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Posted by USP Crew on 02/27/2006
I am not a Sushi fan at all until I went to Nobu. My friends and I were quickly seated and the service was attentive. I tried the infamous "Black Cod with Miso" and my friend, Mike, actually refers to it as "Unicorn" because it is just AMAZING. I was a little skeptical of eating something called Squid Pasta but it turned out to be my second favorite dish. It is totally not what it sounds like. The dishes are all light and full of flavor. It was totally worth waiting on hold for 10 minutes to get a reservation and I've made already made reservations for next week. No wonder all the celebrities love it.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2006
We went to Nobu on Saturday night for a 7pm reservation, which was made a month in advance. We were so excited to finally get to try it, but we were a bit disappointed. We each got the $100 omakase. The presentation of the all the dishes was beautiful. However, the service was not nearly as good as other restaurants I've been to. The waiter was not that friendly, and we were seated near the front door so there was no privacy and people were rushing by every 15 seconds. We were served by about 4 different people, and the waiter who took our dishes away kept asking if we were expecting more food. Well, we didn't know because our waiter told us the omakase is a surprise so he didn't know what dishes we would be getting. The best dish and only one I would go back for is the Black Cod Miso. Everything else, especially the sushi, was just so so. If you go, request a table in the back area or a booth where it's not so hectic. And maybe a weekday will be less rushed for the waiters.
Posted by Listen Up... on 12/27/2005
Please trust me.... I'm a NYC sushi guru..... Nobu is good. The actual dishes are inventive, interesting, very tasty. Most things for NY are moderately priced. The kobe beef is sick.. but also expensive. If you drink, it's going to be expensive. The staple.. miso cod.. great... sashimi salad great.. if you order a few appetizers and eat without drinking, it could be a $60-80 meal and that's great. The sushi.. IS NOT WHAT IT'S ABOUT HERE. If you want sushi.. go to Gari. The rice is dry.. and it's no big deal.. and when you order sushi in addition to the other stuff.. it gets expensive.. and if you order sushi instead of the signatures you will leave thinking this place is awful. The decor is very cool and trendy.. and the service is poor to moderate on a good night. You will sit on top of people next to you, and everyone is always loud. You will wait to get more water. Oh.. it's easiest to get the 5:45 dinner reservation... but they tell you when you make it.. you have until 7:45. After that.. they throw you out on the curb so they can pack in the next table and parch them to death. Try it once.. good signature dishes... sushi is average-not good, and the service is ehh and decor is neat. However, NOBU is NO (longer) a B(ig) U.... well nothing for U.. deal. You get the point.
Posted by MT on 12/01/2005
We went to Nobu last night for the second time. Our first visit had been utterly transcendent - had the $120 omakase and left ecstatic with the food, service, and atmosphere. Last night was a completely different story - we ordered the $80 omakase. The waiter was not very knowledgeable, fumbled a lot with food descriptions, and LEFT work 2/3 of the way through our dinner without saying anything at all (such as "I'm leaving now, but so-and-so is taking over..."), which was tacky. At least two of the dishes were sub-par, most notably the scallops, which were rubbery and unflavorful, and the sushi, which just did not seem very fresh. Dessert was also unremarkable. And to top it all off, my trip to the restroom was disturbing - it was not very clean at all.... Nobu is a popular, perennially top-notch restaurant in NYC - wouldn't they take enough pride in their reputation to at least keep the bathroom passably clean?
Posted by Randy on 11/03/2005
I have eaten here a few times and have never been disappointed. The food is varied, interesting, and very tasty. The waiter has always been a good guide as to what to order, though rarely can I resist ordering the Miso Cod. The raw fish tar tar is excellent, and I would agree that one should not go here for the sushi, though it is good. Tthere are just so many places to get excellent sushi in NY, why waste your evening at Nobu on Sushi.
Posted by DN on 10/18/2005
I was very happy and excited to finally have dinner at Nobu. Being that I've been greatly inspired by the Iron Chefs and Emeril, Nobu is 1 of the places I must visit before I die. : - ) I had high expectation going to Nobu, and I think Nobu stood up to my expectation. I didn't get the decor of the restaurant, but it was comforting. Overall, I was satisfied with the food. The presentation was also very good even though our waiter told us that they serve family style dishes at Nobu. In my opinion, if you don't mind the wait and you don't mind spending the money, it's definitely worth a try! I guess it's a good approach that they make you wait so long for a reservation if you're not a celebrity. You'll have plenty of time to save money for your meal there. LOL!
Posted by Torontonian on 10/07/2005
Coming from another city w/ many restaurants (Toronto), I had pretty high expectations for all I've heard about Nobu. It was honestly the best meal I've ever tasted, and I even work at a gourmet cooking school! Our party of 3 each had the Omakase 7-course ($100) and it was just the right amount. The black cod w/ miso was absolutely delicious! Each course came w/ a detailed explanation of the ingredients, which added to the great atmosphere. We even saw Lenny Kravitz at about 9pm, come in w/ some friends. Nobu was a great experience!