Top Secret New York Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 10/17/2012
(From left) Freemans photo by Will Steacy • Seafood noodle soup at No Name Bar, photo by James Knapp
New York City has many secret restaurants—many of which have turned that secrecy into a virtue. Some have no signage, phone number, email address or website, so you'll have to take your chances. In other parts of the world, such obstacles might be a detriment. Here, it's catnip. That's one way to account for the longtime success of Freemans, down a hidden alleyway, or Sakagura, a Japanese izakaya tucked inside a Midtown office building. A mysterious green door is the only clue giving away the entrance to the West Village's Hudson Clearwater. And unless you were already hip to Brad Farmerie's fabulous restaurant, Public, in NoLIta, it would be hard to know about his clandestine lounge inside it, The Daily. Same goes for David Bouley's Brushstroke, in TriBeCa, where a phenomenal sushi bar, Ichimura, is attached. In Brooklyn, the high-end Blanca is camouflaged within the funky Roberta's complex. In Queens, who would ever know the delectable and down-home Ranger Texas Barbecue was concealed inside a blue-collar bar with a different name? Take a look at our slideshow, where we give away even more top NYC secrets.