We had a late lunch using a Groupon for a 4 course dégustation ("4 Course Aegean Summer Menu"). The courses were a "salad shooter", tuna tartare, chicken, and a chocolate cake which they referred to as "angel food". The restaurant was quite busy (Friday, 2:30pm) but we observed most of the other diners were utilizing their Groupons too, as the offer ends in two days.
OK course by course:The "salad" may have "shot", but it didn't "hit". Lettuce juice, diced cucumber & tomato and a touch of feta served in a shot glass. In a word, bland. As I write (Sep 2, 2011), it is the peak of tomato season so really there's no excuse for a mediocre tomato. Yet - truly insipid here. Shame and while I'm not a conspiracy theory, I have to think "what a great use of trim from other food, too bad it wasn't enjoyable".
Second was the tuna tartare. I kind of liked this, but ahi is not particularly flavorful, and, alas, neither was the avgolemono sauce, which while of perfect consistency, was also lacking any real flavor, particularly the lemon which would have complemented the tuna nicely.
Chicken: this course was a chicken thigh, heavily marinated, served with orzo pasta in a green pepper. Finally... flavor! But... too much. Maybe it was that our tastebuds had gone to sleep and the chicken marinade was a rude awakening. It just wasn't balanced -- neither with the other courses, nor the other components of the dish. I would complement the sauce accompanying the orzo: "tomatoey" with a hint of sweetness. At the risk of being too hard on the dish (or is it already too late?) the pepper itself was on the crunchy side. That's a fine way to serve a pepper -- but not a baked pepper dish. Also picking nits, my wife's pepper had one collapsed wall with the goodies spilling out. "Who cares?" you might ask. If I did that while in culinary school, I'd have gotten the culinary equivalent of a nun's ruler across my knuckles. Plate need to be consistent in a Fine Dining restaurant. My wife's chicken also had a couple of blobs of fat; understandable from thigh meat but unpleasant to encounter.
Dessert: I liked it. It was a small piece of relatively ordinary chocolate cake (hard to imagine it actually being angel food, as it was fairly dense), with a lovely mousse topping and a small cookie along side. The cookie was supposed to be almond... could have fooled us.
Service: with the exception of the initial greeting and sit-down, service was pleasant and punctual. Almost to a fault. We may simply have gotten a particularly ebullient server, or perhaps she was just a little too "cheery" ("Oh, excellent!", "Fantastic!"). Smarmy. Regardless, she did a fine job; sometimes two personalities just don't hit it off.
Ambiance: the restaurant is attractive enough (that is "damning with faint praise") but the marble tables are chipped, an inlay on the floor once painted was in need of repair. Orange globe lights overhead shouted "The 70s are over! Please change me!"
Conclusion: unlike nearby (and affiliated) Restaurant C, our Groupon introduction to "Nu" won't bring us back. We got what we paid for, more or less -- a four course lunch for $15. Had I paid the regular price of $29 I'd have been highly disappointed.