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Before you make a reservation at Atrium Restaurant, the contemporary American spot in The NoMad Hotel, here are five things you should know:
1. It’s helmed by a star chef. Atrium is the casual counterpart to the excellent Eleven Madison Park, and both New York City restaurants are overseen by chef Daniel Humm. At Atrium, Humm turns out the same creative and top-notch cuisine that Eleven Madison Park is known for, but makes it more approachable — there aren’t any tasting menus and the offerings include a selection of snacks (albeit gourmet ones like chicken liver mousse with pistachio and rye). You also will see some variations of Eleven Madison Park dishes pop up on Atrium’s menu, such as the popular “milk and honey” dessert, a bowl of ice cream with broken honey-oat shortbread cookies, dehydrated milk foam chunks and honey brittle.
2. Make a reservation well ahead of time. Like most restaurants in Manhattan, Atrium isn’t big on space (there are 120 seats, to be exact), plus, it doesn’t set aside any tables for walk-ins. So you’ll want to secure a reservation, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. The Flatiron restaurant allows you to book a reservation 28 days ahead of your desired dining date.
3. Come early. Or stay late so you can have a handcrafted cocktail designed by mixologist Leo Robitschek at the inspired Atrium Bar. Our pick: The Bamboo made with a dry vermouth, classic angostura bitters, two kinds of imported sherry and orange bitters.
4. Be adventurous. You won’t find basic cuts of steak or boring roast chicken on this menu. Flavors are turned way up with the addition of foie gras, seasonal herbs and exotic ingredients. Try dishes such as quince-glazed sweetbreads with sunchokes and wild rice.
5. Dress smart. While there isn’t a dress code, locals always look stylish. This Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hot spot is the place to break out the cocktail dress and suit jacket.