by Stephen Garner
Nordstrom Manhattan
Nordstrom Manhattan Flagship Store – West 57th Street

Nordstrom has unveiled that it will open six unique food and beverage offerings within its new flagship store in New York City on October 24, 2019. Located near Columbus Circle, across from the retailer’s Men’s store, the fashion retailer has partnered with esteemed Seattle-based chefs Ethan Stowell, a James Beard Award nominee and one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in America, and Tom Douglas, a James Beard Award recipient for Best Chef Northwest and Best Restaurateur.

Chef Stowell, executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, will open Wolf, an homage to his award-winning Seattle restaurant, How to Cook a Wolf, which will be his first New York City restaurant. Located on the third floor of the flagship and overlooking West 57th and Broadway, the restaurant will offer Italian-inspired small plates in an ambiance that is both comfortable and refined. In accordance with Chef Stowell’s food philosophy of keeping it simple, Wolf will showcase the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, by creating dishes that let the ingredients shine. Open after-store hours, Wolf is destined to become a sought-after dining destination in Midtown Manhattan.

Chef Douglas is also set to debut his first project on the East Coast, with two concepts in partnership with Nordstrom: Jeannie’s, a contemporary pizza, pasta and salad restaurant, ideal for families as well as a great stop for the shopper in need of a cocktail and a snack. Hani Pacific will feature Pacific Rim-influenced dishes. With a modern and open kitchen, diners will be able to see all the action at Hani Pacific while enjoying lunch, dinner, or an array of happy hour options with full cocktail service. Both restaurants will be located on the store’s lower level.

Taking a cue from its location on Broadway, the aptly named Broadway Bar will launch as an exclusive concept for Nordstrom in New York City. Customers can enjoy inventive cocktails and small plates from the bar’s second-floor vantage point. Whether enjoying a break from shopping or meeting a friend for drinks, Broadway Bar’s setting makes it ideal for a unique cocktail and light meal.

Located on the fifth floor, Bistro Verde caters to a family-friendly audience, and will offer diners a choice of classic fare including soups, salads, a variety of pizzas and pastas, meats and seafoods, and tempting desserts. A patio, slated to open in 2020, will provide seasonal al fresco appeal to this all-day spot.

Rounding out the offerings will be Shoe Bar, which as the name suggests, will debut as a cocktail-destination on the shoe floor. Customers will be able to toast a celebratory moment or new purchase with a martini or glass of wine. There will also be an all-day menu which will allow shoppers to stop and refuel.

“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with culinary greats, chefs Ethan Stowell and Tom Douglas, with the opening of our NYC flagship store,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores at Nordstrom. “They are well-regarded for creating innovative menus and dining experiences, and we feel they’ll be a great complement to our already strong restaurant portfolio.”

Nordstrom opened its first restaurant nearly 40 years ago and has made food and beverage an important part of its in-store customer experience. Today, Nordstrom operates 20 different restaurant concepts for a total of 253 offerings across its 119 full-line stores. The opening of the flagship and its diverse collection of culinary concepts marks an exciting new chapter.