Nobu Next Door, the smaller “sibling” restaurant right next to the world-famous Nobu on Hudson street, is kind of like Prince Harry: a royal, like his brother William, but a little more playful, a little more relaxed. The restaurant is designed with the same classy and modernist Asian accents as the original (which is, as the name implies, right next door): a large display of lit sake bottles decorate one wall: Japanese fishing nets hang from the ceiling, while a wall made of preserved Japanese sea wood enhances the entranceway. The secret of Nobu Next Door is this: the restaurant offers virtually the same spectacular gourmet Japanese offerings as Nobu, but here you can get in without a reservation. Once inside, feast on such tempting starters as bigeye and bluefin toro tartar, or perhaps Kumamoto oysters with Maui onion salsa, pungent and delicious, with a true taste of the ocean (though with over 20 choices for starters, decisions will be brutal). Monkfish pâté with caviar, lobster ceviche, fluke sashimi with dried miso: With so many choices, even if you have to wait around for a table, you’ll be swimmingly glad you did.
» Nobu Next Door, 105 Hudson St., 212.334.4445