April 18, 2012
- Decor: Parisian fabulous!
- Service: Outstanding
- Cost: $$$
- Wine / Cocktails:
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The NoMad is North of Madison Square Park, commonly known as the NoMad area and centrally located for easy access to Greenwich Village, Flatiron, Chelsea and the Meat Packing district. The restaurant is comprised of several rooms, one being the Atruim, inspired by the "great courtyards of Europe" with a glass ceiling and paneled walls. The light through the atrium is filtered and airy during the day and dim and romantic at night with large comfy club chairs. It is a beautiful, eclectically designed hotel with a Parisian atmosphere. The bar is a happening scene with young professionals and hipsters. Swiss born chef Daniel Humm came to the US via San Fransisco in 2003 and in 2006 moved to NY where he helped turn Eleven Madison Park into one of the city's premier restaurants. Some of his numerous awards include four stars from the New York Times, James Beard Foundation Award and three Michelin Stars. While Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City's best restaurants, NoMad is more casual, less expensive though you still get the same creative fine dining experience.
I ordered the beef tartare which was presented in a jar with toast on the side. While it was nice; creamy and lightly sweet, the beef flavor did not stand out. Sweetbreads Croustillant, cigar shaped and deep fried were delightfully crisp and delicious. The Poached Egg with asparagus, crispy quinou and parmesan was sublime. The quinou was buttery, crisp and paired so well with the egg and parmesan, I could have ended there. The Smoked Trout with cucumbers, buttermilk and rye completely missed the mark for me.
But then came the entrees. The Suckling Pig Confit with apricots, onions and greens was delicious and the skin was crispy and light. The winner for me was the Halibut with Spring Peas, saffron, lemon and thyme. It was perfectly cooked surrounded by a delicate, shophisticated sauce garnished with the spring peas. A beautiful dish.
For dessert, have the Chocolate Tarte with caramel, hazelnut and Fleur de Sel. I love sweet and salty so this was a perfect dessert for me. Also try the Milk and Honey Shortbread, Brittle and Ice cream.
I love this area of town. Incredible chefs are opening fine dining restaurants in these oddly placed luxury boutique hotels and the creative possibilities are endless. This area continues to grow with the hustle and bustle of exciting hotels, restaurants and nightlife.
Sweetbreads Croustillant, Poached Egg, Suckling Pig, Halibut