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Nobu in White Plains? rumor or is there some truth to this?

KarenNYC Sep 19, 2008 07:04 AM

Ok all - someone needs to set me straight. I just heard a rumor that Nobu might be heading to White Plains, is this fact or fantasy? While the Nob brand is not as alluring as it once was I would LOVE to not have to schlep into the city for my sashimi salad and tuna tataki fix!

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    dolores RE: KarenNYC Sep 19, 2008 07:18 AM

    Who needs them? WP already has the best sushi in the county with Sushi Nanase.

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      KarenNYC RE: dolores Sep 19, 2008 07:25 AM

      Nobu does not do great sushi, nor do I go there for sushi but they make the most fabulous creations (creamy spicy crab, sashimi salad, new style sashimi, black cod miso etc.....). Either way - I did a little research and saw that a "nobu-style" restaurant is slated to go in so whoever told me about this must have mis-read or heard their gossip.

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        pabboy RE: KarenNYC Sep 19, 2008 08:15 AM

        Sushi Nanase's chef Takeda used to work at Nobu and Masa. He's served black code miso at his omakase. Maybe it was the sake, the company or the occasion but the black cod miso was the best I've ever had. I tried to make a reservation a couple weeks ago but no one picked up the phone. I left a voice mail but no one's called me back yet. I guess I'll try again.

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          dolores RE: pabboy Sep 19, 2008 08:31 AM

          pabboy, try calling at night, when the wife answers. It worked for me, based on advice from someone here.

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            pabboy RE: dolores Sep 19, 2008 08:34 AM

            Will do. Thanks!!

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              MisterBill2 RE: dolores Sep 19, 2008 08:33 PM

              Wow, I read the reviews at Zagat and they compared the owner to the Seinfeld Soup Nazi. Two different people reporting having to leave because they were blasted verbally after showing up late and apparently they won't let you in without a reservation even if there are seats. Ouch. Also claims to be $30 minimum per person.

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                pabboy RE: MisterBill2 Sep 19, 2008 08:41 PM

                I believe this would make him the Sushi Nazi ;-)

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                  dolores RE: MisterBill2 Sep 20, 2008 02:33 AM

                  There is a $30. minimum. They won't let you in without a reservation.

                  I am picky. I don't like rules. This place was worth every 'rule' and every minute of the dining experience was perfect.

                  pabboy, try it for yourself. Zagat, in many instances, can be as 'all wet' as the JN. Also, Zagat encourages 'characters', so the reviews could have come in from other sushi owners.

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                    pabboy RE: dolores Sep 20, 2008 08:21 AM

                    dolores, I've been there before. I saw the wife turn away people without reservations. The other oddity was the wife checked with the chef to see if what we ordered was "valid".

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                      dolores RE: pabboy Sep 20, 2008 09:43 AM

                      >>I saw the wife turn away people without reservations.

                      I know, pabboy, I said the same in my first sentence.

                      Given that, it was still wonderful.

                      And until Westchester has a plethora of 'wonderful', it's still one of the very few.

                  2. re: MisterBill2
                    Shawn RE: MisterBill2 Sep 20, 2008 04:40 AM

                    I saw those reviews on Zagat, but I can say that we have been to Sushi Nanase probably 2 dozen times, and have never seen the owner blasting anyone. We have seen people without reservations being turned away, but the wife turns them away politely and usually tells them a time later that they should come back if they want to eat there that night.

                    The owner does seem a bit eccentric, and his English isn't very good so he isn't the friendly and talkative type unless you happen to speak Japanese. But I've never seen any rude behavior from him. And even though Nanase is tiny, they never rush you in and out. I like the fact that one can eat a nice, leisurely meal there.

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                      dolores RE: Shawn Sep 20, 2008 04:45 AM

                      >>they never rush you in and out.

                      I was very surprised at that, Shawn. I was even more surprised, although it was a Friday night, that all the tables weren't full.

                      Overall, a perfect experience. Rare as hen's teeth in Westchester.

                2. re: pabboy
                  Marge RE: pabboy Sep 19, 2008 09:40 AM

                  I agree about the black cod miso. However, I think his sushi is so amazing, I do that instead of the omakase. Wish he did the black cod as an a la carte option! Try calling just as they open, about 5 o clock.

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