Momofuku Nishi

4.5
759 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.
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MK
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress navigated the whole menu to accommodate our allergies. Two of us shared a sourdough, 2 pastas, and the duck. Everything made you want to eat slowly to capture the flavor!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was a delicious mix between Italian and Asian flavors. The portions were a little small for being so pricey, but that’s what I would expect. You absolutely must get the Wagyu tartare. We loved it so much we had to order it twice!

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SF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was ok a bit underwhelming, especially compared to other Momofuko. Also too overpriced for what you’re getting..

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j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a quick lunch and had a perfect meal. The prok chop sandwich was epic!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Had the pasta tasting and we all ended up with an upset tummy the next morning.

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BF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was good, food was disappointing. Stick with the pasta. Entree proteins were not good. We had the yellowfin tonnato dish, a giant steak of undercooked attempted sushi tuna, that was so raw you couldn’t cut it, bathing in tonnato w a couple mushrooms thrown in. If fish was cooked through or poached it might have actually been edible. Another table next to us ordered a different entree and sent it back. Gem lettuce salad was fine - just a Caesar salad w miso flavoring thrown in. Dinner for two + couple glasses of wine w tip was $165 which is overpriced for what you’re getting.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was absolutely fantastic. Attentive but not obtrusive service, wonderful food (although the scallops were uninteresting), able to hear our table mates’ conversation. We were there for a business dinner and were seated in one of the half-circle booths which was tight for four (and a little awkward for a business dinner), but we had made a last-minute reservation and were just delighted they could accommodate us. If going with a group, I recommend requesting table + bench vs booth. But a total wow in every other way; our colleagues are still talking about it 3 days later.

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M
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food in an informal cozy space

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous pasta!

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KR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My family and I loved this restaurant! Our favorite dishes were the cece e pepe bucatini and the tagliatelle. We also loved the tuna and the duck. We got the scallops and the uni as appeteizers, and they were both a little small even for appeteizers and not as amazing as the rest of the meal. The service and ambience were great. We will definitely be coming back to try more of the pastas.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance, and a delightful experience. Service was excellent and our server made very good recommendations. We tried the salad followed by the prefixe pasta selections and dessert. Salad was good. Each pasta dish had a unique flavor and all were good. Dessert was just right after the pasta. All in all a very nice find.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I came on a busy Saturday night so that likely affected the service and food quality. I imagine it’s a better experience at a less busy time.

We ordered the pasta tasting menu. The wait time between courses was dreadfully long and when the food came out, we had some pasta that was crunchy and undercooked.

We didn’t want to make a fuss because we were on a time restriction to catch a show and didn’t want to risk slowing down the process further. The table next to us did complain and got some apologies and an extra free course of pasta though.

Dessert courses were nice.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Get the pasta tasting WITH the drink pairing you all not regret it!

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The entrées were great- We had the brisket sandwich and the crab pasta. The pasta I will dream about, so rich and delicious. We had the Vanilla Mouse desert, which left something to be desired. It just missed the mark and tasted old and freezer burnt. A not so great way to end the meal. Really cute place A+ restrooms. Its way to packed in. If they removed one 2 top table it wouldn't feel like you were sitting on your neighbor. Also in winter time there are coats and bags, but no place to hang things up so it's REALLY awkward. I would make this a more regular place if it was a bit more spread out.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. A little too loud to meet for a business meeting. Servings were on the small side but delicious!

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F
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was fabulous - my only complaint has to do with seating arrangements. Most tables are small, and when you share multiple dishes there is very little room to maneuver. It made for a less-than gracious eating experience.

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CG
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I learned about this restaurant and partner places via Chef's Table and I have to admit I was weary about trying a place with such name recognition as sometimes places start to coast and they become overrated. Well, I'm so glad I went because I found out that this was not the case with Nishi. I felt like this was their first week of being open meaning that they were so fresh and on top of it. The food was perfect; we did the Chef's tasting and so we were able to try almost everything. The service was attentive without being pushy, which is such a hard balance. The hostess was nice and the restaurant as a whole was so lovely. It was so clean, including the bathroom, and ambiance was so warm and energetic. Everything was a formula for a great meal, great conversation, and an all around great time.

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JT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good but not as exciting as I’d hoped from the menu. Bucatini was tasty but a little too peppery. My friends coffee took a long time to come out. I really liked the byredo soap and lotion in the bathroom. The pistachio cake was good but I wouldve liked a stronger pistachio flavor. Would’ve liked more meat in both the hash and toast dishes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here before with my husband and couldn’t wait to come back with a group of girlfriends for a get together. We had a blast - great beer and cocktails and amazing food! Very shareable plate sizes and everyone was impressed with the taste and quality! Love the Momofuku brand ❤️

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of the best spots in manhattan!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great pasta dishes.

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l
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very high quality Italian but cannot put my finger on it - flavors very reminiscent of momofuku - almost an underlying Asian sensibility. Even the bucatini with cece had strong umami undertones. Appetizers we vinegary and bright.

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l
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The lunch food was really good. We had the salad and the signature pasta. Each was very tasty.
The atmosphere and service were great. Would recommend.

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PB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

David Chang should close this one down ASAP. Got there for my dinner at 10:30 PM. The waiter hands me the menu, and immediately says "You probably won't want the tasting menu. It takes an hour and a half." Well, I wanted the tasting menu, so I ordered that. Each course was served as quickly as possible, and none were hot. I was out of there in 45 minutes. Seems it does not take an hour and a half after all. Terrible experience. Among the restaurants with the worst service in the City. Also noted that the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. Appears I am not the only patron to get such poor service and food.

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LS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was very disappointed with my experience at Nishi. I’ve always had excellent service and food at the other momofuku restaurants so I had pretty high expectations going in. Nishi completely lowered the bar. Food was mediocre and honestly tasteless. Service was poor, drinks didn’t come for 20 minutes and showed up after our food arrived. For the price I expected much more.

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Got order wrong, had to wait for correct good long!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious the staff was awesome. I'm not sure if I'm ready to pay these prices for noodles.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and relaxed ambiance in a tightly run operation. Tasteful décor. Staffed were courteous and above all relaxed. They seem to have fun being there which adds to the overall vibe of the place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Have a starter and a main and left hungry... after paying $55. Had to struggle to get the waiters attention.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I've never had a bad experience at a David Chang restaurant until Momofuku Nishi. His mash-up of Italian and South-East Asian didn't work, and his concept of shared plates wasn't suitable for all the dishes, so the service was uneven, as things came out as ready. We waited for about 40 minutes for the main brunch dishes to arrive, and the first thing to arrive was not share-worthy. The Pork chop sandwich was impossible to eat... the pork was over-cooked and tough, and the bread too thick for the amount of meat, a very unpleasing presentation. We should have been told that the hash was enough for the whole table to share, instead of ordering 2 full portions. The best thing about the restaurant was that it wasn't noisy. I was really disappointed, because I'd read that he had solved the problems from the time it opened, which wasn't true.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. There were 6 of us including one vegetarian. The vegetarian had very few options and there didn’t seem to be much interest in creating something for him. BUT the rest of us loved our meal. We shared several dishes including the sea bass appetizer and the lobster pasta followed by the skate and steak. All were fantastic.

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TW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious and creative

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great. Pricey and great.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nothing out of the ordinary. Pasta is good but not outstanding. The fried chicken was just okay. But in terms of value they do offer good proportions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Terrible pasta. Tasteless, undercooked and expensive.

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T
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service & food with great ambiance. I never felt rushed which is important to me that a place makes you feel welcome and comfortable.

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WR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Feelings are mixed. The taglietelle was incredible, but I wasn't really satisified with their bucatini or the pasta with anchovy and onion. I paid $32 extra for truffles and Im not kidding you could barely taste them. Maybe cause I was in Italy 6 months ago where the truffles were crazy intense (and free). Service was a little slow and they messed up a request.

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n
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Small portions and as someone who doesn’t eat seafood the menu choices were ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Crammed tables, but delicious as always! Can’t go wrong with the pastas and roast pork.

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