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Unique Activities, Bars, and Restaurants in NoMad

North of Madison Square Park lies roughly 25-square blocks of a niche hip district named NoMad.

Staying near NoMad means you don’t have to bother with the subway. The district offers plenty of restaurants, bars, and activities to keep you busy during your stay while enjoying a quieter atmosphere than the rest of Manhattan.

Restaurants in NoMad

From ethnic delights to decadent brunch, you can find a restaurant in NoMad to fit every taste and budget.


NoMad has no shortage of cultural cuisine hotspots.

For an upscale and authentic Middle Eastern experience, head over to Ilili on 5th avenue. Stepping into Ilili is like walking into a luxury Beirut restaurant.

Gobble down hot or cold mezza (appetizers) like labneh, kibbeh, and falafel with a cocktail or qaweh (coffee).

Good luck with choosing the main course. How can you pick between fresh Idaho trout, lamb chops, and chicken tawook?  

Fitting with Lebanese tradition, most plates are served family-style (presumably with plenty of saj bread).


For a quick and fresh bite before a day of exploring, head over to Sweetgreen on Broadway.

As a farm-to-table eatery offering counter service, you can walk into Sweetgreen for a wholesome organic salad like the Santorini or a filling miso soba bowl.

Don’t forget to satisfy your post-meal sweet tooth with a fresh-pressed raw juice like pineapple, aloe, and bok choy.

Birch Coffee

Restaurants and eateries in NoMad all seem to have one thing in common: fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Birch Coffee on 27th is no different.

Birch Coffee pulls no punches when it comes to the quality of its coffee beans and treatment of farmers.

Pop open a laptop and absorb some of the rustic aesthetic as you sip an espresso or enjoy the live music.


A vacation in New York wouldn’t be complete without some serious brunch, right?

When the mood strikes, walk over to Sarabeth’s on Park Avenue.

After an 8-minute walk from your hotel room at The Avalon, sit down at Sarabeth’s for some almond-crusted French toast or lemon ricotta pancakes with organic syrup.

Nightlife in NoMad

NoMad isn’t the busiest area of NYC for nightlife. Instead, NoMad supplies a few gems for you to stay busy after hours without fighting the crowds.

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

Feel like a celebrity for an evening at New York’s largest outdoor rooftop garden!

The top floor of 230 Fifth is well prepared for every season and weather with umbrellas and partial heating so you can sip a cocktail and kick-back in style all year.

If you’re not the outdoorsy type, stick with the enclosed penthouse lounge below.


Maybe you prefer pubs to lounges. We hear you!

Either way, Tavern29 is just a 5-minute walk back to your hotel room at The Avalon so you don’t even have to pay for a cab!

Tavern29 serves up craft brews and comfort food in a rooftop garden atmosphere.

Activities and Things to Do in NoMad

NoMad offers a handful of opportunities for you to unwind and enjoy a laid-back day exploring the city.

Modrn Sanctuary

The name really reflects the aesthetic of Modrn Sanctuary on 27th.

Slip away from stress for a day with trendy treatments like a CBD massage, cryo facial, meditation pods, or crystal sensory experience.

You can also choose from traditional treatments like Thai massage, acupuncture, dermal fillers – should we go on?

The Museum of Sex

Before NoMad was a hip destination, the Museum of Sex on Fifth Avenue was there to lead the way with some raunchiness.

As the Wall Street Journal says, it’s “A museum we never knew we were missing.”

Whether you check out the quirky exhibits or stop in for a unique event, the Museum of Sex offers an experience you won’t forget.

National Museum of Mathematics

Need an activity in NoMad the whole family can enjoy? Head over to the National Museum of Mathematics on 26th Street.

We promise it’s much more exciting than it sounds!

With two floors of endless hands-on exhibits, there’s enough to keep you busy for a few afternoons.

Don’t forget to check out the interesting events before you plan your trip to NoMad.

Find Your Place in Midtown NYC

The Avalon is a boutique hotel that lets you stay within walking distance of all the Midtown action.

Whether you want a Golden Age experience in our classic rooms or more of a contemporary loft lifestyle, The Avalon Hotel is your urban sanctuary.

Check out our chic rooms and book directly with us to enjoy benefits like the best prices, automatic upgrades, and massage credits!