by Sherry Bruck
It’s easy to write off a restaurant located in the lobby of a hotel as some sort of utility geared to meet the needs of overnight guests. But that’s not how Colby Brock has gone about operating Noma Social, the restaurant in the New Rochelle Radisson that she’s managed to turn into a media happening. Colby and her father, Peter Brock (a prominent commercial real estate developer), own the New Rochelle Radisson and have given the interior a stunning top-to-bottom renovation, starting with the launch of NoMa Social.
On any given night, you’ll find parties in NoMa Social’s glamorous zebra print and white-vinyl upholstered dining room. Recently, the spot has played host to those scandalous Real Housewives of New Jersey (not to mention, those equally Machiavellian Mob Wives, plus, gossip king Perez Hilton and Francine Tesler, the “psychic to the stars”). On every night, you’ll find far less contentious groups settling in for Colby’s excellent cocktails and Chef Billy Rosenberg’s crowd pleasing pan-Mediterranean cuisine. Local foodies might remember Chef Rosenberg from Port Chester’s F.I.S.H. (Fox Island Seafood House) – it was a much beloved seafood restaurant that received this glowing review in the New York Times.
At NoMa (which stands for North of Manhattan), Rosenberg’s food is still gaining critical acclaim. In her August, 2012 review, the New York Times’s Alice Gabriel said of Rosenberg’s sexy Farm Egg in Purgatory, it’s “…A little bit ironic, and deliriously good, the dish involves a poached egg floating in a fiery, basil-laden tomato brodetto, with brittle grilled toast as a means of getting at it. If you’re foolish enough to pass it around, you may never see it again.” The take-away? Keep that egg to yourselves.
You’ll also want to keep Rosenberg’s uniquely herbal cola-braised short ribs, or NoMa Social’s delicious, wood fired pizzas. Don’t miss fabulous boards of stunning cheeses and cured Spanish hams—they’re perfect for groups. And, partiers, look for the NoMa Special: five great, shareable tapas and a pitcher of sangria for $50. You’ll want to stay all nigh—which is fine, NoMa’s kitchen keeps late hours.
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