Dine Out : Noreetuh

One of the best things about living in a metropolitan city has to be being exposed to a diverse range of cultures and cuisines. Noreetuh is an East Village eatery that serves a menu of Hawaiian staples with modern fusion touches. The decor of the restaurant which is both sparse and graphic lends to a laidback and mostly comfortable atmosphere even with tables which are very closely juxtaposed. Noreetuh has been on my restaurant wish list and Restaurant Week gave us a good opportunity to try it out at $42 for three courses per person.

We started our meal with their take on the popular Hawaiian dish Spam musubi which is essentially a flattened sushi handroll. We got this as an addition since it wasn't part of the prix fixe. Noreetuh's version is made with corned beef tongue instead of Spam, peanuts and a tangy cilantro sauce. While it may sound simple, this created a complex melding of tastes and textures in our mouths. For appetizers, we ordered the Big Eye Tuna Poke and Kahlua Pork Croquettes. These dishes couldn't have been more different but both were tastyt in their own ways. Our dinner course consisted of Mentaiko Spaghetti and Mochi Crusted Bass. The fish which was both crispy and tender made for a nice bite in combination with the green beans and Chinese bacon (lap yuk) it was served with. The pasta with smoked butterfish and fish roe, though creamy and flavorful was almost a tad too salty for my tastes but the subtle heat of the dish was just right. I don't have much to say about the desserts which were a Chocolate Haupia Sundae with almonds, graham cracker, coconut ice cream and Tristar Strawberries with azuki beans, coconut mochi, strawberry ice cream. We rarely order dessert and probably wouldn't have if it wasn't included. We were so full from dinner so it was just something to pick at. Both were much too sweet for my tastes but when you rarely eat sugar, anything with even a little tends to taste overwhelmingly sweet. My husband thought the sundae was okay. The service was good and friendly overall even though it became noticeably laggy in between our dinner and dessert courses. The word noreetuh means playground in Korean and this was a fun one to play in. It's worth trying once but I'm not sure if it's worth a return visit. 
Have you ever tried Hawaiian cuisine? Which of these dishes is most appealing to you? 

128 First Avenue
New York City

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Lilli said...

Nope but Im very curious to try it, as u know I have a big passion on trying different kinds of cuisine, and NYC is perfect for this :) The place looks nice and cosy, the food very tasty indeed. Kisses Rowena! xo

Beauty Unearthly said...

Really interesting post...thx for sharing! xx

Anonymous said...

We spent out honeymoon in Hawaii but we actually never had traditional Hawaiian cuisine... Oops!

Jackie Harrison said...

Its hard to pick just one dish they all are appealing to me and looks delicious this place I will not mind making reservations.

Elle Sees said...

I have, but not presented in this way. This looks lovely.

Paola Lauretano said...

Amazing place and delicious food, great pics hun!
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Beauty Editer said...

Love the vide of the place. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

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Doctor Anne said...

Oh, Hawaiian. That is one cuisine that I nee to add to my to try list. SO far I never even thought about searching for it, but I love trying new foods and what you ordered sounds delicious.

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Emmylou said...

Oh man! This is my kind of food. I would really love to try their version of the Spam musubi with the corned beef, but really....I wouldn't mind trying them all. :D
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Ivana Split said...

I do agree with you, living in a captial does have its perks! I imagine that New York is the place when it comes to enjoying different foods. All that mix of cultural influences must be great ground for gastronomery!

This place seems lovely. The price is very reasonable for a 3 course meal. Interested that the selection of dishes was so diverse! I'm glad to hear they were all tasty in their way. It is great to know you and your husband enjoyed your food there. I will remember the name Noreetuh. Well, I'm not planning a trip to NY, but we never know, right?

Anonymous said...

The food looks very appetising. I have never tried Hawaiian cuisine before. But if you are not considering going back, then it probably isn't such a great place :(


Edyta said...

Wow. This looks really delicious - love the review :)


So classy food and place
Very interesting ❤


So classy food and place
Very interesting ❤

ALLIE NYC said...

Good to know just get the savory first courses and move on!

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Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Dishes look so tasty, I like the deco of this restaurant.


Effortlesslady said...

Great place to eat. Wow!

Coco said...

I'm drooling! Looks like a very posh place :-) Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW FASHION POST

Unknown said...

I'm pretty sure Hawaiian cuisine has yet to hit Dublin but it looks delicious!

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Lenya said...

Sounds like a great place to eat out. Would love to dine there myself. Have a great day, Rowena.

little luxury list said...

Mmm you had me at spam masubi and what a classy take! The poke and fish sounded great as well. I had Hawaiian food when visiting Maui and Oahu and like these modern versions!

Margaret Dallospedale said...

This place looks amazing
Delicious food
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Kasztanowy Domek said...

Nice place and great food! Kisses:)


Corinne said...

This look so tasty! I've never tried Hawaiian food and had no idea what it was!

Corinne x

Gabrielle said...

Being exposed to a diverse range of cultures - especially when it comes to cuisine - is something I wish I was immersed in a little more; so many new and exciting discoveries! It's a pity this one didn't 'wow' you, though it sounds like a nice meal out all the same :)



Hawaiian cuisine can be delicious, although touch and go for me, and Spam makes me cringe! But, perhaps because I've only had Hawaiian cuisine a handful of times. I love seafood so I'd order anything poke. Even though this place wasn't a huge hit for you, it's nice to experience diverse food from different cultures. Enjoy the weekend. :)

Amanda Mércuri said...


Tudo parece ser muito delicioso!

Ótima quinta!

Beijo! ^^

Aly In Wanderland said...

It looks delish! I definitely adore discovering food of diversity!

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ann-marie said...

Amazing place and the food looks really delicious! Great pics too! xx

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Kelsey&Kenecha said...

What a pretty place! The food looks so yummy! :)


Beauty Follower said...

WOnderful place to dine!


A Very Sweet Blog said...

That's what I admire about New York! There are so many different cultures and cuisines to choose from. You guys will never get bored. I've never tried Hawaiian cuisine. I follow Becks on Snapchat and she's always eating something delicious. I'm glad you got to try it Rowena. It sounds like it was pretty good with just some exceptions.

oomph. said...

hawaiian food? yes! they all look good, but i'd definitely go for the poke and the mochi crusted bass!

Jane said...

Oh! Sounds delicious! I'll have to definitely keep this place in mind!

Stanislava E. said...

You are so lucky indeed to live in a metropolitan city! Hawaiian cuisine sounds very interesting, and the first that comes to my mind when I think of it is pineapple. I would love to try everything from the menu you had, I just can't imagine what does it taste like. Great read, Rowena!