A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 05, 2018
“I love you more than Chinese restaurants love cats”

"I love you more than Chinese restaurants love cats” is a jocular saying that has been printed on several images. Many Asian-American restaurants have a “beckoning cat” figurine (maneki-neko).

“I love you more than Chinese restaurants love cats. #LOLforreal” was posted on Twitter on July 29, 2011.


Wikipedia: Maneki-neko
The maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫, literally “beckoning cat”) is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in—often at the entrance of—shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning.

Maneki-neko comes in different colors, styles and degrees of ornateness. Common colors are white, black, gold and sometimes red. In addition to ceramic figurines, maneki-neko can be found as keychains, piggy banks, air fresheners, house-plant pots, and miscellaneous ornaments, as well as large statues. It is also sometimes called the “Chinese lucky cat” due to its popularity among Chinese merchants.

Twitter
Jenna Claire‏
@jenna_mamachia
I love you more than Chinese restaurants love cats. #LOLforreal
1:24 PM - 29 Jul 2011

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Rocío‏
@Sigmund_Frodo
I love you more than Chinese restaurants love cats.
7:12 PM - 4 Nov 2011

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Alexander James‏
@AlxdrJames
Photo: I love you more than Chinese restaurants love cats. http://tmblr.co/Z_wvfxDKKYV1
12:05 AM - 16 Dec 2011

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coco konski‏
@konskicoco
@RunAmokAmok I love you more than Chinese restaurants like cats
1:01 AM - 7 Feb 2013

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Lynsey Lovoi‏
@lynseylovoii
Replying to @aalexissrichard
i love you more than chinese restaurants love cats. ❤❤😭
9:10 PM - 25 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Friday, January 05, 2018 • Permalink