It’s been over a year since we first announced it would be coming, but after long delays the Belgian Beer Café NoMad will open Thursday, August 28th on the northwest corner of Madison Square Park (220 5th Avenue at 26th Street). Belgian Beer Café will feature (of course) Belgian beer on draft and by bottle, as well as a full menu with Executive Chef Michael Sullivan (Chanterelle, Veselka, Flex Mussels) in charge.
Menu items include Belgian classics like Moules Frites, of which they will have 6 variations, as well as Steak Frites, Salmon Bacon Quiche, traditional Witloof Salad, and Duck Breast with duck leg confit. A lot of the menu is meant to be paired with specific Belgian beers.
The space was designed by Creneau International of Belgium, with antiques from Belgian flea markets and tiles from old Belgian schools and homes, and has 205 seats on two floors.
They will serve lunch and dinner weekdays, with brunch and dinner on the weekends.
It will be interesting to see if Belgian Beer Café becomes a local spot for food and drinks or a drinking spot for the non-locals in line for 230 5th rooftop bar. Hopefully the food will stand on it own. The location on the northwest corner of Madison Square Park is certainly prime.