Tried Nomad in the East Village on Saturday night. They said they have been open since last Monday. They serve what they call North African / French, although the emphasis is heavy on the North African and light on the French (not that that is a bad thing). Had a very good experience overall.
Tried several appetizers (around $8) and several entrees (around $15). There is no menu online and I can't remember every dish but everything was good. The entrees that stand out in my memory are the merguez platter, the lamb tagine and a phyllo-based meat pie. I wish I could remember more details. I ate with a Tunisian friend of mine who also enjoyed everything and vouched for the authenticity of all the dishes.
We tried two Algerian wines. One for $20 was not half bad, and the other one for $22 was servicable, although I wouldn't have it again. The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of dessert selections (just a cookie plate, something else) but we were so full after dinner we couldn't have eaten them anyway.
Based on the quality of the food and the low prices I would certainly return, especially with a group in order to order a lot of dishes and sample them all.
One curious note: when we inquired about the chef (who is Tunisian) we were told he wasn't in the kitchen the night we were there. Apparently he had better things to do than cook in the restaurant on the first Saturday they were open.... Luckily for us the Moroccan woman who was there (sous-chef, I presume) did an excellent job.
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