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.
Very romantic, low key setting, but small so you might have to wait for a table. Just head downstairs to the cute little lounge, you can order apps there too. I love the meatloaf dish and french toast the best!
With all of the hype surrounding Nobu and all the celebrity sightings, it sounds as if it might be priced out of most people's league. Not necessarily!
We did not have the 'omakase' (chef's choice) that so many people recommend, because the waiter himself didn't recommend it, saying it could be great or terrible on any given night. Instead he gave great recommendations for particular dishes.
For two people, we ordered the following:
raw yellowtail with jalapeno
rock shrimp tempura
black cod with miso
snow pea tempura
house sushi roll
bento box chocolate souffle dessert
The bill came to $139 before tip, which I found very reasonable for the amount and quality of food.
The yellowtail and the rock crab were two of the most shockingly wonderful flavors I have ever experienced. These were both recommendations from the waiter. He also said the black cod was 'a must', but we found that dish only moderately delicious in comparison.
The omakase is priced anywhere from $80 to $120 (and up) per person, and it sounds like a bit of a crapshoot.
One interesting note - most patrons were in very casual clothing (read: t-shirts and jeans) and we were overdressed in a dress/shirt and tie.
My sister and I visited on a recent trip and were surprised by the excellent value lunch menu. The drinks were also reasonably priced and the service was attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent and was fresh and innovative. We had a great time.
I generally can't eat any japanese food except for cooked sushi rolls like eel and crab. But at Nobu, I ate everything we ordered and it was delicious! My stomach didn't complain once, which meant that it was the good quality stuff! I loved the Kobe beef and their Blacked Cod with Miso sauce. Definitely recommend it! It's worth the 2 month wait!
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