Nobu Next Door, which opened as an extension of the original Nobu, has now taken on a life of its own. Opened in 1998 due to high demand, its menu ... More
Nobu Next Door
Nobu Next Door, which opened as an extension of the original Nobu, has now taken on a life of its own. Opened in 1998 due to high demand, its menu mirrors the original Nobu and offers Nobu To Go. With its late night dining and music, Nobu Next Door tends to draw a more spirited crowd. The restaurant satisfies those spontaneous diners who need the Nobu fix, but didn't plan ahead, by offering first come, first serve table seating between the hours of 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Nobu Next Door received a three star review from The New York Times. Designed by architect David Rockwell, Nobu Next Door evokes the Japanese seaside: Japanese fishing nets hang from the ceiling and a wall made of nori (Japanese seaweed) blankets the entrance. There is also a huge display of lit sake bottles--the classic accompaniment to Japanese food. The atmosphere buzzes with the same energy and excitement as Nobu yet definitely maintains an identity all its own.
The first time I tried Nobu was for Dine About Town. Their Dine About Town menu was lackluster and I passed this place off as being overrated. Then a friend chose this place for lunch and I reconsidered. Damn glad I did too! I had their infamous Black Cod - which, in a word: WOW. All of our dishes were scrumptious. The staff was very attentive and pleasant. The ambiance, well, it's one of New York's hotspots for famous people - so everyone from tourists to Wall Street bankers to star stalkers were here, all dressed to impress. If you're watching your wallet, then be aware that this place isn't cheap. If you're out for some of Manhattan's best restaurants, then you've got to try this place at least once in your life.
This well known and highly touted restaurant turned out to be a pleasure. The ambiance is as excellent as you would expect, as was the service. The food was of the highest standard and the wine list is extensive (although I stuck to more traditional drinks). It is not the least expensive place you could go however so don't be shocked at the end. All in all I would go again without the need for any prompting.
After being treated to much-ballyhooed Nobu as a birthday gift, I can see why you have to book a reservation over a month in advance. Not too many restaurants, even in New York, get everything right, but Nobu does. Although the place generally has a celebrity presence every night of the week, the wait staff aren't A-List sycophants and treat you just as well as Billy Joel at the next table. The Asian-themed interior is handsome and classy without trying too hard. Most importantly, although the menu's centerpiece is the Miso Black Cod, the other selections are excellent. Not to mention, the sushi is on par with anywhere in the city. While far from cheap, the prices are not outrageous, as can be the case with other popular spots. Overall, Nobu most deservedly rates as one of the premier establishments. If you're looking for the Nobu menu without the month-long wait for a reservation, try Nobu Next Door.
The sushi is soft like butter and prepared weith style. No fatty pieces or tough chewy fish here. It is a treat to your pallete and you should take the time to sample all of the menu, most of which I have done.
The service is courtious, timely and has great reccomendations if asked. The clean feel of the restaurant suggests that you are safe to sample anything on the menu, with the confidence that all is prepared fresh at the time of the order. I enjoy the decore and feel as if I experiencing what it would be like to have dinner in the East.
Don't expect to get a table quickly and most people will still have to make the reservation a year and 1/2 in advance, but worth the wait and money for a one off. I don't recommend making this the regular place if you are on a budget or not a celebrity.
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