Nami Nori, a new Japanese restaurant in NYC’s West Village, opened just a couple weeks ago, but it’s already generated a substantial level of buzz. This is likely because its three founders are all alums of Masa, the only 3-Michelin-star sushi restaurant in the country. Aside from its much-lauded menu, Masa is famous for serving the most expensive dinner in town (its omakase costs $595 per person); Nami Nori is the trio’s attempt to be more inclusive without sacrificing quality.
This translates to a more casual menu (entirely gluten-free) that focuses on temaki hand rolls reimagined as “tacos”—as well as a more casual atmosphere. The interiors, by MN Design Professional Corporation, are light and bright, inspired by “both modern beach houses and traditional Japanese residences,” and counter dining dominates the 1,000-square-foot space. The result is a laid-back but design-minded, Scandi-Japanese mix.
Have a look.