Co-founded by actor Robert De Niro, this inventive Japanese restaurant named after head chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa stands at the top of the culinary food chain. A fixture of Tribeca, Nobu evokes the Japanese countryside with David Rockwell's interior design of natural textures, birch trees, wood floors and river stones. The food shows the same care of design, as Matsuhisa fuses classic sushi training with his experiences in South America, generating unique dishes like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, lobster with wasabi pepper sauce, and black cod with miso.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
This Beacon Hill town house launched the restaurant empire of <a href="/bestnewchefs/?year=1996&chef=A7FD967B-B272-4882-A6AB241EA8424EB2">Barbara Lynch (an F&W Best New Chef 1996)</a>, which now includes the <strong>Butcher Shop</strong> and <strong>Stir</strong>. Her French-Italian menu has its mainstays—like addictive prune-stuffed gnocchi—and newer dishes like turbot with verjus sauce. Cat Silirie’s wine list is one of the city’s best, focusing on Old World and hand-selected American.
We loved: Pheasant with confit .
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.