Nomad Restaurant - East Village

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493 reviews
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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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KJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this cozy restaurant and their delicious foods, particularly the Boreks and Halumi cheese.

AA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was fun evening with good food and a live show.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation through OpenTable for brunch at 11:30 AM on a Saturday morning. We showed up to the restaurant and it was closed and the door was locked. No one contacted me to let me know the restaurant would not be open and my friend and I were forced to find another location in the middle of a rain storm for brunch. Very irritating!! OpenTable should have known they were closed and/or the restaurant should have had contacted me to let me know they would not be open. Waste of time!!!!

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible. Staff is very courteous and friendly. Unlike many NYC resturants it’s relatively quiet so one can talk. I have gone there many times.

HE
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gorgeous restaurant and both food and service were divine. We went for NYE based on another recommendation and it was wonderful!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Very slow service but delicious food!

DL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal was delicious and the service was great. Music was a bit loud but they turned it down upon request.

b
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best North African food in NY.
I went with a group of friend and it was great experience- I was worried for few people but they loved their lamb tagine.

C
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tagine, very attentive service. They even went above and beyond for a picky child.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing food. Will return.

SP
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great however our server didn’t really check up on us until it was time for the bill. Other than that it was a lovely experience.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. Great service.

a
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent East Village choice, perfect bore NYTW performance.

KM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, definitely worth a try

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food reminded me of home

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

MU
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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

HE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and staff was very attentive.

IB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
35 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I wanted to love this place but it was disappointing... the food was ok but nothing crazy (as a Moroccan I don’t think that was really tasty) and the server didn’t know anything about the North African food, she couldn’t answer my questions. The atmosphere was kind of quiet during the week

GB
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

BM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice people, good service, eh food

JD
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. I love Nomad!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Their mixed drinks are amazing!

E
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

MH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.