746 9th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763728 -73.988592
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Excellent food and love that I can save some $$ because of BYOB policy. Love the Seared Tuna, the mushroom Cigars, their steaks, and their chicken dish (i forget what it was called, but it was really good).
yummy brunch! – Went there for brunch with a whole bunch of people. Most of us got the eggs benedict, which was great, as were their scrambles. Hot chocolate was dark & rich. Only thing is that the place really is a nook, very small, & the bathroom is past the kitchen & like a cramped closet! But otherwise we enjoyed ourselves; the food was good & would like to try more; definitely want to go back.
Great find! – 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.
Service? Nope! – 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. 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.
Lucky find – My husband and I were visiting and happened upon Nook as we were looking for a dinner venue after a long day of sightseeing. We felt so lucky to find this hidden treasure and felt like locals. We didn't know that it was BYOB until after we were seated, but the meal was still great without a wine compliment. The Tuscan chicken and Salmon were delicious and the mushroom cigars were really enjoyed by both of us. Our bill was about the same as it was for lunch at a touristy deli! We highly recommend it.
Great Tiny Place! Food & Atmosphere perfect – As you can tell by the name, Nook is a cozy establishment. If you know this going in then I see nothing to complain about. There was a waitress that people thought was rude, but she has left. Food is fantastic. The mushroom cigars, the lamb, and the filet are absolutely delicious. BYO so you can enjoy your own drink of choice with no corkage fee. Regulars come back for a reason. Come hungry and with an open mind, and relax in a classy place. It's small so of course your table is valuable. Whether for a date, a party, or just for the good food, this is the place. I'm getting hungry just thinking of the food right now.
Enjoy it for what it is!!! – I have to be honest, I was scared to try this place after reading the negative collection of reviews, however, I sucked it up, grabbed 2 decent bottles of red and ventured out with husband for a cozy night at a BYOB. Twice now, it has YET to disappoint. Yes, the owner/hostess/etc. are Russian/Slovakian and are naturally a little brisk in personality. I take no offense as long as the food comes out in a timely fashion and is at a minimum: tasty. With only 8 tables or so, its warm with candelight and makes it easy for a few friends or couples to engage in intimate conversation. I LOVE the mushroom cigars and the tuna tartar (nicely seasoned with miso)! Their entrees are simple, but perfect. Dessert isn't so shabby either, and if you're a peanut butter fan, their peanut butter pie is better than Grandmas!! In the summer it's quaint with open windows (even a few patrons making their own mojitos!!), and in the winter it's cozy (ie. cramped) toward the back. I'd try this place before judging it, so far I haven't been let down! Make reservations!!!!
Best brunch spot in Hell's Kitchen – Nook is my favorite place to go for brunch on the weekends. I highly recommend any of their egg scrambles, potato pancakes, and poached eggs. You really can't go wrong with any of the choices on the menu. They can't seat too many people so the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy, unlike the noisy and all-too-trendy neighboring restaurants. Ramon (works weekend brunches) is very friendly and efficient. Also, you can watch the puppies next door while you wait to be seated!
I have never been treated so poorly in my life! DO NOT GO HERE – The "waitress" was so rude, my party of three was forced to leave before our food arrived. We walked in before the dinner rush without reservations and were told we could take a seat. If we weren't welcome, they could have just said so and we would have gladly gone anywhere else. The waitress was SO shockingly rude, I almost fealt like bursting into tears. Let me make it clear that my guests and I are just normal, polite, young women and did not warrant the behavior in any way whatsoever. When we placed our orders, one entree and two appetizers, the waitress responed with, "That is all you are going to order?". I was literally shocked. We left then and there. Not to mention, the owners are Polish and I happen to speak Polish so I was able to understand everything the horrible waitress said about us to the cook. PLEASE do not give them your business.
Loved it!! – I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nook. We had tuna tartar and the mushroom cigars for appetizers and both were delicious. I had salmon and my friend had a lamb. Both were prepared to perfection and we enjoyed it tremendously. The host was extremely funny, very interactive with the patrons which created a great atmosphere similar to many smaller places in Europe. Definetely a place I will visit again and will recommend to others..
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