I was directed to Nook — which is as small and cozy as it sounds — in Midtown West by JAINAL (who loves to be mentioned on my blog now). The cuisine is a bit mixed, American/Eclectic, with some international twists (they serve chicken kebabs!).
Mushroom Cigar: pan seared portabella mushrooms mixed with sage and goat cheese wrapped in filo dough and lightly with white truffle oil.
Tuscan Chicken: roasted chicken breast stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese with a light parmesan sauce served with chive potatoes and mixed greens.
Nook Garden Pasta: penne with zucchini, eggplant squash, and red peppers in a light parmesan sauce.
The food was savory and delicious — the mushroom cigars are for…well…mushroom lovers because they have a very strong taste. I had the mashed potatoes which normally comes with the Tuscan Chicken substituted for fries (which was I think a good move — the fries are drenched with truffle oil and topped with rosemary). The pasta was creamy and fresh too.
One big complaint though: We originally ordered the Spicy Citrus Marinated Shrimp instead of the pasta. They came out an hour later to say they ran out of shrimp and the table next to us got the last order (this was still early in the night, around 7pm). The food in general takes a long time to come out, but it was tasty enough which made up for it. The place is tiny (maybe only 6 small tables max), but had a nice, intimate ambiance so you don’t feel claustrophobic. If I had a rating system (hmm which I probably should start doing), I’d give it 3.5/5 stars.
746 9th Ave.
btw 50th and 51st
New York, NY 10019