The NoMad district is quintessential New York: there’s the high-energy buzz from the daytime hustle; plentiful restaurants with cuisine as diverse as the clientele they serve; the niche amenities that one would only find in Manhattan such as the New York Dog Spa and Hotel, and there’s even a Museum of Sex. The acronym NoMad comes from “North of Madison Park,” and it’s located literally in the heart of the city. In fact, you’ll never have to leave the neighborhood to have 24 amazing hours in NYC. Here’s the best way to spend them:
The area just below NoMad boasts so many boutique fitness experiences its been dubbed the “Fitness District.” Ranked top among these experiences are classes at sbe friends Soul Cycle. Hit up their location on 19th Street for the perfect way to start the day.
Any coffee aficionado knows Italians do it better. After class, stop into the epic Eataly to experience the most divine espresso, accompanied by anything and everything else Italian at this 50,000 square foot culinary wonderland.
Do a little retail therapy at Dover Street Market. From the mind of Rei Kawakubo comes “beautiful chaos” in the heart of the city. “I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision.”
You can’t lunch in the NoMad district without going to Shake Shack at least once. In the middle of Madison Square Park, this drool-inducing burger shack has the kind of stuff foodie dreams are made of. Grab a burger and one of their legendary shakes and grab a park bench for a little people watching.
Hop on CitiBike and head to the iconic Empire State Building for the New York experience of a lifetime. Afterwards, stop into the Rizzoli Bookstore to browse their endless collection of art and fashion publications.
There’s nothing like L&W Oyster Co. after a day in the city – an old school/new school oyster bar. The menu is artisanal and market driven featuring some modern and classic takes on raw things, cured things, smoked things, steamed things and fried things… All the good things.
Now for the main event – dinner at Marta, from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and helmed by Executive Chef Nick Anderer. Here you’ll indulge in classic Roman pizza with a twist including delectable combinations like leeks, bacon, fontina, and scallions.
After dinner go for a drink at the chic Bar Marta in the lobby of The Redbury New York. The menu boasts plenty of cocktails, fizzes, and other bubbly beverages to transport you to a bygone era.
For the ultimate speakeasy experience, take your buzz with you to Middle Branch in Murray Hill. This bar serves Prohibition-era cocktails, spread across two tightly-knit, low ceiling floors.
After you’ve wrapped up a full day of sights, drinking and dining, check into your new new home in the heart of the city, The Redbury New York, for a great night’s sleep in any one of the 265 newly-renovated guest rooms and interiors, designed by renowned photographer and Creative Director, Matthew Rolston. Make sure to ask for late checkout.