A Day in Nomad

Once the meeting spot for the city’s socialites, NoMad is one of New York City’s most rapidly growing neighborhoods. With a decades-long tradition to uphold (of being a nightlife destination), NoMad is home to popular clubs such as Jay Z’s 40/40 and 230 Fifth Rooftop. The architecture is one of the main reasons behind the neighborhood’s popularity, its small confines hosting many a mid-rise building built in either Art Deco or Second Empire styles.

Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen

The first thing you notice in your new stomping grounds is the abundance of New York City’s trendiest eateries and coffee shops. The area’s leading coffee shop is vying for the coveted title of your morning mainstay: Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen. The shop is a cozy 36-seat morning destination that offers gourmet egg sandwiches with the rose berry waffle (sweet cream, rosewater berries over waffles) and avocado toast. There’s also plenty of coffee and tea to get your body working and excited for the hours ahead.


The John Dory Oyster Bar

There are many lunch spots you’d be happy to discover in NoMad. For instance, if you’re on a quest for something quick, you may want to head on over to Hill Country Chicken, or perhaps to Shorty’s. The one place you should try not to miss is The John Dory Oyster Bar at Ace Hotel. Legendary Chef April Bloomfield, yes, the very name behind the iconic Spotted Pig in the West Village and nearby Breslin, serves up plenty of oysters all day long, but small bites like the anchovy toast are also sure to pique your attention. The oyster bar is a pleasant lunch spot, vast and airy, encased with windows all around.


The Gilsey House Hotel

One of the most glamorous architectural establishments in NYC is right the NoMad area. The Gilsey House Hotel, a Second Empire Baroque-style building, was once a burgeoning 8-story, 300-room hotel. The hotel was built in 1871 and maintained the luxurious vigor of old New York. After a fall out with its operator (Seaboard Hotel Company), the hotel closed suddenly in 1911, starting on a downward spiral of deterioration. In 1980, two years after it received National Landmark status, the building was transformed into a residential complex. Famed writer Oscar Wilde used to hang out here, too.


The NoMad Hotel

A centerpiece of NoMad is its namesake hotel. The NoMad Hotel has become one of the most sought-after establishments for both residents and tourists alike. The Art Deco building features stylish rooms and vast congregation rooms such as the Library at the NoMad, a fully-functioning library with a bar. There’s also famed events such as The Magician with Dan White and the uber-popular Masquerade Ball. The hotel also boasts one of the trendiest rooftops in the city.

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Modrn Sanctuary

Book your reservation as soon as you can for a chance to discover Modrn Sanctuary. The health club has become a popular attraction among the locals. The 5,000-square-food space is an oasis of relaxation that features black, crocodile-textured walls and dark wicker seating. Modrn has a Himalayan Salt Room (one of only four in the city) as well as holistic skin therapy and Thai bodywork. The complex offers a wide array of top-notch traditional and alternative solutions from leading practitioners.


Project No. 8

Also in the Ace Hotel is a quaint travel shop that will blow your mind – Project No. 8. You could spend many an hour here, browsing the store’s interesting and unique items such as cardholders for men, handbags for women, or handmade stuffed animals that will be a marvel for the kids. The thing about Project No. 8 is that all of their products, including books and garments, are created by local artists. The merchandize is ever-changing as they tastefully rotate their terrific inventory.


Church of the Transfiguration

There’s another incredible piece of architecture in NoMad – the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration. The Episcopal parish church is an English Neo-Gothic style religious sanctuary that conjures memories of the English countryside. The church was erected in 1849 and has become a destination for New Yorkers to come pray and relax in the large garden. Live music events take place on the grounds on the weekends, just one of the many events that have helped intertwine the religious with the city’s art scene.

A Night in Nomad


The NoMad Restaurant

Inside the NoMad Hotel, you’ll find a restaurant that has become easily one of the hottest eateries in the city. You’ll need reservations for dinner at the NoMad Restaurant. Owner Daniel Humm left the world-famous Eleven Madison Park to open the epic hotspot. His unbelievable chicken for two is a dish that has managed to create a faithful following. This, naturally, most likely due to the fact that it’s curated with black truffles, foie gras and potatoes.


230 Fifth Rooftop

One of the city’s most popular nightlife locations has turned NoMad into the place to be (especially during the summer.) The 230 Fifth Rooftop is an 8,000-square-foot lounge and club that has become the leading example of New York ingenuity. During the winter months, the rooftop – otherwise known for majestic views of Midtown – becomes famous for its heated igloos, transparent geodesic dome structures that allow their revelers to imbibe outdoors. Straightforward cocktails and great music add to the place’s unique vibe. Welcome to NoMad!

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Oscar Wilde

There’s a brand new cocktail bar in NoMad that’s stirring up some national buzz. The Oscar Wilde bar has become an instant hit after opening its door to the receptive public in the summer of 2017. Entering the bar, you will instantly be transported into a different time. The decor is detailed with Victorian nuggets from the wallpaper, to the frames on the wall, to the chairs, to the bar itself. The drink list offers a staggering 300 spirits and 32 beers on tap. The bar pronounces itself a “Victoria-style whiskey” bar, but the best drink on the menu is gin-based. The “Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir” features cognac, gin, Guinness, cassis, lavender, Champagne and orange zest.

Words by Arte Vincent

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