Perched among the skyscrapers of New York’s vibrant NoMad district, The Glass Ceiling NoMad beckons with its enchanting botanical wonders, serving up delectable fare and libations that dance to the Bohemian rhythm of the city.
Unveiling its grandeur in April 2021, the restaurant’s magnificent glass ceiling withdraws on bright and sunny days, bestowing an atmosphere bathed in golden light, yet even when it stands closed, outdoor seating still awaits your visit. Its interiors combine lush botanical elements with industrial chic design. From glossy marble bar tops, concrete surfaces, and rattan accents, the eatery transitions from a communal workspace daily to a lounge serving light bites and cocktails in the evening. Later, it becomes an intimate event space with picturesque views of the Empire State Building.
The restaurant’s name draws inspiration from the phrase that symbolizes the invisible barrier obstructing the progress of women and other marginalized communities, limiting their ascent within hierarchical structures. The Glass Ceiling NoMad’s mission is to empower the community to break through as they welcome all those who want to celebrate—the restaurant partners with Luminary, a gender-inclusive, global professional education and networking platform. The CEO of Luminary, Cate Luzio, founded the Glass Ceiling. Alongside the restaurant, they help kickstart women-led businesses.
As vibrant as the floral decor, a must-have brunch dish is the Rose Gold Pancakes. True to its name, the delectable pinkish flapjacks are paired with Driscoll’s strawberries, dusted with powdered sugar, drizzled with Vermont syrup, and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Oh, and the cherry on top? A purple orchid garnish. We recommend ordering the Truffle Mac & Cheese as a must-have brunch dish that errs on the savory side. Comprising a delicious blend of New York Cheddar with a generous amount of freshly baked herb breadcrumbs, putting your fork down will be difficult. You can’t go wrong with the Avocado Toast served on gluten-free 9-grain bread, plus a tasty mixed green market salad.
As you indulge in the excellent food, sipping on a Pink Grapefruit Mimosa, available either by the glass or as a bottomless option, will perfectly complement your dining experience. For the complete Glass Ceiling experience, go for the Bird Cage Glasses for Two with your choice of Mimosa, Bellini, or Sangria, or upgrade to a specialty or classic cocktail for an additional cost. When delivered to your table, the drinks come in bird-shaped glasses paired with macaroons in a gold cage. Need help deciding on a drink? Order the Cocktail Tree, a tower holding five colorful cocktails decorated with flowers to match the botanical theme.
Capture a few Instagram-worthy photos at this restaurant, regardless of your order.
Location: NoMad, New York City
Address: 1204 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10001
Cuisine: Brunch / Snacks & Light Bites / Bottle Service
Price Point: $$$
Takes Reservations: Yes – OpenTable
The vibe: A glamorous brunch setting accompanied by delicious cocktails and sweeping views of NYC’s iconic Empire State Building landmark.
Our favorite thing on the menu: It’s a tie between the Rose Gold Pancakes and the Truffle Mac & Cheese.
The attire based on the vibe: Business Casual
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Small Bites: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.