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Holiday Lunch at the Nomad

February 4, 2015

Dining at the Nomad is always an indulgent and relaxing experience and what better way to treat ourselves after working so hard during the year than with a late lunch during the week.

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Lunch started with a loaf of warm flat bread studded with onions, rosemary and thin slices of potatoes.  We started off with small slices and before I knew it, most of the bread was already gone before our appetizers even arrived.

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The generous serving of tete de cochon was delicious as I remembered it, served with frisee, assorted pickles, and some punchy mustard.

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At our server’s urging, we decided to give the carrot tartare a try and was not disappointed at all.  Tender pieces of carrots were tossed with a light yogurt based sauce.  Served with thin slices of rye and winter greens, the carrots were bright yet creamy.  A memorable and unique dish indeed.

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We must have looked so painful trying to pick between the tete de cochon and the chicken veloute for an appetizer that our waiter decided to treat us.  An unctuous soup of hen of the woods mushroom in chicken veloute was accompanied by a piece of buttery toasted brioche with a smear of silky smooth chicken liver mousse.  This was definitely a treat for our taste buds.

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We were still marveling over the appetizers when our entrees arrived.  We were both relieved to see that they were all sized appropriately.  While a chicken burger might sound a little trite, in true Nomad fashion, this was no ordinary burger.  The burger itself was juicy and full of flavor and to make it special, the patty was topped with a foie gras and black truffle mayonnaise.

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And even the sandwich and soup combo here received the Nomad treatment.  The soup was a velvety butternut squash that was balanced in flavor with a hint of sweetness to finish.  And the sandwich was a rich suckling pig with chestnuts tucked in between, tying together the Fall flavors that permeated throughout the dish.

A meal like this deserves to be savored and we certainly took our time lingering over our food in the light filled atrium.  A perfect way to celebrate 2014 and welcome 2015!

The Nomad | 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 | http://www.thenomadhotel.com/#/dining/menus

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