FOOD + WINE REVIEW: Nobu Downtown - The Not-So-New New 5.10.17
After 23 years on Hudson Street, Nobu, now known as Nobu Downtown, moved further downtown to 195 Broadway (known as the old AT&T building) last month. Between our love of sushi and the many memories created in the Hudson Street spot, we had to check out the new 12,500 square-foot space, with seats for over 180 diners. There were concerns that with the move would be a new, revised menu that would veer away from what Nobu does best.
We were pleasantly surprised that we weren’t surprised.
First of all, the space is beautiful. When you enter (on Dey from the side, not Broadway), you walk into a massive lounge that was packed, even on a weeknight. The drinks were solid and the bartenders friendly (and the martinis solid), but we envision the upstairs bar as more of a holding space for those getting ready to dine downstairs in the dining room vs. simply meet up for drinks. You could easy do your next happy hour upstairs, but why stop there when you know what deliciousness awaits you?
The dining room, set one flight below the lounge, is massive compared to the original Nobu. But it doesnt feel massive; our waits were friendly and attentive, and it didn’t feel overcrowded. No complaints!
Also happy to report all of the usual suspects were on the menu, with a few "New Nobu" additions. Some of the newer menu items, like the Downtown Style Hand Rolls for 2, and the Short Ribs with Jalepeno Salsa, fit perfectly amongst the usual stars of the show, like the Black Cod Miso and the Yellowtail Jalepeno. We were really happy to see the food quality has’t changed.
The menu is massive, but the waitstaff are great at helping you narrow it down so you don't over order. When in doubt, we always throw a few pieces of the sushi into the order. Fun fact: They don't advertise it, but we asked our waiter how they could spice up a few of the sushi that we ordered, and he offered to have the chef add a variety of toppings to the bites. Highly recommended. It made them quite unique, and whatever they put on top of the hamachi we're still having dreams about.
Overall, it was a great experience, which we've come to expect from Nobu. Solid, delicious, consistent. We're already looking for a special occasion-based reason to come back.
-Not stroller friendly…save this one for date night or with friends
-Not cheap…the prices haven’t changed and the food quality is still solid but you may want to save this for a special occasion vs. Tuesday night sushi night
-Worth it: Yellowtail Sashimi w/Jalapeno, Bigeye & Bluefin Toro Tartar with Caviar, Black Cod with Miso, Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Eggplant Miso
-Meh (not so worth it): Salmon Skin Salad with Tosazu, Arctic Charr with Crispy Spinach, Crispy Oyster Filo