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Old 07-27-2017, 05:22 PM
 
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In Chicago a lot of these places are just fronts. The restaurant owners own the whole building and don't want to sell. Perhaps something similar going on here?
It probably depends on the neighborhood, but many restaurant owners lease the space, they don't own. Some of the restaurants may have locked in lower rents if they've been around a long time. Are there particular NYC neighborhoods that you're curious about?
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:49 PM
 
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It probably depends on the neighborhood, but many restaurant owners lease the space, they don't own. Some of the restaurants may have locked in lower rents if they've been around a long time. Are there particular NYC neighborhoods that you're curious about?
At this time I am mostly exploring the area between Grand Central and East Village. I know there are a billion restaurants in this area. Too many appear run-down and not worth my time to check whether the reviews say otherwise.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:09 PM
 
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I have a feeling OP is the same person as FS22
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:14 PM
 
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Definite troll. Nobody cares about this as long as the restaurant is clean.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:16 PM
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I have a feeling OP is the same person as FS22
It all does kind of sound like deja vu. Didn't we already discuss all this?
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:47 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I have moved from Chicago and am surprised by the huge number of run-down restaurants and food trucks. How do they compete with the modern / trendy fast-food kind of places? Why would anyone choose to eat there when there are so many "newer" options available. I can understand eating there if every food place is run down. But there are plenty of better choices amid this sea of run-down eats... I know some people are going to say because the food is good. I'd have to wonder what they are putting in the food if their appearance is so bad.
different tastes, not to mention don't judge a book by its cover

#snobby
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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At this time I am mostly exploring the area between Grand Central and East Village. I know there are a billion restaurants in this area. Too many appear run-down and not worth my time to check whether the reviews say otherwise.
Okay, these are high-rent areas so your theory that the run-down restaurants are fronts doesn't work.

I wonder how you define run-down. Is it mostly mom and pop places? Many of the trendy restaurants with modern decor have multiple investors or are owned by large restaurant groups. Some are chains. Whereas many of the independently-owned places have less capital. And depending on the type of food they sell, they may feel they can't charge high enough prices to recoup the renovation costs so they'll spend less money on decor. For example, pizza and "ethnic" joints.

Anyway, I understand your point about only wanting to go into the nicer looking places when you're new to the city and there are so many choices. But I think you might be missing out if you don't do a little research to find the good spots. Some of the seemingly run-down places have very good food.
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Old 07-28-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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Anyway, I understand your point about only wanting to go into the nicer looking places when you're new to the city and there are so many choices. But I think you might be missing out if you don't do a little research to find the good spots. Some of the seemingly run-down places have very good food.
First time on the Internet that someone acknowledges another person's point!
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: New York
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O Some of the seemingly run-down places have very good food.
Renovated doesn't mean good food. It just means nice decor.
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Renovated doesn't mean good food. It just means nice decor.
bingo. this place had real nice decor, halogen lighting, the whole deal:


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