If you like sushi with a bit of Peruvian flair, then Nobu is a game-changer. Nobu Downtown, located in an iconic vaulted building in the historic Lower Manhattan, shows off a sleek, modern dining room and lounge that screams cache and sexy vibes. It's a great people-watching spot, filled with business men showing off their chopstick skills and model-like women slinking around the dimly-lit cavernous space.
We sat downstairs in a subterranean, cool den at an open booth near the massive sushi bar. Our friends ordered dozens of dishes, which arrived in perfectly plated pinwheels of fresh sashimi with nice accoutrements, such as a lychee or chili peppers dotting the plate. A touch of this, and a touch of that is all that is needed as the fish speaks for itself.
A few highlights include:
Black Cod with Miso - this is one of their most popular dishes. A simply seared, fleshy filet of black cod is immersed in a umami, candied miso glaze. It's sweet, decadent, and amazing.
Yellowtail Jalapeño - slivers of silvery yellowtail topped with heat and a ponzu sauce. It's sweet and spicy, and refreshing.
Rock Shrimp Tempura - think of popcorn shrimp, but only better with a spicy sauce accompanied by sautéed mushrooms and frisee salad, which brings warmth to the plate.
Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna - I had this many years ago and still crave it from time-to-time. The dish is comprised of fried rice squares that you dip into soy sauce and then top with spicy tuna. It's fun, playful, and flavorful.
Nobus are now established all over the world. Whether you stumble upon a location or go with intention, and I highly recommend splurging and treating yourself to some creative and vibrant sushi.