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Restaurants, North African East Village
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

Before Nomad opened, Mehenni Zebentout spent months obsessing over the interior, buying North African antiques, and hiring friends to paint a mural and weld Moroccan-style gates over the windows. He also handpicked the chef—Hisham Khiri—who makes great big shareable dishes like the sweet, flaky chicken briwats (think egg rolls) and the roasted-eggplant dip. The signature entrée is couscous royale, a deep bowl of stewed, brothy vegetables plated next to a large mound of couscous dotted with three kinds of meat. The waitress admitted to snacking on pastry during her shift, and who could blame her? The baklava, hazelnut halvah and Tunisian sponge cake are completely addictive.



Address: 78 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: between 4th and 5th Sts
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 4pm–midnight; Sun 3pm–11pm
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Users say (4)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Beware ladies, the restaurant owner (Mehenni) is a Creep with traveling hands.

He grabbed my butt cheek and tried to kiss me on the mouth 3 times in a row!!!

Since we had discussed being potentially hired as a hostess there just before (he touched my butt and tried to kiss me without even checking for my consent) I didn't say anything on the spot, I was desperate for some work (I'm a cancer patient and need money for cancer treatment, and he knew it).

In the meantime I spoke with previous Female employees of Nomad, told them what happened, and they started telling me that they were also sexually harassed and that he had a habit of having "travelling hands" on many women, and even PATRONS!!
DO NOT bring YOUR GIRLFRIEND either if you're a straight man, he made a pass at one of my girlfriends while her boyfriend was in the restaurant with her!!!


The cocktails are crafted well. Love that the bartenders wear suspenders as a part of their uniform. A bit hipster, but nonetheless liked.

They played interesting music in the background of this place. I was expecting more jazz, top 40, or independent. Instead they had Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, etc.

Speakeasy with an edge. 

The NoMad is a beautiful hotel with great offerings. I've been on two occasions, once to The Magician, a magic show with magician Dan White in the NoMad Upstairs room, and once for brunch. Every space I have seen in this hotel (and I have never been a guest staying in one of the rooms, so this review excludes being an actual hotel guest... only in NY do you review a hotel without actually staying there) seems to set the tone for elegant mischief - while an odd phrase, I think it is the best way to describe it. The Magician felt like being transported to another time and place - eery, highbrow, intimate and honestly mind-blowing. The NoMad restaurant sits under a skylight in a room richly decorated with ornate tapestries and deep hues that make it feel inviting but regal. The Library bar behind the restaurant has one of the best Christmas trees I have seen in the city - definitely worth checking it out. The brunch menu was also very reasonably priced for the space and the food was amazing. I tried the poached egg with short rib hash, the chicken sandwich with foie gras and truffles, the burger (exceptional burger), and my favorite, the wild mushrooms side (I literally could have ordered 15 of these and eaten them all because it was so incredible). Highly recommend, especially for impressing out-of-towners.

great food, service and atmosphere! the decor is amazing it is like traveling to north africa. The staff is friendly and the menu is affordable, highly recommended!

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