Anchored by Madison Square Park, a gem of a public space named after President James Madison, NoMad has become one of the city’s most desirable locations. Historically an elite neighborhood, the park’s perimeter was ringed with mansions and luxury hotels; about a hundred of those now restored buildings make up the Madison Square North Historic District. High-end design boutiques dot Park and Madison Avenues, catering to an increasingly sophisticated clientele. And the park is again a gathering place for many young families who live in this area where, ages ago, the Manhattan cocktail was invented. Today it’s also a gourmand’s paradise, thanks to 11 Madison Park, Union Square Cafe, and a host of others.