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Monday, December 20th, 2010—Bar 344

Day 344—Sunday, December 19th, 2010
Nomad (Originally headed for Frank)

First off, I want to thank Tiki Bar Susie for sending in a generous Christmas donation of 45 dollars. I don't even know how many contributions she's sent in, but she's the top donator and has helped me make it through the bar crawl. Merry Christmas to you Tiki Bar Susie and thanks for your support and generosity!

Yesterday I reported that the Stoned Crow is closing and Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York put up a link to that information today. Then while perusing other blogs, I see that EV Grieve has a post today about Hickey’s closing., check it out here: Hickey's Is Gone at EV Grieve. That really sucks monkey lungs on toast! Hickey’s was a place that the BBC recommended and it’s close by where I work and I planned on hanging out there a lot after this bar crawl was over. Now I’m wondering if anyplace will be open when I’m done. Will I be forced to...gasp...drink at a T.G.I. Fridays? The horror...the horror!

Okay, today I got my hair cut at the Fifth Avenue Dramatics NYC and they invited me to their Christmas party! So that’s tonight’s first stop and then I’m meeting one third of the BBC, Gene at Frank restaurant. We’ll be eating at the bar of course! And just like that, I’m off.

After I got my haircut today, I went over by the Union Square park to check out the artwork for sale. Last year I got my mom some local art for a Christmas present and I decided to make a tradition of that. The artwork at this table caught my eye.

I picked out two pieces and took a photo of the artist. Her name is Elinor and I asked her if she had ever heard the song, Elenore, by the Turtles. She laughed and said that her mom named her after that song. She told me that when her mom was pregnant with her she was driving and that song came on the radio and Elinor kicked her in the stomach, so it was decided that would be her name. Check out Elinor's website here: Elinor Studio. And if you'd like to purchase some of her art you can do so here: Elinor at Cafe Press.

Let's go check out the Christmas party in here.

It's a full house of festive fun in here.

A DJ was spinning tunes.

Here's my stylist, the lovely, Love with her daughter, Jertour.

And here's beautiful, Lyric who invited me to the party.

Even Santa is here!

And this Santa gives booze for presents, that's my kind of Santa!

Parties are fun, but I have to do my duty and get to a bar, so it's off we go.

And here we are at tonight's destination, Frank restaurant. This Italian place is supposed to be very popular.

Wow, it's so popular that you can hardly walk in here.

The bar is completely packed and people are waiting for seats. Time to abort and start a new plan.

Normally we'd have to take a lonely walk and look for another place and you'd be subjected to that Ricky Nelson video for the bazillionth time, but just a few doors down, I see this place and there's a bar inside. Let's check it out.

Plenty of seats in here, I called Gene and told him there was a change of plans and he said he'd be here in a little while. In the meantime...

Halil serves up an ice-cold beer. Let the Sunday bar crawl begin!

It's not a full bar, there's just beer and wine only, but as you can see, there's an extensive wine list here.

They also have a decent selection of drafts as seen here and bottled beers as well.

There's a full dining room opposite the bar, with comfortable seating and a nice, dark atmosphere.

It's a nice, romantic place for a candle-lit dinner.

And it's also a nice place to hang out at and have a few beers on a chilly Sunday evening.

And speaking about having a few beers, here's Gene! Cheers from both of us.

And it's Sunday night, time for a nice Sunday dinner.

I got the ribeye steak and it was delicious.

Gene got the lamb chops and mashed potatoes and said they were excellent.

And in a deja vu moment from Saturday, Gene's clean plate and tongue. Great hanging out with Gene all weekend and nice to have him along as this crawl grinds towards the end. Goodnight, everybody!

Review

Okay, I’ve been slacking the last couple of days in the review section and today is going to be another example of that aforementioned slackdom. It’s Monday and I’m running late for work, so here’s a chunk of Nomad’s history lifted from their website.

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For more than four years Nomad has been one of the East Village’s quiet jewels, serving authentic North African and French inflected food to local residents and to the cognoscenti.

While the restaurant started off with a small but dedicated group of aficionados, its reputation is expanding rapidly. Owner Mehenni Zebentout, a restaurateur extraordinaire from Algeria, has expanded the exquisitely designed physical space of the establishment and the scope of the menu, and Nomad is now poised for widespread recognition.

An open, inviting exterior with French doors that swing open in warm weather beckons visitors into a beautiful front room, replete with a magnificently carved metalwork bar, in the style of the Grand Maghreb. Custom mosaic tables and traditional Moroccan jewel-like lamps complete the decor. The sumptuous backroom is adorned with North African grillwork and original murals and
artesian artifacts. Entering the enchanted courtyard behind the restaurant, where a grape arbor flourishes along with flowering plants, elicits comparisons to a Mediterranean garden and offers a relaxing respite from the rigors of city streets.

And then there’s the food! Since its founding Nomad has been serving North African food that is among the finest and most authentic available in New York City. The preparation is exacting and inventive and the menu includes dozens of delectable dishes. There are slow cooked tender tagines; couscous royale, a traditional stew of vegetables served in a superb broth with lamb and chicken and house made merguez––the spicy lamb sausage of the Maghreb; seafood couscous, the North African equivalent of Bouillabaisse, featuring fresh mussels, clams and giant prawns; and fish dishes, set off with spicy seafood broth, over perfectly cooked couscous grain.

Lamb and steaks are grilled to perfection, served with perfect fries, and other French or North African side dishes. Entire Mediterranean fish, like branzino and dorado, are always fresh caught and carefully grilled, complemented by both a green salad and a couscous salad. They are also plenty of delicious options for vegetarians, making Nomad a great meeting place for friends with varied tastes. The generous portions, infused with love, remind visitors of family dinners and are guaranteed to send even the most ambitious eaters home satisfied.


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Check out their full menu here: Nomad menu. Now I have to get to work. Fuck.

Nomad
78 Second Ave. (Between 4th and 5th St.)
212-253-5410

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Clacky and Gwar
Our Australian mate, Tim Clack recently saw a concert with Megadeth and Gwar and sent in these photos, check them out below. Thanks, Clacky!

Holy shitballs! Clacky's gone and got zombiefied on us! Rock on, Clacky!

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Reader Comments (24)

Wow! All of a sudden, I need a haircut...in New York City.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergroovyrick

Elenore gee, I think you're swell....and you really do me well...you're my pride and joy excetra...uh HUHHHH...man those lamp chops looked good, nothing like it on a cold winter day with a little mint jelly on the side...and Clacky, what can I say except UNGAWA! GOTTAFINDAWOMAN...GOTTAFINDAWOMAN...GOTTAFINDAWOMAN...(I'll sock it to ya daddy).

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

That blows about Hickey's !!! I was going to go there on Saturday ... but had to get out of the madness of Midtown. I thought they had a 2nd lease on life there? ... that didn't last long :(

Another great trip into town. I shall return once the Yankees start up in April.

It's been an honor to be part of 365 ...

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

OOOOH I love Gwar! thanks Clacky!

I love these bounce backs. Nomad is a much better name than Frank.
Elinor is beautiful.. as is the women of your hair salon!
and so sweet the invited you to their party!

I love that story about Elinor and her mom naming her after the song.. so sweet.
I love that song.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

@GENE: Great having you along and hanging out with you!

@Gidget: That's my favorite Turtles song, too! And everybody at Dramatics is great, it's always like a party in there.

December 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Marty I am partial to songs with Elinore names in the title
and i just love all Turtles songs.. hard to pick a fave.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

I loved the Turtles too! That's cool that you support the NYC art scene by buying a gift for your mom. Looks like a fun Christmas party and the food at Nomad looks fantastic! A great Sunday dinner on the crawl. And Clacky looks possessed. Should we chip in for an exorcism?

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Good bar,,,,I prefer hard liquor but the place looks dark and that's a good thing. Hickey's closed,,,wow what the hell is going on up there? Elinor has some really cool paintings and my favorite Turtles song is actually "You Babe".

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: "You Babe's," a good one too. In fact today's post has led me to see how underrated that band is. That's one thing I like about the comments, you never know where they're going to take your mind.

December 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Noooooooooooooooo! Hickey's was on my list. Never made it. You see, it's really stupid to do anything except go to bars.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrade "A" Karen

@365: Cheers Marty Man!! Great shows. It was actually a Metal and Punk festival in Sydney called "NO SLEEP TILL" Along with GWAR and Megadeth there were the Decendants, NOFX, Dropkick Murphies and a bunch of other gay arse emo bands that I don't care about. I only went to see 2 bands and thats all I saw.
As for Nomad, That's a great bounce back for a Sunday. Low key beer and wine. Great looking bar food too. I can't do big crowds on a sunday. It's got to be low key and casual....and drunk.

@Gidget: You Go Girl! The crew that I'm with in the photo have all waited 15 years to see GWAR. As you can see, we got covered in blood and green goo from the get go. I'll never forget it.

@Barfly: Thanks, Mate! I'd love an Exorcism right about now.

@Gene: April huh? I might start putting some pennies away and come and watch a game with the BBC.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

@Grade "A" Karen: I wish I would've known about Hickey's I'd have gone back for one more drink with the fingerless bartender.

@Clacky: The look on your face in the photo is priceless! Looking forward to seeing your bar! And that would be great if you could return in April and we'll all reunite!

December 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@365: Yeah, I was really revved up after the show.
TO ROCK"N"ROLL!!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

@365: Forgot... The bar is half way there. It's looking rather sturdy. I'll order some coasters off Boris.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

Given the general vibe of this blog I'm surprised you go to Dramatics. Why not a local barber shop? Better yet, why not a barber shop in a subway station? There are quite a few; this guy had a blog about them.

http://www.subwaybarbers.com/

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnon. 271

@Anon.271: I go there because it's a couple blocks from where I live and they're really nice in there. I'll check out the subway barbers, though, thanks for the link!

December 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Everybody: Check out the Subway Barbers link, a great blog! I just looked at it. Thanks to Anon.271 for the link.

December 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

i don't get why going to dramatics is wrong? what am i missing? looks like they threw a nice party and your sunday dinner looks yummy! clacky definitely looks like he was rocking the house! LOL!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

@rita r. I think the point he's making about Dramatics is that it's a chain and there's plenty of local barbershops around town. I never really thought about that, but he's got a point. But I've gotten to know everyone at Dramatics and they're really nice, so I'll keep going there.

December 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Its nice that you get your hair cut somewhere that specializes in Haircuts for New Yorkers. Very fancy. Not a fan of wine or beer, but the food at Nomad's looks great.

As for @Clacky's pics...well, ummm, yeah...looks like you had fun ;)

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@clacky... I LOVE the descendants.. have since I was 16. someday someone will sing "silly girl" to me and I will melt.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Nomad looks like a great place and the menu sounds tasty! Elinor, nice artwork! And Clacky, nice photos - were you and your friends caught in a giant dust-storm before the concert?

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

You are so very welcome Marty!!

Nomad looks like a very nice bar indeed.

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

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