After over 20 years in Tribeca, Nobu will pack up its Hudson Street home in early 2017 and move to the Financial District. Drew Nieporent, who owns the legendary Japanese restaurant (and the global empire it has spawned) with chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, tells the Post that he's signed the lease on a huge ground floor space at 195 Broadway, on the Fulton Street side of the former AT&T Building. Nobu, along with the neighboring Nobu Next Door will both move there shortly after 2016 comes to an end.
This is not a case of rising rents or evil landlords – Nieporent says his relationship with his current landlord is "very cordial," but that the landlord at 195 Broadway offered them "a deal we couldn't refuse." He also notes that the new space will give them enough space to host private events, which they don't really have room for in the current space. Private events, of course, are a good way to make some extra cash.
The move, as Steve Cuozzo points out in the Post, will be a major development for the Financial District, which still lacks many major restaurants, but is quickly developing as a neighborhood. There's the new World Trade Center complex, of course, which besides being the home of Conde Nast will soon house the city's second Eataly, not to mention a whole host of other notable food vendors. And there's also the Beekman Hotel, soon to be home to both a Keith McNally restaurant and a Tom Colicchio restaurant. But Nobu, as Cuozzo notes, will be the neighborhood's first major standalone restaurant.