Bar Director Leo Robitschek has been with the Make It Nice team since 2005 and has played a significant role in the development of the group's cocktail program at both Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad properties.
A native of Venezuela, he first began working in hospitality while attending the University of Miami, but it was upon moving to New York City where his appreciation for the craft of cocktails began to come into focus. First joining Eleven Madison Park nearly a decade ago, he helped reinvent the cocktail program of the restaurant and was promoted to head bartender in 2009. With an approach that stressed balance, the best ingredients, and technique, the cocktail program mimicked the same high standards as those of Chef Daniel Humm’s kitchen.
Since opening The NoMad and Elephant Bar in 2012, Leo and his team have been the recipients of numerous Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program, including best bar in North America and #3 in the world on the 50 Best Bars list in 2017. In 2014, The NoMad Bar opened adjacent to The NoMad Hotel with an even greater emphasis on Leo’s renowned cocktail program. Leo is also the author of The NoMad Cocktail Book which appears within The NoMad Cookbook.