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.
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!