Momofuku Nishi

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714 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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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother daughter dinner ... one night in NY from NC.

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JK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It's always happiness to dine at Nishi - I am impressed the team is keeping a very high level of service and cooking day in and day out! Cheers. Jason

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

My worst Momofuku experience by far.

The music was very off-putting. If you like Blink 182 and MCR, et al that is fine but it was loud and seemed like an odd choice for weekend brunch at this particular restaurant.

They open at noon and we had a 1 p.m. reservation, but somehow a little over 60 minutes into service they were 'out' of three of the maybe seven entree dishes, including the fried chicken - a standalone item that is the most expensive on the menu and the reason we came.

Our order of marinated olives was spilled all over me, the table, the floor by our waiter. I get that mistakes happen, but while they moved quickly to clean it up and replace it, they weren't particularly apologetic. My feet still sat in a pool of olive oil during our meal and they never realized, asked or acknowledged that I had it on my shirt. When they arrived the olives were good.

The gem lettuce salad was a nice, light start to the meal, but ultimately nothing memorable. The cacio e pepe was not good. It was a little runny and the pasta tasted like Kraft white cheddar mac. Since they did not have the fried chicken, we opted for the pork sandwich per a staff recommendation. It was very good, however prob better priced around $15 than $19.

The staff was somewhat aloof and we got our bill, paid it and left without having any real interaction with anyone.

Lastly, while it is impossible to completely pin it on this meal, it should be noted that both my girlfriend and I got extremely sick to our stomach less than 20 minutes after the meal.

I was disappointed because of years of good experiences at Momofuku restaurants and will not return or recommend.

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CV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pitch perfect from the word go. The front of house understands pacing, pausing and letting guests enjoy the experience themselves. Standouts: red endive salad with an umami aspect from the fish sauce that blew us away; yellowfin tuna main course, flavors I cannot even put into words, cooked to perfection; Long Island duck - the mise en table alone was worth it. It resembled a Helen Frankenthaler canvas. This kitchen works like a Swiss watch without the fussiness. I love this place.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Our server was fantastic and the food was delicious.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Ruined my boyfriends birthday

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails great food and wonderful service what else could you ask for!!!

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

The wine was great! The server gave nothing extra to the point of being harsh and we are from europe where servers dont get tips or more tips if extra tending or nice. I was really looking forward to the food but was dissapointed. It was ni fu ni fa. We had the tasting menu and I have scallop allergie and they were great about that but then gave my boyfriend the scallop free dish. Luckely I double checked which was what. It ended on a positive note when a new server gave us a new extra dessert that was delish because we did not love the campari pie or the icecream sandwhich. Sad to say we were dissapointed except for the lovely wine

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was slow. The appetizers weren’t great. But The entrees were great.

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BF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

More Asian then Italian. Exotic taste experience. Friendly Staff

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R
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Superb cuisine. The pork was delicious and of generous proportions. The price was right. I was disappointed by the service. It started out swell....the waitress was good about explaining ingredients to my vegan guest, but we had to wait a very long time for our food...it came when we hailed the manager, and we had to wait to get our wine poured and then we were left with finished plates for a long time. Our waitress seemed to be paying lots of attention to others, but it was a "fail" that should not happen in a restaurant of this quality. All that said, it is about the food, and what we ordered was excellent.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came as a group for lunch during restaurant week. The food was delicious and the portions were a great size.

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week is the best time to try the menu without having to go all the way with family style entrees. The short ribs were melt-in-your-mouth awesome! Olive oil cake and mousse were out of this world in taste and texture.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

By FAR the worst experience I had in NYC over the last 4 years. The waiter tricked us into order enough food for 10 people (and if I didn’t put my foot on the brake he would have made us order enough for 20 people) when we were only 3 people dining. On top of that he failed to tell us that the ribeye needed 1h to cook and we had to wait 25mn after all the other dishes doing nothing and being the only ones left in the restaurant for the meat. When it came, we weren’t even hungry anymore.

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EK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I went here for restaurant week. It is a little gem right in Chelsea. I am planning my next visit.

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j
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I don’t usually write reviews, but I felt I had to because my girl and I had a terrible experience at this restaurant. We went during restaurant week 2019. We had a reservation but table wasn’t ready, so we were seated at the bar. Service is terrible. I felt like they cared more about the foodie group next to us. They came after us, had their meal and left before we even got our 2nd course. I also feel like they cared more about the customers who weren’t participating in the restaurant week menu. I feel like the people who were seated before and after us at a table had the waiters and waitresses put all their attention on them more than the us at the bar. Our bartender has to leave the bar to become another waiter and get the food for the people seated at the table. We were left without our waiter/bar tender so he can help the staff on the floor, that is just wrong. We were looking forward to the main course because we love skate, but we were disappoint that it took so long to get our meal. When we finally receive our main course, to our surprise the portions were very small, not worth it for the price. The flavors for this dish is good, but skate wing looks like it was a cut a quarter of the size of a regular portion size and they gave you more of arugula salad to compensate. Also since our bar tender left to serve the people seated at the tables, we felt like they forgot about our dessert. It took more than 30 minutes after we finish our main course for us to get our dessert. It will probably be longer if I didnt ask for that and the check. The bar tender told us he will ask the chief to bump our dessert, but he is busy with others orders. Why was he busy when we were here before the other people he is taking care of their orders. Both desserts were smaller than their regular desserts. The main courses and desserts that weren’t on the restaurant week menu look much nicer and portion sizes were better too. We left hungry and will not return.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

But these answers are only because of my personal preference on food. The service was great and we still had a great time at dinner.

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P
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very special and unique experience

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was very weak and left hungry

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Kinda disappointed with both food and service :(
I ordered pork sandwich, the meat was pretty dry. My friend ordered burger and she said no surprise at all, taste like those from the chain burger shop.
Service wise, staffs were not very attentive. I had made an appointment for lunch at 1:30pm, I got there on time but waited for a while (20-25mins) to be seated even there were seats available! Maybe they only allow us to be seated when all parties are there!? No one inform me for the reason why I had to wait? Overall I didn’t enjoy the dining experience there.

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J
New York Area
366 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week lunch on the coldest day-14 degrees outside and a full house outside. Appetizers: scallop was pristinely fresh with a bite from the green chili, ricotta toast was creamy with a tangy vinaigrette. Entrees-smoky brisket with mustard seed & greens lived up to its description, skate wing was perfectly cooked and the pea shoots were a great complement. Dessert-frozen vanilla mousse was luscious and the olive oil cake with kumquat sauce was moist & intensely flavorful. We had the wine pairing for a $20 supplement-first Trebbiano followed by Nerello, both Sicilian wines and followed by iced coffee. We were impressed and look forward returning for dinner in the near future.

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RA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Highly rated by New Yorker Magazine (top 10 of 2018). Relative to the other restaurants we visited for Restaurant Week, not even close to the middle of the pack.

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AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The comfort of the seating pales in comparison to the unique, incredible flavors presented. The service and food were incredible, despite four grown men being stuffed into a crescent-shaped booth. Highly recommended for the gastronomic journey.

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g
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Would recommend restaurant. Cocktails are delicious. Food was excellent but selection is small and expensive. Some of the servers mumbled descriptions and barely smiled. We advised we had to make a show and though they said they would accommodate our time constraint, it was a close call with 3 courses brought out at end ( we ordered the pasta tasting menu).

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I went during restaurant week for lunch. The restaurant week menu features items not on the regular menu. I had the scallops with Meyer lemon and scallion, fettuccine with pesto, and olive oil cake. The scallops and cake were excellent. I think it was a good deal for $26 (before tax and tip).

The only downside of the experience was a bad odor from where I was sitting. I sat at the bar and there was an odd smell—like sewage. At first, I was afraid it was coming from inside the restaurant. When I left, I smelled it outside. So somehow outdoor odors were getting inside the restaurant. The bar seating is nowhere near the door.

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KK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Food was prepared perfectly. Will dream about the sourdough focaccia

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CG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were coming to New York from Michigan for one special night in the city. On the way to the restaurant my boyfriend proposed and we celebrated our new engagement with an incredible pasta tasting at Momofuku Nishi. The experience was incredible, and they took such good care of us. We will be dreaming about the langostino risotto forever. We weren't quite as fond of the last two dessert courses, and wished it was more pasta instead. We look forward to returning soon.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food but terrible table in front of door. We were seated at a table in front of door and got a cold draft every time it was opened. There were also people standing over us as they waited for their table. I wanted to love this place and probably would have if we had a different table.

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M
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

Food was disappointing. Service was great

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MP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great time at Momofuku Nishi. The service was great, the food was outstanding! 10/10 would recommend!

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H
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. We ordered another savory appetizer as our dessert. Spectacular.

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NO
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Momofuku is a great place to try new menues!

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C
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at the restaurant & we had a good experience & will go back. We went for restaurant week ... we felt they offered good choices. My husband & I ordered the scallops which were good but I should have ordered tried some thing else as I didn’t realise it was cerviche, which I am not too fond of. We had the meat either short ribs or brisket which was delicious. My husband dessert... frozen mousse was outstanding & the olive oil cake was pretty good. Service was excellent & as far as restaurant week goes it was great!!! Highly recommend it

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LG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! It's a bit pricey, but we really enjoyed. Yum yum!

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AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Yes, it’s Restaurant Week and diners are supposedly getting a deal. But the entree of linguini was a little bare for my vegetarian companion. Overall, we felt the value for money was a little disappointing. As for ambiance, although I was seated toward the middle of the restaurant before the bar, from time to time, I could catch unpleasant whiffs of the kitchen sewage smells. Service was very attentive—they made sure my water glass was always filled, but there was a little confusion and they kept bringing dishes out to the wrong tables.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food is fabulous... generous portions...perfect to share.

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LG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Another in the Momofuku series of restaurant; this one specializing in fusion takes on Italian food, especially pasta. Some of the items, such as the pork ribs and select pastas, are quite good. Other items are merely good. A pleasant place to eat but not one that you'll talk about for weeks.

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LJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Waiter was extremely helpful with recommending delicious food and great wine pairings. Is expensive for what you get as the portions are a bit small, but totally worth it for the unique/eclectic dishes.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Appetizer and desert were beautiful and tasty. The brisket was dry, chewy and did not represent what I have come to expect from momofuku restaurants.

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