22 W. 25th St., Nomad
If you've visited Marché Maman, or one of the other Maman cafés, you're familiar with founders Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall's talent for creating utterly chic, French-inspired spaces you want to live in. Their latest outpost, Maman Nomad, checks all these boxes. The first uptown presence for the duo, the gorgeous café and restaurant serve up decadent lunch and brunch options, including healthy homemade soups and quiches, plus their famous nutty chocolate chip cookies. Go for a relaxed brunch or afternoon coffee–or, in a pinch, grab something to go.
29 E. 29th St., Nomad
After Shake Shack's IPO, Danny Meyer has moved on to a comfort food that's actually even more precious to New Yorkers than a burger and fries: pizza. Marta, his pizza venture with Chef Nick Anderer, is situated on the first floor of the Redbury Hotel, in a high-ceilinged space with a mezzanine and a generous bar. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and yeah, the pizza is insanely good.
1178 Broadway, Nomad
Dig Inn’s philosophy is “farm to counter,” which means that they serve sustainably sourced, usually local food in a casual setting and in a price range that makes it a reasonable option for everyday lunch. The salads and the market plates are easy to take back to the office (or home for dinner), and the menu changes with the seasons, so you won't ever be bored with the offerings. There are locations in Morningside Heights, Union Square, Tribeca, and in Midtown on 52nd, Madison, and 55th, in Lower Manhattan on Pine, Liberty, and Broad St., in Nomad, and off Madison Square Park.
1164 Broadway, Nomad
We’re big fans of this sustainability-first spot, which is growing like crazy. The focus is on local farmers, proper sourcing, and environmental respect, which is also reflected in the hands-down delicious food. Besides the build-your-own salad bar, the bowl-centric dishes range from Mexican-inspired salads to basic cobbs—and in the true spirit of transparency, they reveal calorie content, too. Come lunchtime, the lines extend around the block.
1170 Broadway, Nomad
Daniel Humm of the Michelin starred Eleven Madison Park runs a food program here that is as delicious as it is elegant, all appropriate to the Jacques Garcia-designed surroundings. Choose between the clubby Parlour with velvet seats and Persian rugs or the shimmering Atrium under a massive skylight for your meal's venue—both are a treat. There are several private rooms available here, but opt for the rooftop if possible—you can actually stage a small table in the hotel's iconic cupola.
The John Dory
1196 Broadway, Nomad
This is another great April Bloomfield accomplishment. Her inventive, incredibly flavorful fish dishes—they're not afraid to use a little salt or a few anchovies—are complimented by a colorful, kitschy space. Besides lunch or dinner, this is also a great spot for an impromptu afternoon drink along with a couple of fresh oysters.
16 W. 29th St., Nomad
Chef April Bloomfield’s perfectionism shows on every single Brit-inspired dish. The cavernous space, clad in dark wood, flea market tchotchkes, and green and black leather booths, is just the kind of place you’d expect to dig into a hearty dish or two. The Breslin also happens to serve the best Ceasar salad in New York City. Leave room for dessert, as they pull out all the stops for "pudding," plus their Brioche donuts come with three dipping sauces (maple butter, cranberry sauce, and caramel).
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