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Nordstrom to go big on food in New York City  

BY Marianne Wilson

Food will have a major presence in Nordstrom’s first-ever flagship in New York City.

The 320,000-sq.-ft. store, due to open on October 24, 2019, near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, will feature six food and beverage offerings, which Nordstrom described as “the most robust selection of culinary choices of any store it operates.” The fashion retailer is partnering with famed 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.

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. Located on the third floor of the store and overlooking West 57th and Broadway, the restaurant will offer Italian-inspired small plates in an ambiance that is both comfortable and refined.  It will be open even after the store closes.

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. 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 Broadway Bar will launch as an exclusive concept for Nordstrom in New York City. It will feature inventive cocktails and small plates from the bar’s second-floor vantage point.

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 dining.

Rounding out the offerings will be Shoe Bar, which debut as a cocktail-destination on the shoe floor. There will also be an all-day menu which will allow shoppers to stop and refuel.

Nordstrom opened its first restaurant nearly 40 years ago and has made food and beverage an important part of its in-store customer experience. Currently, Nordstrom operates 20 different restaurant concepts for a total of 253 offerings across its 119 full-line stores.

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