“Pompous ... Pretentious ... Poor”
After having heard so much 'buzz' about this place, we were really looking forward to a fabulous evening. It started off poorly with undercooked edamami, with a tiny portion no less (it's beans, for heaven's sake!). As for the sushi, it was standard fare and nothing outstanding. When we asked the waiter what were the signature rolls of the house, there was a blank stare, with the reply "all our entrees are in the menu". Overall, the attitude we saw (and felt) at the restaurant was that 'hey, you're at Nobu, aren't you lucky'. It's not difficult to pick up on this when it's all around you, such as at other tables as well. We got stuck with a fat bill that was not worth anywhere near the amount. And oh, as another example of their pomposity, their bill stated "18% gratuity not included". First time I've seen this level of specificity, and needless to say, the gratuity was not even close to this amount.
Shah Rukh says: There are many fine Japanese places in Manhattan, the best being the smaller, family-owned places. My recommendation is to avoid Nobu, unless you really need to impress someone with the name (but not the food or service).
Shah Rukh's tips: Alternative places that should be looked into are: 1) Shimizu (at the Washington Jefferson hotel); 2) Kuruma Zushi; 3) Sushi Yasuda; 4) Nada sushi (small family-owned with fresh sushi, a great dragon roll, and good prices -- see my TA review).
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