Our Favorite Restaurant Names, Volume 5


A little masochism with your Thai, at Thai Me Up in the East Village.

What’s in a restaurant name? Some look for names that embody a dirty joke, with a wink of the eye; some go for the merely descriptive; others for a geographical or literary reference, but the most effective name is often the one that will cause you to do a double-take–a feature that our favorite restaurant names all have in common.

Restaurant names that make a leering, if inadvertent, sexual reference are always effective, as at the Three Way on East 188th Street in the Bronx.

Wouldn’t it be grand if every restaurant were this nice? Nice Restaurant on East Tremont in the Bronx.

Here’s a name that appeals, even in cold weather, in Troy, New York.


Normally, “cripsy” might spell disaster as applied to a village and its inhabitants, but at Crispy Bamboo Village in Harlem, maybe it’s the food that is crispy.

This agreeably named pizzeria is found in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Famous for its donuts and meat pies, Chee Mooke Bakery in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Check out our earlier series of restaurant names.

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