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which nobu is best?

Hi all,

Bit of a newbie here. My wife and I are going to Manhattan in a couple of weeks, and we were thinking of going to nobu for lunch (15th Sept).

I note that there are two locations in Manhattan -- are they much of a muchness, or is one definitely preferred over the other (I tried to search for this, but didn't come up with much)?

Now, I don't even know if they have a table -- if not, where else would you recommend for a reasonably priced (c. $60/ head without drinks) lunch -- we like most cuisines we've tried.



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  1. Jean Georges blows away nobu and will be cheaper for lunch.

    1. i like the original downtown nobu.

      1. Hi trueblu,

        Not sure if there is any specific reason that you chose Nobu. The fact is that Nobu has become a chain with very average food and service. It isn't what it used to be before Chef Matsuhisa really cooked in the kitchen. You can do better with the price you will be paying there.

        Anyway, that's not the question that you asked. To compare to the two nobu, I will say the tribeca location (downtown) is better, because of the more civilized atmosphere. Food is about the same at both location. It shouldn't be too hard to get a table there as long as you reserve a table a few days beforehand.

        1. thanks for the replies...the reason that I chose Nobu is that I have never been, and really kick myself that I didn't go in the first couple of years that it opened in London.

          There are many restaurants that are still excellent many years after opening (Le Gavroche comes to mind), but admittedly, they haven't undergone global expansion like nobu has.

          If the members of the board think that it's nothing special (I'm not too bothered if it is no longer 'the place' or 'trendy' or for 'people watching' -- but I would be bothered if the food is sub-par for the price), I am v. open to suggestions as to where else to book, given that it's less than 2 weeks away..


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          1. re: trueblu

            The food is not sub-par for the price, it's still one of my favorite places. I would go to the original Tribeca location as 57 is more of a place to be seen. Here are 3 things you should order.

            1-Sashimi Salad-lightly seared tuna with greens with an amazing dressing...I would order extra dressing on the side.
            2-yellowtail jalapeno sashimi
            3-creamy spicy crab

            the fluke with miso chips and I almost forgot the lobster or crab tacos...very tasty.

          2. Nobu is nothing special. It's living off an old rep. and it's not worth the price.

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            1. re: sugartoof

              I think if you stick with their signature dishes and resist the temptation to order their awful sushi, etc., the food is still "special," although a poor value.

              1. re: Yaqo Homo

                it isnt a sushi palce, that is for sure

                i've always enjoyed their omakase - you tell them the price they bring the food

            2. thanks for the help so far. Some of the posts here got me sl. concerned, so I booked a table for lunch at Jean Gorges...haven't told the wife yet, since she was rather looking forward to Nobu!

              Now just need to sort out the other dining spots for the rest of our trip (her first to Manhattan, and my first just for leisure, so I can actually see some of the touristy things!).



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              1. re: sugartoof

                I think people just don't think Nobu is "cool" anymore because it's been around a long time. And that's a shame, because they still turn out some very good food. Not that I'd choose it if I had one good restaurant meal in NYC, but it's reliable and good quality and I'm still fond of the downtown restaurant. Yes, you can get that black miso cod in other places now, but it's delicious and always well executed there.

                Newer is not always better.

                1. re: trueblu

                  The lunch at JG is really spectacular for the price.

                2. I does not matter really, the food is pretty consistent across all of them. In particular if you are having the cooked/semi-cooked Nobu style food.

                  If you want Sushi, Nobu is not really the place to go. Not that it is bad, it is just with the volume that they do, they have to buy a lot of fish and the best quality fish is usually only available in small quantities.

                  Having said that, the original head sushi chef from when Nobu first opened and the guy that made their rep for sushi works at Nobu 57 as head chef. His name is Shin Tsujimori. He is a great sushi chef. Try to sit with him and let him do his omakase thing.

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                  1. re: sushiman

                    The sushi at Nobu 57 is far better than the sushi at Nobu in Tribeca but the decor and hot foods at the Tribeca location are better than Nobu 57. The prices are also slightly higher at Nobu 57 but not enough to make a substantial difference.