Nothing makes me feel more like a grown up than dressing up for a nice meal. This is coming from someone who got her first job at 13 and has been paying all her own bills since she was 17. New York City is notable for mixing exquisite cuisine with superb ambiance. Stepping in some of these places from a taxi or the subway is like being transported into another world, purely magical, romantic and just perfect. That’s precisely how The NoMad is. It is meant to be the more casual (but still as delightful) dining experience as its sister restaurant Eleven Madison Park. Known for having the best roast chicken in New York, and a sexy atmosphere, we were excited to try it for Fiance’s birthday. It’s been kind of a tradition now- shelling out a little extra to try some of the best restaurants in this amazing city. I have a list you see… and yes, I will cross all of them off one by one.
We stepped in the hotel lobby and made our way to the restaurant. We announced our names to the lovely hostess, and immediately, we were offered the option to check in our jackets, which another charming lady took off our hands. Our table was not quite ready at our arrival (we were a bit early), so we made our way to the bar. I ordered the Hairy Trigger made with Venezuelan Rum, Fernet Branca, Ginger, Lime, and Cucumber. And the beau ordered The Brunswick delightfully concocted with Bourbon, Campari, Maraschino, and Angostura Bitters. Before the cocktail was even made, a woman came to guide us to our table. I’m impressed at how they were able to recognize our party from the large group of people at the bar. After we sat, the cocktails made it to our table. Each sip was a step towards paradise.
For dinner, we shared the beef tartare, brussels sprouts salad, taggliatelle, and the famous whole roasted-chicken for two. The brussels sprouts was the best I’ve ever had. One vegetable, so many textures and delectable bites. Of course the chicken was just AMAZING. So moist, so perfect. And yes we paired it with the suggested beer, Le Poulet ( an ale made especially for that dish by Brooklyn Brewery).
After dessert, we hung out at the library briefly before heading to The Standard for one last drink. The night was so fun for both of us. Date nights are always a great idea. And the fancy-dinner birthday tradition will continue.
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