Restaurant Soba Nippon
Restaurant Soba Nippon

Restaurant Soba Nippon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://restaurantnippon.com/
  • Phone: 2124892525
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Daisuke Ikehata
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to accommodate private parties using the entire restaurant, or semi-private events in part of the dining room. Meals can be offered buffet style or seated.
  • Private Party Contact: Mr. Matsunaga 2124892525

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Public Transit: E train to 5th Avenue/53rd Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Restaurant Soba Nippon
Soba Nippon is located on Fifth Avenue in the center of Manhattan, right by Rockefeller Center, the Theater District, and many shopping destinations. We serve homemade Soba (buckwheat noodles) and Tofu (soybean curd) using buckwheat and soybean harvested on our very own farm in Canada. We were the first restaurant to serve the real Teuchi (hand-made) soba in New York City and we created the original Soba Salad, which has now become one of the most popular Japanese dishes in the world. There are many health advantages in eating Soba, since it is low in calories and rich in nutrients. A single serving of Soba contains only 132 calories and offers lots of protein, vitamins B1, B2, E, and leuthin. In addition to Soba we serve many varieties of Kobachi (Japanese tapas) accompanied with our excellent selection of sake and wine. Soba Nippon was featured in the Emmy Nominated television series, Sex in the City, and has been highly praised by Eric Asimov of the New York Times.
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Restaurant Soba Nippon reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (18)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (5)notable wine list (3)romantic (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Delicious buckwheat noodles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    They have homemade buckwheat noodles from their farm in Canada.We tried the "served hot with chicken".They are a better heartier texture than udon noodles. It comes in a broth like a soup. The waiter brought out 4 bowls so we could all try. Everyone tasted, all really enjoyed. I had salmon teriyaki, nicely cooked juicy not dry. Appetizers were good too. Service was friendly, attentive and fast. Prices very reasonable for New York. All and all a nice dining experience. We would go back again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great Find near MOMA
    FormerteacherVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant not too far from MOMA and not too heavy a meal. I looked and saw this Japanese restaurant and it looked very nice. It turned out to be a great place for lunch and then the Museum. I would definitely return and recommend it.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Average
    BrooklynBobVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food is average. We were looking forward to sukiyaki since not many restaurants serve it. It was OK. They didn't cook it at the table. There were only two pieces of meat per order. The sauce was average. They forgot one of our desserts and it took 30 minutes to get the check. I wouldn't return.
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  • Extremely Disappointed
    slater3d
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant appeared under the sushi listings. After being seated we were informed that sushi was no longer on the menu but that they specialized in soba noodles. We stayed; big mistake! We selected the steak wrap and octopus dumpling appetizers. The steak wraps were beautifully presented, though tasted like cast-offs from the Steak'um wafer steak factory. The dumplings were garnished with flakes that continued to move in a wavy/wriggly fashion throughout our meal, intriguing but also unsettling. I managed to bite just a dumpling's dough and actually gagged at what tasted like smoke and filth. I never got to the octopus. The warm noodles were bland and the broth and duck unappealing. We left nearly everything. The staff was friendly.
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  • Overpriced, Mediocre Food
    Icreatealot
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I was quite surprised that this restaurant was rated moderate for pricing. The 4 of us split 2 small appetizers and each had a noodle soup. We each had a glass of house white wine and our bill was a shocking $175.00. The appetizers were great but the soups were mediocre compared to any other I've had. The shrimp tempura udon noodle soup was served with the shrimp within the soup and not on the side which caused it to be soggy with the batter falling off. The soup taste was ordinary. The service was friendly but unfortunately didn't make up for the entrees.
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  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Fantastic, authentic Japanese food! Soba from Canada is amazing, especially the famous soba salad!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The typical Japanese restaurant
    Oyaguma
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    In NY manhattan, there are many Japanese restaurant, but I think this restaurant can offer good quality Japanese food from the view point of Japanese. Especially we can enjoy a delicious soba noodle, as the name of this restaurant shows. I felt the cost is little expensive, but I can recommend this restaurant to Japanese food lovers.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regina
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have dined here a few times, food, service is great. I would definitely recommend for either lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • delicious, excellent food
    noonisVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    this restaurant is an absolute gem. excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great pre-theater experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were there on Friday late afternoon. Been late for the show we expressed our concerns to the hosted. They couldn't be more accommodating. I've never had such ggratifying experience with service. And the food was simple and absolutely amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food, service is good
    Songman
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    One should really like Soba noodles. The way this restaurant prepares them I found I am not s fan of Soba noodles. Vegetarians will be happy with the menu, but I have had better Asian style soups in Vietnamese style restaurants for a much lower price. The family decided we would not return to this restaurant. However we realize this is a matter of taste and preference for Asian/Japanese style cuisine. Ambience and service as well as food preparation was all good. So if you like Soba noodles this restaurant is worth a try.
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  • Quick bite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Late night bite after a show. Quick and delicious noodles, but very hot!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Restaurant Soba Nippon reviews archive.
  • SOBA deluxe
    Stannie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Different varieties of soba offerings- and the usual sushi, etc.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only 3 Major ítems in the menú
    Isho
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    All of them do e superbly. The decor could use some freshening up
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Great place with attentive service in midtown. Wonderful sushi and sake.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A convenient Japanese
    Mike
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Only a block from MOMA! We went at 6:00. Quiet, so we could easily talk. Waitress didn't rush us, so we could linger. Food quite good. This is not cutting edge Japanese but great in other respects.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed, rude service.
    MWS61VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Wouldn't recommend this place for lunch unless you enjoy a wait staff that hovers over you asking 3 times in the first 5 minutes after sitting down what we wanted, without a smile or greeting. Food was was fine, but pricey, wait staff grabbed plates before my chopsticks hit the table to make for a super uncomfortable but quick turn of our table. Not a chance that I'd ever go back.
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  • Great sushi & noodles
    drjbates
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The noodles are wonderful. Recommend starting with noodle soup. Sushi good. Recommend
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  • great authentic japanese food
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Ingredient like tofu very well prepared with excellent flavors. Soba tasted like what my japanese friend use to prepare. Sukiyaki was perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Tasty
    DeanVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Food was very good, but do not go expecting high end service. This is a no frills place serving great sushi and authentic Japanese food.
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  • Great Soba
    2docs
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They make thirst own wheat soba noodle daily and they are worth going here for them alone. Sushi was good , dumplings were better. Rice bowl with eel was terrific. Will definitely return.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good but skimpy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was good but skimpy. We were still hungry when we left
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soba Nippon
    kerker
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    the food was excellent, the service very good and informative, perfect place to meet for conversationand wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much chop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I went there at the end of the year to have buckwheat noodles eatend on New Year's Eve, but it was too expensive. I didn't think cost performance was good.
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  • Tasty food in a strange environment
    rosenylund
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Just before heading to take our plane at JFK, going back to Paris (France), we had a very early meal (at least for us) in Soba Nippon. The food was very good, the servings generous and the service impeccable. We were 3 or 4 parties of two in a huge room, rather faded and almost sad. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the meal, at our pace and very close to our hôtel, ideally central.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    VinnyDeVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Very disappointing restaurant. The only thing good about it is it's location. The portions were extremely small and very over priced. The sushi did not seem fresh at all and the dumplings were just OK. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one. There are so many other restaurants to choose from. Don't waste your money here.
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  • Food and service were very
    Swimmom45
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Food and service were very good. Very casual authentic Japanese noodle house. Felt it was very expensive though.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great original noodles
    Nscover
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Never had noodles like those. They were very fresh and all the food beside that was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The watercress was good. The
    veggiefoodie
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The watercress was good. The staff was great. The decor was great. The food is so so. Nothing special.
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  • as a soba afficionado, I would
    ZathomeVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    as a soba afficionado, I would like Soba Nippon to have stronger stock and some sweetness to the broth and less soy sauce - which is a little to soy saucy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • An excellent choice!
    ReikiHelpsVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Soba Nippon has been around for a long time and we have been there many times. It's an excellent Japanese restaurant. The food is consistently excellent. The service is also very good. You can't go wrong there.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST. SOBA. EVER. the artisinal
    locavore51VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    BEST. SOBA. EVER. the artisinal nature and ownership of the product proves what can be done with something that many consider simple - IT ISN'T SIMPLE. and everything - noodles, sushi, salads, soups- was beautifully presented and delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    I eat in NYC a lot both personally and professionally and so ive become used to high prices in midtown. however the prices at Soba Nippon were so high as to leave us gasping! i have never seen a restaurant with such poor value.
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  • Not worth it
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Prices are very high for average fare. Wouldn't go back.
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  • This is a neighborhood favorite
    JARBVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    This is a neighborhood favorite because of its location, but the quality has been going downhill recently. Go for the Soba salad or the noodles; my sushi had a distinct "refrigerator" flavor to it. The dining experience would be more pleasurable if the wait staff weren't so obvious about wanting to turn tables.
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  • Nippon NY Restos Never Fail......
    RC4UVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Everything in their menu is very good. Special mention of the Soba salad.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Nice...
    Drewbee
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    In a word, my lunch experience at Soba was nice. The host was nice to me upon my arrival. The waitstaff were nice. The food was nice - decent selection. The cost was nice. That's about it. Never been for dinner; only lunch - nice place to go for lunch.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soba Nippon
    Nick
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Lured by an article in a NY paper about this being Yankee star Hideki Matsui's favorite NY Japanese eatery ,our family of four took my 25 year old son here for his birthday. Matsui is among his favorites and so's Japanese food. Service was great. Food was great, price was very reasonable for Mid-Town Manhattan.Enjoyed it thoroughly...Recommend it highly!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • I was boring and had the chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I was boring and had the chicken teriyaki...and it was splendid. Good food. Nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great noodles, rushed service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    As usual, both my dining companion & I greatly enjoyed the lunch special; their noodles are consistently excellent. The issue was that service was poor. As soon as we were seated (with a reservation), we were informed that if we wanted noodles (pretty much the point of this place) that we should order ASAP, because a group was coming in and if our order got stuck behind theirs (they weren't even in the restaurant yet) we would be significantly delayed. We ordered quickly, but then we continued to be rushed the rest of the meal. If they couldn't handle having tables other than the one large tour group, maybe there was one or other reservation they shouldn't have taken, rather than making repeat customers feel like second-class citizens.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.