YORKVILLE — A restaurant deemed to serve the world's hottest curry by Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" was shut down by the Health Department for its filthy conditions.
The Brick Lane Curry House, at 1664 Third Ave. near East 93rd Street, was shut down after it racked up 57 violation points during its inspection on Jan. 20, for harboring rats, mice and for failing to have a working sewage disposal system, according to the Health Department.
Evidence of rats and mice were discovered in food an non-food areas of the restaurant — which serves vindaloo, chicken tikka masala and phaal curry, made from extremely hot 'ghost' chili peppers, among other Indian dishes.
The curry house was also using open bait stations to catch the vermin, which isn't allowed in restaurants, according to the health department.
The restaurant's plumbing was not properly maintained, and its equipment or floors were not being properly drained, the department said.
Utensils were not properly stored or sanitized, and a supervisor at the restaurant could not produce a Food Protection Certificate for the eatery, according to the inspector's report.
A spokesman for the restaurant said on Friday afternoon that staff have been working on the issues, the restaurant was undergoing another inspection and was expected to reopen by 4 p.m.
The Third Avenue Brick Lane Curry House, which opened in 2012, is one of five locations in New York City and New Jersey and is modeled after the traditional curry houses of Brick Lane in London, according to the eatery's website.