Lovely Day

Lovely Day

Asian Restaurant · NoLita
196 Elizabeth St (btwn Prince & Spring St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Closed until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–4:45 PM
    • 5:30 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–4:45 PM
    • 5:30 PM–Midnight
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 452 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Elevine B.
    "bar downstairs"(14 Tips)
    Daniela C.
    "Love the ginger fried chicken and the michelada!"(11 Tips)
    Foxxy B.
    "Ginger chicken app and the organic miso soup are filling and tasty."(6 Tips)
    Allison E.
    "The pineapple fried rice is to die for."(5 Tips)
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  • downstairs
  • spicy food
  • cozy
  • green curry
  • pad Thai
  • vegetarian food
  • breakfast food
  • pineapple fried rice
  • trendy
  • cocktails
  • noodles
  • authentic
  • lively
  • pancakes
  • casual
  • salads
  • cute
  • brunch food
  • egg sandwiches
  • good for a late night
  • Elevine B.

    Matcha! Fresh and flavoursome Thai in lovely more French style atmosphere on one of my favourite streets. Try the seaweed salad, miso soup, and don't miss out on the bar downstairs either!

    Elevine Berge · October 22, 2014
  • J Crowley

    Affordable lunch spot. Hobo noodles are nice and spicy. Don't upgrade to the lunch special cause the dumplings taste like they're from the dump. Order ginger fried chicken strips as an app instead.

    J Crowley · July 21, 2014
  • Bin Y.

    There's a bar downstairs but it's a great stop for a delicious lunch. The pad thai and fried rice are very well done. I also enjoy the ginger fried chicken, extremely moist. Good Japanese rice too!

    Bin Yang · November 12, 2015
  • Elevine B.

    Always lovely. Almond milk macha tea a tad but too sweet but nice. The Tom Ga coconut milk soup w shiitake and tofu is perfect warming and spicy for these cold days when you feel the flu luring.

    Elevine Berge · February 2, 2015
  • Jon S.

    really great, rarely crowded, reasonable lunch spot in soho. I definitely recommend the pineapple fried rice, but, honestly, everything is quite good.

    Jon Steinback · June 27, 2014
  • Sanaë L.

    The seasonal salads are perfect for a summer evening (delicious sweet miso dressings). Unpleasantly slow service, but if you're forgiving you'll enjoy simple, top notch food.

    Sanaë Lemoine · August 18, 2014
  • J Crowley

    Stop what you're doing! If they have the pork rib and fried egg sandwich lunch special - get it right now. Even if you already ate - EAT AGAIN!

    J Crowley · August 1, 2014
  • Elyse E.

    The burger is so amazing but it's giant! Cut in half but don't forget to put ketchup on the bottom of the bun. Have a glass of the Cotes du Rhone, it's delightful.

    Elyse Estrada · October 28, 2013
  • Cristina F.

    get me the ginger fried chicken and the green curry and I am in heaven. pad thai and papaya salad (watch out, it's native spicy) are great too. actually everything is awesome.

    Cristina F-M · March 22, 2010
  • Bernadette S.

    It's great for brunch: You have to try the pancakes with strawberries or bananas, scrumbled eggs with salmon plus salad and the great salmon sandwich with avocado!

    Bernadette Schweihoff · July 8, 2013
  • Ashley K.

    Definitely get ginger fried chicken and chicken satay. Green curry is amazing and hobo noodles spicy and delicious. Really great Foursquare find! Def at least a 9!

    Ashley Kaufman · August 20, 2013
  • Vineet S.

    Yes the food here is delicious but the lunch special is delicious AND great value. Pad Thai (or any noodles), steamed dumplings, and edamame for under $11.

    Vineet Shah · July 26, 2014
  • Berk K.

    An incredibly cozy restaurant with a ton of character.  Get the hobo noodle with shrimp!  This place has great service as well.  One of my favorites.

    Berk Kapicioglu · December 10, 2014
  • Matthew Alexander B.

    It was a lovely day, but a shitty lunch. Sadly, I was very disappointed with the food. I ordered the Pad Thai and it was bland and tasteless. Go elsewhere if you're looking for flavorful food.

    Matthew Alexander Boaten · October 12, 2010
  • Rafi S.

    Burger is great, only at dinner though. At brunch, go for the egg sandwich. You'll have to put up with the slow service and attitude. Try to sit outside in the sun.

    Rafi Syed · February 23, 2012
  • Dens

    Wow, this place is great. You're cheating yourself if you leave without trying the fried chicken & edamame dip apps. Not a bad old fashioned either.

    Dens · February 18, 2014
  • Mari S.

    Go downstairs after 7 but before 9 (that's when it gets crowded). Sit at the bar and listen to Ella Fitzgerald. You'll feel transported to another time.

    Mari Sheibley · October 27, 2011
  • kat p.

    Try the ginger fried chicken with the crazy sumptuous soy sauce mayo. Pair it with brown rice and the market green salad so you don't feel too guilty.

    kat popiel · December 11, 2009
  • MLO

    Edamame dip was awesome. Seared tuna with wasabi guac was ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Head downstairs to the bar where they serve the full menu with no wait!

    MLO · August 31, 2013
  • Maddie G.

    The Ginger chicken is so delicious and tender! Accompanied by the julienned vegetable salad and an iced Thai tea...better than words can describe!

    Maddie Gruder · July 29, 2011
  • Jeffrey G.

    Julienne salad with sweet chili, bok choy with ginger, fried chicken small plates make for a good lunch

    Jeffrey Glueck · July 13, 2015
  • Adam R.

    Not our first time here but definitely our last! service was sooo bad and at the end our server demanded we leave a tip... here's a tip. skip it and go next door to the Public House!!

    Adam Rossmann · March 2, 2012
  • Erika S.

    Highly recommended but yikes, lunch took forever. Starters delivered with entrees and nothing hot. Fried ginger chicken dry but green curry delicious.

    Erika S · July 7, 2011
  • Jaime S.

    Cozy little cafe with great choices of fusion Asian food. Must try the Fried Ginger chicken (lunch set for less than $10)

    Jaime Scatena · June 3, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief, and one or two personal experiences of poor dining out here, I've learned to sit at the bar for more reliable service.

    DJ TREATS · January 14, 2011
  • Foxxy B.

    Quick & easy service at the bar upstairs. Ginger chicken app and the organic miso soup are filling and tasty. Hip crowd.

    Foxxy B · October 4, 2015
  • Yera H.

    The lunch set is a rare find for the area-- edamame, dumplings, and a generous portion of any noodle dish for ~$10.

    Yera Ha · August 18, 2014
  • Alexis A.

    Seaweed salad is delicious, as is the spicy Hobo Noodles with shrimp. The service, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired.

    Alexis Anderson · April 28, 2011
  • Alberto S.

    Awesome environment with nice music and interior design. Super tasty food too!

    Alberto Simon · February 5
  • Duzit B.

    Good music. Fantastic fusion- foods for surprisingly not a lot of $$$$. From cappuccino*s to bloodymarys and breakfast!!! Dee-lish!

    Duzit Boom boom · August 12, 2014
  • MoRiza

    Try the Japanese Fried Chicken - Nicely sauces and lightly grilled to be the tastiest bits of wings in Nolita.

    MoRiza · September 28, 2013
  • Kirsy

    Cheap brunch (bring Amex card) Hobo noodles-overly seasoned. Do not order Strawberry & Banana pancakes-bleh! Waitress got order wrong but she was nice. Cappuccino is really good.

    Kirsy · April 22, 2012
  • Michele N.

    Seems like restaurant suffers from identity crisis. Food left my stomach hurting immediately and inside has poor ventilation/ air circulation. Very unsatisfied. Thanks Eric for bringing me here...

    Michele Ng · May 25, 2014
  • Sam B.

    Beer margarita is delicious! Lime juice, ice, salted rim glass and a beer of your choosing.

    Sam Brown · December 6, 2013
  • Laura D.

    i've only ever ordered the pineapple fried rice with chicken...but the pimm's cup cocktail is pretty good, too.

    Laura D. · September 14, 2011
  • Colin M. F.

    Always insanely quick with take out orders, even when it seems like they're packed. Really nice staff, too!

    Colin M. Ford · March 20, 2014
  • MLO

    The edamame dip is not to be skipped. Pad Thai is awesome. Seared salmon is amazing. Your welcome.

    MLO · February 18, 2014
  • Mari S.

    If the salmon with green curry is being offered as a special, get it. It's quite special!

    Mari Sheibley · October 25, 2013
  • Loren

    Wow...what a hidden gem. Affordable, hip place with space for five Saturday night in Nolita? What is this, 2005?

    Loren · September 23, 2014
  • Francesca K.

    The coconut curry soup is a good pick--not spicy or authentic but tasty. If thats not your steaz go for the hobo noodle.

    Francesca Krihely · May 14, 2012
  • Karina v.

    The pineapple fried rice with tofu was delicious and MUCH less greasy than fried rice normally is.

    Karina van Schaardenburg · May 16, 2014
  • Claudia F.

    Don't wait in line for a seat at the restaurant, head downstairs to their cellar bar!

    Claudia Filth · March 19
  • Tom M.

    Basement floor bar/restaurant is better than the 1st floor but there's no wifi/cell service down there.

    Tom Maxim · July 23, 2014

    This is one of or favorite lunch spots. We love the Lovely Day Salad, Ginger Fried Chicken, & the Long Beans!

    CITY GRIT · August 3, 2014
  • Léna Le Rolland

    I LOVE the fried chicken, but I don't like the chicken satay. Super noisy... Be ready to wait.

    Léna Le Rolland · November 1, 2014
  • Jeremy P.

    Horrifc Fried Rice no flavor at all the most bland meal ever. The Satay Chicken skewers are not bad tho...

    Jeremy Provost · May 21, 2015
  • Brendan L.

    The pineapple cashew with tofu is so good you'll forget you didn't order it with chicken

    Brendan Lewis · August 23, 2014
  • Nina C.

    Always amazing. Also sweet lunch deal $10 for any noodle dish, veggie dumplings, eda

    Nina C · February 22, 2013
  • Amy C.

    Try the Ginger Fried Chicken - So good, it's hard to order anything else... which is why I don't :)

    Amy Cao · January 20, 2012

    Get the strawberry & banana pancakes during brunch and the matcha green tea latte 🍵

    AUSTIN · January 4, 2015

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