Nobu, one of the most influential NYC restaurants of the last three decades, is gearing up for a major move. Drew Nieporent's restaurant will close at the end of the year and reopen in early 2017 inside the former AT&T Building at 195 Broadway. When the move was first announced, The King of Tribeca said the new landlord offered them a deal they "couldn't refuse." The landmarked space will also allow the Nobu team to host more private events.
David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group are designing the new iteration of Nobu. Earlier this week, the Nobu crew presented plans to the Community Board 1’s Landmarks Committee, which included a stained-wood sculpture from John Houshmand that will be "hundreds of running feet in length," according to Tribeca Trib. The sculpture will swirl above the bar and extend down the stairs into the dining room. Rockwell Group architect Michael McNeil remarked: "We wanted a feature that would bring you into the space and also draw you downstairs to the restaurant below." The members of the board had mixed reactions to this plan.
The entrance to the new Nobu will be inside a galleria space that extends between Fulton and Dey streets. Stay tuned for more details on Nobu's future home as they become available.