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Apr 12, 2012 09:52 AM

NoMad vs EMP for 50th dinner

Hello, all.

My husband turns 50 next month and I'm trying to figure out where to take him. He loves EMP so I thought NoMad might be an interesting surprise for him. Is it up to snuff and special occasion-y enough? I don't need anything terribly fancy - food is most important - and I'm wondering which venue to choose between the two. Which would you pick and why?

Thank you!

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  1. I've only been there once, but I thought it was up to snuff, especially the Egg and quinoa dish. It's definitely more casual than EMP, but the service is still very attentive and friendly. I don't think you can go wrong at either place.

    1. Just by chance, I recently turned 50, love EMP and was just at NoMad this past weekend. Sat in the Atrium and had a great time, but the overall feel is more of a date place than a special occasion place, if you know what I mean. I agree with most of what's in the thread started by chloes; lotsa EMP's greatest hits, but served much more casually and rustically. I guess it depends on what your guy likes; if y'all want to "rekindle the flame" (nudge, nudge), it's the right vibe for that. It did make me feel (a little) younger ;) .

      1. EMP.

        NoMad is very good. EMP is superb.

        ETA -- Totally agree with Andy T. that NoMad is more of a "date" place and EMP is more an "event" place.

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        1. re: Sneakeater

          Sneakeater: Are you comparing the food or the overall experience or both?

          1. re: Pan

            The food.

            On an everyday basis, I probably prefer the overall experience at NoMad. (But not necessarily for a special occassion.)

        2. Been to both, EMP many times, NoMad 3 times so far and I love them both for different reasons. If you were to request the Parlour or the Fireplace room I think The NoMad would be a nice change from EMP IF you are okay with a slightly less grand environment (it's a rare room in NYC that can compete with EMP). However, there is something to be said about the cozy feeling of The NoMad in those two rooms I mentioned. The Atrium, although it serves the exact same food as other rooms, feels to me like a place to get a fantastic meal without making it an event. The service and food is up to snuff, impressively so for such a new comer.