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Restaurant Nippon

4.7
4.7
687 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Enjoy the perfect mix of elegance and comfort at the original Nippon, New York's oldest authentic Japanese restaurant -- now in its 59th year!

Since 1963, we have been offering the best of traditional edo-mae (Tokyo) style Japanese dishes from Sukiyaki and Tempura to Sushi and multi-course Kaiseki.

A restaurant of firsts, Nippon was the first Japanese restaurant to serve Sushi in NYC, and made global headlines when founder successfully petitioned the FDA to allow fugu-blowfish to be imported to the U.S. Nippon is also the birthplace of the Beef Negimayaki and many other dishes that are now standard fare in Japanese restaurants around the world. In addition, Nippon makes its own premium quality ni-hachi soba-noodles and presses its own tofu.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Tempura

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:45 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 688-5941

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Akira Azuma

  • Catering

    Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-Private Rooms available for 2 - 25 guests. prix-fixe menu including traditional Japanese Kaiseki, and our famous Sukiyaki and Kamo-nabe (duck hot-pot) can be enjoyed in a Japanese style tatami rooms. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party contact

    Yasuhiro Makoshi: (212) 688-5941

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    6 train to 51st Street and E & M trains to Lexington Ave-53rd Street.<br />Short walk from Grand-Central terminal.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 687 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. d

    doteni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Japanese cuisine. I enjoyed Edamame, Karaage, Sukiyaki, and Anmitsu.
  2. S

    Scott

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nippon is great. The sushi is very high quality, the soba is the best in NYC, the servers are very kind and the set up is quiet enough to have a really good business lunch. I love this place.
  3. C

    susieC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sushi or rather RICE with a little bit of tuna definitely NOT spicy. Cold entree and wort sake ever
  4. l

    lilbibby

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great find in Midtown. Beautiful ambiance, cheery and attentive staff, great food. Though their sushi
  5. KI

    KINYC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Here is one of the first Japanese restaurants in New York City. I visited with my American friend for a kind of farewell party, feels like I'm visiting a restaurant in Japan. All dishes were very good and sophisticated.
  6. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was tasty although the curry skimped on the protein. The sushi was great.
  7. KS

    KanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is very good atmosphere and best quality Japanese food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic good quality unpretentious food. Able to kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet in busy noisy NYC. Will be coming back when we next visit New York.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great traditional Japanese food. Would come again.
  10. 1

    11and14

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic, great food & service! Highly recommend!
  11. A

    Ansafo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good good and service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience; incredibly friendly staff who made us feel like the only people in the restaurant. Food was superb!
  13. OM

    OldMannishBoy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect quiet business lunch, as always. Consistent and welcoming
  14. DT

    DeborahT

    Manitoba

    105 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Omakase was very good. Sushi plate not as much. The rice was not stuck together well and fell apart too easily. Became very messy. Amount of food was scant for a $75 plate.
  15. LA

    LauraA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, wonderful, creative Japanese food - Nippon is a regular stop every time we come to NYC!
  16. GL

    GaryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, food was great
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    small additions could make the place go from good to great.
  18. C

    Cheunger

    New York Area

    240 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    240 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great lunch spot around the office. Clean and satisfying overall.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    our waiter didn't take our order correctly. Wrong dish came out, but he insisted that he took the order right. And after one hour of our seating for the lunch, the waiters took turns to remove our plates while my guest was still eating. My guest ordered got Shrimp donburi instead of lunch special bento.

    Restaurant NipponResponded on August 29, 2022My name is Naoki Kinoshita, a new CEO of Restaurant Nippon since July 1st. Thank you so much for choosing Nippon to spend your mealtime. Our team takes our service very seriously, so we are very sorry to hear about your experience and miscommunication that occurred. We also spoke with your server who took your order and are reviewing your case to make sure that this does not happen again. Hope you consider visiting us again and give us a chance to giver you a much better experience.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service
  21. RN

    RolfN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    an unmissable classic. the soba salad wins every time.
  22. HM

    HugoM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this place, the food is delicious . Great place in NY
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always perfect for a quiet simple but delicious meal. Will be back
  24. JM

    JamesM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent high quality authentic Japanese food, fresh fish and friendly staff.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for past four years. Never been disappointed. Excellent food and service - Always.
  26. NY

    NYCie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, delicious food. A classic spot.
  27. JN

    JamesNYC

    New York Area

    233 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    233 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice service, fast, good fresh fish and great sake
  28. PS

    PasqualeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi was delicious and the service was excellent.
  29. OM

    OldMannishBoy

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience as always. Thoughtful food and service in a relaxed setting.
  30. r

    richardm

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around!
  31. I

    Isabella

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always excellent. A great place to go to for a special day.
  32. S

    Sokuhi

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Food was great. Enjoyed the authentic Japanese ambience down to the fast and efficient service.
  33. p

    pari

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, good service but a bit expensive (its NYC after all & inflationary times!)
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perennial favorite. The sushi always delicious. But so are the Bento box, noodles, and dessert. Service always incredible.
  35. e

    ebuff

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was terrific. Service was absolutely the best service I have ever received in this city!
  36. ON

    OldNYer

    Denver

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been eating at the Nippon, probably since it opened and loved coming with my mother. They've always had the softest rice that just melts in your mouth and the best tempura outside of Tokyo.
  37. A

    Amelia

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everybody was very nice and helpful, we came with a toddler. The food was delicious. I really enjoyed the vegetable tempura, with a lot of different vegetables.
  38. OM

    OldMannishBoy

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet oasis in midtown with delicious food. Outstanding as always.
  39. BL

    BeverlyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable and traditional Japanese dining room. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The beef sukiyaki was amazing, fresh sushi and seaweed salad was delicious. The Service was well-timed and friendly.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ton-Katsu was excellent and my guest said it was the best Ton-Katsu she’s ever had. Thank you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Restaurant Nippon does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates. Restaurant Nippon also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 688-5941.

Restaurant Nippon is rated 4.7 stars by 687 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Restaurant Nippon

155 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:45 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Tempura

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    6 train to 51st Street and E & M trains to Lexington Ave-53rd Street.Short walk from Grand-Central terminal.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Akira Azuma

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 688-5941

  • Catering

    Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-Private Rooms available for 2 - 25 guests. prix-fixe menu including traditional Japanese Kaiseki, and our famous Sukiyaki and Kamo-nabe (duck hot-pot) can be enjoyed in a Japanese style tatami rooms. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party contact

    Yasuhiro Makoshi: (212) 688-5941

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