I am not going to tell you exactly when Therese’s birthday is, or how old she is. That would not be nice. I was taught that a true gentleman never asks a lady her age, anyway. But I am happy to share with you some choice details about the wonderful birthday we had with our daughter to celebrate her most recent birthday, at Nobu 57.
Nobu 57 is one of many restaurants owned by, you guessed it, Nobu – or to be more precise, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. And like all of his restaurants, this one specializes in fusion cuisine, i.e., creative combinations of ingredients and flavors that come from different ethnic cuisines (in this case, mainly Japanese and Latin American).
I will cut to the chase and tell you that we had a wonderful dinner (of course if we hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t be telling you about it!). And since Nobu’s cuisine is firmly anchored in Asian ingredients, it is very easy for dairy free folks like me to eat there (there are not too many items on the menu that would have any dairy in them). To be safe, I had left a “special instruction” when I made my reservation for the dinner on Open Table, to let them know that a dairy allergic diner would be coming.
I loved the tacos – probably the most “fusion-y” dish we ordered – and pretty much everything else we ordered was similarly fabulous. The one thing that is not pictured here is the edamame we ordered to start ourselves off, but otherwise it is all there. Looking at it, I can hardly believe that it filled us up as much as it did – trust me, we were bursting after we ate. The sorbets were the only option for me for dessert, and the Matcha tea one was a revelation, as creamy as ice cream and with that subtle flavor that Matcha tea has.
While the food is the star at Nobu 57, we also loved the unusual decor as well. From the half-wood, half-glass entrance to the chandeliers made of oysters, it was delightful.
I will say that when you decide you want to have dinner at Nobu 57, it is highly advisable that you make a reservation. While some may think that the heyday of fusion food is over, the size of the crowd here would definitely indicate the opposite – that New York diners are still loving it, especially when it is fusion food as imagined by the great Nobu!