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NoMAD Hotel, Broadway & 28th Street, New York, US
THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD OF NEW YORK was once drenched in debauchery and known as Satan’s Circus, thanks to a plethora of dance halls, gambling dens and institutions of ill-repute.
Not any more. With the restoration of Madison Square Park, this area to the north has been tapped with the wand of gentrification and the Elephant at the Nomad hotel is now synonymous with sophisticated drinking and dining.
Known previously as The Bar at the Nomad hotel, it is behind the glorious French Renaissance façade of the famous Johnston building on Broadway.
Decked-out in dark mahogany with lashings of leather, the Elephant’s décor is as classic as its cocktail list, which changes seasonally yet consistently pays homage to the staple sips - tiki-style, classic Martinis and Sours. The Manhattan and variations thereof is a mainstay here.
The bartenders, an incredibly capable bunch, also doff their cap in the direction of the district’s more mischievous drinking past - the Satan’s Circus being a case in point, bringing together rye whiskey, chili-infused Aperol, Cherry Heering liqueur and lemon.
The bar also celebrates the Big Apple’s buoyant microbrewing scene with an excellent ale selection, including a bespoke beer, designed by Brooklyn Brewery guru Garrett Oliver, that pairs perfectly with Le Poulet - the bar’s trademark dish.