Dine Out : Nobu

Nobu New York, Nobu Review, Nobu Downtown, Nobu Tribeca

After many years at their original Tribeca flagship, Nobu made a move further downtown into the heart of the Financial District. Located in the landmarked building that once housed the AT&T headquarters, Nobu Downtown is an expansive bi-level restaurant that spans the ground and sub-level floors. A wooden ash brushstroke sculpture is the sweeping centerpiece of the upstairs space that features a bar and more casual lounge area akin to the former Nobu Next Door. Bold limestone columns, original details of the former lobby corner off the bar area. Taking inspiration from Japanese origami, blonde wood slatted ceilings oversee the spacious dining room downstairs. The decor overall evokes the Japanese countryside with a generous use of natural textures, birch trees and a wall made of river stones. A dramatic ceramic mural provides a scenic backdrop for the plush banquettes.

Nobu New York, Nobu Review, Nobu Downtown, Nobu Tribeca

The last time I dined at Nobu was actually at Nobu 57 last fall. We actually used to go to the Tribeca location Nobu more regularly but it kind of fell out favor for us as there are always new eateries to try in the city. We decided to have lunch there during Restaurant Week because why not. I was happy to see that their menu still offers many of their celebrated dishes. My obsession with Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna was born at Nobu so of course we had to get that. I love their presentation with the lollipop style crispy rice cubes that you dip into ponzu and then spoon the spicy tuna onto. It was delicious! We got the tuna sashimi salad, and the chefs selection sushi for our appetizers. The lightly seared tuna was fresh and tender. The salad dressing had a nice tang but it was also too salty. The sushi at Nobu has never been a real standout but it's good.

Our entrées were the black cod with miso and seared arctic char with jalapeño dressing. Both were perfectly seasoned and prepared. The black cod miso is such an iconic dish. It's always been one of my favorite dishes at Nobu and it still is. I love it so much that I actually learned to make a version of it at home years ago. For dessert we chose the black sesame sweet cream panna cotta topped with berries and the chocolate and matcha financiers. Both were light in texture as well as sweetness. A nice way to end the meal. The service from as soon as we entered to the end of our meal was impeccable which is what one would expect from this type of establishment. We appreciated that they actually brought over a machine to process our credit card payment tableside so that our card never left our sight. I expect that to be the way of the future.

Nobu has been around since 1994 and back then the innovative concept of chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s fusion of traditional Japanese techniques with Peruvian flavors made it an instant sensation. It has since gone on to great success with 39 restaurants around the globe. There is a certain level of quality we've come to expect and our experience at the new downtown location did not disappoint. I'd definitely recommend it if you're in the area. Just know that it's not inexpensive. The Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna alone is $27. They do have some great lunch prix fixe options outside of RW.

Have you eaten at a Nobu?

Fun fact: I attended the Jill Stuart AW 2017 Presentation in this very same space just months before it was transformed into the restaurant.  I loved that show!

195 Broadway (Fulton Street)
New York City
$$$ - $$$$

Nobu New York, Nobu Review, Nobu Downtown, Nobu Tribeca

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Unknown said...

I heard so many great things about this restaurant! It looks amazingly delicious!


Jackie Harrison said...

This restaurant I need to try in a zap has amazing meals and all look fresh and great presentation gets anyone appetite active.

Emmylou said...

Oh man....the food looks awesome, Rowena! $27 for the crispy rice does sound a tad expensive but if it's those once-in-awhile experience and it's freaking good, it's actually ok.:) I wish a Nobu would open here!

Pilar said...

Nobu soubds like a great restaurant to have a meal! The presentation of the food looks excellent!

Blackswan said...

What a fabulous treat, dear! xoxo

Shireen L. Platt said...

That looks and sounds like a fabulous restaurant, Rowena. Would you share your recipe for the Black Cod with Miso? I love learning and trying new dishes.

Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

Bambi said...

This restaurant sounds nice, every time I see food related post on your blog I'm jealous - finding places with delicious food here is like a quest!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

The infamous Nobu! I'm not in New York often enough to ever get a chance to eat there. Maybe one day I'll try to go for the experience.


Ivana Split said...

I've never ate at Nobu, haven't ever been to NY but I'm happy to hear you had a nice experience dinning there again. That crispy rice sounds promising, it's always great when we can order a meal we already tried and liked. The other dishes sound just as delicious.

I like the presentation of the dishes....they are very visually appealing, wonderful colours and food arrangements- looks like a work of art.

Valerie said...

I have always wanted to eat at Nobu, and this post makes me want to even more! The dining space looks beautiful, and the food looks absolutely delicious! I definitely want to try the Black Cod Miso someday!


Beauty Unearthly said...

Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :) xoxo

ALLIE NYC said...

No I have not eaten at Nobu, but of course have heard about it. Wish I had known about this one downtown asI was way downtown for the KG show during NYFW. The space sounds incredible.


Corinne said...

I love tuna! These dishes look so good, you don't often get fresh tuna at places over here.

Corinne x


It looks so good my dear, lovely photo!!!

A Very Sweet Blog said...

The presentation of the food is exquisite. Love the aesthetics of the restaurant. The food both looks and sounds delicious. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jenny said...

I've heard of Nobu and have been meaning to try it, the food looks delicious, and I love how beautiful the presentation is! The decor inside the restaurant is really nice as well, which is always a plus!

Jenny | Geeky Posh

Doctor Anne said...

Does the credit card usually leave the table in the US? In Germany the machine is usually brought to the table or you get up and walk over to the machine, you don´t hand your credit card over.

Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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Hena Tayeb said...

mm everything looks great!


VVEEKEND 101 said...

The food looks amazing! looks like a super nice restaurant too!<3


Fashionably Idu said...

The food looks so good Rowena. I believe theres a Nobu in Palo Alto and even thought is like 90 mins away from me, I have to go up there sometime soon.


sonia // daring coco said...

I've always wanted to eat at Nobu. Even though I don't eat seafood (I'd still find something to eat hahaha!) still, I've heard so many great reviews on not just the food but the ambience and interiors. It's like a complete "experience" dining there


The Dainty Dolls House said...

This looks so good, would love to eat here. Not to mention the interiors are amazing!! Hope you are well lovely x

little luxury list said...

Funny thing - I ate at Nobu during restaurant week my last visit home! Their rock shrimp tempura is always one of my favorites.The black cod miso is truly wonderful as well. Hopefully I can get there next visit back to NYC!

Gingi said...

OH WOW!!!! I want to eat there!!!! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Unknown said...

I love Nobu! Its soooo delicious, I’ve been to the one in NY and it was everything I wanted it to be. They just opened one about 45 minutes away from in so I look forward to checking it out. I’m in love with the Black Cod. The sushi is out of this world