Nook

★★★★☆

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Sun 10am-10:30pm, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-11:30pm, Sat 10am-11:30pm

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Excellent food and love that I can save some $$ because of BYOB policy. Love the Seared Tuna, the mushroom Cigars, their steaks, and their chicken dish (i forget what it was called, but it was really good).

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★★★★★

Excellent food and love that I can save some $$ because of BYOB policy. Love the Seared Tuna, the mushroom Cigars, their steaks, and their chicken dish (i forget what it was called, but it was really good).

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Went there for brunch with a whole bunch of people. Most of us got the eggs benedict, which was great, as were their scrambles. Hot chocolate was dark & rich. Only thing is that the place really is a nook, very small, & the bathroom is past the kitchen & like a cramped closet! But otherwise we enjoyed ourselves; the food was good & would like to try more; definitely want to go back.

2
★★★★☆

Went there for brunch with a whole bunch of people. Most of us got the eggs benedict, which was great, as were their scrambles. Hot chocolate was dark & rich. Only thing is that the place really is a nook, very small, & the bathroom is past the kitchen & like a cramped closet! But otherwise we enjoyed ourselves; the food was good & would like to try more; definitely want to go back.

Pros: good food

Cons: small

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I just came on to write a review about one of my favorite restaurants and was surprised to read the one below. I've lived in the neighborhood for four years and frequent this place more times than I can count. I've never waited, nor seen anyone wait, long for their food, and also the few times I've gone before a show, they have been so accomodating when I tell them that I'm in more of a rush to make my theatre time. That's always really impressed me when you consider the size of the place and kitchen, and the amazing quality of the food. 9th avenue has a lot of restaurants but it's hard for me to not keep coming back to Nook. Whether it's the steak, lamb, or tuna tartar, I've always left with a huge smile and happy stomach. Service is always great even when the place is a madhouse and the ability to bring your own bottle totally knocks my socks off. I highly recommend checking it out.

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★★★★★

I just came on to write a review about one of my favorite restaurants and was surprised to read the one below. I've lived in the neighborhood for four years and frequent this place more times than I can count. I've never waited, nor seen anyone wait, long for their food, and also the few times I've gone before a show, they have been so accomodating when I tell them that I'm in more of a rush to make my theatre time. That's always really impressed me when you consider the size of the place and kitchen, and the amazing quality of the food. 9th avenue has a lot of restaurants but it's hard for me to not keep coming back to Nook. Whether it's the steak, lamb, or tuna tartar, I've always left with a huge smile and happy stomach. Service is always great even when the place is a madhouse and the ability to bring your own bottle totally knocks my socks off. I highly recommend checking it out.

Pros: GREAT food!

Cons: Small. But cozy!

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I made a reservation to eat here based on decent reviews. 6:30pm, table for 4, Thursday night. I arrived on the scene at 6:30, ordered an appetizer salad and my party was fully assembled at 6:45. The host took our orders and then we waited. And waited. And waited. A couple that was seated after we got there was served, ate, paid the tab and left by 7:30. We had yet to get our food. We asked how much longer and were assured that the food was almost done. 5 minutes and nothing. We got up to leave, and the host violently protested, berating us for not telling him we were on a time table. 45 minutes and no food? What? He added that this "wasn't McDonald's," to which I replied "yes, we know. We'd have eaten by now if it were." He warned us not to come back and we assured him that would not be a problem. In a venue so small and cozy, you would think he'd govern his attitude a little better, especially given that this was their failing. Don't bother with this place. Unless they're giving gourmet food away for McDonald's prices, it's not worth it. There are hundreds of great places to eat up and down 9th. You can skip this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

I made a reservation to eat here based on decent reviews. 6:30pm, table for 4, Thursday night. I arrived on the scene at 6:30, ordered an appetizer salad and my party was fully assembled at 6:45. The host took our orders and then we waited. And waited. And waited. A couple that was seated after we got there was served, ate, paid the tab and left by 7:30. We had yet to get our food. We asked how much longer and were assured that the food was almost done. 5 minutes and nothing. We got up to leave, and the host violently protested, berating us for not telling him we were on a time table. 45 minutes and no food? What? He added that this "wasn't McDonald's," to which I replied "yes, we know. We'd have eaten by now if it were." He warned us not to come back and we assured him that would not be a problem. In a venue so small and cozy, you would think he'd govern his attitude a little better, especially given that this was their failing. Don't bother with this place. Unless they're giving gourmet food away for McDonald's prices, it's not worth it. There are hundreds of great places to eat up and down 9th. You can skip this one.

Pros: Can't name any

Cons: Don't expect to be served in under 45 minutes

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My husband and I were visiting and happened upon Nook as we were looking for a dinner venue after a long day of sightseeing. We felt so lucky to find this hidden treasure and felt like locals. We didn't know that it was BYOB until after we were seated, but the meal was still great without a wine compliment. The Tuscan chicken and Salmon were delicious and the mushroom cigars were really enjoyed by both of us. Our bill was about the same as it was for lunch at a touristy deli! We highly recommend it.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I were visiting and happened upon Nook as we were looking for a dinner venue after a long day of sightseeing. We felt so lucky to find this hidden treasure and felt like locals. We didn't know that it was BYOB until after we were seated, but the meal was still great without a wine compliment. The Tuscan chicken and Salmon were delicious and the mushroom cigars were really enjoyed by both of us. Our bill was about the same as it was for lunch at a touristy deli! We highly recommend it.

Pros: Great food and atmosphere

Cons: BYOB and we didn't know

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As you can tell by the name, Nook is a cozy establishment. If you know this going in then I see nothing to complain about. There was a waitress that people thought was rude, but she has left. Food is fantastic. The mushroom cigars, the lamb, and the filet are absolutely delicious. BYO so you can enjoy your own drink of choice with no corkage fee. Regulars come back for a reason. Come hungry and with an open mind, and relax in a classy place. It's small so of course your table is valuable. Whether for a date, a party, or just for the good food, this is the place. I'm getting hungry just thinking of the food right now.

2
★★★★★

As you can tell by the name, Nook is a cozy establishment. If you know this going in then I see nothing to complain about. There was a waitress that people thought was rude, but she has left. Food is fantastic. The mushroom cigars, the lamb, and the filet are absolutely delicious. BYO so you can enjoy your own drink of choice with no corkage fee. Regulars come back for a reason. Come hungry and with an open mind, and relax in a classy place. It's small so of course your table is valuable. Whether for a date, a party, or just for the good food, this is the place. I'm getting hungry just thinking of the food right now.

Pros: small = cozy, FOOD amazing, great people

Cons: Small, tiny bathroom in the kitchen, hard to get reservation

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I have to be honest, I was scared to try this place after reading the negative collection of reviews, however, I sucked it up, grabbed 2 decent bottles of red and ventured out with husband for a cozy night at a BYOB. Twice now, it has YET to disappoint. Yes, the owner/hostess/etc. are Russian/Slovakian and are naturally a little brisk in personality. I take no offense as long as the food comes out in a timely fashion and is at a minimum: tasty. With only 8 tables or so, its warm with candelight and makes it easy for a few friends or couples to engage in intimate conversation. I LOVE the mushroom cigars and the tuna tartar (nicely seasoned with miso)! Their entrees are simple, but perfect. Dessert isn't so shabby either, and if you're a peanut butter fan, their peanut butter pie is better than Grandmas!! In the summer it's quaint with open windows (even a few patrons making their own mojitos!!), and in the winter it's cozy (ie. cramped) toward the back. I'd try this place before judging it, so far I haven't been let down! Make reservations!!!!

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★★★★★

I have to be honest, I was scared to try this place after reading the negative collection of reviews, however, I sucked it up, grabbed 2 decent bottles of red and ventured out with husband for a cozy night at a BYOB. Twice now, it has YET to disappoint. Yes, the owner/hostess/etc. are Russian/Slovakian and are naturally a little brisk in personality. I take no offense as long as the food comes out in a timely fashion and is at a minimum: tasty. With only 8 tables or so, its warm with candelight and makes it easy for a few friends or couples to engage in intimate conversation. I LOVE the mushroom cigars and the tuna tartar (nicely seasoned with miso)! Their entrees are simple, but perfect. Dessert isn't so shabby either, and if you're a peanut butter fan, their peanut butter pie is better than Grandmas!! In the summer it's quaint with open windows (even a few patrons making their own mojitos!!), and in the winter it's cozy (ie. cramped) toward the back. I'd try this place before judging it, so far I haven't been let down! Make reservations!!!!

Pros: Intimate, Cozy, Food is way above average!!!

Cons: Cozy can be interpreted as cramped. Don't go if you're claustrophobic, or have space/seating issues. Employees are a bit edgy, go in with an open mind and dont take things so personally!!

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Nook is my favorite place to go for brunch on the weekends. I highly recommend any of their egg scrambles, potato pancakes, and poached eggs. You really can't go wrong with any of the choices on the menu. They can't seat too many people so the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy, unlike the noisy and all-too-trendy neighboring restaurants. Ramon (works weekend brunches) is very friendly and efficient. Also, you can watch the puppies next door while you wait to be seated!

2
★★★★★

Nook is my favorite place to go for brunch on the weekends. I highly recommend any of their egg scrambles, potato pancakes, and poached eggs. You really can't go wrong with any of the choices on the menu. They can't seat too many people so the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy, unlike the noisy and all-too-trendy neighboring restaurants. Ramon (works weekend brunches) is very friendly and efficient. Also, you can watch the puppies next door while you wait to be seated!

Pros: ambience, service

Cons: a bit pricy

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The "waitress" was so rude, my party of three was forced to leave before our food arrived. We walked in before the dinner rush without reservations and were told we could take a seat. If we weren't welcome, they could have just said so and we would have gladly gone anywhere else. The waitress was SO shockingly rude, I almost fealt like bursting into tears. Let me make it clear that my guests and I are just normal, polite, young women and did not warrant the behavior in any way whatsoever. When we placed our orders, one entree and two appetizers, the waitress responed with, "That is all you are going to order?". I was literally shocked. We left then and there. Not to mention, the owners are Polish and I happen to speak Polish so I was able to understand everything the horrible waitress said about us to the cook. PLEASE do not give them your business.

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★☆☆☆☆

The "waitress" was so rude, my party of three was forced to leave before our food arrived. We walked in before the dinner rush without reservations and were told we could take a seat. If we weren't welcome, they could have just said so and we would have gladly gone anywhere else. The waitress was SO shockingly rude, I almost fealt like bursting into tears. Let me make it clear that my guests and I are just normal, polite, young women and did not warrant the behavior in any way whatsoever. When we placed our orders, one entree and two appetizers, the waitress responed with, "That is all you are going to order?". I was literally shocked. We left then and there. Not to mention, the owners are Polish and I happen to speak Polish so I was able to understand everything the horrible waitress said about us to the cook. PLEASE do not give them your business.

Pros: NOTHING

Cons: EVERYTHING

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I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nook. We had tuna tartar and the mushroom cigars for appetizers and both were delicious. I had salmon and my friend had a lamb. Both were prepared to perfection and we enjoyed it tremendously. The host was extremely funny, very interactive with the patrons which created a great atmosphere similar to many smaller places in Europe. Definetely a place I will visit again and will recommend to others..

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★★★★★

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nook. We had tuna tartar and the mushroom cigars for appetizers and both were delicious. I had salmon and my friend had a lamb. Both were prepared to perfection and we enjoyed it tremendously. The host was extremely funny, very interactive with the patrons which created a great atmosphere similar to many smaller places in Europe. Definetely a place I will visit again and will recommend to others..

Pros: BYOB, great food and service

Cons: tight space, bathroom

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The rudest owner. I went in at 6pm mid-week for dinner, alone. No host, so I sat at a table. There were three other people there, not crowded at all. The owner ( I am guessing) came out, saw me and basically told me to leave. "Do you need reservations?" I asked. "No, but it's going to get crowed." was his response (at 20+ decibel levels). Everyone stared at me while he stood there waiting for me to leave. I thought I was being punked. He meant it. I walked out, had a fabulous dinner at Vinly, where I overtipped the waiter out of sheer relief.

I will never return to Nook.

Rude, loud, humiliating and infuriating. There are other great restaurtants that are much more welcoming to single diners. I will spend my money there, solo or with a group of 8.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The rudest owner. I went in at 6pm mid-week for dinner, alone. No host, so I sat at a table. There were three other people there, not crowded at all. The owner ( I am guessing) came out, saw me and basically told me to leave. "Do you need reservations?" I asked. "No, but it's going to get crowed." was his response (at 20+ decibel levels). Everyone stared at me while he stood there waiting for me to leave. I thought I was being punked. He meant it. I walked out, had a fabulous dinner at Vinly, where I overtipped the waiter out of sheer relief.

I will never return to Nook.

Rude, loud, humiliating and infuriating. There are other great restaurtants that are much more welcoming to single diners. I will spend my money there, solo or with a group of 8.

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Nook is a hidden treasure in Hells Kitchen. The BYOB, the food, even the slighlty curt owner/host/waiter all add to the undeniable charm of this place. It may not be for everyone, but for those who can appreciate quaint European charm, this is the spot for you. My suggestion: Go only with people you truly enjoy the company of...that will add to your experience. It is an intimate environment and a wonderful place to eat, drink and converse. My other suggestion: Order the mushroom cigars, they are out of this world.

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★★★★★

Nook is a hidden treasure in Hells Kitchen. The BYOB, the food, even the slighlty curt owner/host/waiter all add to the undeniable charm of this place. It may not be for everyone, but for those who can appreciate quaint European charm, this is the spot for you. My suggestion: Go only with people you truly enjoy the company of...that will add to your experience. It is an intimate environment and a wonderful place to eat, drink and converse. My other suggestion: Order the mushroom cigars, they are out of this world.

Pros: Intimate environment, delicious food

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Ignote Laurie Garretson's review -- She mixed it up with another restaurant. Nook has no website, has no hostess, and has no room for a hostess. Nook is tiny (space for 20?), unpretentious, their only waiter (no room for more) is superb, and the food is creative and excellent. it's also realtively cheap.

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★★★★☆

Ignote Laurie Garretson's review -- She mixed it up with another restaurant. Nook has no website, has no hostess, and has no room for a hostess. Nook is tiny (space for 20?), unpretentious, their only waiter (no room for more) is superb, and the food is creative and excellent. it's also realtively cheap.

Pros: Excellent food prepared to oder, warm, excellent waiter

Cons: Could use more space to serve more people.

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This place is really a GEM! OK so the service is slow but that's because they make everything fresh to order. The food is well worth the wait! It's a nice, small place, with ambiance and great food. If you're with a large group or in a hurry this is NOT the place for you. But if you're looking for a great meal, at a reasonable price, in a place where you can have a conversation without yelling, conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, walking distance to the theaters-- this is the place for you!. The best part is it's BYOB! You can enjoy your wine while you wait. So you don't wind up paying $45 for a $12 bottle of wine and have a great meal for 2 for under $100. What's better than that in NYC!

2
★★★★☆

This place is really a GEM! OK so the service is slow but that's because they make everything fresh to order. The food is well worth the wait! It's a nice, small place, with ambiance and great food. If you're with a large group or in a hurry this is NOT the place for you. But if you're looking for a great meal, at a reasonable price, in a place where you can have a conversation without yelling, conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, walking distance to the theaters-- this is the place for you!. The best part is it's BYOB! You can enjoy your wine while you wait. So you don't wind up paying $45 for a $12 bottle of wine and have a great meal for 2 for under $100. What's better than that in NYC!

Pros: The food is awesome!

Cons: You have to wait for your good food.

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We made a reservation 2 months ago for dinner for my birthday and had relatives from out of town. We even had an email confirmation. We showed up and they said they had no record of our reservation and refused to accomodate us in any way. The hostess was rude and unapologetic. We asked for a manager/owner and she refused to get anyone. We said we were coming back with a record of our reservation and expected to be taken care of and she said absolutely not, there was nothing they were going to do with us. I'd never try going there again!

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★☆☆☆☆

We made a reservation 2 months ago for dinner for my birthday and had relatives from out of town. We even had an email confirmation. We showed up and they said they had no record of our reservation and refused to accomodate us in any way. The hostess was rude and unapologetic. We asked for a manager/owner and she refused to get anyone. We said we were coming back with a record of our reservation and expected to be taken care of and she said absolutely not, there was nothing they were going to do with us. I'd never try going there again!

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The food is good, but the owner is not a very good host. He had an attitude problem & is not very attentive.

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★★★☆☆

The food is good, but the owner is not a very good host. He had an attitude problem & is not very attentive.

Pros: BYOB

Cons: Owner

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I've been going to Nook on a regular basis for about two and a half years. I started out with the egg scrambles and have since tried everything on the menu. I've never been disappointed with the service or quality of food. As a bonus, their coffee is some of the best in the city and the staff are very friendly. The restaurant has experienced quite a change in clientele ever since Zagat gave them a much-deserved stellar rating. If you want to eat with less of a wait and prefer a more Hell's Kitchen crowd, it's best to go early in the week or for brunch on the weekends. Also, Konrad's goulash is the perfect antidote to a late-fall or winter hangover!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Nook on a regular basis for about two and a half years. I started out with the egg scrambles and have since tried everything on the menu. I've never been disappointed with the service or quality of food. As a bonus, their coffee is some of the best in the city and the staff are very friendly. The restaurant has experienced quite a change in clientele ever since Zagat gave them a much-deserved stellar rating. If you want to eat with less of a wait and prefer a more Hell's Kitchen crowd, it's best to go early in the week or for brunch on the weekends. Also, Konrad's goulash is the perfect antidote to a late-fall or winter hangover!

Pros: Cozy, BYOB, value

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Had a great dinner at The Nook. Everyone writes about how small this restaurant is...but that's part of the whole thing...after all the name is The NOOK, y'all. I really liked this aspect of the scene. Everyone was in on the shared vibe and all rolling with it. Our food was great (Mushroom Cigars, Lamb, Tuna Tartare) and the BYOB thing is great, no problems here w/ our party. Konrad the owner and waiter is friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, deeply entrenched in the NY restaurant scene, and knows his food. We had a great night, my friend is a regular and now I am as well.

2
★★★★☆

Had a great dinner at The Nook. Everyone writes about how small this restaurant is...but that's part of the whole thing...after all the name is The NOOK, y'all. I really liked this aspect of the scene. Everyone was in on the shared vibe and all rolling with it. Our food was great (Mushroom Cigars, Lamb, Tuna Tartare) and the BYOB thing is great, no problems here w/ our party. Konrad the owner and waiter is friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, deeply entrenched in the NY restaurant scene, and knows his food. We had a great night, my friend is a regular and now I am as well.

Pros: Great Food and value too

Cons: Small but comfy

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Continental cuisine with French/Polish twist. Very atmospheric place (unless they are very busy). Food is great and the bill is very reasonable considering BYOB

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★★★★★

Continental cuisine with French/Polish twist. Very atmospheric place (unless they are very busy). Food is great and the bill is very reasonable considering BYOB

Pros: Food/ atmosphere

Cons: lack of space. Make reservation. Do not bring a large group

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Never going back here again. First off, the name is right, it is a "nook." Which could be kind of cute, there are some great small restaurants in the city, but in this one the tables are packed in one against each other. It's practically communal dining.

There is only server -- no room for any others -- so you'll be waiting forever for a refill on your coffee.

Lastly, the service is terrible. After 30 minutes of waiting we inquired as to status of our brunch order. He had forgotten to put it in! We left in a huff.

AVOID.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Never going back here again. First off, the name is right, it is a "nook." Which could be kind of cute, there are some great small restaurants in the city, but in this one the tables are packed in one against each other. It's practically communal dining.

There is only server -- no room for any others -- so you'll be waiting forever for a refill on your coffee.

Lastly, the service is terrible. After 30 minutes of waiting we inquired as to status of our brunch order. He had forgotten to put it in! We left in a huff.

AVOID.

Pros: cheap

Cons: you get what you pay for. cramped, poor service, not really that charming.

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Went here about a year ago before a show. Can't say that I loved it... it was very small and the menu was a bit limited for my sometimes fickle tastes. Lots of dishes that involved mushrooms (I'm not a fungus gal!). When it says Nook.. they're not kidding. The owner was pleasant and the meal was prepared correctly. I imagine if I was still dating the same person, I would probably keep an open mind and try it again for brunch... but with so many other options for dinner in this metropolis... I'd opt out of it for dinner again.

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★★★☆☆

Went here about a year ago before a show. Can't say that I loved it... it was very small and the menu was a bit limited for my sometimes fickle tastes. Lots of dishes that involved mushrooms (I'm not a fungus gal!). When it says Nook.. they're not kidding. The owner was pleasant and the meal was prepared correctly. I imagine if I was still dating the same person, I would probably keep an open mind and try it again for brunch... but with so many other options for dinner in this metropolis... I'd opt out of it for dinner again.

Pros: Food was prepared ok... service was alright. Owner was friendly

Cons: SMALL.. they're not kidding when they say Nook. Not alot of menu options

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I went to Nook yesterday for brunch, they do not take reservations for brunch but I told them it was a party of 6 so they were expecting us. Yes, it is tiny, you must make reservations. The food is amazing, they kept our 2 bottles of wine on ice, the guy was so nice. I love it there. The apple pancakes and peanutbutter pie are to die for. Take my advice, go and enjoy! No corkage fee.

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★★★☆☆

I went to Nook yesterday for brunch, they do not take reservations for brunch but I told them it was a party of 6 so they were expecting us. Yes, it is tiny, you must make reservations. The food is amazing, they kept our 2 bottles of wine on ice, the guy was so nice. I love it there. The apple pancakes and peanutbutter pie are to die for. Take my advice, go and enjoy! No corkage fee.

Pros: amazing food, BYOB, friendly staff

Cons: tiny, squished in feeling

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What a cute place for brunch. Been there many times over the past two years. The food is great, especially on a Sunday morning. Service is good, but the place is tiny. You just have to get lucky and come when there is no one there.

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★★★★☆

What a cute place for brunch. Been there many times over the past two years. The food is great, especially on a Sunday morning. Service is good, but the place is tiny. You just have to get lucky and come when there is no one there.

Pros: Great Brunch

Cons: Too small

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Nook is about the greatest little Italian restuarant I have ever been to. The mushroom truffle eggrolls are to die for. All the entrees were delicious, I personally had the ribs. This is one of the few restaurants where I would recommend nearly everything on the menu. Insider tips: It is BYOB and has a capacity of about 20 people so go during a down time.

2
★★★★★

Nook is about the greatest little Italian restuarant I have ever been to. The mushroom truffle eggrolls are to die for. All the entrees were delicious, I personally had the ribs. This is one of the few restaurants where I would recommend nearly everything on the menu. Insider tips: It is BYOB and has a capacity of about 20 people so go during a down time.

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Nook has been a favorite of mine for 2-3 years. I found it in Time Out NY while living in the neighborhood and chose it for a pre-theater dinner with a friend from out of town. We had the mushroom cigars to start. I have to say that I HATE mushrooms but LOVE Nook's mushroom cigars. I've ordered them every time I've been there. The steak frites dish is fantastic, great balsamic sauce and rosemarry seasoning on the fries. The chicken, tuna, lamb, and goulash are also wonderful...hearty portions and balanced flavor. The peanut butter pie is worth the trip all by itself! What seems to be misunderstood about Nook is the service, though I've been there probably a dozen or more times and have never been served by a woman waitress as mentioned in a number of posts. I've always had the owner or a young guy as a waiter. The owner is a quirky, ambitious, slightly moody, sweet, funny guy who is very down to earth. He greets us warmly everytime we go and has even called my cell phone to tell us our table was ready on a cold night when we didn't want to wait outside (there isn't room to wait for a table indoors). Nook is a very special place to me and is a restaurant I consider for date night with my husband, a night out with the girls, and dinner when my family is in town. My mom and I got to Nook everytime she visits even though I moved out of the neighborhood two years ago. I admit that Nook operates on it's own time table and that it plays by it's own rules (BYOB, small staff), but it is a wonderful little restaurant overflowing with charm (and great food) and will always be at the top of my list .

2
★★★★★

Nook has been a favorite of mine for 2-3 years. I found it in Time Out NY while living in the neighborhood and chose it for a pre-theater dinner with a friend from out of town. We had the mushroom cigars to start. I have to say that I HATE mushrooms but LOVE Nook's mushroom cigars. I've ordered them every time I've been there. The steak frites dish is fantastic, great balsamic sauce and rosemarry seasoning on the fries. The chicken, tuna, lamb, and goulash are also wonderful...hearty portions and balanced flavor. The peanut butter pie is worth the trip all by itself! What seems to be misunderstood about Nook is the service, though I've been there probably a dozen or more times and have never been served by a woman waitress as mentioned in a number of posts. I've always had the owner or a young guy as a waiter. The owner is a quirky, ambitious, slightly moody, sweet, funny guy who is very down to earth. He greets us warmly everytime we go and has even called my cell phone to tell us our table was ready on a cold night when we didn't want to wait outside (there isn't room to wait for a table indoors). Nook is a very special place to me and is a restaurant I consider for date night with my husband, a night out with the girls, and dinner when my family is in town. My mom and I got to Nook everytime she visits even though I moved out of the neighborhood two years ago. I admit that Nook operates on it's own time table and that it plays by it's own rules (BYOB, small staff), but it is a wonderful little restaurant overflowing with charm (and great food) and will always be at the top of my list .

Pros: Delicious food, unique little place, the owner is a great guy

Cons: No place to wait for a table indoors

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When you walk into this tiny, cozy restaurant, you will forget that you're in hell's kitchen. Great ambiance, excellent excellent food, and you can bring your own wine. The only drawback is that you'll have to deal with the rude waitress! What a shame...

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★★★★★

When you walk into this tiny, cozy restaurant, you will forget that you're in hell's kitchen. Great ambiance, excellent excellent food, and you can bring your own wine. The only drawback is that you'll have to deal with the rude waitress! What a shame...

Pros: excellent food!

Cons: rude waitress...

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I came here with a friend for an evening of drinking, dining, and discussion. The food was great, appetizers and entrees were standard bistro fare, and the vibe was comfy - a little on the edge of cramped. The only bad part was that this place closes WAY to early because they don't serve booze. We were ushered out promptle at 11pm.

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★★★★☆

I came here with a friend for an evening of drinking, dining, and discussion. The food was great, appetizers and entrees were standard bistro fare, and the vibe was comfy - a little on the edge of cramped. The only bad part was that this place closes WAY to early because they don't serve booze. We were ushered out promptle at 11pm.

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innovative, tasty, open space! great eggs and quiche. for dessert nutella toast w/ strawberries and bananas on top!
service was a little slow

2
★★★★★

innovative, tasty, open space! great eggs and quiche. for dessert nutella toast w/ strawberries and bananas on top!
service was a little slow

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I've been here half a dozen times - each time was very delicious. The space is very tiny with only 1 server but the wait (if any) is worth the reward. The service could use a little smile or pleasantry but I'm not there to make friends. I gotta give a little slack since 1 person handles the entire dining room. Apps, entrees & desserts are all recommended. Also, I really enjoy the BYOB policy. It makes for a very affordable evening.

2
★★★★★

I've been here half a dozen times - each time was very delicious. The space is very tiny with only 1 server but the wait (if any) is worth the reward. The service could use a little smile or pleasantry but I'm not there to make friends. I gotta give a little slack since 1 person handles the entire dining room. Apps, entrees & desserts are all recommended. Also, I really enjoy the BYOB policy. It makes for a very affordable evening.

Pros: food, food, food & BYOB

Cons: 1 server for the entire place

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What you should know about this restaurant before you arrive: it's tiny and the tables are practically on top of each other. The single air conditioning unit made the room bearable, but not comfortable. If you get claustrophobic, this is not the restaurant for you. My boyfriend and I arrived earlier than our friends, and the single waitress (there isn't room for more than one server) very nicely seated us anyway. When the rest of our party arrived, the waitress came over to take our order, and was cold when we told her that we wanted time to think. She sort of hovered until we made up our minds. She was pretty distant and there was no more friendliness toward us for the night. She took our dinner order while on the phone, and at one point stopped listening to continue to chat with her buddy (it was clearly not a work-related call). We opened all our wine bottles by ourselves, because she was slow to come around. We switched from a red to a white, but she didn't give us more glasses, saying that they were out (but she did grudgingly offer to wash our current wine glasses for us; we declined). The food was out of this world good. We had the mushroom cigars, which were so good that we actually ate every bit of the crumbs. I also had the tuna tartare, which was amazing. And I don't even like tuna. We ordered the lamb, filet mignon, and steak frites (2 of us got that). Everything was cooked to order (my medium steak was pink in the center, just the way I like it). I ended up leaving my sweater there by accident, and called back to see if the waitress could hold it for me until I came back. She said that she couldn't see it, but that she's keep an eye out for it. Yeah, right. The entire restaurant is only 10 feet long. As soon as I walked back in, I saw the sweater, right by where I'd been sitting.

Like I said, go there for the food - you will not be let down. As long as you know that you'll have fair to terrible service, you shouldn't be disappointed with your meal!

2
★★★★★

What you should know about this restaurant before you arrive: it's tiny and the tables are practically on top of each other. The single air conditioning unit made the room bearable, but not comfortable. If you get claustrophobic, this is not the restaurant for you. My boyfriend and I arrived earlier than our friends, and the single waitress (there isn't room for more than one server) very nicely seated us anyway. When the rest of our party arrived, the waitress came over to take our order, and was cold when we told her that we wanted time to think. She sort of hovered until we made up our minds. She was pretty distant and there was no more friendliness toward us for the night. She took our dinner order while on the phone, and at one point stopped listening to continue to chat with her buddy (it was clearly not a work-related call). We opened all our wine bottles by ourselves, because she was slow to come around. We switched from a red to a white, but she didn't give us more glasses, saying that they were out (but she did grudgingly offer to wash our current wine glasses for us; we declined). The food was out of this world good. We had the mushroom cigars, which were so good that we actually ate every bit of the crumbs. I also had the tuna tartare, which was amazing. And I don't even like tuna. We ordered the lamb, filet mignon, and steak frites (2 of us got that). Everything was cooked to order (my medium steak was pink in the center, just the way I like it). I ended up leaving my sweater there by accident, and called back to see if the waitress could hold it for me until I came back. She said that she couldn't see it, but that she's keep an eye out for it. Yeah, right. The entire restaurant is only 10 feet long. As soon as I walked back in, I saw the sweater, right by where I'd been sitting.

Like I said, go there for the food - you will not be let down. As long as you know that you'll have fair to terrible service, you shouldn't be disappointed with your meal!

Pros: Amazing food, reasonable prices

Cons: Service, small space, one server

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Great brunch. Good bread. Wonderful coffee. And the food tastes great. Only one waiter, so he is pretty busy.

2
★★★★★

Great brunch. Good bread. Wonderful coffee. And the food tastes great. Only one waiter, so he is pretty busy.

Pros: Taste

Cons: Size of space

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Tiny restaurant that serves delicious food. Friendly staff that makes you feel like you're a regular even if it's your first time there. Great place for a date. Best peanut butter pie in New York!

2
★★★★★

Tiny restaurant that serves delicious food. Friendly staff that makes you feel like you're a regular even if it's your first time there. Great place for a date. Best peanut butter pie in New York!

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My husband found this lovely little restaurant in the Zagat guide. It was highly rated, and it lived up to it's rating. We had the mushroom cigars and tuna tartare to start, both fantastic. My husband had the rack of lamb and I had the vegetable pasta, again, both fantastic. Don't forget the peanut butter pie. Everything was perfect, lovely waitress, wonderful food, BYOB. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

My husband found this lovely little restaurant in the Zagat guide. It was highly rated, and it lived up to it's rating. We had the mushroom cigars and tuna tartare to start, both fantastic. My husband had the rack of lamb and I had the vegetable pasta, again, both fantastic. Don't forget the peanut butter pie. Everything was perfect, lovely waitress, wonderful food, BYOB. Highly recommended!

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I chose Nook because finding places to eat in the theater district is difficult and the Zagat's rating was decent. Our dinner party of four all found the food better than average and of sizeable portions. Unfortunately, the service dictates that I'll never go back. They don't have their liquor license and the waittress told us to stop drinking water because after our first refill she was tired of filling up our glasses. It's a very small, cramped, stuffy venue with maybe 12 tables. We were chided for not deciding what we wanted to eat fast enough and because part of our party was 10 minutes late for our reservation. After we left, the place was practically empty. Reading some of the other posts here, I see I didn't have an isolated incident.

1
★★★☆☆

I chose Nook because finding places to eat in the theater district is difficult and the Zagat's rating was decent. Our dinner party of four all found the food better than average and of sizeable portions. Unfortunately, the service dictates that I'll never go back. They don't have their liquor license and the waittress told us to stop drinking water because after our first refill she was tired of filling up our glasses. It's a very small, cramped, stuffy venue with maybe 12 tables. We were chided for not deciding what we wanted to eat fast enough and because part of our party was 10 minutes late for our reservation. After we left, the place was practically empty. Reading some of the other posts here, I see I didn't have an isolated incident.

Pros: Food was decent value

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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Would you put up with the cramped space and rude waitress. Food is good for the price...but they need to send the waitress back to waitress school.

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★☆☆☆☆

Would you put up with the cramped space and rude waitress. Food is good for the price...but they need to send the waitress back to waitress school.

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Talk about a wonderful find. My girlfriend first found Nook so we went before a show on Broadway and I instantly liked the intimate atmoshpere here. After the delicious and large portion of Filet and the Tuscan chicken, all we could think of was when could we get back here. I now go back on a monthly basis and have recommended it to all my friends that are looking for a place before a show. For an appetizer, get the Mushroom cigars and if that isn't good go for the Tuna Tartare. And finish off the night with a slice of Peanut Butter pie. Oh and its BYOB, so bring your bottle of wine. All told (if you include a $15-20 bottle of wine), you are looking at $85-90 night. Who knew a night on Broadway could be so affordable!

2
★★★★★

Talk about a wonderful find. My girlfriend first found Nook so we went before a show on Broadway and I instantly liked the intimate atmoshpere here. After the delicious and large portion of Filet and the Tuscan chicken, all we could think of was when could we get back here. I now go back on a monthly basis and have recommended it to all my friends that are looking for a place before a show. For an appetizer, get the Mushroom cigars and if that isn't good go for the Tuna Tartare. And finish off the night with a slice of Peanut Butter pie. Oh and its BYOB, so bring your bottle of wine. All told (if you include a $15-20 bottle of wine), you are looking at $85-90 night. Who knew a night on Broadway could be so affordable!

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Don't come expecting fancy ambiance or cheery service. Come expecting very good comfort food, well prepared and extremely tasty. The price was right, and the proportions were plentiful. BYOB is a big plus. No revs needed, as there seems to be a pre-theater crowd. Walk in at 6pm or 7:45pm and you should be fine. Comparison: Westville, sans flies, sans hot dogs, sans florescent lights.

2
★★★★☆

Don't come expecting fancy ambiance or cheery service. Come expecting very good comfort food, well prepared and extremely tasty. The price was right, and the proportions were plentiful. BYOB is a big plus. No revs needed, as there seems to be a pre-theater crowd. Walk in at 6pm or 7:45pm and you should be fine. Comparison: Westville, sans flies, sans hot dogs, sans florescent lights.

Pros: BYOB, Price, Mushroom Cigars

Cons: Service, Space

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Been here twice, and both times i wanted it to be great. Unfortunately, it fell flat both times. Place is TINY... thus the name; but that's ok. There are a lot of great tiny places in NY. The service is BAD!! There was one girl working the floor (maybe 6 tables) and she really didn't know anything about the menu. Every question was answered by "lemme go check." After a 45 minute wait for the appetizers, I asked the waitress to check on the apps. She replied "they're not ready yet." The actual entrees are pretty good, untortunately it takes an hour to get them. If you do decide to come here- don't come hungry, do bring multiple bottles of wine, and be prepared to wait. If you want good cheap eats in Hell's Kitchen, go to Market Cafe on 38th and 9th, or Pigalle on 8th & 48th.

1
★★☆☆☆

Been here twice, and both times i wanted it to be great. Unfortunately, it fell flat both times. Place is TINY... thus the name; but that's ok. There are a lot of great tiny places in NY. The service is BAD!! There was one girl working the floor (maybe 6 tables) and she really didn't know anything about the menu. Every question was answered by "lemme go check." After a 45 minute wait for the appetizers, I asked the waitress to check on the apps. She replied "they're not ready yet." The actual entrees are pretty good, untortunately it takes an hour to get them. If you do decide to come here- don't come hungry, do bring multiple bottles of wine, and be prepared to wait. If you want good cheap eats in Hell's Kitchen, go to Market Cafe on 38th and 9th, or Pigalle on 8th & 48th.

Pros: cheap, cute, interesting menu

Cons: slow service, indifferent staff, loud

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Very good food in a very casual atmosphere for a very inexpensive price sums up this restaurant. Yes, the service can be a little haphazard due to only one person working the front of the room and maybe two the back, but this is the only way a restaurant this size and price can work and the people who go there usually recognize that fact. All the food on the small menu is very tasty and the desserts are superb. Net-net, I'd definitely go back.

2
★★★★☆

Very good food in a very casual atmosphere for a very inexpensive price sums up this restaurant. Yes, the service can be a little haphazard due to only one person working the front of the room and maybe two the back, but this is the only way a restaurant this size and price can work and the people who go there usually recognize that fact. All the food on the small menu is very tasty and the desserts are superb. Net-net, I'd definitely go back.

Pros: Food

Cons: Wait

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Eating dinner at Nook last night was a terrible. experience.

Our food took 40 minutes to arrive. We were starving. I thought I would eat my napkin. We devoured our bread basket, which didn't come with enough butter, or bread plates, for that matter. We ate off the table and brushed our crumbs on the floor.

We were being ignored and there was next to no one in the place. No one approached our table during the 40 minutes that we waited for our food to arrive. No one acknowledged the fact that the food took 40 minutes to arrive. It was downright offensive. After receiving our food, I wanted some steak sauce, and some salt and pepper for my (very bland) mashed potatoes. But no one ever came back until we were finished. The whole (expensive) meal was flavorless and very disappointing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Eating dinner at Nook last night was a terrible. experience.

Our food took 40 minutes to arrive. We were starving. I thought I would eat my napkin. We devoured our bread basket, which didn't come with enough butter, or bread plates, for that matter. We ate off the table and brushed our crumbs on the floor.

We were being ignored and there was next to no one in the place. No one approached our table during the 40 minutes that we waited for our food to arrive. No one acknowledged the fact that the food took 40 minutes to arrive. It was downright offensive. After receiving our food, I wanted some steak sauce, and some salt and pepper for my (very bland) mashed potatoes. But no one ever came back until we were finished. The whole (expensive) meal was flavorless and very disappointing.

Cons: Horrible Service, No Liquor License, Food Takes FOREVER!

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Everything is always delicious. Definitely try the mushroom cigars for starters but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Fries are super tasty. The restaurant is *very* small so call ahead if you're going to be more than a party of two. Service is always friendly.

2
★★★★★

Everything is always delicious. Definitely try the mushroom cigars for starters but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Fries are super tasty. The restaurant is *very* small so call ahead if you're going to be more than a party of two. Service is always friendly.

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Two starters Crab Cakes and Stuffed Mushrooms. Burger (quite delicious), Salmon, One very good Chocolate mousse. $63. BYOB. Nice local atmosphere no tourists. Pleasant staff. Low lights, funky non intrusive music. This works.

2
★★★★☆

Two starters Crab Cakes and Stuffed Mushrooms. Burger (quite delicious), Salmon, One very good Chocolate mousse. $63. BYOB. Nice local atmosphere no tourists. Pleasant staff. Low lights, funky non intrusive music. This works.

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Hidden in plain sight on 9th Ave between 50th and 51st Streets. Yes it's small -- you should probably get that from the name -- but it's definitely worth the wait should you have one. The food is fantastic and very reasonable. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu and the specials are always great, especially the desserts. Konrad's a great host and will make you feel at home. Nook is a great neighborhood gem and always makes for a terrific meal.

2
★★★★★

Hidden in plain sight on 9th Ave between 50th and 51st Streets. Yes it's small -- you should probably get that from the name -- but it's definitely worth the wait should you have one. The food is fantastic and very reasonable. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu and the specials are always great, especially the desserts. Konrad's a great host and will make you feel at home. Nook is a great neighborhood gem and always makes for a terrific meal.

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Anyone who happens by this delightful little restaurant in Hells Kitchen is sure to become a regular. The Nook offers some of the most delicious food in NY, and for the right price. Their BYOB policy is also pretty handy, and the quaint, unpretentious atmosphere makes it one of the most intimate and relaxing spots I've been to in years. And if you're lucky, you'll run into the owner - Krazy Konrad - who if invited will sit down, have a drink, and regale you with stories of his native Poland. Because of the restaurant's size there is often a wait, but they do take reservations.

2
★★★★★

Anyone who happens by this delightful little restaurant in Hells Kitchen is sure to become a regular. The Nook offers some of the most delicious food in NY, and for the right price. Their BYOB policy is also pretty handy, and the quaint, unpretentious atmosphere makes it one of the most intimate and relaxing spots I've been to in years. And if you're lucky, you'll run into the owner - Krazy Konrad - who if invited will sit down, have a drink, and regale you with stories of his native Poland. Because of the restaurant's size there is often a wait, but they do take reservations.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Price

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Terrific small cafe feel. Tables are packed together in a small but character-filled room -- and it works. Atmosphere is very personable and welcome. The food and value are outstanding. The menu is appropriately small, and I've found the food delicious and hearty. We've had the two steaks, burger, tuna, goulash -- and have really liked everything. Must try a side dish of red cabbage - it's the best I've ever tasted. What a find. There's only a handful of tables and I don't think they take reservations, so be prepared to wait!

2
★★★★★

Terrific small cafe feel. Tables are packed together in a small but character-filled room -- and it works. Atmosphere is very personable and welcome. The food and value are outstanding. The menu is appropriately small, and I've found the food delicious and hearty. We've had the two steaks, burger, tuna, goulash -- and have really liked everything. Must try a side dish of red cabbage - it's the best I've ever tasted. What a find. There's only a handful of tables and I don't think they take reservations, so be prepared to wait!

Pros: great value, food, character

Cons: , cramped

 

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