Nobu Fifty Seven Asian Fusion Birthday Dinner

Nobu Fifty Seven Asian Fusion Birthday Dinner

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!

The Birthday Girl and our Daughter at Nobu 57

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to "The Dairy Free Traveler" blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!) The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl's tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros -- (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.) The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs. Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers -- half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world. Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to "Savoring Gotham" edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).
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