Now that wagamama NoMad is open, locals are quickly discovering the tasty Asian dishes and “positive eating” philosophy that has made wagamama a global favorite. But it is not only the food that is noteworthy, the interior is beautifully designed, engendering both a friendly and soothing feeling.
The wagamama brand is known for its long communal tables, seating near open kitchens and a clean but warm overall aesthetic defined by lots of wood and exposed brick. Lighting is plentiful at your table, but overall the lighting levels are subdued and restful and give a sense of “cosiness.” If you haven’t been yet, the pictures here will give you a sense of the unique interior with its beautiful lines and space flow. Along with these brand calling cards, the NoMad location features many unique touches that make it one-of-a-kind.
The restaurant has two entrances, one each from Broadway and Fifth Avenue, which not only provides easy access, but also gives a lightness to the restaurant. It is rare in New York to see the outside permeate a space so completely.
Wagamama is democratic — it doesn’t accept reservations and the open floor plan is meant to engender a sense of equality among guests. There are two seating levels for diners. One on the main floor and a mezzanine, where the central downstairs dining room can be viewed. Seating options are many, including the 18-seat communal tables, individual tables with metal stools and even a large marble bar.
The Experience NoMad team had the pleasure of attending one of wagamama’s preview tastings, and we loved the community table atmosphere. Chatting about menu choices with our neighbors and discussing menu recommendations added to the fun of the dining experience. It didn’t hurt that everyone was in a fantastic mood, because of the delicious ramen, curry and more.
Wagamama was kind enough to share a number of new photos of the interior — a true design gem! See some of our favorites below:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm