Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Manhattan has long been a place where exclusivity reigns. So it seems fitting that it’s home to a new property, The Ned NoMad, which is both a members’ club and luxury hotel that opened a few weeks ago.

Situated in the 1903 Beaux Arts Johnston Building, it has risen from the site of the scene-making Nomad Hotel, which closed during the pandemic. The Ned NoMad has stepped into this dark, dramatic and already rather clubby space and taken it to another level.

The original Ned’s Club is a members-only club in London, created in 2017 by Soho House Founder and CEO Nick Jones. It’s located in the former Midland Bank headquarters designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, hence the name. This is their first American outpost, built on the bones of the late Nomad Hotel.

The Ned NoMad has 167 bedrooms spread over 10 floors, ranging from “cosy” to “studio apartments.” They have a 1920s design flavor and come with wooden floors, overstuffed furniture, Cowshed products and other products from Soho Skin, a modern skincare line from Soho House.

Membership has its privileges indeed. Ned’s Club Members can relax, connect and work in various spaces. These include Ned’s Club, a space for eating, drinking and relaxing on the first floor, a bar and atrium, and a stage for live music. The spaces range from the Club Bar to the Lounge and The Library, a workspace by day and a bar by night. There’s also The Magic Room, a members-only event space on the second floor, with interiors inspired by 1930s cabaret clubs and an outdoor terrace for cocktails.

They also have access to a rooftop bar and terrace restaurant, Ned’s Club Upstairs, which has direct views of the Empire State Building. Also on the roof is the Cupola, a striking feature of the Johnston Building, which is used as an exclusive private dining space.

As if that’s not enough, they can dine at Ned’s Dining Room, which has wood-paneled walls, original stained-glass windows, and a parquet floor, lit by oversized Murano glass pendants. The menu includes a raw/tartare selection, flambé and signature dishes from the grill, plant-based offerings and a wide variety of desserts.

The signature restaurant at Ned Nomad is Cecconi’s, offering Northern Italian fare that includes wood-fired pizzas, spaghetti with lobster, and a broad selection of wines.

The Little Ned will open later this summer and will serve an upscale bar menu, including caviar and steak tartare as well as burgers and salads. Little Ned will have 1920s-style booth seating, with upholstery inspired by the former Banking Hall at The Ned London, and club chairs and burl wood tables, with views of the Empire State Building. Little Ned’s first floor is accessible to members and hotel guests, while the mezzanine level is, you guessed it, for members only.

The Ned NoMad art collection, a group of more than 150 works is displayed throughout the hotel. The collection is based on the premise of what “A Different Century” might have looked like had women, queer people and people of color taken their rightful place in the cultural landscape. The work of such artists as Laurie Simmons, Kambui Olujimi, Marilyn Minter, Zoe Buckman, Ilana Savdie, Rachel Jones, Issy Wood, Christopher Myers, Hank Willis Thomas, and Joseph Kosuth are on display.

Membership rates? You’ll need to enquire. Ned’s Club membership is separate from Soho House membership, though Soho House members can apply for Ned’s Club membership at a reduced rate.

For those who are not members, guestrooms are open to the public and can be booked without Ned’s Club membership. Rates start at $875 per night, and non-member guests can access Cecconi’s and Little Ned, subject to availability. Keep an eye out on the Wall Street neighborhood, where The Ned will open a second New York outpost in the New York Stock Exchange building in 2024.

For more information, visit The Ned NoMad.

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