Monday, June 11, 2012

Getting Ready For Ramen On Smith Street

There is some real excitement about a new eatery on Smith Street, and it hasn't even opened yet. DASSARA, a ramen noodle place has taken over the former Chestnut space at number 271 Smith Street, between de Graw and Sackett Streets and is in the process of putting the final touches on the space.
In May, Dassara, LLC, applied for an on-site liquor license in front of Community Board 6's Permits and Licences Committee and late last week, an artist was painting a steaming bowl of noodles on the roll down gate.
Judging by the comments of passers-by, this place will fill a real need on Restaurant Row.


Anonymous said...

Thats a pretty ugly and ghetto looking painting. I saw it the other day and really cheapens the look of the block. Worse than the 16 Handles sign.

Dave in BKLYN said...

I like the painting -- a funky and colorful vibe that livens up the street. I hope the food is good as Chestnut is a tough act to follow.

Anonymous said...

I agree. It's a bit hippy-ish. And amateurish. Only means no real Asian person is behind this venture. But either at Pok Pok. Who wants hot noodles and alcohol in the dead of summer?
Chestnut was so low key. Oh well. Such is Smith Street.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why the commenter above assumes that the sign means that "no real Asian person" is involved. Graffiti-style street art is not all that uncommon in Japan. Also: Asia is a big place. 40 countries, hundreds of cultures. Ramen is specifically Japanese (in most cases).

In any case: yes, I'll be interested in finding out who the owners and chef are. Ramen seems like a good fit for the neighborhood. Chest nut was a nice place, but similar to a lot of great places that moved into the area subsequently.