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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!