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Nami Nori: In the West Village, a Japanese Restaurant with a Beachy Vibe

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Nami Nori: In the West Village, a Japanese Restaurant with a Beachy Vibe

August 30, 2021

Founded by three alums of the much-lauded Masa,  Nami Nori, a Japanese restaurant in NYC’s West Village, has a laid-back but design-minded, Scandi-Japanese vibe.  Nami Nori is the trio’s attempt to be more inclusive without sacrificing quality (at Masa, the only 3-Michelin-star sushi restaurant in the country, omakase costs $595 per person).

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.

Have a look.

Photography by Sebastian Lucrecio, courtesy of Nami Nori.

wall to wall storefront windows allow for ample natural light. the restaurant s 9
Above: Wall-to-wall storefront windows allow for ample natural light. The restaurant seats 40, many of them on these rattan stools.
delicate japanese inspired slatted screens are a design motif in the restaurant. 10
Above: Delicate Japanese-inspired slatted screens are a design motif in the restaurant.
rose copper accents add a warm, sparkling touch. 11
Above: Rose copper accents add a warm, sparkling touch.
the design team stuck to a palette of &#8\2\20;cream, sandy brown, and cham 12
Above: The design team stuck to a palette of “cream, sandy brown, and Champagne pink.”
the ledge above the wooden counter is topped with speckled terrazzo. 13
Above: The ledge above the wooden counter is topped with speckled terrazzo.
the japanese focused beverage menu includes sake, japanese white peach and musk 14
Above: The Japanese-focused beverage menu includes sake, Japanese White Peach and Muskmelon sodas, soba teas, and matcha lattes.
the back of the restaurant. 15
Above: The back of the restaurant.
a sampling of the temaki hand rolls. the seaweed acts as the &#8\2\20;taco  16
Above: A sampling of the temaki hand rolls. The seaweed acts as the “taco shell.”
the front of the restaurant, on carmine street, has a blue awning that reflects 17
Above: The front of the restaurant, on Carmine Street, has a blue awning that reflects the casual beachy sensibility of the interiors.

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