Tuesday Poll: How Much Do Letter Grades Matter?

By Kelly Dobkin  |  March 4, 2014

Per Se is one of the highest rated restaurants in NYC, but was recently given enough sanitary violations during a February DOH inspection to amount to a potential "C" health grade, costing them the loss of their "A" rating. Their grade is currently "pending" while they sort things out in back-of-house, but it got us to thinking: how much do these letter grades really say about a restaurant's level of cleanliness? And more importantly, how important are these grades to consumers? In our 2012 NYC Restaurants Survey, we asked users about what letter grade a restaurant would need to earn in order for them to dine there. Most folks, (53%) said a B or better, and only 35% said an A was required. Perhaps it's time to revisit the question? Take our flash poll below and tell us what you think.