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Restaurant Nippon

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478 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Enjoy the perfect mix of elegance and comfort at the original Nippon, New York's oldest authentic Japanese restaurant -- now in its 56th 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Sun 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Sat 5:30PM - 8:00PM

What 478 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipFABINNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Authentic Japanese food, experience and great/friendly service!

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vipHEIHEI
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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RyanD
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining setup, with partitions between tables and a relaxing garden vibe. Food was fantastic!

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Henriv
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a really nice dinner here - outside and with a lot of privacy. Attention to detail is immaculate and service level good. Food is also worth the visit! Will be coming back

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vipTrespasser
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the service and food was fantastic. Under the circumstances it was a top quality effort.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Outdoor dining extremely noisy

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vipPaul
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nippon. I think Nippon is the most underrated Japanese restaurant in New York.

Food is always good. And in addition to traditional sushi, they serve many Japanese dishes not easily available. Well have never had a bad or disappointing meal there.

Glad they are redecorating. It is needed. But the food here is always great.

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vipDedicated
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very cramped quarters and rushed service. Is being renovated and hopefully will lead to a better experience.

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vipPatriciaM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very old school Japanese restaurant. I loved the ambiance, but the service and food were only okay. Even though they say they have vegetarian options, the server was offended and astonished when we asked. She sputtered they have a few salads, but wasn’t even sure they had the vegetable roll listed on the menu.

JM
vipJamesM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

not sure I like the new menu. miss the noodle options

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Mdubaj08
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

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MatthewD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical! Staff was warm and accommodating. Food was exceptional! Authentic Japanese cuisine at its finest!!!

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vipGlobalFoodie707
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 30 years of service, Nippon is the original Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. They are a proud and excellent kitchen, service and management team.

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DadiamT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Recommended to go there by a patron at another sushi restaurant we met in Chelsea. We were looking for Sukiyaki, which is not common to find anymore. This restaurant had the best sukiyaki we have had in a long time. The staff were very friendly and prompt.
Nice and quiet so we could chat all night long.

Restaurant Nippon
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so happy you enjoyed your Sukiyaki! We look forward to welcome you back soon.

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vipMasa
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Japanese restaurant. Quiet and seats are separate. Good for business dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

私の好きな日本酒、佐賀の「七田」が置いてあり、
満足しました。

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vipalshin
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Surprisingly good experience I wasn't expecting. They put us in a private dining room and emphasized that they won't be charging extra. Waitress was a little curt but warmed up toward the end. Anniversary menu was a great bargain. My guests who are Japanese food novices loved it.

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vipCynthiaW
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi and great service - really convenient location

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Over priced.

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RaviA
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best and most authentic Japanese food restaurant. We have been going there for 11 years now, and never go to any other restaurant for Japanese food.

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viperic
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of most authentic Japanese restaurants I have been. Wonderful food and service.
Expensive but worth it. A special place, and it was lunch.

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vipMarkB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. They are very attentive.

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vipRichardR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid and authentic mainstay of Japanese cuisine in New York. Under the experienced guidance of longtime GM, Yasuhiro Makoshi, this restaurant has a diverse menu and relaxing environment with high quality offerings. While not flashy, you will enjoy a first rate dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The lunch service is not as nice as the wait staff kept rushing us; rushing to order, rushing to serve multi-courses ... I don’t do midtown sit down expensive lunch unless it’s a meeing. I would not come again.

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vipQaziF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Nice ambiance - food not that great. COD was certainly not fresh. Very mediocre

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FredrikE
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Overall, a positive experience with good and friendly service. Food was a bit mixed in all fairness, fantastic miso soup but average tuna sushi. Restaurant Is a bit old-fashioned but nicely quiet, which is a rare treat in NYC.

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vipFatimaG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’m glad I found this sushi restaurant in NYC! Loved the food and the service! Will be back next time I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Ganz lieber Service. Essen langweilig aber qualitativ gut. Ambiente leider mangelhaft.

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option
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual.
Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My colleague from India loved the Sushi a la Nippon and green team ice cream so so much. Thank you for the excellent food as always.

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vipTakashiN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. Sushi and Saba was so nice.

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vipDSR45
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Nippon has been at the top of the classical Japanese restaurant scene in New York for over half a century for a very good reason. While it doesn’t have the star appeal of Nobu or the niche gastronomic panache of Masa, Nippon was one of the very first NYC introductions to the full Japanese dining tradition, and 56 years on remains one of the best. For a traditional, exquisite, quiet, romantic or business meal, this is a wonderful choice. They have their own soba farm in Canada, the most attentive Japanese service in New York, and an elegant, understated dining room. (Trivia: since Japan Airlines began flying, Nippon has catered their first class Japanese meals out of New York, and they’re still doing it!)

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vipNewyorker
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was a lunch with a friend who is also a work colleague. Excellent food and I loved the quiet of the restaurant. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more considerate. The food was excellent. Only quibble was that it was on the pricey side. The restaurant was as neat and meticulously kept as I've ever seen, including what we could see of the kitchen, as we were seated near the sushi bar. The price will make me keep it to special occasions, but I'll enjoy it when I do go.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nippon on E 52nd has always been our local sushi place. It never disappoints. Excellent sushi, reasonable prices and a quiet environment for business discussions.

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dubkash
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough great things about this place. The food was absolutely delicious. The service that was provided to us was top notch! I would find it hard pressed to find a better place than this in New York City. And this is coming from people that have been to the finest French restaurants finest Italian places and finest steakhouses in the city. Highly recommended!

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JennyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and the service was extraordinary. I would recommend this place if you would like to eat authentic Japanese foods.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nippon is my favorite Japanese restaurant in NYC. The food and service are outstanding.

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vipBrooklynBob
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great sukiyaki cooked at our table. Very friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best!

FAQs

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

Restaurant Nippon is rated 4.6 stars by 478 OpenTable diners.

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