjurs up images of coen brothers style dudes running around in white jumpsuits with giant human nets baggin up the crazies.

  • ssssssssssss says:

    @ssssssssssss they should get an in and out

  • BURGERS says:


  • Idea says:

    @Idea Four Seasons restaurant?

  • i live here says:

    @i live here What is with all the people begging for this-or-that chain restaurant? You really want Broadway to look like any other main drag in America? Owner-operated small businesses are what make a place unique, you dorks!

  • Bob says:

    @Bob I kind of liked Amirs. Never had any problem. They are one of the few affordable places in the area.

  • shake says:

    @shake shack

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