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Food Can't Stand Up to the Drinks at The NoMad Bar

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Amid all the fine talk about hospitality and (salutary) diner background checks, it can be easy to overlook the fact that Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm, two of America's most guest-oriented restaurateurs, run a collection of very expensive places to eat. A wine-paired lunch for two at Eleven Madison Park can cost just shy of $1,000, while an evening date at sister spot The NoMad, serving chickens for two at $82, can easily hit $275.

Luckily, Humm and Guidara have finally given us a casual spot. It's called The NoMad Bar, and it's just next door to the eponymous restaurant in the Garment district. The draw is simple: a stunner of a room, some of the city's finest cocktails, plus burgers, dogs, and other snacks one might encounter at P.J. Clarke's, Yankee Stadium, or even a corner deli.

Some duds on the food menu, but the drinks are stunning.>>

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