A few weeks ago, a message briefly appeared extolling the Nook at 746 Ninth Avenue. That message quickly disappeared, but it did get us to go to this restaurant which is very close to our home. We've been back twice. The Nook is well worth a visit, and appears as if it could use some business.
The Nook is a tiny little restaurant, but it turns out some very, very good food. An Italian composed salad with potatoes and green beans is an excellent starter, as is mushroom "cigares" -- the kitchen has a very good touch with filo dough (and check out the pear strudel for dessert).
For main courses, there is an excellent roast half chicken (with skin so crisp it's almost like fried) served with roasted potatoes for $12. The rack of lamb rubbed with Thai spices was also very good and, at $20, perhaps the most expensive thing on the menu. Cod slivered and mixed with noodles in a creamy fish stock was delicious and unusual. A beef goulash was richly spiced. The hamburger (as well as the roll it was served on) was perfect. And, by the way, portions are very large.
The place is cash only, and you have to bring your own wine or beer, and, probably because it is so new and so tiny, the service (while exceptionally friendly) can be a bit slow, but that only adds to the charm.
All in all, Nook is a welcome addition to a stretch of Ninth Avenue which can already boast of housing the fantastic Uncle Nick's and the splendid Grand Sichuan.
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