The NoMad Restaurant
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Yes, The Nomad is by a few of the same people behind Eleven Madison Park, but it isn’t a place where you sit quietly and eat a tasting menu. It isn’t exactly casual, but you don’t have to keep your voice down, and it’s a great spot for a celebratory dinner when you want great food, but aren’t into stuffy fine dining. You might get seated in a small room with a fireplace, or you might wind up in a larger dining room under a big glass atrium. Either way, get the chicken. And come for lunch if you need to impress someone.
Perfect For: Lunch, Dinner
Maybe your family is staying in Midtown, or maybe they just think that Midtown is the coolest part of New York City, and you don’t have the heart to tell them they’re wrong. For an upscale lunch or dinner in the general area, try The Nomad. It’s just a few blocks south of Midtown, and it’s a big, impressive space with lots of rugs and curtains. It feels kind of like the wing of an old-school mansion, and the menu is made up of things like pasta, steak, and a whole roast chicken stuffed with foie gras. Try it for a fancy lunch when you want to sit on a leather chair beneath a big skylight.
You get dinner at The Nomad for two main reasons: the staff and the chicken. The servers are attentive enough to make this place feel like a fine-dining spot, but they’re also friendly enough to make it work for birthdays or double dates. As for the chicken, it’s whole-roasted and has black truffle and foie gras stuffed under the skin. It’s $98, which is fairly absurd for chicken, but it’s phenomenal, and you can somewhat offset the price if you bring your own wine.
Corkage: $35 per bottle, and once you reach five bottles, there’s an added $250 sommelier fee.