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Posted by 2yrnewyorker on 06/10/2009
The Sumo burger is the best. It is huge and maybe worth splitting with someone. I was able to finish this 1lb monster, as was my friend. It has great taste, was cooked to my specifications, and was quickly brought out. The buns, on this 1lb monstrocity held up to the very end. It was well made. Anyways, the service was good. It is a small place, so as many said, don't expect to linger or to be too comfortable unless you hit the place at a good time. Cleanliness is decent. The silverware and cups could have been a little cleaner, but I know they at least had been sanitized. The rest of the restaurant was pretty clean for a small, old, popular place. All in all, if you want a cool place to go, with good tasting burgers, then make this a stop. Maybe not so much a tourist place unless you are the type of tourist who likes authentic, down to earth places. Prices were decent. Expect to pay a little. But hey, its NYC. I recently left NYC, but plan on revisiting frequently, and my next visit will include Big Nicks.
Posted by Jennifer on 04/18/2009
I really should have had a burger and a beer, because they are perfect here, but we stopped by for nachos and a sangria...they were watery and like done in two sips, there was more ice than anything. ok so it was $4.95, but the nachos were disappointing, I can get better ones at the movies! Stick to the burgers and beer at this place!
Posted by Matt on 03/18/2009
This place is probably one of my favorite places to eat of all time in NYC. It's inexpensive ($10 for the biggest burger they have - over 1lb of meat), service is very fast and friendly, their menu is HUGE, the food is delicious (have had people with me order burgers, salmon, monte cristo, etc), and although quite small and cramped, you won't have to deal with a room full of chattering tourists! I cannot recommend this place enough. They even have a more upscale restaurant next door that has Greek/Mediterranean food (same owner). Go to this one at 77th and broadway!
Posted by Ryan on 12/19/2008
So some said it was a great place with a great atmosphere and good food. While there was a huge selection, I felt like I was being nickel and dimed on everything. Additionally, the cups they gave us were like 5 oz so 2 sips later I was out. Combine this with bad service and the water was basically non-existent. Additionally, the waffle fries that were $3.45 were so not worth it. The yellow mustard that we requested was spicy (as it is a sin to have anything but spicy in NYC it appears) and the pickles were salty? Why salty? It just wasn't a great experience. We had 2 burgers and fries, 2 waters and some mozzarella sticks (those were good) but it totalled to over 30 with no fancy side items. It was bad service and over-priced for the quality.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2008
Nick's really does have great food for the most part. The atmosphere is not great- you really just go there to eat not linger! But for such a large menu I'm surprised at how good everything is. The pizza is great, vegetarian options enormous, and soups are nice. Only thing I might be wary of is some of the pasta dishes. But great value and great food overall!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2008
I order in from Big Nicks at least once a week. The food is always homemade, fresh and arrives hot. I have tried lots of different items on the menu and EVERYTHING has been good. The hot spinach appetizer and the charbroiled chicken steak are must tries. I have yet to find another delivery place that has great homemade food at such reasonable prices!
Posted by mike h on 12/03/2008
To rate Big Nicks as if it were a restaurant does not take into account the awesome experience it is to just be there. it is a "happening". A true NY expericence. where else can you find such an eclectic mix of people from left wing bohemians and struggling actors to yuppies and bonified celebrities (especially comedy). That said, the food is extremely tasty. the vegetarian menu is one of the best in world (veggie hot dogs and veggie meatball subs !) and the greak specialties are worthwhile as well. there is also some magic about being in a place that never really closes (open 365 days a year and almost all night except for a clean up time in the wee hours of the morning). if you have not gone to big nicks. try it. and check your fancy shamsey habits at the door. this is livin ' !!!