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Nobu

105 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10013
at Franklin St.
212-219-0500

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

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72% would go back.

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You go here for the food

By Cleo on 10/5/2006

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 1
  • Yes, I would go back!

It is refreshing to see innovative Japanese cuisine and this Nobu offers. Some dishes though don't really make the cut. The unfortunates of this restaurant is the weird decor and the sales hungry staff that just aim to make you order and order and order. Unprofessional.

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505 out of 1051 people found this review helpful.

Reservation Help is Here!

By AllTrue on 1/5/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 2
  • Yes, I would go back!

First, I want to say that the food&presentation cannot be faulted in any way. An amazing experience--you should be willing to just let the chef decide what to make for you (especially the incredible fighting-tiger shrimp presented in the "battle" stance (sucking out the head, we were informed, is a delicacy not to be missed--one of us tried it, the other didn't!) Inventive, beautiful and delicious things just kept rolling out of the kitchen all the way up to an unusual Key Lime pie (which was really layers of crisp wafers with a lime sherbert-like filling.) Halfway through dinner, Robert DeNiro (part owner)and his wife came out of the kitchen and sat at the table next to us. Out of politeness, I did not turn around but my husband said he very graciously acknowledged our presence and we all went on with our dinners. My only complaint: what is up with the decor (supposedly resembles a Japanesee farmhouse but looks more like a bunch of 2x4's fell out of the ceiling and turned into birch trees! Oh well, I guess I just don't "get it".) PS Get a hotel concierge to make your reservation!!!!

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381 out of 863 people found this review helpful.

NOBU- FANTASY OF FOOD

By PAULLESLEY on 8/24/2005

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

MY WIFE AND I VISITED NOBU LAST FRIDAY. AFTER A FULL DAY OF 5TH AVE SHOPPING. THIS IS THE 2ND TIME AT NOBU, WE WERE NOT DISSAPPOINTED. FOOD, SERVICE WERE OUTSTANDING. DIDN'T MIND PRICE OF MEAL BECAUSE THIS WAS THE END OF A VERY GOOD DAY IN NYC. STAFF EVEN REFEFFED US TO A COUPLE OF CLUBS IN MEAT PACKING DISTRICT. HAD A GREAT TIME THERE ALSO. THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE TO REPEAT- AS OFTEN AS YOUR BUDGET WILL ALLOW... OUTSTANDING!!!!!

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403 out of 842 people found this review helpful.

Classic - needing an update

By martin_chamois on 7/20/2005

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

A lot of modern Japanese restaurants have opened since NOBU came on the scene, and many have taken the concept and executed perhaps better in design, service and presentation. NOBU continues to shine on the quality of the ingredients, the preparation, and the small details that have been the NOBU hallmark. The décor looks dated and the service staff seemed burned out. Everyone looks forward to the new midtown NOBU to revitalize the name, the service and perhaps again reestablish NOBU and the leader in modern Japanese cuisine.

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429 out of 834 people found this review helpful.

A unique experience...

By DrCubber on 2/1/2005

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

I'll say it simply: I've been to them all, and Nobu is the best restaurant in NY hands down.

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382 out of 780 people found this review helpful.

No Better

By NYCSoxFan44 on 11/25/2003

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

There isn't much that can be said about Nobu that hasn't been written ad naseum. It is quite simply one of the best dining experiences in New York. Yes, it's impossible to get a reservation, yes, the Miso Cod is incredible, and yes, you'll want to go again and again.

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383 out of 776 people found this review helpful.

Terribly expensive

By snappyaunt1 on 10/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

My favourite dish is the black cod. The spicy shrimp roll was good. This place charges a lot of money and the people in the front are snobby, even the coat check girl. They try to make you feel grateful to be allowed in. The food is worth getting passed them.

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341 out of 781 people found this review helpful.

Still unique, sitll hot

By huntleysf on 9/22/2003

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

A noisy room that sparks with chemistry..the crowd is excited, the Japanese cuisine by turns whimsical, pure, theatrical, and thrilling. Nobu deserves all the raves it gets--especially if you slurge on the chef's choice menu--but the front desk isn't too friendly and reservations can be a trial. Once you're in, however, wait for the sushi bar and don't let them seat you too far back, because Siberia here is very loud and away from the action.

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283 out of 628 people found this review helpful.

Ridiculously overpriced,small portions.

By adsong on 5/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

If you are into "I am Sooo Cool,I want to be seen, see celebrities who want to be seen, and I want to be part of the "In Crowd"(whatever that is)Then by all means, go to Nobu. Likewise,go if you are on an unlimited expense account.Four of us tried the "Tasting"menu, with ridiculously small portions, and outrageously large tab ($580.00, including drinks and tip) As someone in the arts, I admire their presentations, and decor.. as someone with dining experience worldwide, I do not admire the hype this place has gernered for itself. Try Nobu Next door.. similar food.. much lower prices.

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327 out of 636 people found this review helpful.

First Timer

By PizzaSnob on 5/12/2003

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

The work that you have to put in just to secure a reservation tells you that you're in for one helluva meal. This was my first time and I left it up to my waiter to assist w/my order. He assured me that I would not be disappointed w/their most popular dish, so I went w/it. To this day, I've never been served a better dish than Nobu's Black Cod w/Misu...

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