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New in NYC – Nat’s on Bank

Sometimes you get excited about a new restaurant, and Nat’s on Bank fits the bill. Set in the quintessential West Village, it’s the unexpected neighborhood spot that takes it up a notch. Finally, a place that does seafood towers properly, and a rendition of mac and cheese that isn’t mac and cheese at all. Instead, it’s a pasta with uni. Here’s a first look at your favorite new spot.

Overview

Set in the short-lived albeit beloved old Riddler space, Nat’s on Bank is your new neighborhood favorite. We have to admit when we saw the logo for the restaurant, we thought it looked like Pac Man.  Our impression therefore was Nat’s would be a casual bar where food would marginally pass.  However, it’s not the case at all.  Instead, this is an elegant yet casual spot, that if you can get a ressie, has the potential for long-time staying power.

Atmosphere

There are some silver linings of COVID in the restaurant space, and one is outdoor dining.  Thank goodness too as otherwise it would be even more impossible to get a reservation. Outside you take in all the quintessential West Village has to offer at this corner spot. It’s not so much about the others in the restaurant but rather being in the neighborhood as the world passes by. Inside though, the décor is chic and tastefully done.  We would characterize it as a casual contmpoerary bistro. There is always lively conversation that fills the room. The bar is set within the dining room, so there’s not a lot of space to hang out.  If you plan to come to Nat’s, make sure it’s with a reservation.

Food 

Finally, a place with beautiful décor and a cool location that does a proper seafood tower.  So yes, the seafood tower is a must-order.  If you’re feeling like a baller, you can add a caviar option.  The nutshell of the menu is it takes simple dishes and elevates them in every way. The house mac and cheese is actually an uni and bucatini pasta.  There is also the fried red snapper, which will be your new go-to dish.  Snapper is lightly breaded and is served almost Thai style, like a Thai fish and chips.  But of course more refined.

Service

We would say super professional.  A certain host gets a little cranky when the restaurant is over-subscribed and you try to talk your way into a ressie.  And no, there’s no place for you to even sit at the bar.  But otherwise the servers all work as a coordinated team and are proud of their restaurant.  It shows through in the knowledge of the food and the seamless experience you’ll have.

Overall:  8.5/10

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