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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SP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 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 October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. Great service.

a
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent East Village choice, perfect bore NYTW performance.

KM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, definitely worth a try

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

Great food reminded me of home

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

MU
1 review
Dined on August 3, 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 July 29, 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 July 25, 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 July 9, 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 June 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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

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

The food was delicious and staff was very attentive.

IB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 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
34 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 16, 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 May 11, 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
162 reviews
Dined on May 7, 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
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

BM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 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 April 13, 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 April 12, 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 April 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice people, good service, eh food

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

Never disappoints. I love Nomad!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 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 February 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Their mixed drinks are amazing!

E
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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 February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

MH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 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 January 6, 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 December 31, 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.

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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 December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 December 14, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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 December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 November 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 October 29, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 16, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.