Nobu Downtown | Bar & Lounge

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
312 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$50 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Japanese
The Nobu Downtown Bar & Lounge is for adventurous diners who want the Nobu experience, all-day, in a lively bar setting. For main dining room seating, please see the Nobu Downtown Restaurant page. The Bar & Lounge is a space completely different from our dining room, featuring Nobu Style signatures, prix fixe lunch, and inventive new dishes and cocktails created especially for this one-of-a-kind space. Framed by heroic limestone columns, our bar in the round is set beneath a floating brushstroke sculpture inspired by Japanese calligraphy, with three sections dedicated to cocktails and the fourth presenting a coveted 6-seat sushi bar. Plush table seating and intimate vignettes create the ideal space for gatherings and social events, and guest DJ nights punctuate an energy that is definitively Nobu.
What 312 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great food, great location.

S
vipSailwriter
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch in the Bar Lounge is a great experience as well as a great deal. Service is prompt and as wonderful as any evening at Nobu for the experience and food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The service in the bar area is rough.

I had to keep getting up to ask for water , soy sauce -none on the table at all?? Another drink . The wait staff was constantly running around so they looked busy- but then when you watched they were running around empty handed - it was odd and annoying.

GG
GowdyG
Denver
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is always a great experience at the Nobu Downtown. Great staff and food is always quality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, he recommended great food.

DL
DavidL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overpriced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a dear friend here to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter took the time to explain the whole menu and gave recommendations. Everything was amazing! You won’t be disappointed !!

NS
NoaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

We waited too long for my main course, I was not angry when it finally arrived

PM
PatrickMoran
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing lunch at NoBu, as usual the food was fantastic as was the service.

S
hasanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The service was very slow and didn’t get food all together but when we got our food it was really good

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

I come here often for work dinners and usually sit downstairs. I had high hopes for my wife’s first visit but despite making a reservation we were sat directly in front of the door / waiting area on a 30 degree evening. Not only were we cold but we also were constantly surrounded by guests waiting to be seated. Very disappointed with the experience and will think twice before returning

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall pretty good meal. Not sure it is worth 5 stars, but a solid 4 stars. Our seat had a pretty bad draft and it took a little time to be waited on - but the quality of the service was great. Would recommend.

MH
MichaelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for Valentine's. The hostess gave me a great seat on my requests exactly. Nothing stuffy.
Waiter was busy but courteous.
Food very good.

SB
vipShellB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nobu Downtown’s bar/ lounge has one of the best pre- fixe lunch menus and the service is always very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Lives up to the hype. 100%

MN
MaryN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bar area is light and open, and the restaurant week menu was diverse and delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place for fancy look. Without restaurant week, there is $35 prefix 3 courses lunch menu, and restaurant week $26 for two courses. It you want to have the 3rd course then you have to pay extra $15 up. Sounds tricky.

h
heyal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had higher expectations.

H
vipHannah
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious! The service was a little slow and not proactive (I didn't have water for most of my meal). The atmosphere is fancy but comfortable.

DS
vipDavidS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner. Food is fantastic and service excellent. A+

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great service.
Just be more clearer on which Nobu is for restaurant week and which is the actual restaurant. First time around we got kicked out for booking the same location but different floor.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I went for the winter restaurant week lunch and was not happy with the Tofu dish at all. It was terrible and cold and bland.

EM
ErinM
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Very over hyped. Good quality ingredients for sure. The best Miso soup I’ve ever had but not any where near worth the money. Maybe my expectations where to high? I thought it would be an experience but it was just a good (tiny) meal.

AG
AnnemarieG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent, as per usual!

The food is Always Amazing and Beautifully presented

W
vipWaterdog
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch, it was great. Unique food with a twist that brings the senses to life.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week menu was very tasty.

CR
ChristaR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Nobu, of course the food is amazing. What sets Nobu Downtown aside is the decor and landscape of the lounge, it adds to the experience. If you are on a budget, go there for lunch. They have great lunch specials that really showcase some of their signature dishes.

p
vippcsk8
Chicago
243 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only restaurant that we go back to every year for Restaurant Week amazing food at a bargain price.

M
Mimi
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very good quality, but because we were doing the bar menu, for lunch I would say the portions could be more than appetizer-size for the price, especially being prix fixe. Not looking for a big meal, but ...

AW
AngelinaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting. Food is great as at every other location.

MC
MarieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Nice ambiance but food was nothing to write home about. My son and I ordered from the NYC Winter Restaurant Week menu. The 1st courses were fine but the 2nd courses were mediocre. The skirt steak had very little meat taste; it was rather overwhelmed by the anticucho sauce. Similarly, the Arctic Char had very little taste and I don't mean the lack of salt. There was no fish taste. I couldn't help but kept thinking about eating Onigiri rice balls from a Japanese supermarket but at Nobu.

SB
vipSkiBum2000
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First off - the service was great. There aren’t too many convenient downtown restaurants with service like this.

My friend and I ordered off the lunch menu - which includes a soup and a salad. Both were delicious.

My friend loved his tofu entree.

However I ordered the $45 chefs selection sushi. It was disappointing. Was basically the same basic tuna, salmon, yellowtail sushi assortment you’d get at any corner sushi place in Manhattan. Nothing special about it at all. Expecting more.

LD
LouisD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly and customer focused. Bottle of wine was expensive but no issue with that as his is Nobu. Will definitely return and will recommend to friends.

S
vipSailwriter
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual Nobu hits the special spot. Took my wife for a lunch and it was perfect.

As we are regulars for dinner - casual and special occasions this turned a lunch into a special occasion.

Perfect service. Nobu qualities throughout.

LS
vipLSHI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Wait staff was completely inattentive and food just didn’t come out in a reasonable time.

C
vipCfoodie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our server was great but felt restaurant was understaffed. A number of items we ordered never came. Our octopus was overcooked. Not what I would expect from a Nobu restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! awesome restaurant!!

m
musetunes
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Probably the worst customer service I've ever had at a restaurant in recent memory. It took 70 minutes until our dessert came. We were on time for our reservation and the place was empty. The waitress seemed to know little about the food and care even less. It was like we were at a food court.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Too cold and too loud. Prices too high for lack of value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Pretty busy during lunch so there were moments of waiting between courses. But overall a wonderful experience.

FAQs

Nobu Downtown | Bar & Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nobu Downtown | Bar & Lounge also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 219-0500.

Nobu Downtown | Bar & Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.