Check out the cocktail bar at Nordstrom’s new Billionaires’ Row flagship

Posted On Fri, November 1, 2019 By

Posted On Fri, November 1, 2019 By In Central Park South, Design, Restaurants

All photos by Floto + Warner

After much anticipation, Nordstrom opened its new NYC flagship last week. Located inside Billionaires’ Row supertall Central Park Tower (the current world’s tallest residential building), the seven-story department store offers such perks as stroller cleaning and shoe repairs and stocks “more than 10,000 handbags, 100,000 pairs of shoes, and 6,000 pairs of jeans,” according to amNY. And in addition to all this retail excess, the store also has seven food and beverage options, including Broadway Bar, a cocktails and small plates restaurant on the third and fourth floors. Designed by Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large, Broadway Bar uses muted hues and subtly curved geometry to create a calm escape within the store. Ahead, get a better look at the space.

Nordstrom flagship, Broadway Bar, Rafael de Cárdenas, Architecture at Large

Nordstrom flagship, Broadway Bar, Rafael de Cárdenas, Architecture at Large

In an interview with Dezeen, Architecture at Large’s founder Rafael de Cárdenas explained that the physical layout of Broadway Bar resulted from its location in between the landmarked 1780 Broadway (the former B. F. Goodrich Company showroom, designed by Carrere & Hastings) and the newly constructed residential base of the Central Park Tower. Because the floorplates of the two buildings did not match up, the firm incorporated a mezzanine level and two separate entrances.

When it came to the atmosphere they were trying to create, de Cárdenas told Dezeen, “We aimed for a soothing space within the cacophony of Midtown, and a department store to boot. The color palette of avocado and egg yolk came about whilst seeking calming yet sophisticated colors.”

Nordstrom flagship, Broadway Bar, Rafael de Cárdenas, Architecture at Large


To unify the two-story space, a bronze mirrored wall stretches vertically, and a series of oversized lanterns–a Kendall Buster sculpture–hang down below the mezzanine. All of the furniture is custom-designed; its curvaceous forms seem to mimic the undulating facade of the department store. This includes teardrop-shaped tables, velvet sofas, mohair pillows, and the first lounge chair designed by Rafael de Cárdenas himself (the yellow ones seen above).

Rendering via Nordstrom

The other food and drink options in Nordstrom are an Italian restaurant called Wolf, pizza and pasta spot Jeannie’s, a Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant called Hani Pacific, cocktail bar the Shoe Bar (yes, they’re located on the shoe floor, a soup/seafood/salad spot called Bistro Verde, and Oh Mochi! mochi donuts. Across the street at the men’s store, there’s an outpost of Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar, a Coffee Bar, and another cocktail bar called the Clubhouse Bar.


All photos by Floto + Warner

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Neighborhoods : Midtown



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