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Last reviewed:
10/06/2012

Reviewed by:
Sam Meyer

We Say...

Address:
The Nomad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, (@ 28th St), Flatiron, New York
10001, United States

Tel:
+1 212 796 1500

Hours:
Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun-Sat 7am-2pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm

Door:
Dress to Impress

Style:
Hotel bar

Recommended for:
Aperitivos, Cocktails, Food, Romantic, Wine

Price guide:
High-end

Food:
Plates & dishes

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Review

The opulent bar at the NoMad Hotel is the most sumptuous bar I've seen in a long while. At the back of the restaurant off the lobby, the smallish room with soaring ceiling is paneled in dark wood and gives off a plush, clubby vibe. Two standing tables abut a beautifully smooth deep mahogany bar, and rows of label-less wine bottles, ends out, decorate the top of the back bar. A huge liquor selection is bookended by a brace of large wooden stylized elephant sculptures, which lend a bit of a Victorian air to the place. (Great well-chosen classic soul music fits with this better than I'd have thought it would.)


The breathtaking room made me wish I'd been wearing a suit; the bartenders in their ties and vests looked stylish and classy. The menu offers a bunch of house drinks and seldom-seen classics, like a Brandy Crusta or a Morning Glory Fizz. There's a selection of non-alcoholic "soft cocktails", and in a town where most menus are divvied up by the drink's presentation, this menu offers a choice of "Light-Spirited", "Dark-Spirited", Aperitifs, and bespoke "Bartender's Choice."

A long drink of Suze (fiendishly difficult to find in the US), cucumber, lime, and pale ale cooled down my girlfriend, while the Dark-Spirited section of the menu caught my attention. An aromatic deep-flavoured "Satan's Circus" married rye, thai bird chili-infused Aperol, cherry Heering, and lemon to wonderful effect. The Gilsey, made with two kinds of London dry gin, pale cream sherry, kirschwasser, Cocchi Americano, green Chartreuse, and orange bitters, blew my mind with its inventiveness and superb flavour. This is the sort of place where you can drink like a millionaire...which is good, as you could find yourself drinking next to one.

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