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Posted by Anonymous on 01/14/2009
Nobu is getting old. I've been here quite a few times over the years, and they have serious portion inconsistencies, especially with the fish dishes. Each time I go back, I see a price increase, however last time I ate there, On 12/30 at 9pm - there were several empty tables! They pretend to be so booked up when you call, which is quite rediculous. Their food overall is excellent, but in this economy - they are going to hurt pretty badly. The empty tables are proof. Also, I do not think their sushi is that great, their entrees and everything else are terrific, but go to Blue Ribbon for superb Sushi.
Posted by nygirl82 on 12/01/2008
To the person below who was disappointed with the food - the food is FANTASTIC here. Really exceptional. Just get these courses (you can ask for them on the chef's menu too.) The BLACK COD will literally melt in your mouth, best fish I have ever had. I don't like fish anywhere else after eating the cod here. Toro tartare (don't eat the palate cleanser fruit, it's bitter and strange, not in a good way). Yellowtail jalapeno appetizer. Rock shrimp tempura. They'll want to upgrade to lobster instead of shrimp if you're getting the 120 or 150 chef menu - I prefer the shrimp. Miso soup with chef's selection of sashimi. For dessert I've tried the bento box, chocolate cake and green tea ice cream, and mochi - all delicious. Seriously. Don't forget the black cod. You can't leave here without eating it. Leaving aside all the Nobu hype, the food here is heavenly.
Posted by Cassie on 08/06/2008
the food here is awesome, even though the portions are small. the atmosphere is pretty cool too. definitely try it out if you have some money to spare.
Posted by novicefoodie on 08/06/2008
My boyfriend and I managed to snag a reservation to Nobu on Saturday night. The restaurant is beautiful with a slightly modern feel to it. The service is also amazing, with the hosts and servers going out of their way to make you feel comfortable. However, the food did not live up to expectations. We decided to go with the chef's tasting menu of $120pp. While the food was good, it certainly was not great. The signature dish was excessively sweet (they seem to love their sauces there) and the oysters and clams were gritty. The sushi (really good!), the sake and the dessert were phenomenal but those were too few dishes out of the overall meal that could really be considered great. And while our principal server was fantastic, there were a couple of servers/busboys who didn't explain how to eat the dishes that they brought out properly, i.e., which flavors went with what, what cleansed the palate, etc. Given how much money we spent, we shouldn't have had to deal with this. Maybe the lesson is just to order sushi at Nobu-this seems more of a restaurant to see and be seen, though, than to really enjoy consistently good food.
Posted by christina s on 07/14/2008
my husband and i went to nobu to have our anniversary dinner. it was a bit pricey but the the service and the food was excellent. i had 2 glasses of pinot grigio and i swear i haven't enjoyed wine like that in a very long time. my favorite was the yellowtail and avacado roll. i'm not a big tempura fan but the vegetable tempura was great. the waitress was very informative and helpful. at the end of our dinner she came with a complimentary dessert platter that said happy anniversary...i don't remember telling them when i made the reservation so i blamed my husband for telling her. but either way it was a very special night and i will definitely go there again hopefully before next july.
Posted by NYCtaster on 06/20/2008
You pay for what you get, its well worth the price. If you don't mind spending the money then you won't complain about anything else. Great place to go with 12 people and order family style and try everything. The sake selection is nice and I tried the 200 dollar a bottle selection. It was smooth and amazing, goes great with all the fish. The toro tartat with black caviar and the yellow tail with jalapeno is a must. The black cod in miso sauce is a signature dish and won't disappoint. Our party wanted to try everything and we ordered 40 dishes and there was no disappointment. The Sushi was delicious, the tuna tataki was full of flavor, Fluke sashimi and Tuna sashimi melted in the mouth. The mushroom salad and eggplant in a miso dressing were great for vegtables. The monk fish pate was rich and full of flavor. The kobe beef was soft and bursting with flavor as well, won't disappoint you (a must). The Bass was moist and unbelievable. Leave room for deserts, we ordered all of them and I won't even begin to choose the best because all were great. Choclate lover's will love the Bento box choclate cake with the green tea ice cream, but all were great. There were 3 great desert drinks that were served, I recall one was kiwi flavor, the other lychee, and I don't recall the last but all were nice. Just come with a big appetite and you will leave with a big smile.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2008
Nobu surpassed my expectations - we went there once late last year (and have made a booking to return next week) and had the degustation menu - there were 3 differently priced menus to choose from, and we picked the menu priced in between. The tuna tartae was dense and flavorful. The miso cod really is unbelievable, and the dessert was amazing. The entire experience was incredible and yes, it is a bit on the pricey side, but its actually quite standard when it comes to degustation menus. Coming from Australia, you'd be hard pressed to find any degustation menu at such a well-regarded restaurant to be as reasonably priced (most would be double the price), so I thought it was worth every cent, for a nice treat every now and then.