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The drama of the room at Nyood (pronounced nude) dominates the food but it’s still a must-visit place.
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Nyood Restaurant Review

: From the team that opened Kultura, this spot is in the achingly hip West Queen West area, anchored by the Drake Hotel. Edgy art galleries, photo galleries and trendy boutiques intermingle with scruffy storefronts of indiscernible purpose. Stepping into Nyood, formerly the DeLeon Art Gallery, with dramatically high ceilings decorated with handcrafted moldings, elicits a wow. With dark “distressed” wood floors and an open kitchen hugged by a long L shaped bar, it screams funky chic. The menu is tapas-style in approach with an emphasis on Mediterranean with some Caribbean influences. Arugula and watercress salad is topped with tiny, crunchy green beans and pine nuts. Spicy, sweet arctic char ceviche is served on a julienne of walnut-studded Bosc pears and apples. Thin flatbreads (the best in the city) are topped with savories like wild mushroom and Gorgonzola. Even the baked beans are crunchy with crushed corn kernels, savory with sage and ginger sauce and textured with mushrooms. Fresh grilled dorata is nicely cooked, but stay away from fritto misto, a soggy dish of heavy, dough-coated vegetables. Desserts are attractive, if lacking in zing. In the end, the vibe and the drama of the room take center-stage.

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