I think the NoMad restaurant was one of the only restaurants in Manhattan open on Monday afternoon. Walking through the town, restaurants and shops were boarded up ready for Hurricane Sandy's beat down. Not only was the NoMad open, but it were packed. We were lucky enough to grab 3 seats at the bar, which was probably the best thing we could have done. Three hours, many cocktails, and 1 roasted chicken later--we were pretty happy campers.
Will, the bartender, started us off with cocktails off their ambitious cocktail list; but then started branching off on a "bartenders choice" routine. He nailed it every time after we gave him some guidelines. But the drinks weren't the only good thing about our hurricane lunch. The food was delicious! The roast chicken for 2 is pricey at $79, but it might be the best chicken you will ever eat. The chicken is roasted with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche. We also drank Le Poulet which is the beer that Brooklyn Brewery has created to pair with the chicken. DAMN, thats good!
The slow poached egg appetizer was good, but fell short of being a memorable. The radishes made me think I could eat radishes everyday! They were butter-dipped with fleur de sel. The squash entree was also really good and made me think that eating healthy would be easy if I could replicate this.
We sat at the bar for hours sipping on deliciously balanced cocktails and chatting. It was hard to believe the tranquility inside compared to the chaos outside. The music almost gave off that somber hotel vibe inside while winds ripped violently around the city outside the walls.
This marked my second visit to the NoMad and both were awesome. The first time we started in the bar with some cocktails and apps and then moved into the library for more cocktails. It was also pretty sweet that Leo (head bartender) told John Mayer that he couldn't sit in our "reserved seats". Don't worry John, your body is still a wonderland.