From molecular gastronomy to reconstructed Middle Eastern cuisine, Old World charm to New Age community, Manhattan has a lot going on this spring.

8 W. 28th St.

In our opinion, fine dining should not be limited to nights and weekends. Thanks to Made Nice, NoMad’s debut high-end “fast casual” eatery, it doesn’t have to be. This counter-service restaurant is a satisfying choice for either grab- and-go or even a quick sit-down meal, making seasonal gourmet grub as accessible as ever. Our favorites include the Tuna Nicoise with seared tuna, haricots verts, soft boiled egg, tomatoes, olives, potatoes and lemon caper relish on romaine; the Curry Cauliflower with cauliflower stew, tofu, couscous, coconut, lemongrass, scallion, almond and grapes; and the signature Chicken Frites, a stuffed, roasted half-chicken with rosemary fries, though that’s available only on weekends after 5 PM and all day Saturday. Made Nice keeps it interesting with a diverse drink menu, too—including local wines and beer, coffee and tea, beet punch and cider.

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