Nobu Gets Its Footing in Southampton

Nobu at the Capri is the hottest new restaurant in the Hamptons this summer despite having been thrown together in just a few months. "It definitely was not standard operating procedure as far as the Nobu model," says chef Daniel Ye. "There were a whole host of growing pains."

The kitchen equipment was rundown, the uniforms were wrong, and the "art" on the walls is simply nautical rope reinterpreted with a staple gun. But none of the staff is sweating it—perhaps because this is a less tightly-wound version of the flagship and its others Manhattan outposts.

The same can't be said of the patrons.

According to co-owner Richie Notar, the Nobu Hamptons crowd is even more demanding than the Nobu NYC crowd, and the limited seating (130 including the outdoor lounge area) means finding a table for walk-in Masters of the Universe can be near impossible.

"Sometimes you have to educate your customers more than your staff," Notar said. "These are very powerful people who aren't used to being told 'no'"—regardless of the specially ordered hedges for movers and shakers. For those (slide 4) and six other newly uncovered elements of the new Nobu, click through our gallery above.

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