Two Nish Nush Locations to Get Your Mediterranean Fix
Every neighborhood in New York City has its charming restaurants that deserve serious attention, and Nish Nush is one of them. They have two locations, and I visited the one in the Financial District. Nish Nush is a classic Mediterranean-style place, and the name in Hebrew means “snack,” which is ironic, considering one of my favorite things about this restaurant is the generous portion sizes for a great price! The vegetarian and vegan restaurant offers healthy custom-blend hummus with a variety of options. The hummus and falafel are made fresh daily, and it’s important to add that the falafel is gluten free, high in fiber and loaded with protein.
You can call this place a fast, casual eatery, and I considered it to be the Mediterranean version of Chipotle. There are salad options, sandwiches, and of course…falafel! The service is fast and the employees are kind and thoughtful. The interior is very modern, and my favorite authentic touch to the restaurant is in the décor! When you walk to the counter to order or bring your food to your table, you’ll notice that there are real chickpea beans covered in glass in the tabletop.
I started off my meal by trying two soups, one being a Mushroom and Barley Special, and the second being Nish Nush’s signature Split Pea Soup. I’m a split pea soup fanatic, and this was some of the best I’ve ever had! It’s not your typical chunky soup, but it’s light and delicious and fresh. The soup included chopped carrots, which were cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth with each bite. I also loved the mushroom and barley soup with hearty chunks of mushroom and great herbs. They have soup specials every day, and I’m sure you can’t go wrong with any of them.
On to the entrée! Nish Nush provided me with a combo that isn’t on their menu, but wanted to show me everything. Included on my Maza tray (meaning small dishes) was hummus, cauliflower topped with tahini roasted beets, Moroccan carrots, and babaganoush. You can order all of those separately, or order the signature falafel trio, which includes falafels, hummus, Israeli salad, white and red cabbage, pita bread, romaine lettuce, olives, pickles, tahini and schug for just $13! Everything on the platter was delicious, but I was particularly a fan of the cauliflower. It was addicting! The tahini adds just enough spice and I ended up eating all of it. The hummus is simple and delicious, with just enough tang but still mild and creamy. It tastes homemade, which makes it special!
I’d like to talk simply about the falafel briefly and say that it was one of the best falafels I’ve ever had. The outside was crisped to perfection, but the inside was nice and soft, flavorful and not greasy. They offer three types of falafel, including the classic version, a spicy version with chili (and it does offer quite a kick), and a spinach and mushroom version. They taste authentic and flavorful and you can tell they are made from scratch every day.
Now for dessert! I finished the meal with Nish Nush’s Baklava. They were the perfect size, small, flaky layers, and just sweet enough. What really makes the baklava unique is the generous amount of chopped up pistachios, almonds, and walnuts placed on top and between the layers of phyllo dough. The honey drizzled on top provides just the right amount of sweetness. Baklava is typically a rich dish, but the small size of the portions makes it the perfect bite to finish off a lunch or dinner and not leave feeling too full.
A special to consider is at the Nish Nush Tribeca location (the address is written below). Between 4-6 p.m. during the work week, buy two beers, and get Maza sent to your table when you mention “Maza Hour.” I will note that the location in the Financial District does not serve alcohol yet, but that is a coming addition.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are mine.
Location: There are two locations, one at 41 John St. New York, NY 10038 in the Financial District. The second is at 88 Reade St. New York, NY 10013 in Tribeca.
John St. (212) 577-6474
Reade St. (212) 964-1318
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11:30am- 9pm