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Nobu or Megu? (and if Nobu, Tribeca or 57th?)

Buttercream Mar 12, 2010 10:19 PM

Which restaurant is better? (quality of food)

If Nobu, is there any great difference between the Tribeca location
and the 57th street location?

Thanks so much.

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    Pookipichu Mar 12, 2010 10:47 PM

    Nobu food, admittedly the one and only time I went there, was shockingly sub par. Poor execution, overcooked items, hot items served room temperature, just terrible. The waitress was confused by simple questions regarding the menu and seemed to have no idea what she was serving. All around one of the most laughably bad restaurant experiences I have had and an expensive mistake. I can't imagine Megu being worse.

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    1. re: Pookipichu
      gutsofsteel Mar 13, 2010 03:06 AM

      Megu is an overpriced tourist trap theme park. Avoid.

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      taboo Mar 13, 2010 05:44 AM

      If you are going to Nobu, go to the one in Tribeca. Same food, but less of a scene and a better vibe. Megu midtown in the Trump building is great....service is very good and the food was very enjoyable. Have fun.

      1. MVNYC Mar 13, 2010 06:40 AM

        Do you have to choose one or the other? I personally think both are decent food wise but overpriced for what they are. You can get better food elsewhere for equal or less money.

        What are you looking to get out of the meal? Sushi? Cooked Japanese? Scene?

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        1. re: MVNYC
          Buttercream Mar 13, 2010 10:10 AM

          We don't need a scene, but don't mind one, either.
          We want really good food...sushi, and perhaps some cooked.

          We are also considering Yasuda, Sushi of Gari (though I've been to Gari over 25 times, and would like variety).

          I'm open to suggestions. Thank you so much.

          1. re: Buttercream
            uwsister Mar 13, 2010 01:03 PM

            If you don't need a scene and want excellent sushi and cooked food, 15 East would be perfect. I love Yasuda for sushi, but it's not a place for cooked food.

            Unfortunately I've been to both Megu and Nobu (Tribeca) and thought both were very mediocre and overpriced. Megu was a small notch (very small) better in terms of food, but it was also a total douchebag central. I have a friend (not a real hound, but money type) who prefers Nobu 57 to Nobu Tribeca, but that's not saying much.

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          alessandroacq Mar 13, 2010 12:16 PM

          I find Megu to be one of the worst Japanese restaurants in Manhattan. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, but the food is a bit on the expensive side and far too mediocre to justify the price tag.

          I personally prefer Nobu 57's sushi over the Nobu in Tribeca (I compare the sushi at Nobu 57 to Sushi Seki) but the cooked food (by that I mean everything but the sushi) I find to be better at Nobu in Tribeca so it really depends on what you're looking for. Also Nobu 57 has more of a bar scene than Nobu New York, if you like that sort of thing.

          Hope this helps!

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            edwardspk Mar 13, 2010 01:38 PM

            Personally, I've always enjoyed Nobu. I find the food equally good at both locations, but think the service is better at Nobu 57. And if it makes a difference to you, the bar is located downstairs, with the dining room upstairs, so the "scene" isn't as intrusive as you might imagine.

            Have had totally horrible meals at Megu and swore after the last one that I would never go back. One of the specials recommended by the server came out completely inedible. After two more tries to get it right -- really -- we gave up and cancelled the dish. I don't mean that I just didn't like it - I mean the fish was literally inedible, impossible to chew. For the life of me, I don't see how Megu still remains open.

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