Many nightmares are school related, such as giving a book report naked and wearing pleated khakis on jeans day. Rewrite your childhood memories with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet comfort food, artisan cheese, and specialty cocktails at the schoolhouse-themed Nolita House on East Houston Street.
Outfitted to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, with beer lists on blackboards and wooden pegs for hanging coats, Nolita House provides an education in simple, affordable, seasonal dining. Learn how far a crispy panko crust can elevate classic mac 'n' cheese ($12 for the large plate or $8 for the small) or study the intersection of the delicious and the porcine with babyback ribs ($9). Forge a guardian's signature and take your tongue on an international field trip with Nolita's shrimp tacos ($16) or miso-saki-glazed cod ($18). Small varietal wines from boutique vineyards pair nicely with an olive plate ($3), arguments over roller-derby statistics, or cheeses, especially at Nolita's Wine and Cheese Happy Hours, held every night between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($12 for two cheeses and a glass of wine).
Nolita House's weekend Bluegrass Brunch, named among the city's best brunches by New York magazine and the Post, features hangover-trampling banjos, mandolins, and complimentary mimosas and sangria (with an entree purchase). Brunch gets going at 10 a.m. and fills up fast as denizens of Nolita House's namesake neighborhood flock to this second-story eatery, a downtown mainstay.
Rated the Best Comfort Food 2006 by Citysearch, Nolita House grabs great reviews from New York magazine, Time Out, and Zagat reviewers. OpenTable diners, five TripAdvisors, and more than 170 Yelpers give it an average of four stars. More than 50 Citysearchers give it an average of 4.5, and 77% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- The cheese boards are tailored to experience level: beginner (mild, creamy cow, sheep and goat cheeses), intermediate (differently textured cow’s-milk cheeses) and adventurous (stinky, earthy and strong). Kinda makes you wish they’d assign some homework. – Time Out
- Great cheap food and super friendly staff. Possibly the best pizza and mac'n'cheese you'll ever eat. The wine list is great value with some beautiful wines. Worth a visit, it never disappoints. – Martin W-NYC, Zagat
- On my first visit, I had to get the mac 'n cheese as my sister had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. It definitely did not disappoint - generous on the panko crusting and the perfect degree of crunchy on top. Mmmmm. – Lara R., Yelp
- We each had something different, ranging from the mushroom risotto with shrimp and truffle oil, goat cheese/mushroom pizza, turkey burgers and empanadas - and we were all incredibly happy with our meals and did quite a bit of sharing. The pitchers of sangria were also above par and a great value. – keb0480, Citysearch