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Posted by anonymous on 12/13/2010
I have lived in Hell's Kitchen for a few years now and this has to be my favorite go-to place for dinner. It gets really packed sometimes because it is small and popular but the food is AMAZING and I love that they are Byob. It is worth the wait to get inside and taste the food. I recommend the mushroom cigars, tuna tartar, and the filet. Desserts are really good too, especially the peanut butter pie.
Posted by loud girl on 12/05/2010
I recently dined with girlfriends at the Nook. Looking forward to a great meal and catching up with friends while sipping on some wine we thought this would be the perfect place. Boy, we were we wrong! Our table was moved (fine) to a 4 top with 5 people (we were Ok with it) but then we were treated horrible! It had to be the worst service I have ever experienced. Being in the industry, I understand the pressure of owning a restaurant but "shhhing" customers is unacceptable. Not only were we shhhhed by the owner, we were cursed at by the owner. This again is unnaceptable. We were paying customers just like everyone else. We ordered appetizers, entress, dessert, and coffee and were rushed the entire meal. The restaurant is small so people should know they have to wait for a table. We were there 1 hour and 45 minutes and were told (more than once) that we caused him an "f-ing table"... Well, we will not be back. Our food was good but there are plenty of great restaurants in the area. I would not recommend the Nook to anyone. Asking for our wine to be opened felt like it was annoying for the owner. Look elsewhere, you can get a great piece of salmon, tuna, or a juicy burger at many other restaurants in the city. The BYOB was a plus but I rather pay more than be treated this way on a night out.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2010
I've been here twice, and loved it both times. (Highly recommend the rosemary fries, cucumber dill salad, mushroom cigars, and salmon tartare! The entrees are good, too, but the sides and appetizers are outstanding.) The service has also been good. Here's my one complaint, which has been echoed by others -- they do NOT have a reliable reservation system. The first time I went, no problem. The second time, they had recorded the wrong time for our reservation and didn't have any tables available (it's tiny) so we had to go somewhere else. The third time, I called the day before to confirm the reservation, and they had switched the time and number of people. I straightened it out and they did have us down that time. So: 2/3, not bad, but they really should get this right every time.
Posted by NYC-Anon on 04/28/2010
We were in the neighborhood intending to go to another place that turned out to be closed, so we stopped by Nook instead. Food: mediocre. We shared the salad for starters, and the pear and cheese was nice but the salad itself was nothing special. I could have easily tossed this together myself at home. Similarly the grilled shrimp and couscous dish was so so. For $18 it was tiny and I am by no means a huge eater, but it wasn't enough food for me. Especially for the price. Then the dessert: apple pie. it was just plain strange. The apples were black and the bottom of the "pie" crust was not raw. This may have even qualified for an ok meal, except that the waitress was outright rude and had an attitude. A simple request for an extra plate was met with resistance... she couldn't have made it clearer she wanted us to stop lingering over our meal and out the door. Will not be returning.
Posted by Tom on 02/09/2010
Nook has been my favorite place for a while. Not only is the food great but also you can bring your own bottle of wine! Mushroom cigars and lamb are a must! Also, if you want the place to be less crowded go on Wednesday.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2009
I just came on to write a review about one of my favorite restaurants and was surprised to read the one below. I've lived in the neighborhood for four years and frequent this place more times than I can count. I've never waited, nor seen anyone wait, long for their food, and also the few times I've gone before a show, they have been so accomodating when I tell them that I'm in more of a rush to make my theatre time. That's always really impressed me when you consider the size of the place and kitchen, and the amazing quality of the food. 9th avenue has a lot of restaurants but it's hard for me to not keep coming back to Nook. Whether it's the steak, lamb, or tuna tartar, I've always left with a huge smile and happy stomach. Service is always great even when the place is a madhouse and the ability to bring your own bottle totally knocks my socks off. I highly recommend checking it out.
Posted by Andre on 11/10/2009
I made a reservation to eat here based on decent reviews. 6:30pm, table for 4, Thursday night. I arrived on the scene at 6:30, ordered an appetizer salad and my party was fully assembled at 6:45. The host took our orders and then we waited. And waited. And waited. A couple that was seated after we got there was served, ate, paid the tab and left by 7:30. We had yet to get our food. We asked how much longer and were assured that the food was almost done. 5 minutes and nothing. We got up to leave, and the host violently protested, berating us for not telling him we were on a time table. 45 minutes and no food? What? He added that this "wasn't McDonald's," to which I replied "yes, we know. We'd have eaten by now if it were." He warned us not to come back and we assured him that would not be a problem. I dropped a $20 on the floor for my appetizer and walked out. In a venue so small and cozy, you would think he'd govern his attitude a little better, especially given that this was their failing. Don't bother with this place. Unless they're giving gourmet food away for McDonald's prices, it's not worth it. There are hundreds of great places to eat up and down 9th. You can skip this one.