Twenty years ago, F&W Best New Chef Nobu Matsuhisa teamed up with restaurateur Drew Nieporent and actor Robert De Niro to open Nobu in New York City. The innovative restaurant, which now has locations around the world, is responsible for more than just America’s obsession with Matsuhisa’s signature miso black cod. It shaped the way the country thinks about Japanese food. To celebrate the milestone, all of the US Nobu outposts will serve a special omakase menu tonight featuring classic Nobu dishes like crispy rice with spicy tuna, sashimi salad and, of course, the famous miso black cod.
Here, some key numbers to celebrate 20 years of Nobu.
24 The age at which Matsuhisa opened his first restaurant. After working at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo for seven years, he moved to Lima, Peru, where he opened Matsuei. It was there that he developed his signature Peruvian-Japanese style of cooking.