In the News: “Nobu Downtown” Opens Next Week

••• Grub Street interviewed Drew Nieporent about Nobu’s beginnings. “It was packed from day one,” he said, which is not how another local business owner remembers it in a forthcoming Spotlight Q&A, but whatever.

••• Meanwhile, the New York Times gets a peek at Nobu FiDi Downtown, as the 195 Broadway version is being called. It’s the 32nd restaurant in the chain. “Downstairs [is] the 152-seat main dining room (about twice the size of the old restaurant and about the size of the dining room at Nobu57 in Midtown).” In February of 2015, when the move was announced, Myriad Restaurant Group said that Nobu Next Door would be moving, too, but that plan appears to have changed. Says the Times: “(Its TriBeCa sibling, Nobu Next Door, closed on Saturday.)” Also: “The restaurant is accepting reservations, by phone only, for dinners starting April 6. Lunch service will start between April 10 and 17.” The number is 212-219-0500.

••• New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells liked Augustine well enough.

••• “The long-awaited reboot of the landmark Four Seasons space will no longer be called The Landmark Rooms following a legal complaint filed by the chef behind the unrelated Landmarc restaurants.” —Eater

••• Justin Timberlake “and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, have inked a deal to buy a penthouse at 443 Greenwich Street, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. If the transaction closes, Timberlake and Biel would be the latest in a long line of celebrities gobbling up units at the building”—including Jennifer Lawrence; Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively; and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. —Real Deal

••• The World Trade Center performing arts center “could face a $100 million shortfall if federal officials claw back unspent funds that the city received in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That possibility worries officials at the joint state and city agency charged with redeveloping lower Manhattan after 9/11. The money, totaling $150 million, is a portion of what remains from nearly $3 billion in grants given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. […] Further complicating matters is a separate dispute over land that Port Authority officials have for years insisted on receiving from the LMDC for relinquishing the center’s site.” —Crain’s



  1. Any news on what will replace Nobu?

    • The fact that Nobu was able to get a three-month extension past its initial end date would lead me to assume that no one has rented the space just yet. Been wrong before, of course….