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Nobu Downtown

New York, NY

Rockwell Group’s collaboration with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa began with one small restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Now, 23 years later, we have redesigned Nobu in a new downtown location—the former AT&T building in the financial district. There we continue to explore Japanese craft, this time the art of Japanese calligraphy and Peruvian folk traditions, while respecting the monumental beauty of the landmarked interior.

An 8’ long digital pond composed of LED tiles displays images designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group.

The ground floor features a bar, lounge, and dining area. The 4,500 SF space is framed by heroic Botticino marble columns.

“The original Nobu restaurant was of its moment. This one had to be too. ”

David Rockwell

Plush banquette seating upholstered in custom fabrics with Japanese patterns in rich Peruvian colors define the main dining room. A river rock wall by the stair nods to Nobu’s original Tribeca location.

An intimate private dining room has shelves filled with handmade ceramic sake carafes.

Maker Space

Rockwell Group collaborated with several artists and craftspeople to help us conceive of some inventive details. Ceramic artist Pascale Girardin created sake vessels and two ceramic murals. Designer John Houshmand helped us bring the ash sculpture to life.

Read more about John and Pascale on our blog.

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