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NOBU NEXT DOOR – NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

 

Nobu Next Door opened in 1998 as an extension of the original Nobu, has now taken on a life of its own. Its menu mirrors the original Nobu and offers Nobu To Go. Nobu Next Door is a regular participant in NYC Restaurant Week in the last few seasons. As you can imagine, it was hard to book a table during the weeks. I finally managed to get a table for 2 in the very last day of the Restaurant Week.

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Overall the original Nobu and its next door share same menu for the Restaurant Week this time. For starter, they offer choice of: Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing, Black Cod Miso on Limestone Lettuce and Fluke Sashimi with Dried Miso. At Nobu last week, I ended up choosing Sashimi Salad for my starter, so this time I picked Black Cod Miso, the signature dish. It was so good and tender, I was very much wanting to have few more pieces! For main, there are 3 Choices of: Rock Shrimp Tempura with Spicy Creamy Sauce, Beef Tenderloin with Anticucho or Teriyaki Sauce and Assorted Sushi. I did beef Anticucho and my friend took shrimp then we shared. The beef tasted a bit spicy and this is the Nobu’s Peruvian influence. We really enjoyed both. You can pick a dessert either “Rhubarb Jasmine Tartlette” White Chocolate Jasmine Tea Cream with Rhubarb Raspberry Compote On Sucree Tart or “Caramel Miso Tartlette” Dry Miso Caramel Cream with Apricot Lime Compote On Chocolate Tart.

 

 

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http://www.noburestaurants.com/next-door/experience/

Price: three-course prix fixe dining deals for lunch ($29) and dinner ($42).

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Dress code: Smart Casual

Dining alone: Yes, there is a nice sushi counter

To go: Yes

NOBU – NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

I am exited to hear Nobu participating NYC Restaurant Week this summer both for lunch (M-F) and dinner (Sunday). Probably Nobu is one of the most famous Japanese restaurants in the world. Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is collaboration between Nobu, actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper and restaurateur Drew Nieporent. Nobu started his career at Japanese restaurants in Tokyo and his life around the world to create a new trend in Japanese cuisine at his first restaurant. The dishes make Nobu an innovator of new style Japanese food. The design of the restaurant evokes the beauty of the Japanese countryside with its natural textures, birch trees, wood floors and a wall made of river stones.

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One of the weekdays I asked 3 office mates to join me to have a long lunch break at Nobu. It was a somewhat hard to book a table for 4 as most all lunchtime availability had been taken. I could see how much New Yorkers are exited to take advantage of dining in Nobu during the annual Restaurant Week.

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For starter, they offer choice of: Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing, Black Cod Miso on Limestone Lettuce and Fluke Sashimi with Dried Miso. Black Cod Miso is a signature dish, so I wanted my friends to try, but Sashimi Salad looked so good so all of ended up. For main, there are 3 Choices of: Umami Charr with Heirloom Tomato Salad, Chicken with Anticucho or Teriyaki Sauce and Assorted Sushi. You can pick a dessert either “Rhubarb Jasmine Tartlette” White Chocolate Jasmine Tea Cream with Rhubarb Raspberry Compote On Sucree Tart or “Caramel Miso Tartlette” Dry Miso Caramel Cream with Apricot Lime Compote On Chocolate Tart.

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I have dined at several Nobu restaurants both inside the US and overseas. I am amazed by every aspect that the restaurants offer. For the 3 colleagues, this is their first experience dining at Nobu and they definitely enjoyed it.

http://noburestaurants.com/new-york/experience-3/

Price: three-course prix fixe dining deals for lunch ($29) and dinner ($42).

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Dress code: Smart Casual

Dining alone: Yes, there is a nice sushi counter

Great to special occasions

Morimoto – NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

Morimoto NYC is a restaurant owned by famous “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto. He is best known as an Iron Chef on the TV cooking shows Iron Chef America. He received practical training in traditional Japanese cuisine in his hometown Hiroshima. Influenced by Western cooking styles, he started his global career in Japanese Fusion. He is also known for his unique style of presenting food.

I have a colleague who love the TV show Iron Chef and we were looking for a chance to have lunch at a restaurant by the Japanese Iron Chef. How lucky that Morimoto NYC is participating in the Restaurant Week.

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There are 7 choices for entrée and each comes with miso soup, green salad, pickles and white rice. For deserts, 2 items are offered which are not on their regular menu. I ordered the Braised Black Cod for entrée and the Pot de Crème for dessert. My colleague got the Hamachi Poke(yellowtail) and the chocolate fondant. We shared to taste all, and everything was amazing. My cod is perfectly braised as if it melts in the mouth and beautifully decorated using some very small piece of vegetables. She joked that this is part of Japanese advanced technologies. I often order black cod whenever I see on the menu at Japanese restaurant. I would say this is the best I have ever tasted both for taste and presentation.

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Overall, this place provides a great mix of American and Japanese cuisine with top-notch service, comfortable seating, beautiful interior design (even the bathroom); I will definitely be back to Morimoto to try more of their fantastic options!

http://www.morimotonyc.com

Price: three-course prix fixe dining deals for lunch ($29) and dinner ($42).

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Dress code: Casual

Dining alone: Yes, there is a nice sushi counter

Great to special occasions