I am a huge fan of Japanese food and no one does it better than acclaimed chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. He has a unique style of blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. On my recent trip to New York, I had the

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pleasure of dining in the downtown location of Nobu which is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District. Although there are two Nobu locations in Las Vegas: Nobu Las Vegas Hard Rock and Nobu Las Vegas Caesars Palace, I have never dined at either of these locations. Oddly enough, I have only been to the restaurants in New York. This was my first visit to this beautiful location.

The venue is absolutely gorgeous with an extraordinarily high ceiling and impeccable architectural detail which include majestic pillars around the venue. The venue, which is the former AT & T building, was designed by the Rockwell Group.

Ceramic Murals by Pascale Girardin

On the upper floor is a 4,500 square foot bar and lounge. To get to the dining area, you must walk down a flight of stairs which is actually a beautiful staircase! There are ceramic murals which adorn the walls along the restaurant created by artist, Pascale Girardin. Guests may also watch the sushi chefs at work while sitting at their sushi bar. The warm, almost sexy ambience, complimented the tasty temptations only Chef Nobu can create.

With the limited amount of time we had before we had to get to the airport to head back to Las Vegas, we opted to order an array of appetizers and an assortment of sushi.

Shishito Peppers
I am not a fan of shishito peppers so no matter where I eat these, I do not rave about them in general. With that said, my friend who loves them said these were absolutely amazing. I did, however, eat the miso chips that were served with the peppers. They were quite good!

Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna

Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna
This was an interesting treat. The rice was fried into cubes and placed on to sticks almost like a lollipop. Then you dip them into the ponzu sauce and top with the spicy tuna. Ponzu tastes like a fusion of soy sauce, rice vinegar and lemon juice. It really complimented the taste of the subdued flavor of the rice and the spiciness of the tuna! It was delicious!

Rock Shrimp Tempura
Nobu is known for their Rock Shrimp Tempura; just look at this beautiful dish in the gallery below! It is drizzled with a creamy, yet spicy, sweet sauce. The tempura is crispy and every bite is absolutely delightful. This was one of my favorite dishes of the afternoon!

Assorted Sushi with Sashimi
We capped the lunch with a platter of assorted sushi. In every Japanese restaurant, I have to order my favorite which is salmon sashimi. The taste of the restaurant’s salmon sashimi is actually my gage of the rating the restaurant will receive. Nobu’s salmon sashimi is always melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

If you have the opportunity to experience Nobu, a must try dish is the Black Cod with Miso. This is actually Chef Nobu’s signature dish. Regardless of the menu item, however, every dish at Nobu is exquisite.

Below is a gallery of the restaurant and the food I ate. Click on the image to scroll through the photos!

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30 Replies to “NOBU Downtown New York”

  1. That place is so gorgeous. If you love sushi or any Japanese foods it’s perfect restaurant for you. Their food is so yummy and delicious. This is a must try!!!

    1. Oh wow. Are you ready for the hustle and bustle of NY? 😉 I love it there but probably just for a vacation but you never know! Definitely check it out! Good luck on your new home! 🙂

    1. The Rock Shrimp Tempura was definitely at the top of my list! I think it is time for you to plan a trip back to New York. It’s calling your name!! 🙂

  2. We have Nobu hotel here in the Philippines, is it of the same group? 🙂 My friend and I recently had a staycation there. Reading your post at midnight is making me hungry when I shouldn’t be! Haha. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Wow this Nobu looks absolutely glorious! The one in Perth is stunning but the New York one looks a lot bigger! Will definitely have to try it when I’m back in my favourite city!💕

  4. I love sushi and trying new places. NYC is on mu bucket list sounds like a perfect storm to me…. now I just need to get there.

    1. I hope you make out to New York one day soon! So many things to do and see. Nobu is definitely a place to go try! 🙂

  5. Yum!!! I love trying new restaurants. I dated someone who worked at this restaurant before throughout culinary school, but it was before I met him (: So fun. Do they specialize in seafood? Or is that just what you liked/ordered? It looks amazing and I love the photos and description!

    1. Hi ! No, it was just the things we ordered 🙂 I’d continued to date someone if he worked at Nobu haha! It is beyond amazing. Try it sometime! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  6. This looks like such an elegant location to do lunch. I am loving how you went into detail and explained this restaurant. I have never been to NY but I’m a really big foodie and reading reviews like yours, make me want to go and try this location! ❤

    1. Oh my gosh it’s a beautiful place and the food is delicious. Plus you absolutely have to go to NY! You won’t regret it. Then of course, cone to Vegas haha. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  7. I haven’t been to NY yet but whenever I’ll do Nobu is at the top of my list! Loved reading through your post, it really gave me a hint of what the experience will be like! The pictures are great too!

    1. I love your name! You’ll love Nobu and NY! I was hoping you’d be able to capture part of my experience through words and photos! Thanks for stopping by! ! 🙂

  8. Wow! The details of this restaurant are completely impeccable! It really goes to show that it’s about the experience just as much as the food!

    Your description of Nobu intrigues me “traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients”. I’ve never heard let alone tasted such a thing! Was the food significantly different to traditional Japanese with the use of other ingredients?

    Your photos are incredible! Thank you so much for your recommendation! I’ll add it to the list (along with some of your other posts) when my partner and I tour the US next year! 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh yes! It’s definitely about the experience and the food not to mention Chef Nobu is famous. You must definitely experience his cuisine! No matter where you plan to visit, there is most likely a Nobu in that location. You won’t regret it but do plan to spend a little more than average. It’s worth it! Thank you for reading and your comments! Appreciate it!!

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