If anyone is into sushi and Japanese food, Montclair happens to be home to a once-only-based New York City brand, Nami Nori. This spot is located in the lively downtown area of Montclair, more specifically at 378 Bloomfield Avenue. To step up the dining experience, Nami Nori in Montclair is BYOB, in which guests can bring beer, wine, or sake to pair with their sushi dishes. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Nami Nori brings California rolls, poke, and more authentic Japanese dishes to MTC. Read on for more about Nami Nori and the Seymour Street Redevelopment Project in Montclair.
About Nami Nori
Nami Nori is a temaki bar specializing in open-style sushi hand rolls. It has other locations in the West Village and Williamsburg areas of New York City. The menu is full of classic temaki options as well as updated twists and even a vegan specialty menu. What’s more, everything on the menu at Nami Nori is gluten-free. Nami Nori mentions on its website that serving hand rolls enables chefs to have fun with vibrant flavors as well as eye-catching colors and visuals. Also on the menu are Japanese-inspired snacks and appetizers in addition to beer, sake, and wine.
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The atmosphere is described as ‘casual yet elegant,’ designed with a mission to make upscale and authentic food that is more affordable and accessible for diners. Partners Taka Sakaeda, Jihan Lee, and Lisa Limb were able to take their previous training in Japanese cooking to make this vision a reality with the opening of Nami Nori. Whether you’re craving salmon, tofu, scallops, eggplant, tuna, sea bass, or more, you can check out the rest of Nami Nori’s menu here.
The spot officially opened on Thursday, October 20th, 2022. Reservations can be made here, though walk-ins are welcomed and encouraged.
About the Seymour Street Redevelopment Project
Katz + Associates, the company behind the Seymour Street redevelopment project, is a boutique retail real estate brokerage and advisory firm that has been in operation for 26 years, according to its website. Katz + Associates specializes in working with retail businesses, landlords, and restaurants to ensure the securing of brick-and-mortar locations and overseeing the entire move-in and development process.
Katz + Associates’ latest project is focusing on Montclair, bringing in great eats and shops to the Seymour Street redevelopment project. Led by retail leasing agents Brian Katz and Amy Staats in conjunction with Ironstate Development and Brookfield Properties, the hope of the initiative is to bring lots of new attractions to the Montclair area. The project features over 35,000 square feet of retail, as well as a 12,000 square foot outdoor plaza, 200 apartments, and 40,000 square feet of office space, according to a press release.
“We rooted through numerous retail options and chose an arrangement of diverse and eclectic retail to build on the existing flare of Montclair,” said Amy Staats, Vice President, Katz + Associates. “These retail and entertainment experiences will help further bolster the allure of the area characterized by the iconic 100-year-old Wellmont Theater.”
Gravity Vault, a rock climbing facility, is already up and running in Seymour Plaza. One River School of Art + Design is also officially operating, with a host of classes in art and digital design for people of all ages and all levels. Montclair Mud Clay Studio opened up earlier this summer, bringing the art of pottery to downtown MTC. New salon Madison Reed Color Bar is now open too, as is The Goddard School. Other spots joining the Seymour scene include Brick City Vegan, and Cornbread.