My best friend flew in from Florida to have her first Hamptons experience, and where else would I take her but the brand new, sceney, Nammos? I made an 8:30 reservation and the restaurant was only half full when we got there. However, by 9:30 it fills up, with mostly 30 somethings, dressed to impress. We were seated right away, which is the only positive aspect of our meal. Our waiter at Nammos seemed to be annoyed we were there from the moment we sat down. He never stood still long enough to listen to what we were saying, not because he was too busy (remember, half full), but because he just didn’t care. When the tables around us all had bread and olives and we never received ours, I asked if we could have them. The waiter’s response? “Oh, you want that?” “Yes, if it comes with the meal, we would like that.” We were given the bread after we had appetizers.
Ordering felt like I had to tell the waiter everything I wanted in less than 20 seconds or else he would get bored and walk away. When we tried to put in an appetizer before we ordered the entire meal, we were told no. When my other friend asked how big the octopus appetizer was, his response was that “it was very famous.” Thank you, but how big? “appetizer size.” Clearly, it’s in the appetizer section, but for more than one person? “No.” Very informative.
Nammos was marketed to be a less expensive version of Trata. Whoever came up with that was playing a joke on us (at least Trata has the prix fixe option). Not one main dish is under $35. The appetizers average around $20. The cheapest bottle of Rose wine is $80 and a bottle of Santa Margarita pinot grigio is $75. I am willing to spend a lot of money on dinner when I feel like I am getting my money’s worth, but the food at Nammos is good, not great, and not worth the prices they charge. For our meal, we had the dip sampler (the best dish we ate), tuna tartar, octopus, arctic char, and the lamb chops. The lamb chops for $40 were thin and small and completely overpriced. The fish was a nice size, but when I ordered, the waiter asked me which vegetable I wanted with my fish and named a few. I chose one, and then it turns out he charged me for a side order of vegetables.
Overall, Nammos was over priced, average food, and terrible service. They have pretty presentations of their food and a great scene, but they got my drink order wrong twice, they couldn’t bother to listen when I tried to correct the order, and treated us as if we didn’t matter. I don’t know about you, but when I’m spending $100 on a meal, I’d like the waiter to take 30 seconds to listen to my order.
Pro: Location, location, location
Con: Biggest con- our waiter
Pro: Great place for a drink after you eat…somewhere else.