Nobu Downtown | Bar & Lounge

4.6
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$50 and over
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Japanese
The Nobu Downtown Bar & Lounge is for adventurous diners who want the Nobu experience, all-day, in a lively bar setting. For main dining room seating, please see the Nobu Downtown Restaurant page. The Bar & Lounge is a space completely different from our dining room, featuring Nobu Style signatures, prix fixe lunch, and inventive new dishes and cocktails created especially for this one-of-a-kind space. Framed by heroic limestone columns, our bar in the round is set beneath a floating brushstroke sculpture inspired by Japanese calligraphy, with three sections dedicated to cocktails and the fourth presenting a coveted 6-seat sushi bar. Plush table seating and intimate vignettes create the ideal space for gatherings and social events, and guest DJ nights punctuate an energy that is definitively Nobu.
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CL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely has become one of my favorite places. I would go again

DC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service has been on steady decline for some time; servers seem uninspired, unable to smile or have any personality whatsoever. Food remains strong as do drink selections and ambiance. Servers do not seem to be able to determine when it’s time to ask for more or something different.

Most visits I am greeted with and seated by loud and unruly patrons who are not eating...only drinking. These people should not be seated in the high section of the restaurant but rather downstairs.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far one of the BEST meals that I have ever had. I dine at five star restaurants frequently but this experience truly exceeded my expectations. From the moment I walked in everything was five star. I arrived before my reservation and was able to be seated. Our server was extremely attentive and gave great recommendations. I will definitely be back

DS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience. The atmosphere is phenomenal, the food fantastic and the waitstaff incredible. A+++

JS
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi. Friendly staff and beautiful interior as always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 8:30 for our 8:45 reservation, at about 8:50 we got sat down at a high top in the middle of the bar. There was no where to put my wife’s bag that wasn’t on the floor and the table was very small for the dinner layout. I asked the host if we could have a non high top, she said yes and that they would let us know when one was available. We were still waiting for a new table at 9:50, having stayed at the high top and been bumped into and nudged for an hour we were done. I asked how long it would be for a new table and the host said that I would be about an hour and we would be moving to another high top, and that low tables were kept for large groups. If you looked within a ten foot radius of us every table was 2 people all sitting at lower tables.

The fact that I had a reservation to get sat in the bar was unbelievably frustrating and then the lack of help from the host team caused me to walk out. We were looking forward to a nice meal while on vacation in New York but instead we went to a nice bar around the corner. What a shame.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place, the building the ambiance in bar and lounge was fast pacing; service and food was outstanding. The drinks phenomenal. I asked for pisco sours and the margarita; superb!!!.
Food fresh fish cod and sea bass. All was good. Dessert delicious and digestive straight pisco. All outstanding. We were from 7-9:30pm it becomes a bit noisier after that (of course!). I will be back!!!

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Not sure if I missed something but Nobu downtown has a main floor which is more of a bar and lounge and a lower dinning room. The lower dinning room has the ambience with a view of the sushi bar. Double check when making a reservation if you will be seated in the bar/lounge area or the lower dinning room.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and really wonderful food and service!!!

Z
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The main course of our 3-course lunch menu was very bland. The waiter was aloof, indifferent and inattentive which unfortunately lowered our NOBU lunch experience. The ambiance and cocktails were great though.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Most of the food was great. Not worth the price. You’re a chain restaurant, there are much more interesting places to eat at this price point.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The meal was delivered so late, we had a minute to eat it and ironic since I received a call from Nobu confirming my reservation and emphasizing we would have to be out by 8pm for another reservation.

EF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience1

We were seated in the window next to a speaker that blasted music in my ear. We were taking friends from out of town sbd could not hear a word they said. The food was beautiful but i leftvwith a head ache . I apologized for having exposed them to such an unpleasant dining experience. Never again!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Had the special lunch unfortunately not as good as the ven to box that they had previously. Opted for the skirt steak dish that was horrible. It was bland and had some odd chipotle flavor. I came to Nobu for the Japanese flavor this was sub par and off the usual cuisine. The last time I went their stove had some issues and the host failed to tell me this. Unfortunate I was with some people that couldn’t eat raw food.

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Very friendly and knowledgeable service. Food came out in a timely fashion and was very good. Small portions and pricy ... but that’s expected right?!?!

LS
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was fine, the portions are small, prices are high. I wouldn’t say I was wowed by the food. If it was amazing the cost would not have been an issue but I’ve had better..

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bar is the perfect spot for lunch - while the menu is limited compared to downstairs, everything is great and worth trying. And it's slightly more intimate and comfortable for two or three people.
Highly recommended.

RZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lunch deal, food was wonderful.
great value for money

IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place, very delicious food, excellent service

HD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place is cool for a cocktail and a hang-out, but to be honest the food is very overprices for what it is. Tiny little bite size portions for the price of real meals.

C
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been to several Nobu's in various different cities around the world, but this was the most amazing meal. Service was good and our server had made some great recommendations that we took her up on. We had about 6 different dishes and other than the Wagyu dumplings, everything was absolutely amazing. Fabulous flavours. Great balance of flavours; not overly seasoned and definitely not bland. There was nothing wrong with the Wagyu dumplings, it was more of a personal preference. We didn't realize it was going to be ground meat. We had this amazing Tuna with a truffle butter sauce; just melted in your mouth. The Chilean Sea Bass was delish, moist and crispy skin. White fish new style sashimi was as always, very delicate and refined flavouring. The lobster tacos were perfectly cooked and seasoned perfectly. The scallops with the brussel sprouts again were cooked to perfection; we don't even like brussel sprouts, but they were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. Lastly, we had the soft shell crab with the watermelon. Great balance of the sweetness from the watermelon with the crunch of the soft shell crab.

s
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The review for weekend brunch. Maybe brunch is not Nobu's expertise-- the menu is relatively weak, service is not very attentive. The server gave us an advance notice when each of us ordered that they cannot bring food for all at the same time, that is another weak point. Maybe Nobu is making minimum investment for their brunch.

KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bar/lounge are of Nobu Downtown. The food is always great and I now have my favorite dishes which I continue to order: tuna sashimi salad, crispy rice with tuna, and black cod with miso are a few of my go tos. The music is a bit loud. Restaurants forget that people also want to chat while they are enjoying their amazing meal.

FN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It's the scene versus the food. I have been to many Sushi/Fusion restaurants and the food does not justify the cost. Unless you are at fashion week and need to make a statement go to a good local sushi joint.

ES
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was just off and maybe our expectations were too high based on what our friends had said about the other Nobu locations in Miami/Vegas - or maybe we went too early at 8:30 and it's a better late night spot. The ambiance just wasn't right, the food was good - some was great - but the rest just good. It felt cold and quiet. People were dressed really casual when we thought it was a more dressy place. It felt disconnected. We were in and out - felt like we had been to much more fun and trendy places in NYC.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

sushi as good as always. ordered a chicken but it was kind of raw and i guess it was because the kitchen was closing soon and they rushed through it. the waiter also rushed us to pay the bill. it usually my favorite restaurant in ny and most cities I go to, but tonight wasn’t the best. still probably one of the best restaurants in ny

MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! The desert was to die for! Very nice atmosphere. We will definitely return.

R
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was complex as the week end brunch, although booked as such, had been discontinued. That said, the maitre d’ was exceptional in her handling of the potentially awkward situation. Her smooth, yet totally professional attitude was impressive and thoroughly appreciated. I have been a regular patron of Nobu Berkeley and dating back a couple of decades Nobu Park lane. I have always found the staff gracious and professional but never previously felt to need to review. Wanloe at downtown New York Nobu changed my mind. This accolade is fully deserved. Many thanks Wanloe, you turned a potentially stressful situation in to a thoroughly pleasurable one.

PA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Expensive in comparison with the quality of the food. Service and ambience: nothing to highlight.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Amazing food and atmosphere

DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely as always.

SW
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I always go to Nobu during restaurant week and we are never disappointed. The food, drinks, service and ambiance are outstanding!

H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. It was a fun experience with delicious food and presentation!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, our server was suoer helpful and funy, and the ambience spectacular.

IG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Une seconde expérience.tout aussi enchanteresse que la premiere

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a lovely evening with a perfect waitress who recommended us good !!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

the atmosphere and service of the restaurant were good, but the food was tasteless

V
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food... some of the best sushi I have eaten. We went for lunch, it was quiet and elegant.
I would go back again.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall the food was good but the octopus was horrible, it was so hard to chew that I had to spit it out.

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I love Nobu - Great food, no complaints on that.
However, their booking people and greeters should go to charm school. I booked a table for 4 and asked
for downstairs table. I called later to confirm, which they did but now asked me for a credit card. Weird, but okay. Then they told me they would like to have a second seating at 8:30 - and my reply was a flippant “good luck with that.”

When we arrived we were told our seats were upstairs. I complained that I specifically reserved downstairs and they said I could but would have to be done by 8:15. All along this conversation the front desk people throwing out attitude like I should simply thank them for being allowed to dine there.

“Nobu-tude” getting old.