Youkoso! The day has arrived, dear Georgetowners: you have your own Nobu — less than a two-block walk from town. Nobu Washington, D.C., the latest addition to the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant empire, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, is at 2525 M St. NW, on the ground floor of the building that houses the 2501 Residences on M Street.
“D.C. is a very special place,” chef Matsuhisa said. “So much energy and always a wealth of international influence. This is very inspiring to us as we welcome our neighbors and create new dishes and experiences for our guests.”
The menu includes signatures like black cod with miso and yellowtail sashimi jalapeño — along with toro truffle tamari with jalapeño salsa, wash skirt steak with anticucho, fluke sashimi with dry miso and yuzu. New items will be introduced at the D.C. place. There is even a cocktail named 25th & M (Casamigos tequila, merlot juice and a secret mixture of herbs that add just a hint of spice).
Nobu D.C. can hold 220 persons inside and covers 11,000 square feet of space. It includes a bar and lounge, a dining room and a sushi bar — along with private event spaces. There is an outdoor dining space overlooking a section of Rock Creek Park that is not yet ready.
At the far end of the dining room, a convertible private dining space gives way to open-air and covered patios that combine to create an interconnected event space. An additional private dining room in the southeast corner is designed for tasting dinners, private meetings and cocktail events for up to 30 guests.
The restaurant general manager is George Lipson, who hails from Miami, and has worked in the Honolulu Nobu, a favorite of former President Barack Obama. Lipson said he knows Obama has an office nearby and would be more happy to serve him in D.C. The executive chef for the new Nobu is Eudy Camillo Cruz, who worked at Nobu 57 in New York. The executive sushi chef is Sung Cho and the bar manager is Thuy Hong, who will oversee the only house barrel-aged Kikori Japanese whiskey in the region.
The Nobu group contains 40 restaurants as well as hotels. The M Street restaurant is open for dinner from 5 until 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with lunch service to follow in October.