Signs of Brooklyn Food Shops

Anyone, anywhere can hang a bland, boring factory-made sign on the front of a store. Ho-hum.

That mundane method of advertising might work in some towns, but around here, many shop owners pride themselves on their creative signage, using images that convey the very essence of their business’s identity.

Not only do these shop owners employ unusual signs, they don’t bother to hang them; instead they plant their signposts right in the middle of the sidewalk. Here are a few of the signs currently adorning the pavements in front of some of Brooklyn’s favorite food shops.

Terrace Bagels
Terrace Bagels
224 Prospect Park West

Esposito's Pork Store
Esposito’s Pork Store
357 Court Street

Clemen's Taco and Burrito Place
Clemen’s Taco and Burrito Place
252 Prospect Park West

NY Times: Dry-Cured Sausages: Kissed by Air, Never by Fire
NY Magazine: G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
NY Magazine: Terrace Bagels Café
NY Magazine: Clemen’s Taco and Burrito Place

10 Responses to Signs of Brooklyn Food Shops

  1. photowannabe says:

    Love the Esposito’s Pork Shop especially. Nice individual signs.


  2. Annie says:

    If signs there must be, then they should be creative and interesting, creatively attractive additions to the world rather than eyesores. These all create interest – and probably are necessary to help the shopper get to the right place when they’re walking on a busy, shop-filled street.

    Creative post, A., with the links to the reviews alongside.


  3. Olivier says:

    j’aime bien ces enseignes, preference pour celle avec les bagels, mais parceque quand je suis à NYC, j’adore manger des bagels. Belle collection, si tu en as d’autre..Bon Weekend

    I like these signs, preference for that with the bagels, but because when I am with NYC, I adore to eat bagels. Beautiful collection, if you have some of other. Good Weekend


  4. moi says:

    I’ll go for the pork in that shop!!!! It sells chicken cutlets too!!! 🙂


  5. martin says:

    I like these signs and I live the pig!

    have a great weekend!


  6. Trotter says:

    That pork store is amazing!


  7. Annie says:

    I’ve actually noticed this sign trend around the city. Painted wood figures, either human or humanoid (ie the ravioli with a hat, arms, legs, and face) holding a space for a menu in one hand, and often a food demonstration in the other. I’ve seen a few of them on Broadway between 75th and 85th streets.


  8. The Pedant says:

    With regards to the pig:

    I don’t know how “original” that is. When I went to the restaurant supply district in Tokyo, I saw for sale a zillion little statues of chefs holding up menus or display plates. The pig may be available from an American restaurant supply house.


  9. What fun it would be – just walking down the sidewalk there! I always thought it would be a great, fun place to visit. It’s so far away – I almost think of it as a foreign city!


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