New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Run by the powerhouse team behind New York’s esteemed Eleven Madison Park, restaurateur Will Guidara, chef Daniel Humm and bar director Leo Robitschek combine forces in this chic yet relaxed bilevel bar nestled into the hotel of the same name. At the NoMad Bar, a grand, multi-tiered display of spirits from across the globe sits prominently behind the dark wood bar, at which apron-wearing bartenders create a multitude of cocktails in categories including light-spirited, dark-spirited, classics, soft, alcohol-free cocktails and reserve. We are talking an $85 Sazerac made with Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, Navarre Vieille Reserve Cognac and Pernod fils absinthe. Expertly well-versed in the language of spirits, mixologists will also create custom drinks based on customers’ unique, self-described palates.
On any given afternoon, the bar at the NoMad has a steady stream of people, some in business attire relaxing with a glass of white wine and a bowl of elegantly-presented crudités on crushed ice, others more casual, relaxing with a book or a group of friends to share one of the bar’s signature large format cocktails. Served in punchbowls with tap-equipped dispensers, these colourful large-batch creations serve six, uniting New Yorkers over their grandiosity and easy sip-ability.
The NoMad is often bustling until last call in the early hours of the morning, but those who want to sip an expertly crafted cocktail paired with food of the same calibre, lunchtime is the best time to visit. Sidle into a tufted leather banquette and enjoy the acclaimed carrot tartare, ruby-pink prawn cocktail and green-hued linguine twirled with clams and herbs. An entrance on 28th Street separates the NoMad Bar from the hotel, allowing New Yorkers to dip in and out without an awkward foray across the lobby.
Photo credit: https://www.thenomadhotel.com