Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood (short for North of Madison Square Park) has steadily become a NYC hotspot. Roughly between 24th and 30th streets and Sixth to Madison avenues, the area has plenty of restaurants and shops and is within walking distance of Big Apple attractions like the Empire State Building, Macy’s, Times Square and the Flatiron Building. There are also a growing number of hip hotels.
The Redbury (pictured above)
Originally built in 1903, the hotel now features flatscreens, iPod docking stations, WiFi and plush duvets that come in handy when you need a nap after a day of exploring beyond NoMad. But before you do that, have a wood-fired oven pizza at Danny Meyer-owned Marta–try the Anatra with smoked duck and cherries.
This buzz-worthy NoMad hotel, located within the 1909 Clocktower Building, is the latest from hotel guru Ian Schrager. Expect stylish rooms in muted colors and plenty of trendy bars and restaurants including the Library cocktail bar, a billiards room with a purple felt-topped pool table and the Clocktower, a Gilded Age-inspired restaurant by British chef Jason Atherton.
One of NoMad’s newest hotels is actually located within a historic Beaux Arts building on 27th Street designed by architect William Birkmire at the turn of the century. And the rooms are a blend of traditional and modern accents—exposed brick walls and Bigelow amenities alongside sleek furnishings and wall-mounted flatscreens.
One of the first businesses that put NoMad officially on the must-visit map, this bohemian boutique hotel (the original Ace is in the Pacific Northwest) still packs crowds into the large lobby where you can have a coffee and people-watch. Try one of its eateries including the Breslin from noted chef April Bloomfield or the John Dory Oyster Bar for fresh seafood.
It’s only been open for three years, but already the NoMad has become a classic. With its subdued lighting, velvet curtains and dark wood accents it has created a sanctuary in bustling midtown. The Library Bar is the place to meet up with friends for a martini and the restaurant from Michelin-starred Daniel Humm is considered one of New York’s finest.