Saturday, February 9, 2008

Rick's Roadshow in New York: Dinner at Nobu

Welcome to another edition of Rick's Roadshow! My travels have taken me to New York City for a few days. When I was in my early twenties, I lived in New York and was always out and about enjoying city life and exploring the town. Now, when I return to NY, I tend to see a different side of Manhattan than I used to see when I was fresh out of school and just starting my career. These days I like to travel by limo when I'm making multiple stops around the city. It's a whole lot easier than trying to park and hail taxis with shopping bags.
Dinner at Nobu

Nobu "Fifty Seven" is a famous restaurant in New York featuring Japanese cuisine of the legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa. In addition to Chef Nobu, one of his business partners is the Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro. Bobby wasn't at Nobu last night, but he has been seen at the bar often. There are several Nobu locations, but this "Fifty Seven" location (refering to being on 57th Street) is designed with modern Asian styles, using abalone shell chandeliers, bamboo stalks in terrazzo tiles, ash tables and Japanese quilt fabric. Behind the bar there are huge Japanese Sake barrels hanging fromthe ceiling, which you can see as you walk upstairs to the dining room. The bar has deep rich tone woods, rich colors and plenty of intimate lighting that makes ths restaurant a favorite among New Yorkers and visitors alike.

above: The Palm Springs Savant takes Manhattan by storm...with a Cosmopolitan martini, of course!

above: The Japanese chefs are busy preparing sushi at Nobu
Dinner Was Delicious!

We had a variety of different dishes over the course of the evening:
Toro Tartar with Caviar
Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing
Kumamoto Oysters with Maui Onion Salsa
Yellowtail Sashimi with JalapeƱo
Watercress Rock Shrimp Salad
Rock Shrimp or Scallops with Yuzu Sauce Lime Stone Lettuce
Rock Shrimp Tempura with Ponzu Sauce
King Crab Tempura "Amazu" Sweet Ponzu
Black Cod with Miso
Kobe Beef Toban Yaki
Then The Fabulous Desserts

above: "Cecca": Baby chocolate cream puff in a Marsala wine cream, kuromitsu, and wood-smoked ice cream

Milk Chocolate Yuzu Cake: Layers of praline crunch and hazelnut ice cream
Banana Caramel Soy Toban Yaki: Soy sauce caramelized bananas with roasted pecans and Malaga ice cream

Kama Meshi: Vanilla rice pudding, Catalan cream ice cream and puffed soba
And Then A Swank After Party for Good Measure...
Above left: We went to a private party at The Essex Hotel, I loved the huge fern centerpiece in the lobby. Above right: The lobby was really elegant and contempory, yet still had a classic look.
above: The party was held in the ballroom, with a live band, dancing and delicious cocktails! The center of the tables had fresh rose petals with votive candles- simple yet elegant!
It was a fun evening...but the big weekend has only just begun. Stay tuned tomorrow for coverage of the Saturday Evening Black Tie Event...shhhh it's a surprise.
-Rick Rockhill


Anonymous said...

You're definitely a class act and a breath of fresh air, kiddo. Did I ever tell you that I smile with every new post you share? If not, let it be known that I am smiling with you now.
Enjoy the good life while you can, and know that I am wishing you many many more years of good times, Sir.
Let the good times roll!

Canadian flake said...

hmmmmm loved the pics as always...but ya lost me with the sushi..ewwwww

Have to say the desserts sounded

Will be back tomorrow for more of your travels.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

"wood-smoked ice cream"??? wow!

smiles, bee

Sunshine said...

I'm coming back as you in my next life.

I'd love to do a simple "Freaky Friday" type switch, but I don't think you'd want to be on my end of that deal! lol

Canadian flake said...

Just wanted to know that I borrowed "saturday seven" since you didn't do it..with my spin of course..lmao.

I linked you and gave you full credit...check it out when you get a chance..lmao.

Anonymous said...

Dude, if you come to London, you have to let me go around with you, cause you do a city right!

C said...

Okay, Japanese food and a Cosmo! Two of my favourite things in the world! :)

Olivia said...

Ooh, love sushi, had some last week - and tomorrow I am off to Chinatown.

If you're ever in London, try Yauatcha which is the trendiest Asian fusion designer dim sum tea house around. Trendy enough to require pre-booking. They have orchid tea to die for, and the pretty little cakes. Oh, and the totally Zen loos with Molton Brown soap...


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