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Jun 11, 2014 06:19 AM

The NoMad Bar

Friends & family at the new NoMad Bar last night. Separate and distinct from the bar at The NoMad. Entrance is around the corner on 28th Street, but I'm sure there are ways in via various passages, secret bookshelves, etc.

Beautiful, multi-level space. Great cocktails, as to be expected. This is a well-honed team. I really like the lighter cocktails making use of sherries, vermouths, amari, etc. Food was good - a really fine burger, a little-too-salty (imo) duck sausage, good baked clams, delicious gougeres.

COMP DISCLOSURE: Well, it was f&f, after all.

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  1. Not a part of the f&f goings on, but took a peek at the space and it is gorgeous. I thought it was a stunner.

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    1. re: fooder

      Yeah, the build out is insane. Stunning space for sure.

    2. Just checked it out Sunday evening. Very nice space. We had a good variety of items from the food menu and like them all very much; I could get addicted to the Scotch olives and their fries are awesome. Very impressed with how good the service is for a place that just opened (but I'm certain they trained their a**es off). The drinks are as expected; wonderful, and the large format drink server is a fun idea, think it will be popular with large groups like ours. I can absolutely see this place getting put into the rotation.

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      1. re: Spiritchaser

        I checked it out last night and absolutely love it. The bar is gorgeous and the staff were amazing. I had the Pat La Frieda burger which is 25% fat 50:50 bone marrow and suet blend which crafted an incredibly creamy patty. It was awesome. I didn't have to time try much else but I will certainly be returning very soon to check out the tartare's on their menu. Including a very interesting "carrot tartare".

        1. re: roze

          I didn't specifically ask about the carrot tartare because I was assuming (and ya know what they say about assuming) it was similar to the carrot tartare they use to do at EMP (which was an incredible fun, interactive, and tasty dish) so if it is a recreation of that I highly recommend it.

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            Didn't they grind the carrot right at table? They don't do that at NoMad Bar, but it was fairly tasty in its own right.

            1. re: mitchleeny

              Yes, and I didn't expect they would have the time to do the same presentation at the bar I just reminisced for a moment, the recommendation was based upon the actual dish which I always liked.

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                The carrot tartare was one of my favorite dishes at EMP. Always loved adding one ingredient at a time to see how the flavor changed (always ended up adding everything).

                1. re: ellenost

                  You need to go pay a visit to the new bar (if you haven't already); I think you will like it very much.

                  1. re: Spiritchaser

                    It's definitely on my "must visit" list. Probably next month (maybe July mid-week early will be a bit easier to get a table).

            2. re: Spiritchaser

              Excellent cocktails. We had the egg plant beignets and beef tartare. By the way, they make their own chocolate bar in house!

        2. Went earlier this evening as well as Monday night; had great cocktails both nights.

          Monday I went with the clams en brodo - fairly straightforward, well executed and tasty.

          Tonight I tried the hot dog - it rocked.

          Here are some pics:

            1. re: shaiken

              No, not really. The jazz on Thursday nights (which is on hiatus until after the Summer) is in the Johnson Room of the NoMad Hotel; in the same "family" as the NoMad Bar but different area.

            2. Went tonight for drinks and dinner. Very very crowded, and a bit loud. Nearly shoulder to shoulder at the bar. Ended up putting my name down; was quoted 45-60 min for a seat. Waited around 70 minutes for a table. Tried to eat at the railing, very carefully.

              Excellent cocktails. I had a gin and aquavit type tiki drink. We shared the wonderful, fresh tuna tartare with pine nuts and mint. Came in a cute little jar. Raw scallops were nice too but perhaps overpowered by the yuzu. Beautiful presentation in half shells on ice. Loved the snow pea salad, burger, duck sausage. Burger was great--dry aged and funky and flavorful. Loved the pickled red onion of came with. Not cheap.

              Crowd didn't really seem to let up any time between 7 and 9:30pm so it stayed pretty loud the whole time. Gorgeous room. Don't miss the beautiful bathrooms either.

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              1. re: kathryn

                Kathryn and I were there the same night. It is a really beautiful space -- and I'm already plotting how to remodel my bathroom to match!

                The two drinks I had -- the Red Light and the Satan's Circus -- were excellent. Scallops were delicious, beef tartare was great (second only to Estela's).

                Kitchen sent out the bacon-wrapped hot dog with black truffle and celery. It was good, but I couldn't discern any black truffle and might have been disappointed if we'd had to pay for it. We also shared the chicken pot pie with black truffle and foie gras. Really great, but very, very little chicken.

                Oh, and the scotch olives! Now those are in the running for one of my favorite bites of the year. Even if you just go for a drink, get those!

                Four drinks, four plates (including the pot pie which is the most expensive dish), was about $150 pre-tip. Given the level of execution and the sheer beauty of the drinks, space, and plates, I don't think it's a bad value; it feels special, especially if you're seated upstairs looking down at the bar.

                1. re: loratliff

                  Since the main reason that I want to try The NoMad Bar is for the chicken pot pie, I'm a bit concerned with your observation that there was very little chicken. Have others had the same observation? What else was in the dish (other than foie gras)?

                  1. re: ellenost

                    Go! I shared it with 3 other people and still was able to enjoy it. I got a few pieces of chicken but overall I wasn't missing it as the entire dish sort of worked, like the most glorious stew you will ever eat. There were other veggies in there, and the truffles were def doing their magic

                    But I'm still thinking about that burger... And the fries. And the carrot tartar and especially the bay scallops (loved the presentation) and the duck sausage.

                    The only thing I didn't care for were the desserts. All of them

                    1. re: Ziggy41

                      Yes, I didn't mean to diminish from the dish as a whole -- it had carrots, peas, onions (all the good stuff you'd expect from a chicken pot pie) and it was a damn good rendition, but if you're expecting an abundance of big chunks of chicken, it's not that. A "stew" is an apt descriptor.

                      1. re: loratliff

                        Is there any reason, apart from price, that I should try NoMad Bar instead of NoMad, which is one of my "regular" restaurants?

                        Should add that I abhor loud spaces but am willing to dine early to avoid. And not interested too much in cocktails, as prefer to drink wine.

                        1. re: erica

                          I would say if you're not a cocktail person it would be only because the room is gorgeous, you don't NEED a reservation (because they don't take them) so you can go spontaneously, and because they don't serve the burger at the regular NoMad.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            When I (finally) go, should I get the burger or the chicken pot pie?

                            1. re: ellenost

                              I've only had the burger... The chicken pot pies that went by did look amazing, though.

                              1. re: ellenost

                                Tough question. The burger is outstanding, and one of the best I've had in a long time (perhaps since Minetta), but there are a lot of great burgers out there. The chicken pot pie on the other hand is one of a kind, and more of a wow IMO

                                If you do get the burger, get the fries as well

                                1. re: ellenost

                                  I've had the burger and I've also had the pot pie (and a bunch of other items). Both are excellent but for the Summer I say the burger is the winner but as soon as the Fall rolls in I'll revisit the pot pie which reads more of a hearty cool weather dish to me.

                                  Sidenote: Get in while the weather is warm and have the clams in broth, I'm addicted to that dish.

                                  1. re: Spiritchaser

                                    So it seems I'll be going at least twice! Thanks Ziggy & Spiritchaser!

                                2. re: kathryn

                                  K: Thanks for that, and for your myriad informative posts over the years!! Think the restaurant is more the place for me.