Top Sushi Chef Calls BS on New York City’s ‘No Bare Hands’ Rule

October 28, 2015

The recent temporary closures of Sushi Dojo in New York’s East Village and its offshoot Sushi Dojo Express in Gansevoort Market have raised questions about whether the city’s health department is ruining the business with inappropriate regulations.

According to the New York City Department of Health (DOH), the popular sushi restaurants were closed as a public health risk “for a combination of bare hand contact and food out of temperature.”

Sushi Dojo was closed after seven inspections since it opened. It was cited six times for bare hand contact, which the sushi restaurant admitted in subsequent hearings.

Sushi Dojo and…