Lovely Day

Lovely Day

Asian Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Ashley K.
    "Green curry is amazing and hobo noodles spicy and delicious."(15 Tips)
    Elevine B.
    "bar downstairs"(16 Tips)
    Daniela C.
    "Love the ginger fried chicken and the michelada!"(13 Tips)
    Foxxy B.
    "Ginger chicken app and the organic miso soup are filling and tasty."(8 Tips)
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  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeOctober 22, 2014
    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!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJuly 21, 2014
    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.
  • Noah N.
    Noah NormanAugust 24, 2016
    Lovely Day been here as long as I've lived in NYC, and while I'd be hard-pressed to find another example anywhere in the world, this is a white and Mexican-run kitchen that makes decent Thai food.
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeFebruary 2, 2015
    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.
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BrizelOctober 3, 2016
    This place has a very old school vibe. The prices are very reasonable for this area. Love the crispy ginger chicken bites, seared salmon with orange sauce, and the noodle dishes. Cash and Amex ONLY!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyAugust 1, 2014
    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!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackJune 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    really great, rarely crowded, reasonable lunch spot in soho. I definitely recommend the pineapple fried rice, but, honestly, everything is quite good.
  • Anechka M.
    Anechka M.March 28
    Breakfast variety is amazing - best hollandaise that you could wish to have with your poached eggs. No queues, great service, I'm coming back for sure
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Holiday
    HolidayOctober 26, 2016
    Skip the British breakfast, you can do that with eyes closed at home. It's all about Thai food here. Love the original wooden 1930s counter. Get a lunch set, cheap and fresh!
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahJuly 26, 2014
    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.
  • Elsa H.
    Elsa H2 weeks ago
    Thai style spare ribs were good! Cozy little spot. There is a downstairs with more seating if full upstairs... which it generally is. Definitely retro, well decorated vibes.
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KaufmanAugust 20, 2013
    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!
  • 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!
  • Dens
    DensFebruary 18, 2014
    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.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh H.February 16
    You can't go wrong with the spicy green curry or pad Thai. Here for dinner? Check out the bar downstairs.
  • Sanaë L.
    Sanaë LemoineAugust 18, 2014
    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.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonFebruary 19
    very reasonably priced thai food and breakfast--my noodles weren't too oily/saucy/flavorful, which is unfortunately how I like them, but the space is too cute!
  • Joanne L.
    Food is okay, but love the vibe and how chill this place is. Prices are reasonable and hardly ever a wait. Go downstairs and grab a drink and some ginger fried chicken.
  • Nicole F.
    Take advantage of their great lunch special. A noodle dish of your choice, edamame and dumplings! Only accepts American Express credit cards.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaAugust 1, 2016
    Don't make the same mistakes I did. I was craving meat so I got the flank steak. Even with the tamarind sauce it was flavorless. The coconut curry soup was great. The service wait was not great.
    Upvoted May 22
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJuly 13, 2015
    Julienne salad with sweet chili, bok choy with ginger, fried chicken small plates make for a good lunch
  • Duzit B.
    Duzit Boom boomAugust 12, 2014
    Good music. Fantastic fusion- foods for surprisingly not a lot of $$$$. From cappuccino*s to bloodymarys and breakfast!!! Dee-lish!
  • MLO
    MLOAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Edamame dip was awesome. Seared tuna with wasabi guac was ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Head downstairs to the bar where they serve the full menu with no wait!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonFebruary 5, 2016
    Awesome environment with nice music and interior design. Super tasty food too!
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime ScatenaJune 3, 2013
    Cozy little cafe with great choices of fusion Asian food. Must try the Fried Ginger chicken (lunch set for less than $10)
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BOctober 4, 2015
    Quick & easy service at the bar upstairs. Ginger chicken app and the organic miso soup are filling and tasty. Hip crowd.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaAugust 18, 2014
    The lunch set is a rare find for the area-- edamame, dumplings, and a generous portion of any noodle dish for ~$10.
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie GruderJuly 29, 2011
    The Ginger chicken is so delicious and tender! Accompanied by the julienned vegetable salad and an iced Thai tea...better than words can describe!
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaSeptember 28, 2013
    Try the Japanese Fried Chicken - Nicely sauces and lightly grilled to be the tastiest bits of wings in Nolita.
  • Loren
    LorenSeptember 23, 2014
    Wow...what a hidden gem. Affordable, hip place with space for five Saturday night in Nolita? What is this, 2005?
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 3, 2014
    This is one of or favorite lunch spots. We love the Lovely Day Salad, Ginger Fried Chicken, & the Long Beans!
  • MLO
    MLOFebruary 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The edamame dip is not to be skipped. Pad Thai is awesome. Seared salmon is amazing. Your welcome.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If the salmon with green curry is being offered as a special, get it. It's quite special!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfJanuary 14
    Adorable cozy vibes with cheap and cheerful Thai food. I echo other reviewers re the deliciousness of the ginger chicken.
  • Sanaz E.
    Sanaz EhsaniDecember 14, 2016
    Don't go here for good service but for excellent food for an excellent price. Ginger fried chicken is great!
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenSeptember 5, 2016
    the lunch specials are good. cute place and cozy setting.
  • Cristina F.
    Cristina F-MMarch 22, 2010
    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.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisAugust 23, 2014
    The pineapple cashew with tofu is so good you'll forget you didn't order it with chicken
  • Karina v.
    The pineapple fried rice with tofu was delicious and MUCH less greasy than fried rice normally is.
  • Nina C.
    Nina CFebruary 22, 2013
    Always amazing. Also sweet lunch deal $10 for any noodle dish, veggie dumplings, eda
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always insanely quick with take out orders, even when it seems like they're packed. Really nice staff, too!
  • AUSTIN
    AUSTINJanuary 4, 2015
    Get the strawberry & banana pancakes during brunch and the matcha green tea latte 🍵
  • Francesca K.
    Francesca KrihelyMay 14, 2012
    The coconut curry soup is a good pick--not spicy or authentic but tasty. If thats not your steaz go for the hobo noodle.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SoutherlandNovember 20, 2016
    Charming ambience, cozy (bar was crowded on a Tues night, booth was tight for 4 people). Food: not the best (pineapple fried rice was bland, ginger fired chicken dry), but hard to beat those prices
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthMarch 19, 2016
    Don't wait in line for a seat at the restaurant, head downstairs to their cellar bar!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachSeptember 19, 2014
    Lunch specials are awesome. Hobo noodles had a solid level of spiciness.
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