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Go Right Now to the NoMad: White Truffles at Cost and "Yardbird" Snacks

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As usual, full review with all the photos on the blog: http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot...

The restaurant at the NoMad hotel is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The food and service are always excellent, and it's perfect for any occasion, whether fancy fine dining or cocktails and snacks. As if that wasn't enough, now is as good a time as any to visit (or revisit) the NoMad as they have a couple of interesting promotions going on.

The first promotion involves the shaving of white truffles at cost. I think they plan to have a continuous supply for quite a while, so they probably won't run out anytime soon. But note that even though the truffles are being shaved at cost, the incoming market cost does change. So while they were $32/4g at the start of the promotion, they are currently $36/4g.

TAGLIATELLE WITH BUTTER AND PARMESAN
Simple yet delicious with perfectly cooked pasta and a hint of cheesiness from the parmesan enhancing the funk of the white truffles.
SOFT SCRAMBLED EGGS
As my friend was cutting carbs and not interested in either the tagliatelle or risotto options, the chef whipped up some eggs for him to enjoy his truffles with. The eggs were so soft and buttery that the small bite I tried tasted texturally like some super creamy grits or polenta.

The second promotion involves a collaboration with the chef from Yardbird restaurant in Hong Kong, a yakitori restaurant that has gotten rave reviews from locals and media alike. There are three appetizers that are only served in limited quantities at the bar or the library.

YARDBIRD SCOTCH EGG
While a traditional scotch egg is hard boiled, the yolk here is perfectly cooked to a jelled, slighty runny consistency. Despite being a snack, it's a well composed dish with a full range of textures and balanced with the acidity of the slaw underneath.
KFC - KOREAN FRIED CAULIFLOWER
This was just a delicious drinking snack. I've had fried cauliflower before so I knew texturally it would be awesome, but it worked even better with the crispy korean-fried exterior. I also liked how the sauce had a lingering depth to it as the sesame seeds and yuzu expanded the mild heat and sweetness.

The third appetizer involved chicken oysters, but due to the scarcity they ran out of it before I got there.

But the promotions shouldn't be the only reason to go back to the NoMad if you haven't been in a while. They continue to update their classics as well.

FRUITS DE MER “LE GRAND PLATEAU”
The platter consists of 6 bites of seafood per order, featuring: oyster with a frozen mignonette; sea urchin custard with apple and caviar; lobster salad with jalapeno; crab bavarois; scallop with pistachios; yellowtail with horseradish. It's pretty much been a must-get dish every time I've been to the NoMad. Compared to earlier versions, I found that the sea urchin custard is now richer and deeper in flavor, while the jalapeno was moved from the scallop to the lobster to give it a much needed kick. The crab bavarois is also relatively new and unique, the cream working well with the sweetness of the crab.

FLATBREAD WITH CONCORD GRAPES AND CHEESE
This seemed weird at first, but the sweetness of the grapes and the saltiness from the cheese worked well together. When I asked them how they came up with this, it turns out the inspiration was "wine, bread, and cheese". Genius in simplicity.

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    Also, the truffle price is for the shaving only. The tagliatelle or risotto is charged separately.

     
     
     
     
    1. This sounds soooo delicious. Yum!

      1. Interesting--Death & Co used to serve a grilled flat bread with tallegio, red onion, grapes, and truffle oil. Given that one of the NoMad barkeeps used to work at Death & Co (Jessica), that might also be where it came from. :)

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        1. re: kathryn

          I believe the bread is the brainchild of the pastry chef, Mark Welker, which would make sense with the wine+cheese+bread theme. I didn't have any dessert yesterday, but he is making some excellent desserts there. This one featured in Serious Eats looks amazing: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/1...

          1. re: fooder

            We'll be having lunch at The NoMad on Friday and I think I already know what I want for dessert.

        2. I have two reservations coming up at The NoMad; everything looks wonderful!

          1. Does anyone know if they would do the Taglietelle with shaved truffles at brunch, too?

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            1. re: pizzajunkie

              Yes. As long as the truffles are available they will even shave them over eggs. Call before to make sure they still have them.

              I went last week and although I enjoyed it I felt the "truffles at cost" was a bit misleading considering they charge $25 just for the Tagliatelle, which is the same price and about the same amount of pasta as the Tagliatelle with crab app we had at a prior visit. The bread however is terrific and the reason I didn't leave hungry

              1. re: Ziggy41

                Thanks Ziggy!

                1. re: Ziggy41

                  I had the white truffles in a "toad in the hole" at brunch last Sunday for $45. I estimate that there were 10 or so shavings of truffle over each egg. They brought out the whole truffle before so we could smell it. So glad I did it!

                  1. re: pizzajunkie

                    Sounds amazing!

              2. I'm going back for dinner this weekend, looking forward to those Yardbird collaboration specials!

                Did you dine at the bar during your visit?

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                1. re: zeeEats

                  Yes, the appetizer specials are limited in quantity and not available in the main dining room. I would suggest checking with the maitre d'. The full dinner menu is available at the bar, but one option would be to go early and grab a cocktail or two at the bar or library and try the specials before getting seated for dinner.

                  1. re: fooder

                    Yes, I think that's what I'll do! Thank you for the heads up.

                2. I am disappointed that they are not featuring Yardbird's sweet corn tempura which is basically a huge fried corn kernels in a ball form as one of the three appetizers. The KFC is great as is the chicken oyster, but the scotch egg is no match for the corn tempura.

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                  1. re: thehungryegghead

                    If I had to guess, the most likely reason is that the prime corn season has passed. For example, their excellent corn and tomato dish is no longer on the menu. Perhaps if they rolled this out in late summer they would've done the sweet corn.

                  2. Went for dinner on Sunday and popped into the library about 45mins before our dinner reservation. Enjoyed a few drinks and the Yardbird snacks: scotch egg and KFC (korean friend cauliflower). I loved how the egg inside the scotch egg was gently cooked with the yolk slightly runny, the fried cauliflower was delicious as expected with the slightly sweet sauce and sesame seeds that tasted faintly Japanese.

                    The flatbread we received that night was also the grape and cheese with sprigs of rosemary. Genius! The flatbread never fails, and such a generous portion.

                    Also really loved the soft poached egg starter (as always), suckling pig, and scallop mains. The lemon tart was totally awesome in presentation with a chocolate shell encasing the lemon curd, a nice deviation from the Milk & Honey.

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                    1. re: zeeEats

                      I thought the lemon tart had a graham cracker shell; did it change or am I completely wrong?

                      1. re: Spiritchaser

                        Oh you're right, Spiritchaser! The shell is made of very caramelized shortbread that tasted faintly like caramel/milk chocolate to me. The cookie crumbles really made it though.

                      2. re: zeeEats

                        If I go to the bar and get the Scotch Egg and the KFC, can I also get the tagliatelle there or will I have to move to a table. Thinking of a Sat or Sunday afternoon food orgy...

                        1. re: dyrewolf

                          I'm actually not sure if you can order from the regular dinner menu at the bar/library. The "bar menu" served features a short list of snacks and raw bar... though I'm sure you can call and ask the receptionist.

                      3. Is it actually called KFC?

                        I have an ongoing blog post about "_FCs" throughout the world (obviously with an emphasis on fried chicken), but if that's formally written somewhere, and you can get a picture of it, I'd be glad to give you credit.

                        Thanks, fooder.

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                        1. re: BuildingMyBento

                          On Yardbird HK's website: http://www.yardbirdrestaurant.com/ind...
                          it's listed as KFC - KOREAN FRIED CAULIFLOWER yuzu, chili
                          on the menu

                          There's also a picture of the original here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPh...
                          whereas my picture (the second one in my second post) is the NoMad rendition of the dish

                          1. re: fooder

                            Ah, interesting fooder. The NoMad version looks almost identical to the original - down to the lime wedge and slaw.

                        2. Going to The NoMad tonight for pre-theatre, and plan on ordering the tagliatelle with white truffles (not sure whether I should order the 4 grams or the 8 grams). Also plan to order the egg app and the lobster for my main course. Thinking about ordering the carrot cake for dessert (if I have enough time).

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                          1. re: ellenost

                            1 vote for 8 grams : )

                            1. re: Spiritchaser

                              It's almost twice as much

                              1. re: Ziggy41

                                It's actually twice as much in terms of quantity and cost. The real question is whether the 4 grams would be sufficient or whether the 8 grams would be too much. I think Spiritchaser was teasing me.

                                1. re: ellenost

                                  I think 4 grams is enough. Since a lot of the essence of truffles is in the aroma, I'm not sure how much you gain marginally by doubling the portion. Or you could have 4 grams over noodles and 4 grams over risotto to get to 8! Or just be like kosmose and get 12!

                                  1. re: fooder

                                    Perfect timing since I'm waiting to be seated. Thanks!

                                    1. re: ellenost

                                      Had a terrific dinner at The NoMad last night. Since I was going to the theatre, I was asked at what time I needed to leave (7:20), which was honored by the staff. Timing of the courses was timed perfectly so I never felt rushed or anxious that I wouldn't be done in time. In fact, I was able to have a leisurely dessert. Started with the complimentary flat bread with rosemary and grapes that was delicious--ate half of the loaf.

                                      My first course was the soft cooked egg with black garlic, mushrooms and kale that was very tasty. Wish it wasn't so dark in the Atrium because I would have loved to better see the colors of the dish.

                                      Followed this with the tagliatelle with 8 grams of white truffle. Really a perfect amount of white truffle for me. BTW, prices have increased to $36 for 4 grams and $72 for 8 grams. Decadent and delicious. I've also had the white truffle risotto at Per Se's Salon for $175, and I much preferred The NoMad's white truffle dish.

                                      Had the lobster with apple, salsify and brown butter bisque which was also lovely.

                                      Dessert menu was different than what was posted on their website, so no carrot cake, but the lemon tart with ricotta ice cream was delicious and refreshing.

                                      Service was very friendly and attentive. Have another reservation next week with friends so I'll be able to enjoy a leisurely meal and sample more of the menu. Maybe someone will share the divine roast chicken with me.

                          2. Speaking of white truffles, had some at Louro yesterday in an excellent and interesting preparation. White truffles over perogies! Yet it makes so much sense since it's pasta and potatoes, which are the usual things we put white truffles over. Definitely worth trying at $45/order.

                            1. I have a reservation this weekend to celebrate my birthday. Two questions: how dressed up do people get to go? Dressed up jeans OK for ladies?

                              Also, we want to get a drink before hand. It sounds like the bar area is great, but what other notable bars are nearby? My husband loves craft beer.

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                              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                It tends to run the gamut and most people dress smartly, but nothing too formal as a whole. Dressed up jeans should be fine.

                                The bar at the NoMad is really good, and won an award this year for best hotel bar in the world. They have a pretty good beer list in addition to their wine list, and I believe at least a couple of collaborations with craft brewers specifically for the restaurant.

                                Happy birthday and enjoy!

                                1. re: fooder

                                  Thanks. After looking at the nomads bar menu I think we'd be foolish to go anywhere else! The cocktails and beer look great. Our res is at 6:45 so hopefully if we get there at 530 we can get a seat at the bar and relax a bit before our meal.

                                  Very excited to celebrate my bday there!

                              2. What is this shit: 4 grams? A serving of truffles of ¼ oz. That's 7 grams.

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                                1. re: Lamericano

                                  It's actually a wonderful idea to offer two price points since many people haven't tasted white truffles, and may not want to spend the usual supplement price (The NoMad's $72 for 8 grams is quite reasonable). Spending $36 for 4 grams will either convince the customer if they love the white truffles that they're sorry that they didn't order the full 8 grams, or if the customer didin't care for the white truffles make them happy that they didn't spend more than $36. Me, I was thrilled with the 8 grams. The NoMad's truffle dish with the 8 grams at $97 was much better than the white truffle dish at Per Se for $175.