The NYC couple claims they found a dead rat floating in their soup

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March 15, 2023 | 23:49

A NYC couple claims they found a dead rodent in soup they ordered from a popular Koreatown restaurant over the weekend, but the eatery is dismissing that claim as “nonsense.”

Eunice Lucero-Lee posted a series of photos and videos of what appears to be a dead black rat floating in the soup she said she and her husband had delivered Saturday from Gammeeok in Manhattan.

“We ordered the sogogi gukbap, which is kind of a hearty Korean beef soup,” Lucero-Lee told NewsBreak via email.

The Post reached out to Lucero-Lee, a senior editor at Hearst, for comment.

She reported filing a lawsuit against the restaurant, which also has a location in Fort Lee, NJ.

“After seeking legal advice, my husband and I are now comfortable sharing something that happened to us over the weekend,” Lucero-Lee wrote this week on Instagram.

“We ordered from a well-known restaurant called Gammeeok in K-Town and found our food most disgusting.”

She continued: “We have been going to this restaurant for a decade and are otherwise proud supporters of Asian cuisine and culture. This incident is in no way to fuel racial hatred or prejudice and I will take issue with anyone who using these posts to fit that narrative.”

Lucero-Lee said the couple is sharing their allegations to “spread awareness and hopefully make sure the right people are held accountable.”

The couple claims they have filed a lawsuit against Gammeeok.

She also said she contacted the NYC health department. On its website, the agency lists a “C” rating for the Manhattan location.

A Jan. 18 inspection revealed several alleged sanitation violations, including a food contact surface that was not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use; and food, supplies, and equipment not protected from a potential source of contamination.

Posten contacted the health department and Gammeeok for a comment.

In a set of Instagram posts Wednesday, the restaurant said the couple’s claims don’t “make sense.”

“We are open 24 hours a day and there are at least 3 or 4 people in the kitchen at all times,” the restaurant wrote. “As you can see in the video, it doesn’t make sense for a rat to avoid people and go into a pot on a hot fire.”

Gammeeok added: “When we transferred the soup, we served it four times with a ladle while the staff looked at it with their eyes. If there was such a big mouse, I would not have missed it. There is also a video recording of the recording process . We checked the whole process of making the soup, but we couldn’t find any problems.”

The restaurant claims the couple wrote a Yelp review six years ago about finding “a big flaw” in takeout soup.

“It is a rare experience for most people in their lifetime,” Gammeeok wrote. “They are removing the review now. Why?”

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