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Jul 19, 2012 05:59 PM

Dish recommendations at NOMAD please (researched)!!

Hi, I'm having dinner with 6 other friends (they were kind enough to accommodate 7 people even though they have a maximum party size of 6) soon. Based on what I've read, I've narrowed down a few dishes and would be thankful for some advice on the same, esp. wrt portion sizes. All of us eat everything, except one friend who is a Chickentarian when it comes to meat.

1. Sweetbreads
2. Fruits De Mer (Will one portion be enough for 7 people to taste everything?)
3. Strawberry Gazpacho
4. Snow Peas
5. Egg
6. Tagliatelle
7. Foie Gras Torchon
8. Lobster
9. Suckling Pig
10. Duck
11. Chicken for 2 (The chickentarian is probably going to have 1/2 of this so will the other half be enough for the remaining 6 to taste it?)
12. Milk and Honey
13. Other desserts. Any must haves?

- Any duds on my list or some must have that I might be missing?
- Will this be enough food for 7 people? If not, then maybe I should get 2 portions of the chicken?

Thank you!

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  1. oh, the egg. the egg. the egg. the mounds of buttery heavenly who knows what on the side, the amazing crunchy quinoa.

    we also tried the taglietelle, and it was wonderful, and the suckling pig was great (but the onions on the side of the plate were even better). but the egg. wow.

    lots of people around us were getting the chicken, and i'm not convinced 1/2 a portion will go far with 6 people.

    despite all the milk and honey raves, i have to say i was not that excited about it. to quote RGR it felt a little too "science experiment on my plate"-y for me, and i just didn't feel it.

    you haven't mentioned cocktails, but that was another very impressive part of our dinner. i had a nonalcoholic pineapple jalapeno drink that was amazing.

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    1. re: rose water

      Thanks Rose. In addition to the drink that you mentioned, would you happen to have some more cocktail recommendations? I think that bar is run by someone ex D&Co. so we'll definitely be open to trying some of his concoctions.

      1. re: rose water

        rose water,

        Though I get your meaning, to be clear to others, my comment you quote referred to WD-50, not to Milk & Honey. However, while I enjoyed it, like you, I did not find it rave-worthy. My rave would be for the Chocolate Caramel Tart.


      2. It will be very difficult to share the items on the fruits de mer. Each is 2-3 bites, tops. They can probably do it so each person gets one of each item.

        You'll probably need to double up on many items, for everyone to get more than one bite. I've shared the snow peas with three people, and we all got a good portion of it, for example. But one for seven will be way too little.

        Don't miss the radishes.

        You'll probably want/need at least two chickens for two. The problem is after one bite, you won't want to share at all.

        I personally loved the Milk & Honey.

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          1. re: kathryn

            Thank you. So, if I add the radishes and an additional portion, each of the Fruits De Mer and the Chicken, will that be too much food with all the other things that I mentioned?

            1. re: indiefoodie

              When I went with a party of three, we did the fruits de mer, four other appetizers, and one protein each. We shared appetizers but not mains.

              You need to pair down your list and order 2-3 of EACH item if you intend to share.

              1. re: indiefoodie

                And remember (for the chicken eater amongst you) it has foie as a component, is that going to freak them out?

              2. re: kathryn

                Agree about the sharing point. I love the egg but it will be hard to share. We split 2 orders of pasta between 4 people and it was just enough (I.e., small servings each). I like the milk and honey and the chocolate, but, again, you'll need to share. As a concept, it may be a bit tricky to share everything among 7 -- most of the dishes are not the "family style" type.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  Another dish to add to the "Must try" list:

                  Roasted Eggplant with Merguez/Couscous. It is listed under main courses but two of us found the portion perfect as an appetizer to share.

                  Chicken again sublime; still sourced from "an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania," not from Long Island, as had been mentioned here before.

              3. It's NoMad-NOT NOMAD!!!!