on sunday after the AIDS walk, our group of six dragged our tired, sore bodies over to 9th avenue. half of us wanted to enjoy the food festival, but the other half refused to stand one minute longer. so we went into nook, a relatively new, TINY restaurant on 9th between 51st and 52nd (i believe...it is on the same block as uncle nick's). we were the only people there.... the owner was extremely gracious and eager to please.
my friend and i split eggs benedict with smoked salmon ($8) to save room for street fair food. it was delicious--extremely thick hollandaise, too. our friends' orders of scrambled eggs with onions and smoked gouda ($7) were also a hit, as well as goulash ($12). there was also rich hot chocolate made with callebaut for $3. the home fries were covered with small bits of onion and red peppers and were quite a bit better than usual. i actually wanted potato pancakes but again, wanted to save room. one friend had been there before and loved the apple pancakes previously. the sandwiches sounded delicious as well. all the prices were pretty low.
when my friends raved about the hot chocolate, the owner refilled their mugs. when we complimented him on his attention, he said sweetly, "enjoy it now! i will be discovered soon." when we got the check, it turned out he had taken $.50-$1.00 off every item.
as for the street fair--i had pierogies, which were ok, a pupusa which was nowhere near as good as the ones in my neighborhood, and very good cheesecakes at martha frances. if we hadn't eaten at nook, i had my radar pointed at the halal jerk chicken stand and wondee siam stand.
i definitely recommend "discovering" nook. wish i had seen the regular menu items but i will be back.