After visiting the NoMad in Downtown LA immediately after it opened, we were excited to finally experience the original NoMad New York and try their famous roast chicken for two.
The NoMad brand is known for elegance and luxury, and the NoMad bar and restaurant are go-to locations for cocktails or an intimate dinner in NYC. They will not disappoint. While the NoMad Downtown LA is bright and airy, the original NoMad in New York City is dark, moody, and classic, inspired by designer Jacques Garcia’s Parisian flat.
As you walk through the curtains to the restaurant, you’ll find a vibrant backlit bar serving innovative and fresh cocktails, which contrasts dramatically with the dark leather and mahogany finishes.
Swiss chef Daniel Humm, also of Eleven Madison Park, created a menu inspired by his time in Europe, New York, and Los Angeles. The menu is at a significantly lower price than Eleven Madison but is still served with elegance and precision.
The menu includes incredible dishes like suckling pig confit, sea urchin tacos, blowfish fritters, and a magnificent seafood tower. Order the classic whole roasted chicken for two, which is stuffed with foie gras and brioche stuffing if you want to savor something indulgent and remarkable. The whole chicken turns heads as it’s paraded through the dining room. It has perfectly crispy skin and is presented table-side before returning to the kitchen to be carved, then serviced with truffled potato puree and the dark meat fricasseed with butter, morel mushrooms, and shallots.
Being in the heart of New York City, there is a mix of other diners ranging from tables of tourists with Macy’s bags to New York couples enjoying an intimate date night dinner. We suggest celebrating the Paris-inspired, buttoned-up ambiance of the setting by dressing accordingly.
If a trip to New York isn’t in your immediate plans, you can make the famous NoMad roasted chicken at home. You’ll find the recipe for it and more in The NoMad Cookbook.