NEWS: Rat seen in NYC bar, theater next to grade ‘A’ health inspection sign

It was a real-life “Ratatouille.”

A plump and plucky rat was spotted scurrying around the window sill of a downtown Manhattan theater — right next to a successful health inspection sign with the top grade of “A.”

The large rodent could be seen in a TikTok shared online Saturday night that showed the animal scampering around the front window of Dixon Place, a theatre with a fully equipped bar.

Although the furry fiend was surrounded by rat droppings at the Chrystie Street establishment, the business still boasted the top passing grade for sanitary conditions by the New York City Health Department.

In the TikTok, which was aptly set to “Le Festin” from the “Ratatouille” soundtrack, a woman can be seen tapping the glass to see if the rat would move.

Several people filmed videos outside the establishment over the weekend when they spotted the rat next to the “A” grade sign.

The rat’s tail quickly flicks back and forth as the creature scurries behind the sanitation sign before reappearing on the other side of the window.

Several people filming the creature can be seen in the window’s reflection. All the commotion outside appeared to startle the rat, which then bounded into a potted plant on the floor below before disappearing.

Some TikTok users found humor in the ironic sighting, joking “That’s the chef!” and “That’s just the ratatouille dude, he’s chill.”

But rodent infestations are no laughing matter to Mayor Eric Adams who appointed a “Rat Czar” to tackle the persistent pests in Manhattan, where rats have been running rampant.

Many online commentators found humor in the ironic sighting, with some commenting that the rat was actually the restaurant’s chef.

Though the rats may be a spectacle of sorts for some — including tourists taking a special late-night sightseeing route past rodent-infested areas — city officials have created new garbage policies and an interactive “rat information portal,” or “rat map,” to try and stifle the growing rat population.

Officials have lauded their latest efforts, claiming reports of rat sightings have decreased significantly compared to recent years.

Before the city began to wage its campaign against the critters, from January to April 2022, New Yorkers called 311 to report 7,400 rat sightings — up from an estimated 6,510 during the same period in 2021.

But this year, rat calls to 311 decreased by 26% in June compared to the same month a year before.

The furry fiend was spotted right next to the establishment’s “A” health rating sign.

The 12-month span between May 2022 and May 2023 saw a 15% slide as well.

Dixon Place, a non-profit artist venue with a fully-equipped bar, also received a violation in April of 2018 when an inspector found problems with access to cleaning surfaces and equipment.

Department of Health records from the time show that “non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.”

The venue, which describes itself as “An artistic incubator since 1986” has hosted a range of talent over the years from different genres of theatre, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art, according to its website.

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Dixon Place has been in business since 1986, according to their website.
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The alarming video was shared online on Saturday.

Dixon Place’s bar menu does not feature food, only beverages like specialty cocktails, wine and beer.

Dixon Place did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment on Sunday.  

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