What’s the vibe?
We enjoyed Eleven Madison Park so much, that the following Friday we booked in to the NoMad hotel for dinner – the restaurant here is run by 11MP’s Daniel Humm and has a Michelin Star. The setting is pretty different to it’s three-starred big brother, however, a small room in the centre of the hotel that’s more about darkness and cosy corners than big impressive spaces. It’s not short on glamour though, dark black walls contracted with flashes of deep red carpet and red velvet curtains, all moodily lit with soft vintage light fixtures. It’s a great place for a romantic dinner of two or just as good for a bigger group.
What to order?
If you’re one of the those people that never orders the chicken because you think it’s too boring then prepare to be amazed – the absolute stand out dish here is the whole roast chicken for two to share. This is unlike any roast chicken you’ll have had before, smothered in foie gras and truffle, and the dark meat prepared separately with juicy chanterelle mushrooms and topped with a crispy wing. You won’t be sorry you ordered this, trust us.
Before you get to the chicken though, make sure you start with the prawn ‘fritters’ from the snacks menu. These crispy whole prawns come with an insanely good scallop mousse that will have you wiping the bowl clean. Our pick of the appetisers would have to be the tomato salad with peaches and almonds, closely followed by the fresh parcels of lasagnette stuffed with tomato, aubergine and parmesan. The hamachi crudo was also nice but not a patch on those other two.
There’s some great (and very expensive) wines on the list to choose from too but look out for the NoMad’s own Riesling form the Finger Lakes region – it’s a beauty and not too damaging on the wallet.
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