The NoMad Hotel
Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park’s chef, partner Daniel Humm, and managing partner Will Guidara have joined forces yet again to bring New Yorkers a sophisticated place to feast. Not to be confused with the restaurant Nomad in East Village that serves North African cuisine, The NoMad Hotel’s restaurant The NoMad is an elegant yet casual option for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Their dinner menu includes entrees like oven-roasted carrots with cumin, wheat berries, and crispy duck skin ($22), and a whole-roasted chicken for two, with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche ($78). A la carte is available, and there is also a seven-course family-style tasting for two or more people ($125/pp), if your schedule allows. The NoMad Hotel is located at 1170 Broadway, near 28th Street.
Sticky’s Finger Joint
With just 12 seats and a takeout counter, Sticky’s Finger Joint is a new gourmet chicken finger storefront restaurant worth a visit. Having futuristic kitsch as a decorative inspiration, this spot is happy to serve free-range chickens that are antibiotic, hormone, and cruelty free, and are supplied by an upstate NY farm.
Although they’ve come up with over 30 styles of chicken fingers, they rotate the styles and are currently serving among others, the Wasabi Finger ($10 for three), the BadaBing ($13 for five), the Lemon-Lime Finger ($18 for seven), and the Finger ($8 for three)—their take on the classic chicken finger.
And they have fries: Idaho Truffle Fries and Purple Sweet Potato Fries. They also have quite a variety of flavored mustards, aioli, ketchups, and barbecue sauces to dip your fingers in. Wash it all down with a Mexican Coke, or one of their “bug juices,” which is pure organic juice with spring water. Sticky’s Finger Joint is located at 31 West 8th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Open Sunday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
A fairly recent opening, Bigoli is executive chef Alex Stratta’s first NYC restaurant. Known for his Michelin star-rated Las Vegas restaurant Alex, Chef Stratta is serving up fresh pastas and all kinds of delicious Italian dishes that are touted as simple and authentic, using the “finest ingredients and cooking techniques from various regions across Italy,” according to the restaurant website.
Although a fair amount of diners have commented on the Internet that they enjoy the food, the décor has gotten some mixed reviews. Some enjoy the tropic-inspired design, and others can do without. Although ambiance is important, it shouldn’t affect the quality of the food.
They serve Italian tapas like fried calamari ($8), prosciutto di Parma ($5), and grilled octopus and broccoli rabe ($9); wood-fired pizzas ($12-14); salads and salumis; a variety of fresh pasta dishes ($14–19); as well as a variety of entrees, such as the sliced sirloin steak with arugula salad and roasted rosemary potato ($28). Located at 140 West 13th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
About Bigoli, a Chowhound.com visitor commented: “Some hits, some things need fine-tuning. Hits: The included pesto and Parmesan served with the bread, the sepia, the black bass, and the chocolate hazelnut mousse. It’s all good and I wouldn’t change a thing. Needs fine-tuning: The braised Tuscan veal, pappardelle, and pistachio cake. The veal is fine, tender, and flavorful, but the reduction is a little salty and the included chard isn’t enough to cut the richness.”
Locals in Greenwich Village are now enjoying Organic Avenue’s most recent opening. A celebrity favorite, the boutique caters to those interested in a raw, vegan, organic lifestyle.
The boutique provides organic, cold-pressed juices, raw food, and detox cleansing programs for customers seeking more natural and healthy options. Denise Mari, Organic Avenue founder, says the GV branch’s goal is to ” educate this up-and-coming area about our products and how they have changed the lives of many New Yorkers, bringing back some of the vibrant energy the Village has represented for so long.”
Items on the menu include a baby arugula salad with sunflower sprouts, herbs, and other fresh things ($15), sunflower falafel ($10), raw green soups ($10), and a bevy of organic fruit and vegetable juices, supplements, snacks, desserts, and beauty products. Located at 1 West 8th Street, at the corner of Fifth Avenue. Organic Avenue’s flagship is located at 116 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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