Just north of Manhattan lies the NoMad neighborhood, offering a captivating blend of culture and history and famed for its luxurious bars and restaurants. Whether you’re a local looking for a new after-work haunt or a visitor looking to explore the area for the first time, check out our top recommendations for things to do […]
Just north of Manhattan lies the NoMad neighborhood, offering a captivating blend of culture and history and famed for its luxurious bars and restaurants.
Whether you’re a local looking for a new after-work haunt or a visitor looking to explore the area for the first time, check out our top recommendations for things to do in NoMad, NYC.
1. Play indoor mini golf at Swingers NoMad
Ready for a little friendly competition? Lay claim to the title of “Master of Crazy Golf” at Swingers NoMad. The perfect NoMad outing with friends or coworkers, Swingers NoMad is not just another mini golf location. Be transported to a luxuriously theme 1920s English Clubhouse and take on one of the immersive crazy golf courses, including the Clocktower Course with its homage to London’s famous Big Ben landmark.
Swingers elevates this experience further with our exclusive NoMad cocktail menu, with cocktails able to be served to you by our caddies on the course. After your round, you can enjoy more drinks in one of our six stylish cocktail bars. One of our top recommendations is the Short Course Cosmo, a sweet and refreshing cocktail of Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice and cinnamon syrup.
Be sure to fuel up on mouth-watering gourmet street food, such as the newly-arrived and award winning Emmy Burger with cheese, caramelized onion, pickles and special sauce on a pretzel bun – trust us, you won’t want to miss it! Or for an indulgent sweet finale, try the root beer float crafted by Mah-Ze-Dahr, one of NYC’s most esteemed dessert spots! We can’t think of a better way to end your day (or night) out in NoMad, NYC.
2. Savor a farm-to-table brunch at Ol’Days
Next time you wake up in NYC feeling ravenously hungry, this place is sure to hit the spot! Fill up on a hearty brunch at Ol’Days, an irresistible farm-to-table spot in NYC. Providing the best in homemade comfort food, the Ol’Days menu offers everything from brightly coloured toasts loaded with toppings to practically infinite coffee options. In fact, Ol’Days started out as a coffee shop, so you’d better believe that the java here is top notch! Enjoy high-quality, farm-fresh ingredients as you catch up with dear friends, or take yourself out for a solo brunch treat.
3. Take a literary trip to the Center for Book Arts
While one should never judge a book entirely by its cover, the best books do prompt intrigue and reflection via their cover art and the stories contained within. This is exactly what you’ll find at the Center for Book Arts in NoMad, which explores the concept of books and their relationships to art, from the visual impact of their covers to their context within art history. This is some pretty impressive cultural stuff, and it’s sure to get the conversation flowing with friends! Browse the exhibitions, enjoy a workshop, and buy a souvenir book as an artistic memento.
4. Limber up with a yoga class at Fierce Grace
Or you could balance body and mind by attending a not-your-average-yoga class at Fierce Grace. Here you can expect sweat, laughter and a truly satisfying workout! Fierce Grace caters to all different experience levels and makes a point of being inclusive, unlike some picture-perfect yoga classes you see on Instagram – so if you’re feeling a little sheepish about your first time, worry not! Just remember to wear your comfiest yoga pants and stay hydrated. If you can bring a friend with you to giggle through valiant attempts at headstands, all the better!
5. Indulge in a luxurious coffee from Felix Roasting Co.
Looking for a caffeine fix like no other? Enjoy an espresso while admiring the stunning interiors at Felix Roasting Co. on Park Avenue South. Inspired by late 19th century aesthetics, this gorgeous spot boasts hand-drawn murals along with a breathtaking color palette of teal, copper and dusky peach. Felix Roasting Co. also truly delivers on fantastic coffee and flaky pastries. So bring a book, sit back on the plush seating, and relax. Needless to say, this beautiful little hideaway is perfect if you need some “you” time.
6. Treat yourself to a stylish purchase at MAISON 10
When it’s time for a little retail therapy, MAISON 10 provides shopping with a difference. The store showcases the latest pieces from innovative designers and artists, all in support of important causes. It’s also got a pretty unique concept behind the name: customers can discover 10 items from 10 categories across 10 weeks, then donate 10% of their purchase to one of 10 charities of their choice.
7. Catch incredible views at Glass Ceiling Rooftop Bar
This intimate NoMad spot is famed for its retractable glass ceiling which opens up on bright, sunny days and featured showstopping views of the Empire State Building – the perfect setting for a cocktail or two. Expect glamorous decor with botanical touches and a light, airy ambience – it almost feels like you’re in a greenhouse on top of the world! And if you’re feeling hungry, sample a fresh burrata salad or a Black Angus hamburger on a brioche bun.
8. Wander through Madison Square Park
Wherever you are in the city, there’s always somewhere to take a breather in nature. Enjoy a peaceful moment in NoMad by strolling through Madison Square Park. Here you’ll find a number of historical monuments, including the Eternal Light Flagstaff and the 1880s Fountain. To be sure, this six-acre park is not only an oasis in the middle of the bustling city, but also a real hub of history! Did you know it’s where the first public Christmas tree in the US was displayed? And be sure to keep an eye on the park’s seasonal calendar for upcoming events, including art exhibitions. Bring a picnic basket and a book to enjoy this sanctuary right in the heart of NoMad, NYC.
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