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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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Knuckle-dragger City

By scottpsolomon on 7/18/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

If you're a trader on a desk at a Wall Street bank, and, as a "special treat" the mid-level trader above you who moves his lips when he reads and whose knuckles drag on the ground when he walks browbeats one of his brokers at whom he screams at all day into taking you all out to a "fancy dinner," this is the restaurant you end up at. It completely sucks.

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88 out of 185 people found this review helpful.

Has NOBU lost his touch?

By bambola on 2/27/2003

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

I haden't been to NOBU in ages and was really excited to be going again, irrespective of the rude servers with an attitude who give the place such character. I have 2 words to decribe my experience: Cheesecake Factory. Don't get me wrong, I love the fast turn around and the commercialized, unsophisticated, standard fare at Cheesecake Factory. But, at over $100 a person you expect more from NOBU. Gone are the special, delicate and unique tastes that began a culinary revolution. Nobu has lost his touch but gained a commercial empire where brand, and bland, are the rules of the game.

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268 out of 537 people found this review helpful.

Never order chef's menu

By Stella on 10/19/2006

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We expected to taste the best of Nobu so we ordered the most expensive Chefs menu --- $120/person. What we got - very tiny portion and very few dishes. Every dish was exactly the same as ones on our neiboring table, but the portion is about a quarter. We could not help but thinking Nobu actually does not have a real Chefs menu. What they do is just simply taking a tiny protion from other customer's order and serving to us. We (two) were charged $300, but we did not taste anything special. Every dish we tasted in Nobu is no better than what any average restaurant in New York can offer, but Nobu's price was triple than what we can get in other restaurants. After paying $300 plus tip, we were still hungry. As I mentioned before, the portion is truly tiny; literally one or two mouth for a dish. Please do not get me wrong, I am a slim petty women.

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495 out of 982 people found this review helpful.

So Disappointing

By Paris216 on 2/10/2014

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

My husband and I were anxious to try Nobu, but our entire meal was a disappointment. We ordered the spicy tuna roll and a piece of the eel sushi and the sea urchin sushi to start. The roll was incredibly blah - the tuna was fresh, but it was not at all spicy. The sea urchin was tasty, but not spectacular. The eel was the most flavorful - very delicate and perfectly seasoned. I had the lobster tempura with spicy sauce and hubby ordered the arctic char - neither worth the price. The lobster was cooked beautifully tender, but the spicy creamy sauce had a peculiar sour taste, and once again, was not at all spicy. The arctic char was flavorless and the portion very meager. The service was pleasant enough, although not overly attentive. We decided to skip dessert based on the meal and went across the street to Bubby's for milkshakes and cupcakes. We will definitely not be returning to Nobu. Way overpriced for barely mediocre food.

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16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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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488 out of 1017 people found this review helpful.

Tourist Trap is spelled N-O-B-U

By mszeto on 8/17/2008

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

Once upon a time, this restuarant was once great. Now, smitten with its success and brand name, Nobu has fallen into the same group as the Hard Rock Cafe--everywhere and nothing to write home about. The sushi and sashimi is nothing special, especially given the outrageous price. I've eaten Japanese food my entire life and have had some good experiences in the United States but I can't say Nobu is one of them. If you want to say "I ate at Nobu" then go but if you would rather have good food then go somewhere else.

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138 out of 268 people found this review helpful.

A bit tired....

By hibaecha on 2/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

As a Brit who's recently moved to these shores, I've eaten in the London Nobu a fair bit and was excited to try the NYC version. Overall though, I was a little disappointed. The decor felt tired and in need of a revamp, the service was efficient but unfriendly, and while the food was generally good, the 'siganture' black cod was a bit dry and overcooked. There's definitely a better night out in the city for your money.

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131 out of 251 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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314 out of 619 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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329 out of 753 people found this review helpful.

Good food, but DEFINITELY overrated and overpriced

By foodielover on 6/21/2009

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

My boyfriend and I enjoyed our meal at Nobu, but we were disappointed because it is VERY overrated. We have eaten at the best restaurants in NYC and around the world, and this did not live up to the hype. The food was good and fresh, but not worth the pricetag. The chef's menu is available for $100, $120, and $150. When we asked the waiter about the prices, he said it depended on the work that is placed in the dish, but that the ingredients and the portions are the same. What a joke, and a gimick to feed into people's ego. I do not plan on returning to Nobu-- I prefer Megu. Nobu is overpriced, I would not recommend it.

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