241 W 14th St. New York, NY 10011 • norwoodclub.com
You have to be a member or know one to get in, from what I understand. Similar in that way to the Soho House, which many people seem to compare it to. That said, I find the comparison odd, as they call this the much more laid back of the two. Which naturally begs the question, how formal is the Soho House? Because I didn’t find The Norwood to be that laid back at all. And now having since been to the Soho House as well, I can honestly say that they are two sides of the same coin. So, if exclusivity is your thang, both will do handsomely.
Now, when I say “exclusivity,” and “not laid back” please don’t read between the lines and think I mean stuffy or snooty. But laid back it’s not. It’s decorated to the nines with beautiful art and priceless, restored moldings and pieces furniture that were painstakingly obsessed over by a task force of interior designers down to the very last detail. If you want laid back go to Hogs and Heifers.
Service was great and as for food and drinks, I can’t really say anything was truly that special with the exception of the sugar bacon. Which is deadly. I had to hold myself back from scarfing down an entire tray full.
But beyond the passed hors d’oeuvres, there was one other dish worthy of mention- the fried oyster salad app. Quite good. So, between the fried oysters and the sugar bacon, I obviously ate light. Luckily large sodas are banned in the city, so I’m not quite a two-seater just yet.