Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been a pioneer for Japanese cuisine since its opening in 1994. Nobu partnered with ... More
Nobu New York
Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been a pioneer for Japanese cuisine since its opening in 1994. Nobu partnered with restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro to bring his modern Japanese to Tribeca. Nobu draws upon his classical training at sushi bars in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world to create a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine. The resulting dishes, including Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Tiradito Nobu Style, Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce, and Black Cod with Miso, make Nobu the innovator of new style Japanese food. The restaurant received three stars from the New York Times and a Michelin star. Nobu New York's design by architect David Rockwell evokes the beauty of the Japanese countryside with its natural textures, birch trees, wood floors and a wall made of river stones. Energy and excitement pulse through the room, creating a surreal effect.
I grew up in Hawaii, so fresh fish was always obtainable. So when I go to other states for fresh fish, i'm always a little hesitant about ordering raw fish. When I went to Nobu in New York on New Years Eve, it was the most amazing experience ever. I had the pre-fixed menu. It was a little over priced, but it was well worth the experience. Dish after dish was an art form that came to life. Each bite was exquisite. The raw fish melted in my mouth like butter on a hot skillet. I would definitely dine there over and over again. Service was great!! It was busy, but service did not take long at all. I highly recommend this restaurant. AMAZING!!!
My cousins took me to this place for my birthday a couple of years ago as a surprise. We had the chef decide the dishes and we ate family style. It was not only the best Japanese food I've ever had, it was the best MEAL I've ever had.
UPDATE: I think if you go there definitely have the chef pick your dishes. My friend went to NOBU next door and picked stuff on their own and he said it wasn't that remarkable.
There is a common misconception that you go to Nobu for sushi. Although there sushi is really good, there are better places to go for sushi. You go to Nobu for the hot and cold dishes as they are amazing.
Had a great bottle of pinot grigio and sampled some excellent dishes. Would not recommend the lobster tempura, too much sauce, but the sushi was excellent. A place you have to go to at least once in NYC.
I'm from New Haven and in our town we have legendary chef Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi fame quietly toiling away creating food that is out of this world - so I am a bit spoiled. When I moved to New York and finally went to the various Nobus, I have to say I had already eaten better in a cozy little restaurant with a great juke box in New Haven.
The food is fantastic, however, the employees there are treated horribly, which makes me never want to go there again. watching a manager berate the employees out loud, in front of customers, for no reason, kills the ambience. I will never give Nobu my business again.
I have eaten Japanese in Japan and it does not compare to this place. Currently I work in Afghanistan and get to fly back to the states twice a year. I purposely set it up to where I have a 10 hour layover so that I can take the subway from JFK just to eat here. The spicy rock shrimp is my favorite. The other reviews seem to complain about the price but compared to other places, the quality and the price don't match. The quality is better than the price! The only thing I would improve if I owned the place is not charge for refills on soft drinks. I've been in the mountains of Afghanistan for the last 4 months and will be revisiting Nobu in August. I hope they are ready for all the sushi I'm going to eat! Do yourself a favor, when in New York, eat at Nobu!
Everyone's heard of this place somehow, but you owe it to yourself to actually go. The food is great, though the desserts are ridiculously small and pretty. Go there with a big wallet, it can get expensive. The place is worth it, though.