Best Restaurants in NoMad

July 9, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Because it’s of central location, nearby subways, and many office buildings, NoMad is an area where you probably end up eating more than you realize. And with a few new places, as well as some neighborhood staples, you have a lot of restaurants to choose from.

The John Dory Oyster Bar
Seafood · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.7

“A must for oyster lovers” , this “boisterous” seafood spot rolls out “fabulous” bivalves and “tasty” small plates in a bright, “hip” space in the NoMad’s happening Ace Hotel; yes, it can be a “splurge” , but fans affirm it’s always a “treat.”
Vini e Fritti
Italian · NoMad · $$$

Danny Meyer completes a Roman trio (including Marta and Caffe Marchio) with this NoMad wine bar that rounds out its reds and whites by the glass with spritzes, sparklers and digestivi, plus fried Italian snacks, salumi and panini. Soft lighting and black and white photos accent a casual space where the payment is plastic-only, with no tipping.
The Breslin
Gastropub · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Haute comfort food” reigns at this “NY version of an English pub” in the Ace Hotel, dishing up “elevated” , “unapologetically hearty” fare (including a “perfect” lamb burger) to the “hip throngs” ; despite a surplus of “attitude” , most find it “worth” the “steep” bill.
Italian · NoMad · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Another “stunner” from Danny Meyer, this “happening” Italian in NoMad’s Redbury Hotel is known for its “perfectly crisp” Roman pizzas adorned with “first-rate” toppings, but the wood-fired entrees are considered “just as good” ; the “high-ceiling, high-energy” space and “hip crowd” add up to a “noisy” , “fun” time.
The NoMad Restaurant
American · NoMad
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This “stylish” “trendsetter” in the NoMad Hotel draws a “chic crowd” that’s “blown away” by Daniel Humm’s “superb” American-European menu (the roast chicken is “one for the books” ); “spot-on service” and a “beautifully designed” space spread out over several cozy rooms help distract from the “heavy” tabs.
Brunch · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Modern takes” on “traditional” Lebanese cooking come with “creative enhancements” at this NoMad “scene” , where the cocktails are equally “inventive” ; the “cathedral-sized” , wood-lined space is made for “big groups” , but its “nightclub vibe” has “noise” to match (hint: upstairs nooks are “more sedate” ).
Quality Eats
Steakhouse · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“Definitely not your father’s steakhouse” , these more “accessible” Quality Meats spin-offs court a “young crowd” with “lesser-known” but “still delicious” cuts of meat, plus “inventive” starters and sides; “chill” settings with whimsical details further the “great buzz.”
KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar
Japanese · NoMad · $$

A spin-off of LA’s Sugarfish (which has also landed on these shores), this NoMad spot focuses on its own style of sushi – hand-rolls made with thoughtfully sourced seafood, nori and warm rice, lightly embellished with housemade sauces. Customers line up to order from a check-off menu – which offers single-ingredient and combo rolls, as well as green tea, beer and sake – and can dine along the wooden counter in a cool, minimally done space.
American · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

An “awe-inspiring” bourbon and whiskey selection, “great cocktails” and “inventive” Southern-accented dishes draw a “younger crowd” to this NoMad New American; the “chill but grown-up” space includes a lively front bar area, and brunch is popular as well.
La Pecora Bianca NoMad
Italian · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

“Exciting” locavore spins “hit the target” at this all-day Flatiron Italian, where the “delicious” pastas and other “elevated” dishes arrive in an “airy” “country kitchen” setting; “innovative” cocktails boost the “lively” buzz, and the brunch is “not to be missed.”
Korean · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Modern twists” elevate the Korean small plates to “really delicious” levels at this “casual” Flatiron gastropub; “interesting” cocktails and “not-to-be-missed” rice beer add to the “fun atmosphere” – and keep things “lively.”
The Smith
American · NoMad
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Don't expect an intimate conversation” at this “million-decibel” mini-chain that supplies “basic” but “appealing” American grub to “under-35” throngs out to “eat and be merry” ; “especially popular for brunch” , they're routinely “bustling” thanks to “good value” and “upbeat” vibes.
Korean · NoMad · $$

Sharing is the way to go at this NoMad Korean helmed by a Jungsik alum, where the affordable tasting menu provides a choice of small banchan dishes and rice. The understated space has mottled walls and rustic light-wood tables.
Pondicheri Indian Restaurant NYC
Indian · NoMad · $$

A Houston import, this NoMad Indian draws from different regions of the subcontinent for its order-at-the-counter breakfasts and lunches and table-service dinners with wine. Soft lighting, tile floors and a marble bar give it an elegant air.