Restaurant Alert: Nami Nori opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nami Nori, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant specializing in open-style temaki from partners Taka Sakaeda, Jihan Lee and Lisa Limb, opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Thursday, October 7.


Located steps from bustling McCarren Park, Nami Nori offers new open-style temaki, sashimi, and crispy rice dishes, all exclusive to the Brooklyn restaurant, alongside their signature temaki rolls. The Brooklyn location has two temaki counters, floor-to-ceiling window-paned doors that fully open to covered outdoor seating overlooking the park, and a sake bar that displays the team’s favorite selections of local beers, sake and natural wine.

THE TEAM:

Partners Taka Sakaeda, Jihan Lee and Lisa Limb – who met while working under three-star Michelin sushi chef Masa Takayama – opened Nami Nori in the West Village in October 2019 to much acclaim. The restaurant quickly became known for its open-style temaki rolls, and went on to receive two stars from The New York Times and be highlighted as one of Esquire’s “Best New Restaurant in America 2020.” Now, the trio is excited to bring their temaki rolls to Brooklyn with an extended food and beverage menu.

THE MENU:

Nami Nori offers open-style temaki and Japanese-inspired starters and snacks, with new rolls and dishes exclusive to the Brooklyn location. New temaki, like Cauliflower Dynamite (a vegetarian riff on their popular Spicy Crab Dynamite); and Phancy Philly with smoked salmon, caviar, cream cheese and chives; are joining signature rolls like X.O. Scallop with tobiko and lemon; Tuna Poke with crispy shallots; Cucumber Black Sesame with shiso and plum; and Spicy Crab Dynamite; among others.


New starters and snacks include Sashimi like Top Neck Clams with fennel, daikon, salad, cilantro gremolata and 'nami bay' aioli; Kanpachi with sweet miso mustard, wakame, sun dried shishito oil and makrut lime leaf; and Tuna with ginger bud, radish sprouts, bonito soy and fried capers; and Crispy Rice Chips & Dip like Salmon Lover's with salmon, ikura, salmon skin, pickled myoga and lemon zest, served with crispy rice chips; and Mushroom with shiitake duxelle, black garlic, tofu “cream”, and yuzu shichimi, served with nori chips.


Additional dishes include favorites like Calamari with yuzu soy; Asari Clam Soup with miso and butter; Wasabi Cucumber Tataki; and Furikaké Fries with tomato tonkatsu. New desserts round out the menu with dishes like Mochurros, mochi churros served with lemon curd dipping sauce; and Coffee Jelly, with coconut cream and mochi balls.


The restaurant’s beverage selection includes sake, beer and wine that highlights Brooklyn brewers and distillers like Brooklyn Kura, Kato Sake Works, Talea and Coney Island Brewery. The menu also features refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, including Something & Nothing Yuzu Seltzer, Bruce Cost Pomegranate Hibiscus Ginger Ale, Soba Cha buckwheat tea, among others.

THE DESIGN:

Both Nami Nori restaurants are designed by NYC-based architecture firm MN Design Professional Corporation. Inspired by modern beach houses and traditional Japanese residences, Nami Nori has a bright and airy dining room with arched ceilings and neutral shades of sandy brown, cream and dusty rose found throughout. The floor-to-ceiling window-paned doors fold up and open the dining room to the neighborhood, welcoming diners to the 40-seat restaurant, which offers two engaging temaki counters, a sake bar, and covered outdoor seating designed in partnership with re-ply using repurposed plywood. Oversized dried floral arrangements with foraged branches, wood and flowers are situated throughout the dining areas.


For more information about Nami Nori, visit their website at naminori.nyc.