Nobu 57 is an excellent restaurant by all accounts. The decor is interesting and transforms a 2 story space on 57th into an oasis. The dining room can feel busy, but I don't feel that takes away from the experience. When done right, Nobu is best done in a large group where you have the opportunity to sample many of the menu's offerings. I recommend the rock shrimp, the tuna tartare, any of the sushi creations, the miso cod, and (if you can find the room) the lamb chops. If you get stuck, your server will prove an excellent navigator - particularly if you have less adventurous diners in your group. The bento boxes offer an efficient way to sample many of the more popular menu options without ordering full plates. Try that if you find yourself at a table for 2 or 3.
This review is based on over 10 dining experiences and not just a singular meal.
If you can't score a reservation but still would like to eat there, you can try to score a table at the lounge. It's not exactly the same experience as the dining room, but it's close.
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