Nobu 57

Mo'Bu

Nobu Finally Finds a Midtown Home to Call Its Own

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What you know:

Nobu opens its 57th Street outpost this week.

What you don't:

Sexy space: With a sexier decor than its downtown counterpart, 57 is water to Tribeca's wood—a dramatic entrance shows off wave-like panels evoking the underseas. Nobu 57 seats over 275 (almost double the size of the downtown locale).

Hot bar: Nobu's first New York bar is made from giant rough-hewn slabs from the same walnut tree. Have the Matsuhisa Martini or the rare Hokusetsu YK 35 sake underneath huge hanging sake barrels.

[Option_C]Classic menu: Almost identical to downtown's, with some new additions like watercress rock shrimp salad and the Washu beef special (choose tataki style).

Chef's Must-try: Nobuyuki Matsuhisa himself personally recommends brand new menu item king crab tempura's amazu sweet ponzu—this tangy sauce would taste good on newspaper.

VIP: Reserve the VIP table [pictured right] (taking only 2 seatings per night) with its exclusive menu, featuring a personal hibachi grill and, in the future, sukiyaki pot and shabu shabu.

[Option_D]Rez: The race for reservations begins later this week (for dinner only—power lunchers will have to wait until fall), so have your redial button handy—also try your hand at a walk-in. A tip from the reservation folks: call on the weekends when the lines are less clogged.

What remains unknown:

Whether your boss agrees that doing sake shots with Harvey Keitel makes not going back to the office OK.

Vitals

Nobu 57
40 W. 57th St
(between 5th and 6th)
Midtown West
New York, NY 10019
212-757-3000
website

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