Restaurant Nippon

4.6
549 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 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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

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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 549 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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viprichardm
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and very authentic I went there to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday the staffs are very friendly and good service .... can’t wait to go back there again

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vipFoodie
Miami
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was very courteous. We had a course meal and everyone of 6 dishes were delicious.

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vipErrolD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese food

I would go there everyday

It is everything it is made out to be

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vipPbiznatch
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is traditional Japanese cuisine at its finest. The sukiyaki is worth traveling for, and the house made soba noodles are the best in the city. The ambiance is dated, and the service sometimes a bit unsure. Still the food is superb and never fails to deliver.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Nice people but I had the back cod and it was Tiny. The service was just off. My friend ordered the vegetable tempura but they brought shrimp. My dinner was supposed to come with a miso so soup that they never brought it out. However they were nice people maybe everything’s off because of the pandemic?

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vipNatie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Decent food and good service. Atmosphere is tradition Japanese. Wine and its selection was not that great. The place smelled like smoke, I don't know who and where was smoking you could really smell it. Chop sticks were cheap, -- I got splinter from using it. Overall was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La mejor experiencia, la atención insuperable! La comida de primera. El restaurant espectacular!!!

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vipKathy2go
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an extraordinary dining experience at the restaurant Nippon. We ordered the Spring season kaiseki 6-courses meal. Each course was savory & sensational. It was such a treat to dine there!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and we had the best waiter!

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Magstar3k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was great as well.

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TKuro
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Fabulous! Everything was indeed superb, authentic Japanese Restaurant! And also they are providing thoroughgoing safety measures.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was outstanding the service was outstanding just a wonderful experience I loved it and I can’t wait to go back and bring my friends. That Japanese pastry was out of this world The soba salad with the most delicious tofu and the Sashimi was so fresh the tuna just melted in your mouth the best we ever hang.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful traditional authentic ryori

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VivianaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is very good. Authentic Japanese. Good value. We ate at the outdoor tables. The ambience it's nice but it could be a bit more refined (plastic flowers and tablecloth are easy to be replaced by real ones!)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food is divine. I’m not sure what is in the dressing of the soba salad but it’s sooo good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service

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vipDLNY
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A tour to Japan without leaving the country. A true Kanseki experience. Dishes are beautifully presented and the flavor is perfectly well balanced. The tables are with good distance from each other. Staff are attentive. Lovely decor. We really enjoy our dinner here and will come back again.

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vipTakashiN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japnese delicious foods.
Sushi set was excellent.

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vipLeslie
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food as incredible. Very fine traditional Japanese restaurant. I wish I had know about that restaurant before ! What really stood out for us was the service! The food was delicious but the service is one of the best service I experienced in years! We were to celebrate my daughter’s 6th birthday and it’s really not a typical restaurant where you can go with children as it’s fine Japanese cuisine but my kids love this kind of food; yet the attention provided to us and our children was incredible. The waiter and hostess were very knowledgeable about the menu and how to match it to our needs! I can’t wait to back with some friends next time!

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vipNeko
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was bad. Fishy, hard rice, salmon was not grilled it was over cooked, and thereby hard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi experience ever even with teenagers

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vipFlow
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Best sushi in Midtown East.

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vipLiza
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their food and service are outstanding. The outdoor seating is in a four sided hut with open windows and doors, and partitions between tables. We were near the door so felt like there was good airflow. The heating was overhead electric heating, which was effective enough to take our heavy coats off - which was a nice change for outdoor dining in winter!

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vipEater
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

美味しかった です。

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vipSMdiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, especially the soba salad. Also consistently excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised by the tasty dishes. The tofu in dashi was a stand out for us. We ate outside although the tents are 3/4 sided. I would have felt more comfortable with more air flow. The service was excellent, friendly and super safe! Went in to use restroom and it was impeccably clean. Definitely will return!

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Charley
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nicely set up for outdoor dining, electric heaters made it very comfortable. Service is always excellent.

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Foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Una Jyu lunch is delicious, service is excellent!

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vipKdining
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and clean , organized restaurant! Very professional service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a time of a pandemic- Nippon came through. Alex- probably the greatest waiter who has ever served. The food, atmosphere, and staff were beyond lovely. If you’re looking for a safe place to dine as well as having some amazing food nippon is your place. I will deff be returning and telling all my friends and family to go. Please ask for Alex, he is the waiter from heaven. If I could give more than five stars I would.

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vipStephenD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Especially nice outdoor seating

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vipLanaR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super authentic Japanese food. I lived in Japan and rarely get to see some of the items that they have on their menu, which is extensive. Everything tasted super flavorful and fresh, and the service was really warm and friendly. Perfect social distancing and spotless clean.

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vipGeoffreyP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very traditional Japanese restaurant. I would definitely go again!!!

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martham
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

First time going to Nippon, I highly recommend. The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am Japanese guy living in NY and it serves most legitimate taste of Japanese cuisine.

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vipeatwell35
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant - the very first Japanese restaurant to debut in NYC. Service was fantastic food was beautifully presented and delicious. Temperature checks done upon entry and all staff wore gloves, masks, and even visors. Highly recommended and definitely will return soon. The sukiyaki and the inaniwa plus chef selection of sashimi were my favorites.

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Sincere
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great atmosphere if you enjoy traditional Japanese dining! Menu was tough to navigate. But the Japanese culture and experience was phenomenal.

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Mdubaj08
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Nippon is fantastic! I’ve been multiple times and it truly is an authentic Japanese dining experience. Their customer service, attention to detail and quality of food is perfect. I highly recommend this place.

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You can order delivery directly from Restaurant Nippon using the Order Online button. Restaurant Nippon also offers 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 549 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.