David Stone
A new menu and a corner seat with a view
A new menu and a corner seat with a view
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"Monday, December 4th," Kaie Razaghi said, finally able to answer Roosevelt Island's longest standing question: When are you going to open - Trellis or Nisi? If you think it's been a long time coming for us, it's been a lot longer for Kaie and his son and partner Alex.

Surprise: Roosevelt Island's Nisi Is Not Greek

One of four menus, packed with exciting choices
One of four menus, packed with exciting choices
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Except for the name - Nisi translates as "island" - and the owners, nothing about the new restaurant is Greek, a surprise after many of us who anticipated Hellenic-style experiences rich with feta cheese and savory olives.

Menus, for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, lean Modern American with tasty options for all dietary preferences, from vegetarian to strict carnivore.

This means that, as of December 4th, you can start your day at 549 Main Street with a Nisi breakfast taco, linger over a tri color beet salad for lunch, then settle into a Porterhouse steak in the evening.

And you can count on friends showing up to debate conditions at the Tram or whatever RIOC is up to lately.

Bar at Nisi, great conversations and thirsty diners
Bar at Nisi, great conversations and thirsty diners
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Along with the new menu, Kaie and Alex plan another unexpected twist at Nisi - fresh breads baked locally by Pain D'Avignon, delivered daily, for sale in an independent bakery section.

Nisi is a win/win for Roosevelt Island. A favorite gathering place returns, managed by Kaie and Alex Razaghi, hosts we know and trust. At the same time, exciting dishes never before served here freshen the experience for friends old and new.

Returning, wide open views on the world of Roosevelt Island
Returning, wide open views on the world of Roosevelt Island
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