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Match the Restaurant Names to Their Origin Stories

Mystery restaurant by Daniel Krieger

It's time for a round of "Name That Restaurant." Listed below are the origin stories behind the names of 10 popular restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Can you match each story with the corresponding restaurant name? Scroll way, way down to the bottom of this post for the answers.

1) The team behind this soon-to-open restaurant recently switched gears to name it after a French Canadian hermit, trapper, and all-around folk hero of the 19th century.
2) This unlikely fusion restaurant takes its name from a glatt kosher supper club that did a lively business dishing out gefilte fish sushi in 1980s Soho.
3) This restaurant and bar is named after the two fictional protagonists of its very involved origin story. One of these characters is an Italian cobbler, the other a Chinese circus performer.

4) This member of a certain beloved Brooklyn empire is named after a fox of medieval fable, who "got into all kinds of trouble" with his various animal friends. It lost an "S" early in its career.
5) This brand new hot spot takes its name not from a flower, but from a cow owned by the only hotelier/organic farmer in town.
6) The name of this Vietnamese restaurant is actually its old area code, from the days when phone numbers started with a word and a number instead of just three digits.
7) This restaurant takes its name from a nearby tidal strait which, by varying accounts, was frequented either by dairy farmers or, at low tide, the cows themselves.
8) This little critical darling is named after the Philadelphia street where one of the owners grew up, which also happens to be the street where the man who built the bar has lived for 30 years.
9) This hotly-anticipated Mediterranean restaurant is named for the orange creature that crossed its celeb-chef owner's path the first time he saw the space. Hint: The chef's hair is the same color as the animal's.
10) This restaurant takes its name, as well as its opera-house-in-a-Peruvian-jungle design cues, from a 1982 Werner Herzog film.

Any guesses? Scroll down for the answers:

1)French Louie
2) Shalom Japan
3) Louie & Chan
4) Reynard
5) Narcissa
6) Nightingale 9
7) Buttermilk Channel
8) Battersby
9) Gato
10) Fitzcarraldo

Shalom Japan

310 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 388-4012 Visit Website


255 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 852-8321 Visit Website


80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (718) 460-8004 Visit Website

French Louie

320 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 935-1200 Visit Website


324 Lafayette St., New York, NY


3517 Navigation Boulevard, , TX 77003

Buttermilk Channel

524 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 852-8490 Visit Website

Nightingale 9

345 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (347) 689-4699 Visit Website