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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 ' !!!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/27/2008
The Restaurant is cramped! The service is very poor, didn't have enough menus, the employees were rude while we were trying to be seated telling us to stand in different areas and to move out of the way, at least say please when you boss your customers around. The waffle fries were 4 dollars and you get about 10 (menu priced at 3.75, billed 3.95) and eggplant parmesian showed up on the bill as a dollar more than on the menu. The food was just pretty good. They got the orders wrong for the table next to us.
Posted by Lee on 09/06/2008
We ate here twice while in NYConce was inside and another time was takeout. My husband tried the Greek burger and loved it. I had a calzone and didn't care for it. I think it was just me. Too much cheese (I know that is kind of the point) and I didn't care for the sauce that came with it. Service is interestingthe guys there are pretty stone faced but you get the food fairly quickly. Some of the people are kind though. They gave our son a balloon. Atmosphere is not that pretty. Your basic dive. Our second time with Nick's, we ordered food to go and just got a regular burger and fries to share. Their burgers are big and this one was fantastic! Service was quick although I got there before everything was ready. They tried very hard to get it all put together as fast as possible. We also tried the garlic knot rolls and these are really good too.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/24/2008
Best burger I've had in the city since McHale's closed. (Spend the extra $, get the waffle fries). It's a dive, no question, but if you like that, and a lot of people do, then it's good fun.
Posted by fuschia on 06/01/2008
The menu is enormous with soooo many choices and atmosphere is ok. However, there are far better diners out there serving higher quality food in a cleaner environment. The chicken meat in my quesadilla was pretty sketchy/grisly. The worst part was the "employees only restroom"....is there seriously not one for customers (I didn't ask)?
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2008
The sheer size of Big Nick's menu makes repeat visits worthwhile. Not to mention the breadth of their vegetarian options. If you have a bad experience, I highly suggest going back and trying something else. This is definitely my go-to place for a fast, good, inexpensive meal - for eat-in or take out. Love it!
Posted by Dave Alan on 03/08/2008
The place is always busy, and busy with locals. That should tell you everything you need to know. Great burgers, and most everything else is pretty good too. There are no "rip-offs" on the menu, like overpriced coffee or soft drinks. Service is adequate and functional. If you want to be charmed by a would-be actress, go elsewhere. If you want a dame trying to earn a buck who gets your order right, have a seat. Speaking of seats: If you recently has butt surgery, bring a pillow. Lots of the seats are hard and wooden. All-in-all, Big Nick's is the go-to place for a good, quick, cheap, reliable meal on the UWS. I hope they own the building, because I'd hate to see them leave and be replaced by a some chain joint when their lease is up.