A fun, reasonably priced Japanese restaurant in Manhattan is rare. Add to that the ability to get a reservation and the list of possibilities narrows. Among them is Nami Nori, a relatively new and understandably popular temaki spot in the West Village.
Temakai, which are normally handrolls, but here are prepared to resemble tacos come in a variety of choices and you can mix and match or choose a preset list, which is understandably a little cheaper. The spicy tuna dip, nori chaps and furakake fries starters were tasty. The temaki were good and fun; removing the wrapper from the sesame casing requires a deft, but doable touch.
Whether you’re looking for a casual bite to eat or a romantic dinner, Nami Nori is a perfect spot. Nami Nori is objectively a bit on the expensive side, but for a night out in the West Village, it feels reasonable. The crowd is a mix of people on dates and younger groups of friends.