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I'd heard some great things lately about one of Queen West's new additions Nyood www.nyood.ca. A girlfriend and I decided to check it out a few weeks ago. The space itself was pretty fantastic. It felt distinctly un-Toronto. True, I was only a day back from New York and was likely still wearing my rose coloured NYC glasses, but it did seem to encompass that distinctly New York warmth. An oxymoron in most other capacities but when it comes to their restaurants, they know what they're doing. Some design classics like one of my favorites the wishbone chair combined with high impact features like the lighting and ceilings, cleverly distract from innovative but economical details. I wasn't blown away by the food, however as a vegetarian I didn't really get to try what seemed to be the top picks. The bartender suggested a great bottle of red, both well priced and full bodied and we loved every drop. I'll be going back for the atmosphere alone. It's worth a visit. I'd suggest reserving a window table or just sit at the bar.

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