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Nanoosh - amazing middle eastern/organic style in midtown

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anchovy May 11, 2010 12:42 PM

All I have to say is that I am so excited about this place! There is NOTHING good in midtown for regular lunches. I got into the opening of Nanoosh (I think because I showed up early) today with a friend and the place is amazing.
First of all the place is beautiful and definitely an environment I'd like to sit in versus most of the garbage in the area - first class! But not expensive. My lunch was under $10.
I had the Hummus with Chicken and my friend had the Lebane Wrap.
Honestly, I'm so excited to have this place near my office I don't even know what to comment on. Our food was really great. I happen to love that mediteranean style food but my friend didn't know as much about it and he loved the wrap.
I have to believe the place is going to get crowded but I hope not so crowded that I can't get in!!!

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    travpard May 12, 2010 06:05 AM

    your lunch was under $10 yesterday because it was free for the preview day.

    otherwise close to $9 for just the hummus & chicken wrap.

    i went too and got the same thing. a little bland and the wrap started falling apart.

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      anchovy May 12, 2010 06:40 AM

      Yes it was free but they gave me a receipt which was for $8.25 - and I took a third of it home! Interesting yours was bland - my chicken hummus had a lot of flavor with the sauteed onion, olive oil and I think it was paprika.
      The Lebane Wrap had a spice that I grew up with - Z'atar - amazing flavor. But just my opinion!

    2. Motosport May 12, 2010 07:21 AM

      That's in our neighborhood. We'll have to check it out. It's hard to find quality, authentic Syrian/Lebanese food like my grandfather used to make in his grocery store on Atlantic Av in Brooklyn.
      The closest I have come is Byblos on 39th just East of 3rd Ave.

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        anchovy May 12, 2010 01:58 PM

        Motosport you are now speaking my language. We used to shop for our Syrian/Lebanese at Kahsky on Kings Highway! Would love to hear your opinion of this place, but I would categories it more as Modern Israeli/Mediterranean.

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          Motosport May 12, 2010 02:39 PM

          "Motosport you are now speaking my language"
          Unfortunately the only Arabic I heard was when I did something wrong.
          I'll check out Nanoosh as soon as I can. You should try Byblos.
          There was a good Lebanese place on 3rd near 50th called Al Bustan but they have been closed for "renovations" for a couple of years. I hear good reviews of an upscale Middle Eastern place called Nayeh but I have not tried it. Fancy schmancy doesn't impress me. There are several great places in Brooklyn: Tripoli on Atlantic and Tanoreen or Sally & Georges in Bay Ridge.

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          Al Bustan
          319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

          Nanoosh
          2012 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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            comiendosiempre May 12, 2010 03:34 PM

            Al Bustan recently opened a few blks away, on 53d, off of Second Avenue. The place looks very nice.

            Will have to get to Nanoosh. Where is this new branch that just opened?

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            Al Bustan
            319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

            Nanoosh
            173 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              gutsofsteel May 12, 2010 03:36 PM

              Al Bustan is not a new restaurant.

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              Al Bustan
              319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

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                comiendosiempre May 12, 2010 03:52 PM

                The post above noted Al Bustan closed. It did. Now it re opened.

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                Al Bustan
                319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

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                  gutsofsteel May 12, 2010 04:04 PM

                  Ah, gotcha.

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                Motosport May 13, 2010 06:58 AM

                Thank you for the update. I'll have to try it. I see that they have 3 types of Kibbe Nayeh. Yummy!!

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                  anchovy May 13, 2010 07:04 AM

                  The one I went to that just opened is on Madison between 34th and 33rd. i'm going back today...

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            CVG Aug 29, 2010 06:44 PM

            I am shocked this got a good review. Maybe you have never tried hummus before?

            The food was an insult. I should have sent it back and the restaurant should be embarassed. I have been eating hummus my entire life and didn't think it was possible to make it this bad. Yet this restaurant specializes in it!

            Problems:
            - no flavour
            - bad texture
            - add ins (ground beef, onion and mushroom) had sloppy/no presentation and were sparse.
            - over-priced ($12), especially considering you get a small portion and it is inedible

            I ordered the Nanoosh Hummus (onions, beef and mushrooms).

            NEVER GO HERE!!!!

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            Nanoosh
            2012 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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              jaba Aug 30, 2010 06:12 AM

              Agreed - this place is seriously bad. Everything was pretty flavorless. Why go here when Hummus Place is just a couple blocks away?

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                princeofpork Aug 30, 2010 12:45 PM

                COmpletely agree. Had it delivered and threw it all out. Just awful.

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