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Posted by Anonymous on 12/20/2006
While Nook is a cute, cozy hole in the wall with decent food, good prices, and BYOB, the service is very poor. We got no bread plates and had a dirty wine glass, and the waitress was rude! Never in my life have I been told I need to leave because someone needed our table! I understand it is a small restaurant, but people should still have to wait if a table is not ready. My friends and I had finished our meal and were just chatting when the waitress came over and said, "you need to leave now because I need this table". I say a big $%^&*!# you to Nook...I will not come here again or recommend it to anyone!
Posted by new yorker on 10/03/2006
I have lived in the area for 9 years. I like all types of food from Per Se to the falafel stand downtown in the financial district. For 6 out of my 9 years, 9th avenue has not been a place I would go often to eat. In the last three years the street has come alive in all types of ways. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the Nook. Finally, there was a hole in the wall, fun to go to, good food, low price, great value restaurant. Before I would always have to leave the area to find a place like this. Not anymore. Excellent!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2006
We read the reviews, we saw the high Zagat’s rating. We loved that it was BYOB. Unfortunately it did not live up to its hype. It is a small, cramped room with average food served by a pleasant personality. The shrimp were overcooked, the steak tough, and the lamb chops over marinated in a sweet sauce. The best part of the meal was the bottle of wine we had brought to drink.
Posted by JKF on 07/25/2006
Finally, a place I want to make a weekly habit amidst all of the Ninth Avenue mediocrity overtaking Hell’s Kitchen. Thank you, Nook, for moving into MY neighborhood! It’s food I look forward to eating, not experimental food I manage down in order to one-up my phony foodie friends. Two words--Mushroom Cigars. This phyllo dough wrapped little number has converted even the most ardent of my fungi hater friends. It is somehow delicate but hearty, and tender yet flakey all in one bite. Okay, two more words--Konrad’s Goulash. This is the only reason my father comes back to visit me from the mid west. I can’t blame him. It is the only dish I’ll go off my no-carb diet for. It’s always spot-on with a satisfying rich and spicy sauce with tender chunks of beef. I am almost loath to submit this review, lest my little neighborhood secret get out!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2006
I recently went to Nook with my boyfriend and two of our friends, and we cannot stop raving about our experience. Nook is tiny... it only seats about 25 - 30 people, so either prepare for a long wait, or make reservations well in advance. The menu is interesting and very inexpensive, especially considering how incredible the food is. Everything that we ordered was delicious and cooked to perfection. Each of us ordered an appetizer, main course, dessert, and coffee, and we each paid $40. This is one of the best bargains in NYC. And it's BYO! Can't wait to go back!
Posted by MP on 06/27/2006
The name is appropriate - the place is tiny so reservations are a must - but the food is pretty good and really cheap. We enjoyed everything we got and love that it's BYO. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something low-key