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Nook, delicious comfort food, but make a reservation

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Nook, delicious comfort food, but make a reservation

TrishUntrapped | Dec 31, 2009 06:33 AM

I enjoyed a pre-theater dinner at Nook last night. (Saw A View From the Bridge, predict it will be a smash.)

My college-aged daughter had reviewed the menus of several spots recommended on CH and she liked the one for Nook the best. Luckily, I called and made a reservation the night before for three of us or we would have been shut out. Nook is the tiniest restaurant I've ever been to. I've seen takeout joints twice the size. It seats 24 max. Walk-ins were turned away on this above-average freezing night.

The food was excellent, and the goulash was the perfect comfort food. Good tender beef with a nice tangy paprika sauce served over light, fluffy noodles. My husband enjoyed steak frites, which featured a flavorful and juicy hangar steak and delicious rosemary-scented fries. My daughter opted for the cheddar burger, which she seemed to inhale. She said it was one of the best burgers she's ever had.

I guess we we were starving since we didn't have lunch, so the food just hit the spot for us. The restaurant is BYOB so we brought a six-pack of beer, a great way to keep the tab down.

We opted for dessert and sampled the ice cream, peanut butter pie, and apple pie. All were good, and nicely presented.

On our walk from Nook to the Cort theater, we stopped for a moment at the Firefighter's Memorial Park at the Ritz Plaza on W. 48th Street. What a beautiful and unexpected oasis in the theater district, plenty of seats and tables. It was decorated lovingly for the holidays. Worth a visit.

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