City Guide: New York

diana pittet bitesee writer
By Diana Pittet

The NoMad Bar and Library Bar

The NoMad is where cocktail fiends go to find respite inside one of the most-talked-about restaurants of the millennium.

The NoMad didn’t just bring sexy back to hotel bars. It also restored fine cocktails and elevated the accompanying food. This is no surprise as it was created by the much-lauded team, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, from Eleven Madison Park.

While the dark sculpted wood, plush fabrics, and subdued lighting convey an undeniable elegance the professionalism and perfectionism reign supreme behind the bar. Cocktails are executed with seductively restrained flair by bartenders in distressed leather aprons with natty trim and buckles. The cocktails embrace unusual flavor profiles, like herbaceous aquavit and smokey scotch in the North Sea Oil, managing to achieve astonishing harmony in the drinks, and it offers an impressive range of rare spirits that also get mixed into cocktails, such as the $60 Jack Rose with 1965 Michele Giard Calvados. The food is no afterthought, from sustaining and affordable flatbread to the gems of simple ruby red radishes and butter, like strawberries in white chocolate.

Must try:
Start Me Up, Gentleman's Exchange, North Seas Oil
Sexy Vibe / Quiet Conversation
Reservations: None
Hours: Sun, 5-10:30pm; Mon-Tue, 5pm - 1am; Wed-Sat, 5pm-2am
Location: Flatiron District
Address: 10 W. 28th St. (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave.)
Phone: (347) 472-5660
  • Subway: N, R to 28 Street
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