Nami Nori’s second location in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood opened in 2021 and follows the success of the original location in Manhattan’s West Village. Employing the same creative inspiration of a “Japanese beach house,” a pale tonal palette provides warmth and texture through a handcrafted, yet minimal approach to woodwork and furnishings. Maple, linen, weathered oak, copper, terrazzo, and hand-applied plaster are paired with indigo fabrics, cane seating, and large scale decorative lighting elements to create a soft, welcoming atmosphere.
Expanding upon the original programming of the West Village location, the Williamsburg venue adds a dedicated cocktail bar, takeout prep counter, and an inventive delivery pickup cupboard as guest-facing elements, enlivening the casual atmosphere with preparatory activity. The arched metal and glass storefront brings natural light deep into the restaurant while its gentle curve is repeated in the shaped ceiling of the dining room, lending a buoyancy and generosity to the space. On warm days, the glass partitions slide open completely, mixing the conviviality of the restaurant with the relaxed atmosphere of the neighborhood and adjacent city park.
Photos by Sebastian Lucrecio
Miles from the original Nami Nori in the West Village
Width in feet of storefront, which can be fully opened when weather is nice
Radius in feet of curved ceiling
Cubic feet of mechanical systems in place to keep diners' temaki fresh
Linear feet of trenched slab to run the restaurant's plumbing
Height in feet of maple screens
Pounds of concrete to make the restroom sink, custom made from a fabricator in Pennsylvania