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.
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.