Adam Platt files a double review on two of the summer's biggest openings, The NoMad Bar and Bar Primi. He's not much of a fan of the vibe at either locale, but finds drinks and dishes to like at both. There are "plenty of reasons to dislike Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's loud, gilded, insanely crowded NoMad Bar," explains Platt:
There's the vaulted, mostly windowless double-height space, which can feel faintly claustrophobic…There's the sepulchral lighting, which makes the room look, even on the brightest of summer evenings, like a basement nightclub in Vegas or the inside of a pharaoh's tomb. There's the long wait for a table…these issues tend to dissipate a little (as with many of the best bars) once you've enjoyed your first $16 cocktail.Platt also finds the volume level at Bar Primi hard to handle, and recommends sitting upstairs to help with that: "If you choose wisely and beg for a table upstairs, you can make a nice meal out of the small plates (seafood antipasto, bruschetta with ricotta and figs), the antipasti (cheese-stuffed meatballs "in sugo"), and the simpler pastas." Two out of five stars for both restaurants.
· At Nomad Bar and Bar Primi [NYMag]
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