David Stone
Still photo extracted from John Forter's video posted on Facebook
Still photo extracted from John Forter's video posted on Facebook

"It was raining outside and this man was cutting meat in the rain," a stranger John Forter posted on The Daily's Facebook page. He added shocking video of a scene behind Liukoushui Hot-Pot restaurant, 568 Main Street, in the garbage collection area. I went to visit the site and see if I could verify details of this food prep nightmare. What I found was worse.

Back entrance view is obscured by the building and landscaping.
Back entrance view is obscured by the building and landscaping.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

In the video, the worker in a food handler's apron can be seen running a saw back and forth inside a preparation pan. It's raining, meaning untreated water droplets are falling into the food, most likely including some dripping off the building.

There is no covering overhead.

The area where the video was recorded is used for storing garbage and housekeeping materials. The store's air-conditioning unit exhausts waste air here. You can see the same mop and bucket Forter recorded in his video.

A day later, a clearer perspective of the area where food was being handled in the rain behind Liukoushui.
A day later, a clearer perspective of the area where food was being handled in the rain behind Liukoushui.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

When I got closer, I could see food scraps left on the table, possibly from today. Without examining further, I thought they most looked like fat or cartilage. An apparently blood stained piece was also stuck to the adjacent air-conditioning unit.

The cart on which the meat was being sawed remained in place, scraps of what looked like fat or cartilage still visible.
The cart on which the meat was being sawed remained in place, scraps of what looked like fat or cartilage still visible.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Meanwhile, unwitting customers chowed down on soup prepared out of view.

A Shocking Discovery Behind Liukoushui Hot Pot Restaurant
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Liukoushui Hot-Pot does not display a New York City Health Department grade, meaning it has not yet been inspected. 

Reportedly, the Roosevelt Islander blog contacted management at the restaurant and did not get a denial. Instead, the caller got a thank you for letting them know.