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Nobu Next Door

105 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10013
nr. Franklin St.
212-334-4445

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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63% would go back.

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Really, Not That Great

By fg22 on 7/18/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Starting with the good, I felt the staff was excellent, both with accommodating a move to a different table and with general service. They were polite, table bussing was on the spot, and the waiter was very nice. Food did take a little long to come out between courses, leaving me with the awkward task of staring into the kitchen to make eye contact with my waiter, suggesting to speed things up. One of the weird things that stood out to me was the drop ceiling. I'm not sure why it felt like I could've been in any cheap suburban restaurant, but something about the place took away from the moment. The food? Simply not impressive, as you might read in other reviews. For sushi specifically, I felt that Whole Foods sushi was just as good if not better. I had the beef, which seemed dry even with its sauce. The dessert was sweet, seemingly to appeal to the general public. For drinks, I had Saki, can't mess that up. My wife had a cocktail, the Fig Martini, which was pretty good. Pretty good, I said. Not $16 good. All but one cocktail was $16. Ridiculous. Really ridiculous. Walk around the corner to Macao for a $12 superb cocktail. I knew it while it was happening, and I could feel the impending disappointment of the check. Simply put, I should never paid this much for such a mediocre meal and experience. Therefore, I'll not go back. As for Nobu, if it's anything like Next Door, I won't be going there either. It's only going to be more expensive and more disappointing.

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OVERATED!!!!!!!!!!!

By jss17 on 4/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

My husband took me to celebrate my birthday last Saturday. We were very disapponted when we came out. The waiter very unpleasant, probably wish he was somewhere else. Throughout the night he did not smile or offer a pleasant comment. It was my birhtday and he just brought the cake my husband order and leave it on the table. No smile or happy birthday. Sushi sucks!!!! Eaten much better elsewhere. Actually wish I was at Naritas in Forest Hills, Queens. Much, much better and waiters are very, very pleasant. Will not recomment Nabu to anyone unless you want to waste money and eat lousy food.

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73 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

There are better places to get sushi

By roccogino on 11/2/2006

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

My first trip was a great experience here so I took a friend that had never had sushi. We were seated right away, which was great, but the waiter was snotty and the sushi rolls were so so. I didn't convert my friend. I will give it another try but I think rolls with seaweed wrapped around the outside aren't as good as reverse rolled. Maybe just a matter of taste but I really wanted a certain type of roll and couldn't get what I wanted.

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Yikes! No soap!

By manchester on 2/21/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Considering Nobu's reputation in New York City, you would think that you would be able to find soap in either of two bathrooms, and the bathrooms would be CLEAN, no less. The manager had to go on a 10 minute hunt looking for soap, and one bathroom never received soap the whole evening. Makes you wonder how much soap is in the building??. Upon questioning whether the employees use those bathrooms, the hostess's reply was rude and condescending to our valid concerns. I would not go back on the sheer fear of getting Hepatitis A. The food was ok but overall it was a real disappointment.

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369 out of 773 people found this review helpful.

Excellent alternative to Nobu

By cyntseng on 7/17/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I thought it was just as excellent as Nobu, they have cut out the noodle dishes and I thought the menu was very similar to Nobu. At least, my 2 Nobu favorites were there- new style sashimi & spciy crab. Therefore, when you cannot get in at Nobu, this's just as good. Going on Sun night at 6 pm was not a problem for us to get a table. But for larger party (6 or more), they do take reservation. One negative note- when I ordered the new style sashimi, I was offered 3 choices of fish, turned out the price listed on the menu referred to only one fish and the other choices were a lot more expensive. I thought the waiter should have pointed this out rather than let me assume the price was the same for all choices.

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322 out of 666 people found this review helpful.

Wow! Worth Every Penny

By kerianne1176 on 5/28/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

We were disappointed when we were unsuccessful in obtaining reservations to Nobu, however, this certainly left us satisfied! Because it is first come first serve we walked right in on a Saturday night. The waiter was fantastic and not only suggested our entrees, but explained the customary manner in which to eat each course (there were six) of the AMAZING Omakase. I can still taste that lobster tempura! It was the most expensive meal I have ever eaten but worth every penny! It truly was an experience every fan of Japanese food must try. what an experience! Don't forget to try one of their fabulous Martinis!

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290 out of 623 people found this review helpful.

Divine cod

By mixmixer on 3/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was not particularly interested in seafood until I was "forced" to try some of these dishes. I have now become a convert.

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Delicious

By fshapiro on 2/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is the best place for sushi--if you can't get into Nobu. The food is incredible--and there is usually a celebrity to spot while you are eating as an extra bonus.

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