Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The NoMad Bar

Just around the corner from the NoMad hotel is a new NoMad Bar, an extension of the NoMad empire if you will. This place has everything to make it a win, just like anything that has to do with The NoMad. There is a solid bar with amazing bar tenders who take extreme care making drinks, giving each cocktail special attention, making it perfect. It feels good to know your drink is not a slap-dash of a mix. Upstairs is where the dining room is, though there are a few places on the main floor if you want to be in the happening bar area. Dining upstairs looks over the bar so you can easily people watch and spy without them noticing. Plus it's a great place to watch the bar tenders at work, until you get your food. 

You don't see Carrot Tartar very much, you will in the future though, and The NoMad Bar has it. It's very surprisingly and amazingly delicious. Great combination of horseradish, mustard and whatever-else is mixed in, with a spicy hint. Definitely a must-order. The side of thin bread chips were light and crispy. Do this.

Another small dish is Scotch Olives. The olive is stuffed with sheep's milk cheese, wrapped inside lamb sausage and fried, the Scotch egg style. Even though I'm a fan of olives, this dish was just okay. Not much interesting going on here. Order something else instead, there are many other great choices.

A must have, and apparently a-claim-to-fame of the NoMad Bar, is the Chicken Pot Pie. The chef wanted to create something that would match the famous Chicken for Two at The NoMad dining room. This dish is delicious, and not as filling as it might seem. The Pie is brought to the table with a side of foie gras on a skewer and a spoon full of black truffle mousse-type mixture. Spoon breaks the pie crust on top and in goes the foie gras pieces, followed by a spoon full of truffle mousse. All this is stirred around flavoring the pie filling. That's good stuff right there. Very nice dish.

Now, for the ultimate dish, The Dry-Aged Burger. I would say this is the best burger ever! Better than anything similar out there. First off, the meat is incredibly juice and full of flavor. Topped with cheddar cheese and red onions. There is some sort of sauce on top that flavors the bun as well as the meat. This is an absolute must. Get this! You're welcome.

Can't leave out the drinks, this is a bar after all. The Huntsman is fresh and crisp and yet you can feel that's it's pretty strong on the vodka. Good but not favorite. A great cocktail that's easy to drink and full of interesting flavors is randomly named the Scotch Dumpling. Has brandy, scotch, and egg white, among other ingredients. Egg white gives the drink that froth on top. You'll order more than one during the evening.

Another drink is also strangely named the Shuttlecock. It's a friuity, icy cocktail that' a joy to drink. Not too sweet, just fresh and crisp. You have to love the blackberries and mint in your cocktail this summer.

How can a dinner be complete without dessert. It's the Chocolate Bar this evening. Dark chocolate squares filled with caramel. Yumm! Don't eat all of it after dinner, take some home with you and enjoy it for a few days.

This NoMad Bar is a new favorite, big part because of the burger and intricate, crafty cocktails. Daniel Humm and James Kent have created another winner. You'll want to go back more than once for sure. 

The NoMad Bar
10 West 28th Street

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