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

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

October 17, 2019

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.

Photography by Sebastian Lucrecio, courtesy of Nami Nori.

Wall-to-wall storefront windows allow for ample natural light. The restaurant seats 40, many of them on these rattan stools.
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.
Above: Delicate Japanese-inspired slatted screens are a design motif in the restaurant.
Rose copper accents add a warm, sparkling touch.
Above: Rose copper accents add a warm, sparkling touch.
The design team stuck to a palette of &#8
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.
Above: The ledge above the wooden counter is topped with speckled terrazzo.
The Japanese-focused beverage menu includes sake, Japanese White Peach and Muskmelon sodas, soba teas, and matcha lattes.
Above: The Japanese-focused beverage menu includes sake, Japanese White Peach and Muskmelon sodas, soba teas, and matcha lattes.
The back of the restaurant.
Above: The back of the restaurant.
A sampling of the temaki hand rolls. The seaweed acts as the &#8
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 the casual beachy sensibility of the interiors.
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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