Above: Photo via Nonono
The hitmakers behind restaurants like Her Name Is Han now have a yakitori restaurant in Nomad, a casual spot called Nonono.
The more than 70-seat, bilevel restaurant at 118 Madison Ave. at East 30th Street opened earlier this month, with rustic wood tables, floor-to-ceiling windows, and lots of modern, hanging globe lights. Though company Hand Hospitality and its owner Kihyun Lee have more recently gained acclaim for Korean projects, Nonono serves Japanese fare — more in line with their longtime Midtown restaurant Izakaya Mew.
Head chef Daichi Tokuda, in fact, worked at Izakaya Mew before helping to develop the menu here, helped by yakitori chef Akira Kishimoto and sous Kazu Moriyama, according to general manager Keisuke Oku. Yakitori is the main event. The restaurant receives whole chickens every day, and like at other yakitori spots, the team splits much of it into skewers: thigh, wings, skin, knee cartilage, heart, neck meat, and other offal and non-offal options ranging from $3 to $4. The bones then go toward making chicken broth-based ramen, available three different ways. “We don’t waste any part,” Oku says.
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