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Nov 21, 2013 04:37 AM

Great dining spots in NYC w no signs outside building!!?? Why?

I just took note of a few places I love but never noticed a sign outside with their name on it. I will start the list: Soto, Hirohisa, Kyo ya. Why no sign? From the looks of my list, it seems to be a Japanese thing? Add to the list if you know of others.

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  1. Hakkasan was like that at first, but I believe they added some signage. i guess it gives patrons a sense that they're in the know.

    1. Bohemian, behind the butchers on Great Jones St. Again, Japanese. Decibel, a Japanese basement joint, does have a sign but it's virtually invisible from street level.

      1. I noticed this on a recent trip to Toronto also - not exclusively (or even predominantly) on Japanese places.

        What about places like Acme, where the sign is totally unreflective of the actual restaurant.

          1. Friends who travel to the Far East say that this is common there. You just know by the address where the restaurant is. Korean place I went to w/ a friend years ago in Philly was the same. It was just a door w/ a number. Inside there were tables and chairs and no English.