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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 08/22/2007
...It is very, very good, and when it is bad it is surprising: the food at Nobu is really inconsistent. I had never been to this (by now) old New York Japanese standard, although I had eaten at its excellent sister Matsuhisa in L.A., so I was very much looking forward to the dinner. My generous hostess ordered the $120 omakase ("chef's choice") menu, and it started out with a bang: a fabulous toro tartare topped with caviar, a yellowtail sashimi in an amazing sauce, some lovely, slightly seared hamachi. Then things started to slide a bit, with a lobster tempura that was curiously lacking in lobster taste. The wonderful black cod with foie gras got me purring again, as did the miso soup with clams. But the latter was, oddly enough, served at the same time as the sashimi plate. The sashimi was pretty bad: five unidentifiable pieces, three of which were somewhat dry. In the end, although there were some real treats in the dinner, at $120 it was far from a value. The atmosphere is pleasant, albeit not spectacular, and the same could be said for the service.
Posted by Katherine on 02/13/2007
To start with: Nobu is NOT a sushi place; they do offer it but it should not be the reason you decided to eat out at Nobu. If you want to experience authentic Japanese food, this is the place to go. I have spent a significant amount of time in various Japanese cities, and the food at Nobu can compete with good Japanese restaurants. The miso cod is so good that it is almost on par with the great cod in Takayama. The service at Nobu is also super-friendly: I think this is the only place I know where they let one person of a party of two have the tasting menu and the other dine a la carte. The waiters are very attentive and simply very nice! As for the atmosphere: well, I would not rank Nobu very high on that point. But this is a general NYC problem with too many tables crammed into too small a place. Anyway, all in all: highly recommended dinning experience!!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2007
..while they are fine, they are small for the price you pay (only 6 pieces for most rolls!). the best choices were off the hot menu, especially the rock shrimp in creamy sauce..but other than that, it was nothing special. the service was great and the atmosphere was nice but other than that you'll be going for the experience.
Posted by Terry on 01/14/2007
Have been wanting to eat here for ages, finally got a reservation for an annual friends birthday dinner. Have to say I was disappointed. The food was good, not great, and the portions, well, miniscule for the price. We tried various items and although all good, nothing had the "wow" factor. Still hungry my friends ordered some sashimi, which were so tiny they sent it back, much to the dismay & astonishment of our server. I guess what the previous reviewer said is true, stay away from the sushi items. The cod was delicious, and my friends tenderloin teriyaki was delicious as well, but nothing made me ever want to go back, with the many restaurant choices in NYC. All in all, a big "so what", I guess it is all about expectations.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2007
I had the omakase. The food was pretty good and tasted authentic. But as a Japanese native, there are many other places where you can enjoy comparable authentic Japanese food and I felt the price just does not justify the mediocracy. If you go for the scene, fine, but if you are looking for creative or authentic Japanese cuisine, Nobu is not for you. I have no intention to go back.
Posted by howardo on 12/03/2006
Not overpriced, best restaurant that I have ever been to. Five visits over five years and it is still the best food experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2006
Ok, by now I've been to Nobu a bunch of times and have to agree that straight-up sushi/sashimi is about the worst choice one can make from their menu. Also, miso black cod has been duplicated by a lot of places, so if you had it anywhere else, feel free to skip that too -- it really isn't very different from Haru's or Yama's. Things to get: sashimi salad, spicy miso chips, rock shrimp, creamy spicy crab, mushroom salad (for veggies). If you decide to go for the omakase, get the most expensive one -- it's not *that* much more expensive and one can really tell the difference in quality and attention from the waitstaff. Don't bother too much with their sake -- it is mostly average and overpriced to the sky (for a sake list that's a mile long and top notch real Japanese cooking, make a trip to Sakagura instead).