If you are willing to splurge and love sushi, Noda merits a visit. The restaurant has the feel of a speakeasy with a discreet side entrance off 5th avenue in Flatiron. The doorman will let you in to an anteroom, darkly lit with an elegant bar. While you wait to sit at the horseshoe shaped chef’s counter in the next room, you can have a drink or two.
Do ask for prices of drinks as your humble reviewer naively assumed the server would inform him of an incredibly high price for his suggestion.
Once the meal is ready you will be up close to Noda as he works to prepare an exquisite menu. There is an excellent sake pairing available as well.
The venue feels sumptuously chic, the food is superb, and the service is flawless. For all those reasons, it is not surprising that the meal is on the upper end of omakase in New York.
Prepare to shell out a lot of money for the experience and go dressed as business casual. In reality, this is a place to go with a close friend or a significant other. It is not a place to talk business or go on a casual date.