Momofuku Nishi

4.5
637 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Nishi is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Tamburo creates Italian-inspired dishes using unexpected techniques and ingredients. In addition to a la carte pasta and meat & fish offerings, the menu also features a house-made pasta tasting with an optional wine pairing.

The beverage list showcases a selection of wines with a new perspective on old world regions, alongside seasonal cocktails.

Please note that the Impossible Burger is available on a first come, first served basis during lunch and brunch (12 - 3 pm). Please check our website for updates. We appreciate your understanding.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 12 pm - 3 pm Daily

Dinner: 5:30 pm - 11 pm Daily
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Phone number
(646) 565-4109
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicholas Tamburo
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Catering
Private Dining: Please email us for event inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 21st and 22nd Streets
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Public transit
C,E to 23rd Street;1 to 23rd Street;N,R to 23rd Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for an Italian Christmas Eve tradition: Feast of Seven Fishes. $110 per person, we will feature a limited a la carte menu along with a curated beverage list too. If you would like to participate in our Feast of Seven Fishes, please note this on your reservation.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with a four-course tasting menu by Chef Nick Tamburo for $98 per person. Special wines by the glass and featured wines by the bottle will also be offered. Reservations accepted online for parties of 2 – 6. For larger parties, please email nishireservations@momofuku.com.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 637 People Are Saying
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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff. From the managers to Cris the waitress and Andrew the bar tender. This place is a perfect 10. Michelin worthy. One star at the very least.

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NY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were incredibly disappointed. The noise issues were not fixed in the renovation (I visited prior). The kitchen essentially forgot about all other tables because they had some sort of VIP table which was ordering large, off-menu items. There was a 40-45 minute gap in between receiving our starters and our entreees. Of course, these issues could’ve been excused if the food was really great - it was not. Cold food, lack of flavor, not inventive in any way. I can not stress enough how disappointing this experience was in every way.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cocktails, superb food, great waitstaff, whats more to say?

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JE
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My third visit. First was terrific; second was mundane. This was pretty good. I did not much care for the nduja, though the home baked sourdough was great. (To be fair the waiter offered to substitute something else.) Roast pork was delicious; wines by the glass were good. Not a great value but you can get a good meal.

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FC
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a great place for a nice quiet dinner for two. Food is delish and sauces/spices are creative and very tasty.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word....Unbelievable.

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JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inventive dishes plated and served well. The staff was well-trained and pleasantly professional.

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CP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, great service and great space! We were wowed and surprised by all three.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was amazing. Our server was good and a very nice guy he just got overwhelmed. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! The food was exceptional from start to finish!

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ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This restaurant is vastly disappointing. When we arrived 12 minutes late for our reservation, they told me that we had exceeded the grace period for the reservation, and they were not sure they could seat us. No problem, but they should have explicitly stated their policy on the reservation page on Open Table. We wound up getting two seats at the bar. We ordered the pasta sampler. The first two pasta dishes were barely lukewarm, so we sent the the cacio e pepe back to the kitchen. It took 20 minutes for us to get the hot pasta back. It was not at all what I expected, and the sauce was slightly gelatinous, which led me to believe that a thickening agent had been used. Odd. The duck orecchiette was overpowered by smoke flavor and salt. Desert was a slice of pie flavored with Campari, which just did not deliver, and then an "ice cream sandwich" in the style of a large macaron. Underwhelmed. Save your money, this was one of the most disappointing meals I have had in years.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent and creative. It's best to order several dishes and share with the group to experience the full range of flavors. It's a bit crowded and noisy but not obnoxiously so. The staff is friendlier than you'd expect at a trendy spot. I've been for both dinner and lunch and both were great.

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

Can’t get a cup of regular coffee. Food was good, but nothing special.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food options are varied and the choices we made were outstanding. The wine list selection selection is well thought out. Our server was efficient and very helpful with our questions. Will return soon

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G
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding dinner, lobster entree a must along with sicilian red wine contrada

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Friendly staff but slow service and average food for a Momofuku

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation for two thru OpenTable, but when we arrived they said there would be a "short wait". We were finally seated 30 mins. later in a noisy, dense area. The waiter strongly pushed the Turbot and lobster, and we felt pressured. The wine was good, but more than 100% marked up over prices in local stores. First dish -- endive -- fantastic. Second dish, Wagyu beef, a let-down. The lobster on pasta tasted great with 1st few bites, but soon became very tiring, with tomato & hot chili overhwleming all. We felt we were forcing ourselves to eat. Dinner for 2 = $280.00 NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the pasta tasting and it was great. Wonderful service and great food.

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LY
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special! Amazing flavours. Make sure to get the Romaine salad.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got the Cacio e pepe and it was AMAZING. the cheese to pepper ratio was on point and i would come back to nishi JUST to have this dish alone. The service was also very good, fast, attentive but not too much that it gets annoying. Would recommend.

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Glasgow
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Initial table was poor for 3 people but we were moved promptly.

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m
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I brought my parents who were in town—they LOVE david chang from his netflix series so it was a treat. it was a little too loud for them (they’re in their 60s, and my mom has a hearing problem. dad is just old) The food was delicious and accessible enough, but also interesting enough. Also generous portion sizes for the kind of restaurant it is. I was surprised by the pasta (in a good way!)

Service was a little slow though, but attentive nonetheless. Overall would visit again!

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Such a disappointment! I was told the place was great, but this must have been a long time ago.
Loud heavy metal is not exactly the kind of music one expects for sunday lunch. Service was slow, although the place was half empty. Drinks were served long after food had come. We couldn't finish the antipasti - too salty, too much vinegar, boring.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best true hospitality experiences I have had. Thank you Erica and Nishi team. You are first class and top notch.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great and creative food choices. It is an ideal restaurant for sharing dishes.

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MB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have eaten and enjoyed our meals here in the past. But sadly, last night’s meal was inconsistent and we feel like we overspent for not great food. The wait staff are very personable and the location is easy. But this Chelsea based restaurant’s menu feels like it’s ignored (especially the entrees) compared to the other restaurants in this fine group.

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LJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious place for lunch, loved the Impossible Burger and pickled vegetables. Good balance for a group with vegetarians and meat eaters.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good and service was great but it’s way overpriced even for a manhattan restaurant.

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MR
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Visit from Miami

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DE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Nishi was incredible. We had the Montauk scallop, Bucatini with white truffles, and the roast pork which all were spectacular. We also had the penicillin cocktail which was sweet, gingery and frothy - really great; and the old fashioned which was also good.

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AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! So fun and delicious.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quintessential cool neighborhood restaurant that has great service and amazing foods at affordable prices.

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NM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The wine was great. Tuna fish was delicious but nothing unique. Pasta with blue crab a bit tasteless. I was disappointed.

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E
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I picked this restaurant for my boyfriends birthday and we were so disappointed. We had the pasta tasting menu and wine flight which I thought would be perfect for a special occasion. It was terrible value for money. 3/6 of the dishes were actually awful (the first pasta dish, and two desserts) and the other three were ok but the portion sizes were too small. Numerous times the wine arrived after we received the plate of food and half the time we didn’t have cutlery so the food went cold as we tried to get hold of the waitress for the wine and a fork. The tables either side of us also received complimentary focaccia whereas we were persuaded in to buying a $20 focaccia starter as we were told the tasting menu wouldn’t be enough! I never complain about restaurants but this was really expensive and such a disappointment. The tables next to us thought exactly the same. Out of the thousands of restaurants in New York I would not recommend eating here. For reference the meal cost $275 including a very small tip, it makes me so upset thinking what a waste of money it was!!

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C
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fabulous experience. Service was exceptional food was great creative with nuances that we valued overall. The only detractor was the fact that we were seated in front of the door on a very cold night and no one noticed that the AC was on until we pointed it out to the manager. Otherwise it was perfect.

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M
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Boring food. Host was extremely nice, but waiter seemed annoyed by us. Lackluster for the price.

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service. Bit noisy. We had BBQ ribs, they almost melted in your mouth...

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AL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

BOUGY overpriced BS

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. Waiter was rude and made us feel uncomfortable. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this. Food was delicious!

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g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! The pasta and tuna were both superb!

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