Incredible flavors from Algeria and the Mediterranean, served in the East Village's sultriest space. Grab a plate of chicken skewers or the Nomad Trio and settle in for an exotic night out.Forget the standard-issue romantic atmosphere, Nomad is straight-up sultry. Lantern-lit and latticed with ornate woodwork, the room was designed to glow and throw shadows, summoning all things nuanced and North African, complete with a Mediterranean twist. Everything here is authentic, from the obsessively sourced antiques to the spectacular flavors, in turn reminiscent of an azure ocean and a desert swept with wind: harissa-marinated octopus, Moroccan mussels, fresh hummus and babaghanoush. It may not get more sensual than this in the East Village; the team at Nomad has minded every single detail to maximize an elegant, exotic sort of luxury, fit for long, intimate feasts and gatherings with very close friends. Whether you've come for couple-time or camaraderie (best on nights when the belly dancers are out), whatever you do, don't skip the couscous royal. It's big enough to share, and hypnotizing enough to become a lifelong favorite in an instant.
Moorish Chicken Skewers, $8
Nomad Trio Dip, $12
Merguez Sandwich, $12
Chicken Pastilla, $16
Lamb Tajine, $19
Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.