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.
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.
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