Noma Social is a new American tapas restaurant in New Rochelle, NY. Noma Social is located in the Radisson Hotel and has a beautiful website and spiffy marketing with celebrity endorsement and press. Once you are inside it, the restaurant does look like the photos on the web site. The food is also decent.
What they don’t tell you is that the restaurant is not in a good neighborhood. It’s by the highway entrance and next to a Toyota dealership. Therefore, the view from those floor to ceiling windows looks out to the dirty concrete parking lot and the dealership. Further, in the parking lot, there are cars that look like hoarders’ cars with garbage filled up to the windows. The entrance to the restaurant is so bleak and hidden and we hesitated to go in.
Brussels Sprouts Chips: sea salt. This is an 8 out of 10.
Octopus in Purgatory: toasted garlic, chile, evoo. This is a 6 out of 10.
Burrata: daily prep, garlic croustade. This is an 8 out of 10.
Grilled Portobello: herbed goat cheese, balsamic. Fellow dinners loved the goat cheese. They would probably rate this as a 9 out of 10 but for me this is a 7 out of 10.
Cauliflower Steak: romesco sauce, olive oil. This is a 4 out of 10.
Blistered Shishitos: sea salt, olive oil. The peppers are interesting but unfortunately it is a 5 out of 10.
Esclavada: egglplant, squash, roasted tomatoes, olivada. This is a 6 out of 10.
Shrimp: toasted garlic, marsala, chile flakes, herbs. This is a 4 out of 10.
Would I return? I would love to for the food but am unsure about the neighborhood. It was fine since I went with two other women. But if I were alone in that parking lot late at night, it would not be my idea of a good time. Pepper spray, ice pick, or an armed escort?
This experience took place at
1 Radisson Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801