Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I'm an Upper East Side girl--I've got my favorite place for cappucino, great shops for killer shoes and a list of go-to restaurants for fun night out, but that doesn't mean I don't like to hit a downtown hot spot now and then. I recently met friends for drinks in NoMad (short for North of Madison Square Park) a little slice of recently revitalized real estate between the Flatiron District and Times Square at the stylish NoMad Hotel
Occupying a 1903 Beaux-Arts building, the NoMad's romantic, luxurious interiors were the work on French architect Jacques GarciaGarcia, architect of the chic Hotel Costes in Paris, created the hotel's bohemian, old-world vibe with an impressive selection of antiques from his native France and rich, opulent fabrics and furnishings. 
Drinks at the hotel's stylish Library Bar was our destination. It's an imposing space housing a fully curated, two-story library designed to resemble the dark-paneled reading room of a well-read, well-heeled gentleman. The spiral staircase imported from the South of France is a stunning addition to the space. 
Drinks are served at a grand 24-foot polished mahogany counter flanked by two gilded elephant statues; very old-world, very posh. The bar scene is lively and can get very crowded so we got there on the early side and at the suggestion of our knowledgeable bartender, tried the Satan's Circus, a drink named with a nod to local lore;  religious reformists gave the area the name Satan's Circus in the late 19th century. A fiery cocktail made with rye whiskey, chili-infused aperol, Cheery Heering and lemon, it was sophisticated, delicious and slightly addictive, just like the NoMad Hotel.
The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (28th Street); (347) 472-5660;


Karena said...

I love it! This hotel/bar looks like a very autumn kind of place to meat friends; with its warm woods and antiques! Very grand yet cozy!

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CDS said...

Oh my goodness what an incredible space!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! xoxoo

The enchanted home said...

GORGEOUS! I have to go and tell my son who goes out and about far more than I do, the interiors are so beautiful and luxurious! Thanks for the heads up, Barbara.

Francine Gardner said...

Fabulous! i love the intellectual vinbes of the hotel, the library is to die for. Might stop for a drink to morrow night before an art opening. Thanks.

michele said...

what a sexy spot to meet! and see, if i didn't follow you i may never learn of a place called nomad (just the coolest ring to it!).

thanks for keeping us in the loop, and hope you'll stop by soon.


Garden, Home and Party said...

What a cool place. I will definitely pass this on to our adult son that frequents NY on business.

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