Nomad Restaurant - East Village

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Nomad, the Exquisite Mediterranean restaurant & bar proudly presents an authentic Mediterranean vibe for a romantic dining experience, an exotic adventure to bring friends together, and a distinguished atmosphere to entertain your business clients with unique Mediterranean Dishes and a Tapas Wine Bar, in the heart of The East Village, 78 Second Ave. (Between E. 4th St. and E. 5th St.) New York City, NY, 10003
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic Algerian dishes and recipes were very good. Service was very attentive.

MU
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. The waitress Ramona was always there for us. Thank you Ramona!
We would come back!

SF
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exquisite and the ambiance is divine. Great service, and when they have live entertainment it’s always top notch. I could eat here every night.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress charge service fee even we are just 4, and very aggressive, I won’t go back.

VM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a very unusual experience at Nomad, which initially would have caused me to avoid future visits to their establishment. However, they managed to handle it with grace and good humor, which made it low-key, and not a major issue. First, we ordered appetizers (olives, and a grilled cauliflower dish), which were promptly served, and delicious. Then we ordered three lamb tagines, but the entrees that arrived were all chicken, instead! They were immediately removed, and only 15 min. later, the lamb dishes arrived (also delectable). Just as we finished, the very nice waitress had to deliver the unfortunate news that their computer was suddenly down, and we would need to pay with cash! A quick stop at the bank across the street, and after a very tasty (free) lemon pie dessert, we took our leave. The poor waitress couldn't have been more apologetic or attentive, the chef(s?) quick to fix, and the problems (where possible) were promptly addressed. The food is very good, and the staff is exemplary. Thank you, Nomad, for also keeping it light and funny! We'll be back.

SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered a bronzino. It was very dry and flavorless.

HE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and staff was very attentive.

IB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lamb tajine and Lamb méchoui were very good, but our first choice was for Merguez couscous and this moroccan restaurant was surprisingly out of merguez on a Friday night. It was also out of Harissa sauce, which is even more surprising. Finally, the cocktails sounded orignal. However you could not taste the alcohol in them, so either it was forgotten or there was very very little alcohol in them, which was disappointing. Our first waitress was very friendly though.

AC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere. I love this restaurant. Food is soooooo good .def will be back

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Nothing short of amazing. We came here during happy hour and had three drinks (2 Pinot Grigios and a beer), the chicken skewers, the mussels, and the dip trio with pita for $44. Such a great deal. The dips were amazing and they make the pita in house. The mussels were sooo tasty with a good kick and the skewers were cooked perfectly and the seasoning was incredible. Also, we had our dog outside and the owners brought him a bone! So lovely. Cannot recommend more.

SS
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

OK for a quick drink and tapa, but wouldn't go again for a full meal. We had four appetizers, all o.k. but no stand-outs. Bread was excessively dry. The whole ambiance didn't feel terribly clean.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small portions for what they charge but the food is pretty great!

BM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation for noon on Saturday 4/27/19. We arrived at noon, and a female staff member unlocked the door and told us they weren’t open yet, that she would need 30-45 minutes to set up the outdoor seating. We walked around for a half hour and came back. When the female staff member saw us, she said “I guess I can seat you, I’m still cleaning.” Then she tossed her broom down on the floor and went to the back to notify the kitchen staff. We almost walked out at that point, but really wanted to try the food, so we stayed (although we were quite offended at how we were being treated). The staff member did not ask if we had a reservation and seemed to know nothing about it. She later told us her boss did not arrive at 11am to open as an explanation for seeming rushed and stressed. I understand that these kinds of situations happen, but her dismissive treatment of us and the fact that she knew nothing of our reservation was inexcusable to us for a restaurant that is highly rated. We felt better by the end of the meal, but I was shocked that she actually asked for a good review after giving us free dessert and wine to apologize for our wait. To me, that was in bad taste. How about offering a nice gesture without asking us to lie about the service? The food was delicious but the staff need to improve. Also, we were offered only a limited lunch menu when the website does not specify a limited lunch menu, and the menu stand outside had the full menu on display. The dish I went there to try was not available.

LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a group birthday (8 guests). Our server was definitely busy, but was very attentive and always there when we needed her. Looking forward to returning!

HA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great location, especially if you want to get dinner before seeing a show at New York Theater Workshop or some of the other theaters in that area. The food is fine, the value is good, and the service is very friendly. A good local place.

BW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice people, good service, eh food

JD
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. I love Nomad!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, excellent food and ambiance. It gets pretty noisy on the weekends though, best to go during the week or on offhours.

S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Their mixed drinks are amazing!

E
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, setting, service. Ramona was great, enthusiastic, gave perfect recommendations. Could not recommend this place more for a unique dinner in the city.

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attractive space. Good vegetarian choices. Very friendly and accommodating staff.

MH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The only problem my party had with Nomads was the pushy singer that was "singing" during our dinner. She came over to our table asking for money for her band. I believe this was uncalled for and should not occur.

s
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

they weren't open on our scheduled reservation for a 1PM brunch on Sunday, so we had a find a last min place to have brunch for a surprise birthday. it was very disappointing.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My friends and I came for the New Years eve pre-fix dinner. I thought it was a bit pricey for the neighborhood: $75/person plus 20% tips for large group. The appetizers included a nice tasting soup and three small tarts- all tasty. For the main entree, I ordered the Quail as per the waitress's recommendation. It was honestly horrible. Not only was it presented poorly due to mostly bones on the plate (extremely challenging to eat, and frankly, nothing much to eat), also tasted bad. I did not taste any Moroccan spices. My husband ordered the steak medium rare, but it came out medium well. The steak tasted much better than the quail though. I made my husband eat my quail... The dessert plate consisted of 3 things: lemon tart (delicious), pistachio cupcake (best one), and some very hard piece of chocolate with sticky caramel (not good).

The open bar was 2 hours which consisted of wine, beer, and prosecco- this was a huge plus!

Our waitress was really sweet and awesome but she was the only person serving about 30 people in the back.. so she was really overwhelmed.

Overall, I thought the ambience was good, food was okay (needs improvement), and service could potentially be better if there were more waiting staff.

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in the neighborhood! I'm a regular, and you should be too...

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I made a reservation through open table for 6 but the restaurant didn’t receive it. We waited 10 minutes for a table. When we sat down we waited 20 minutes for the waitress to come, another 20 minutes for our drinks to arrive and an hour and 15 minutes for food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a pre theater dinner so we were there early, it get busy as we were ready to leave. A larger crowd would affect service and noise level I’m sure. We had a very good experience and will be back.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very attentive, food was good and they wouldn’t let us leave without dessert, so they treated us. We were there in a salsa night which was nice, but we couldn’t really talk.

JD
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Nomad and go there frequently. The servers are thoughtful and attentive, the food is wonderful, the prices are reasonable and its proximity to New York Theatre Workshop makes it an all time favorite for me.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second review in few days, we had to come back for Thanksgiving because our positive experience last week. the $25 3 course turkey meal including a glass of wine or prosecco was a blast!, The most delicious turkey ever, soft and tasty, a real masterpiece. The Band was playing all kind of tunes, and some talented guests diners performed also. Authentic New York feeling in the air! We made a reservation for 7 for New Years Eve, they have a $75 all included deal with a band and the deejay. Who knows, Christmas day they are open, they might see us also!.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came downtown to eat pizza at a restaurant that a dear friend recommended. When we arrived at the place the young owner was extremely rude and unwelcoming, so we changed plans and go for north African cuisine next door where the gracious hostess came out in the cold to explain some of the dishes on the menu stand. She then found a way for us to seat in the very crowded dining room. A north African band was playing and that was a very welcomed surprise for us. We met the New Manager, which guided us with suggestions trough the menu and the specials of the day with great enthusiasm and made us laugh with some great stories about the place. We followed his recommendations and, since this was our first time in the venue we decided to share some of the best appetizers from the oven, beet hummus from the specials, merguez and the most delicious fried calamari ever!. Main courses were also shared; Lamb Mechoui, Chicken tagine, oven roasted whole branzino and fire roasted mushrooms were simply to die for! After the sublime feast we followed the server recommendation to try some of the Algerian chef's homemade desserts. The Date pudding and the chocolate mousse were outstanding work of art! We thank everyone in Nomad for making our dinner the best we had in years and we will recommend the place for year to come. We will be back for Thanksgiving, the deal they have is unbeatable! merci beaucoup!

JJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great place. been there several times. good menu. i recommend it.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was no one there when we first walked up which I got nervous about. But the food was absolutely amazing. I’ve already recommended people to go there.

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A very sweet, North African restaurant. The food was very authentic. Our server was lovely but disorganized. Some confusion with dishes that were served and the bill was incorrect and had to be adjusted. One other comment, middle eastern music rather than american pop would have better suited the lovely decor.

TK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’be been dreaming about the lamb raging ever since. Absolutely incredible!

MV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Subpar food, garbage service. Don't select the late night time slots, because they'll make your experience miserable, so you'd leave quick.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

My wife was bitten a number of times by insects on her feet while had dinner. I cannot recommend this place as a result.

CS
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

one table was occupied when we arrived for a 6:30 reservation, but we were told we could sit in the back by the kitchen under the loudspeaker or at the door, despite a dozen or so free tables. The manager said they had reservations (which we had) -- and by the time we left, there was one group at the bar, not at a table.

The food was quite good [we had merguez and cauliflower as appetizers and chicken pastilla], but despite an empty house, the service and kitchen were slow.

GM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and nice ambiance

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great!

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