Updated: Nov 7, 2019
The NoMad Hotel is our favorite foodie escape. It is the place we travel to when we need to unwind for a few days, indulge in delicious food and boozy cocktails without having to worry about much else. We’re big fans of Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara and love the self-contained oasis they’ve created in New York City, which has become our special foodie resort of sorts, our "one stop shopping" for a great weekend without any stress.
The hotel was designed to pay homage to the grand hotels of Europe, but with a fresh and modern twist. This creates a very classy, but rock and roll vibe. We love classic clawfoot tubs and large leather chairs, and really appreciate how these pieces are brought so seamlessly together. We've stayed in a few different rooms at the NoMad Hotel over the past few years and the thoughtfully selected original artwork on the walls and the variety of textures in each room establishes a nice cohesiveness throughout the hotel without becoming cookie cutter. The beds and robes are also super comfortable!
The NoMad restaurant famously takes some of the popular recipes from Eleven Madison Park and reconstructs them for an a la carte menu. The menu changes, but one staple is the whole roasted chicken for two. The chicken is roasted and presented to you table side, then it is brought back to the kitchen where it is plated and prepared in a variety of ways. The desserts are always inventive and decadent as well!
The Elephant Bar
The Elephant Bar has all of the elements of a perfect New York City bar; great dark wood tones, dim lighting and fantastic cocktails. The cocktail menu is extensive, but the skilled bartenders are happy to customize or suggest drinks off the menu based on your personal preferences. Here you can also get a sampling of a few of the items served in the restaurant. One of our favorite dishes we ordered at the bar was the Chicken Sandwich, which is dripped in butter and served with black truffle and foie gras on brioche bread. The shrimp cocktail was also fantastic!
The Library, which is only available to hotel guests after 4pm, should not be missed. It’s tucked to the left of the Elephant bar and offers a more intimate ambiance with velvet and custom made leather furniture among walls of books in dim, romantic lighting. You'll notice a spiral staircase in the corner of the library, which was imported from the South of France. It’s a relaxing oasis where you can have a drink. It’s also our favorite spot to casually enjoy a Humm Dog, which is served in a brioche bun filled with truffle mayonnaise, wrapped in bacon, topped with Gruyere & truffle celery relish. While we can’t resist a greasy street cart dog in New York, this just might be one of the best hot dogs in the city!
If you want the full NoMad experience, you’re definitely going to want to stick around for Brunch. We tried the dry-aged beef burger with the special sauce, which was fantastic. We also had the refreshing smoked salmon with capers, radishes and cucumbers. Our favorite cocktail on the brunch menu was the Coq-Tail for 2. It was right up our alley in both flavor and presentation. This two part drink was served in a giant rooster (get it, now?) with accompanying eggs filled with a black-truffle infused drink. To get the complete experience, we were instructed to sip from the eggs in between gulps from the rooster, which created a nice balance and nuance to the drink.