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Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2013
Tiny little place, only seats about 24 at a time. They give you the regular menu but also a "specials" menu which has no prices and is all in Italian...but that's no problem because the owner explains every single item in detail, which gets to be a bit overbearing after listening to 8-9 appetizers. The food was delicious, but the entrees don't include potato/veg or pasta, just the meat. It's small enough that you get individualized attention, but for 2 appy's, 2 meals, 1 dessert and a glass of wine each for $150 was a bit high. Would go back for the food and the atmosphere but not for the price.
Posted by Local - First Visit on 12/22/2012
With so many negative reviews we almost cancelled our reservation. My wife said, "Trust your initial instinct." So we went on my birthday, and to our delight and great satisfaction, had one of the finestest meals we have had in NYC in a while. On our arrival we were greated by the curteous and warm staff, then treated like family by the chef/owner (not sure which, but it was special and unexpected). Food was superb, the wine Luce d'Oriente "Shiraz" excellent quality for the price, and desserts outstanding. Overall: Pricy - Yes, Value - Yes, Quality - Yes, Great Service - Yes, Return again - Most Definetly. Go early space is limited.
Posted by anonymous on 02/17/2012
Went here with my girlfriend for dinner on a random Thursday. The list of specials is longer than the menu, which was nice but meant you had to listen carefully and remember any dish that sounded interesting. Overall, great food and service. Cash only. They occassionally enforce a 2hr maximum, and $40 miniumum per person (we had no problem hitting $40 per person while splitting an appitizer, and ordering 2 entrees, and 2 deserts)...so yes, you MAY feel rushed, but 2hrs is usually more than enough time. Go early, because the place will fill up fast.
Posted by anonymous on 11/27/2011
Nica and his staff are attentive and charming. The restaurant is tiny. The gnocchi is to die for. The other food just OK. The cost is outrageous.
Posted by Max Cady on 08/04/2011
Great food, and great dinner theater. If you're a New Yorker who likes to order food, put your head down, eat and not talk to anybody... this is not your kind of place. I've been with 3 people and parties of 8 and the owner is a blast to interact with, he's very funny & entertaining. The gnocchi is the best I've ever had, the cauliflower gratin would make any kid devour cauliflower, if you'd even share it with a kid. Never had a bad dish in the 5 times I've been. I moved to LA but whenever I get to NYC I make the trek uptown. Once we ate until closing and he sat down with us after dessert and showed us a fantastic book of Italy, including his home town, giving us little historical tidbits and origins of certain dishes, as well as a little old fashion Italian gossip. Nica's is priceless.
Posted by Sandy on 04/18/2011
We've been to this place about three times and I thought the last time would be the last due to the owner's pushing but we tried it again. The food is good no better than any other Italian restaurant the difference with Nica's is they push you to buy more than you want. They push you to order quick, eat fast and leave quickly and if you don't your kind waiter will come over and ask you to leave My girlfriend said they do have a sign outside regarding how long you can stay. They don't take credit cards so you need to bring cash and bring a lot as it is expensive. Next time I'm going out with some friends to share a good time a couple of bottles of wine and good food it won't be Nica's. I can think of many great Italian restaurants that have a full bar not wine only, take credit cards, and you can stay a while.
Posted by anonymous on 04/05/2011
I can finally say that I know what my Last Supper would be. Their gnocchi is out of this world. I also recommend the stuffed artichoke, cauliflower and eggplant. I don't think that anything on the regular menu or on the specials would disappoint. Enjoy!