At long last, I had the chance to dine in Nobu Matsuhisa’s first uptown New York restaurant Nobu 57 and try the Omakase
New York City is unquestionably a top foodie destination in the United States. I recently visited the Big Apple for a few days and set my sights (and palate) to dine in one of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s restaurants. Nobu, as a Japanese celebrity chef, is known for infusing Peruvian ingredients into traditional Japanese dishes. And as someone who has previously ventured to Peru and tried Nikkei cuisine, I was all for it.
I made a reservation at Nobu 57, his first uptown New York restaurant, which opened back in 2005. The ambience was dark and cool yet lively and alluring. We were seated in the second floor, which is an expansive dining space. Although our reservation was late in the evening, it was still packed, with servers hurriedly moving to and from table to kitchen and back.
The menu offers a selection of hot and cold dishes but if you’re unsure what to try as a first-timer like I was, I suggest going for the Omakase, which is also known as the Chef’s choice. This is a multi-course tasting menu that gives you the essence of Chef Matsuhisa’s cuisine. It’s offered in three different price points, with each one varying in the number of dishes and specific food items served; I made the Goldilocks decision and selected the Omakase 140 (there’s 120, 140, and 180). This course in particular served ten dishes: a pre-Omakase dish, five cold dishes that mainly comprised of various sushi and sashimi, two hot dishes, a cold palate cleanser, and dessert (not shown here but it was Malaga gelato served with banana, walnut and honey – Delicious!).
As a sushi lover, this was a dream to try a wide variety of high quality fish all in one sitting. Chutoro was included in my meal, which is the belly area of the tuna fish, between Akamai and Otoro. So it was a nice balance of rich and fatty without going overboard! I also had soft shell crab, which paired nicely with the pickled watermelon cubes. Suffice to say, this was a great decision on my part to try the Omakase. I will say though that I should have fasted hours prior to this meal as I was left extremely full and was almost unable to finish some dishes in the latter half of the course.
If you plan on dining at Nobu 57 and trying their Omakase, make sure to come really hungry for it! It’ll all be worth the foodie experience.
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