nonono

The other night we stopped by nonono, is a Japanese izakaya located in NoMad. This restaurant is a part of the same hospitality group that created Her Name is Han and Izakaya Mew, two other amazing restaurants that I’ve visited.

This was our first time here, but we could tell that the service and aesthetics are really similar to other restaurants from their group. We added ourselves to the waitlist using the Yelp app while it took us 20 minutes to walk there. By the time we arrived, we only had to wait another 20 minutes before we got seated, which was nice we didn’t have to wait so long.

daikon – radish, yuzu, plum wine
hitachino yuzu

We each got a drink, the daikon cocktail and the Hitachino Yuzu. When you bring the daikon cocktail up to drink, you are almost overwhelmed with the smell of radish. But since it has a pretty light flavor, it went really well with the yuzu and plum wine.

As for the beer, I’ve always been a huge fan of Hitachino and I personally love their white ale. This was the first time I’ve ever seen their yuzu beer on a menu and it was really good. A beer with the taste of yuzu, but not so much that you forget you’re drinking a beer.

short rib with onions
back cartilage
tamago bacon

We ordered three of their skewers, the short rib with onions, the back cartilage, and the tamago bacon. The short rip melts in your mouth and you get some sweetness from the onions. I personally love the crunchy texture of cartilage, so I have nothing but good things to say about the back cartilage. Lastly, the tamago bacon was packed with flavor and it smelled like it was sprinkled with truffle salt.

kani cream croquette

I have never been fortunate enough to have a fresh croquette, so I was really excited to try these, even if the filling might not be so common. These croquettes were so delicious, they were crispy on the outside and the inside was oozing with a crab flavored cream.

nasu dengaku

The eggplants were deep-fried and glazed with miso, nuts, and scallions. I really loved the almost creamy texture of the eggplant and how the miso brought out some sweetness. The nuts gave a really nice texture and the green onions added some sharpness to the dish. I used to not like eggplant that much, but with dishes like these, I’m a huge fan of eggplant now.

ika meshi

This was a pretty interesting dish! The squid is stuffed with seasoned sushi rice. The squid itself was marinated with a lot of flavor and had a chewy texture. The rice is seasoned and had a more fluffy, mushy texture. Those two combined and the sharpness of the green onion was so good, my mind was blown by how good it was.

buttered hamaguri

The last dish to arrive was the hamaguri clams. It’s a good dish, but compared to the flavor explosion in the other dishes we had before, this one was more mild in taste. The mushrooms had a lot of umami, but I probably wouldn’t order this again in my next visit because there are so many other options to choose from.

yuzu sorbet

We ended the night with a yuzu sorbet! The sorbet was tart from the yuzu and it really rich creamy aftertaste. A great way to end the meal.

nonono
118 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

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  1. Kathrin wrote:

    Everything looks and sounds delicious! It looks like a great place to eat at.

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    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  2. These photos of all of the food makes my mouth just water! I would love to eat here!

    Carrie
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    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  3. Jessy wrote:

    everything looked AMAZING!! and the croquette omfg….. YUM YUM YUM

    xoxo <3

    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  4. Drooling over those croquettes. Love all that cheesy goodness and the eggplant look amazing too. Need to put this on my list the new time we are in NYC. Thank you for sharing.

    Xx
    Nikki
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    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  5. jodie filogomo wrote:

    What an amazing place…and the tag line really is good!!
    We will be in NYC later this year. We will have to check it out.
    XOOX
    Jodie
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    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  6. Zorica wrote:

    Lovely post.
    The food looks super delicious.
    xx
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    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
  7. I really like Her Name is Han so I need to check this place out. I’m excited to hear they serve cartilage. That’s total collagen food 🙂

    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
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  8. I’m half Japanese and Japanese food is something I can consume all day cause I can never get tired of it. The food here looks soooo delicious… I’m just drooling over the photos!! I want to come here.

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    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
  9. Sharon wrote:

    Drooling over the pictures of the food! Also absolutely love how the restaurant looks, I would love to eat there!

    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
  10. Melissa Kacar wrote:

    I definitely need to go there next time I’m in NYC! Everything looks so delicious, especially that eggplant dish! Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

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    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
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  12. Radi wrote:

    Looks amazing and what a perfect finish to your meal!

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    Posted 4.1.19 Reply
  13. Gemma wrote:

    This looks so delicious! Have a great week.

    Gemma x
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    Posted 4.1.19 Reply
  14. Quinn wrote:

    I’ve never had Japanese food before! It looks interesting – I’m so glad you liked it xx

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    Posted 4.1.19 Reply
  15. The ika meshi looks sooo good!! I love how meticulously prepared and plated everything is. I feel like it adds to the overall experience too!

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    Posted 4.1.19 Reply
  16. Nina wrote:

    What a great place. The food looks absolutely delicious.

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    Posted 4.1.19 Reply
  17. Vanessa wrote:

    The restaurant looks fantastic!

    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    Posted 4.1.19 Reply
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  19. Cate wrote:

    wow incredibly yummy plus the design of the place is great! i’d definitely go!

    Cate // 35mminstyle

    Posted 4.2.19 Reply
  20. Ashley wrote:

    Okay- SO hungry now! Everything looks amazing!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    Posted 4.2.19 Reply
  21. Chynna wrote:

    This place looks amazing! I’m loving all your food photos – seriously making me drool 😛

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    Posted 4.2.19 Reply
  22. Filipa Jackson wrote:

    OH WOW THIS ALL LOOKS SO GOOD

    Posted 4.2.19 Reply
  23. Mariya wrote:
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  24. Jade wrote:

    Oh my goodness, this looks so freakin’ delicious! I love Yuzu, so yummy. And your pictures are so gorgeous!

    xx, Jade | Jade of Trades

    Posted 4.3.19 Reply
  25. jane wrote:

    This place looks amazing.
    I love it.

    Much Love,
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    Posted 4.4.19 Reply
  26. yuka wrote:

    I love how you documented this! This place looks amazing!

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    Posted 4.4.19 Reply
  27. Nicole wrote:

    Your photography is beautiful. You made simple pictures look amazing!

    Have a lovely weekend!

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    Posted 4.4.19 Reply
  28. I love the ceiling and food looks very interesting!

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    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
  29. I love the ceiling and food looks very interesting!

    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
  30. Dasynka wrote:

    This place is so cool , and the food looks so yummy! Hope to find somethings like this around 🙂
    xx Dasynka
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    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
  31. Nancy wrote:

    Nonono looks like a neat restaurant! I like the interior decor of the place. The skewers look super delicious – and look at those croquettes!!! Glad you enjoyed your time out there :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
  32. Naya wrote:

    Looks like they should’ve called it “nomnomnom” instead – every dish looks so special and absolutely delicious! I’d love to visit this spot too xx

    Naya
    http://www.nayatilly.com

    Posted 4.6.19 Reply
  33. Food looks very delicious! I would like to try it! Also I like interior of restaurant!

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  34. Lauren wrote:

    Everything looks and sounds so delicious! This is definitely food I would love to try – especially that yummy eggplant dish!!

    Lauren
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    Posted 4.7.19 Reply
  35. Nina wrote:

    This place looks nice and the food.
    xx- Nina

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    Posted 4.7.19 Reply
  36. Miri wrote:

    wow this restaurant sounds soo good! The food looks delicious.

    lots of love, Miri
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    Posted 4.8.19 Reply
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  38. Jessica wrote:

    What a lovely post! Your photos are so adorable dear, and what a beautiful place!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    Posted 4.12.19 Reply
  39. Valerie wrote:

    Wow, everything looks amazing! I would love to try the yuzu sorbet! Beautiful photography!

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    Posted 4.17.19 Reply
  40. Elise wrote:

    everything looks so interesting especially knowing that they’re from their original country aka japan. i gotta say though, the croquette is the one that intrigues me the most. i can almost taste them just by looking at the photo! i don’t like croquette much but for japanese cream croquette? now that is appetizing.

    Posted 4.19.19 Reply
  41. Gabrielle wrote:

    Ooh, now I’m curious about eggplant haha – I’ve never tried it! I love the urban, rustic feel to this place’s interior design.

    aglassofice.com x

    Posted 4.23.19 Reply
  42. Mercy wrote:

    How appetising are these food, I’d like to try it all.

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    Posted 5.20.19 Reply

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