Restaurant Nippon

4.7
590 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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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 590 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPaul
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Restaurant Nippon. It is one of the most underrated Japanese restaurants in the city.
Food is always excellent. They have sushi as well as innovative dishes, including negamyaki, which they invented. Their soba is grown on their own farm.

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MichaelW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had the sushi lunch special - $43 was high for what I received. The nigiri was of mixed quality, the tuna and salmon was very good, but the remainder was fair at best. Service was spectacular, location convenient and the ambiance very pleasant. I will likely give it another try to see if I was just unlucky, but I won't go out of my way.

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BarryS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Nippon since the mid-1960s. My latest meal there was excellent. I recommend Nippon highly. The sukiyaki is superb. The atmosphere is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food (not the most commonly known Japanese menu). Always worth a visit!

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LucaR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I hadn’t eaten in this restaurant for many years and was not disappointed last week. The food was as I remembered excellent and the service is spectacular. I would recommend it highly

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vipart4fart
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is standard sushi fare. It won't disappoint you; neither is it worth going out of your way for. The service is excellent. If you are in the midtown east and hankering for sushi, you could do worse.

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vipHeranD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, fresh and tasty food. I liked that the menu had many Japanese specialties. All the guests were pleased. Service was wonderful, and I loved the "old school" style of the place. Not flashy, just solid. Will definitely go back.

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vipCore
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing!

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vipRMA300
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was nicely prepared and tasted pretty good. The serving staff was friendly but seem to take too much time delivering meals.

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viprichardm
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. One of the best on New Yotk. Highly recommended.

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RichardA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at this restaurant for years. It only gets better. Last nights dinner was fantastic. Please have dinner there.

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vipProfessor
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Advertised as the oldest continuous Japanese restaurant in New York City (56th year) we decided to try it out. All of the staff were very gracious and the food was good quality but unfortunately it was seriously overpriced. Perhaps the best value we had was a bottle of dry chilled sake for $95. I like Japanese omelet so I ordered 2 pieces sushi and 2 pieces sashimi. The waiter did not tell me that in our mixed assortment plate there would also be omelet. I ordered an uni handroll and was advised that because of the quantity of uni they would be using, it is priced as a double portion; $40 is too much money, and the uni was not overflowing. In fact it was made up of small pieces trimmed off other orders and terrible value. The quality of the food was very good but considering that we only had one bottle of sake a bill of $525 for four people (with tax but before gratuity) is simply too much money. Next time I will remember HATSUHANA is a better choice.

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vipJoshuaA
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service with impeccable food. Highly recommend for sushi lovers!

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JonathanZ
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this restaurant for my wedding anniversary with my wife. We could not be more happy with this restaurant. Everybody was super nice, food was delicious, price-quality was great. We will definitely come back on our next trip to NY.

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PDnHK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience. Highly recommended!

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vipRosa777
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent old timer Japanese restaurant that has been around for a a long time. We ordered large sashimi which was very fresh and high quality. Homemade tofu was also great and came with tasty paste. Will come back to try more dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was so great all around. We had such a good time. The uni was so good.

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vipcarolr
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent here. The fish is very fresh and everything is prepared artfully to look appealing as well as taste delicious. It's very authentic Japanese food and although it is expensive, it is worth the price

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vipYummy325
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi!

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SJ19
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service here was outstanding! The waiter gave great food and drink recommendations and was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. He had great jokes too! Went for my birthday and right before Father's Day and they made us feel special with free desserts and a handmade card. Will definitely go back!

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vipPenn65000
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always fantastic! The sushi is fresh, rice is fantastic, service great.

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Bobthemechanic
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday dinner with friends and it could not have gone better. We loved the food and ambiance. It was such a great experience I would not hesitate to come back when I visit NYC. The service was also outstanding and very accommodating.

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DannyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its a real japanese restaurant with authentic dish

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MikaS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

素晴らしいサービスとお部屋を用意して頂き本当に感謝感激でした。馬越さん有難うございました♪すき焼きも美味しかったです。

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BarryS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is good see that the interior of the restaurant has been freshened up. I have eaten here since the 1960s. It is an excellent restaurant -- a very comfortable. It takes you back a bit to Japan's Edo era.

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vipcarolr
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent and everything is very authentic. I will certainly return.

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JHYH
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent Japanese establishment with a long and distinguished reputation. We are never disappointed.

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vipAaronW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Japanese restaurant from chef to waitresses!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was wonderful from start to finish. We had the 9 course tasting menu and I would highly recommend. The presentation of the food was lovely. We had a private room and had a wonderful experience. I will definitely be returning and suggesting to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Describing our whole experience in one word, exquisite.

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Hiroshi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed authentic Japanese meal in the quiet environment. Especially, Zaru Soba is great.

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RobertaC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE NIPPON-the service is amazing -the food is delicious-i think its the best in the city

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PamO
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and the women who welcomed us. Food was terrific.

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vipjonnnnnnn
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Everything is generally good but the size of the sushi portions is really quite small given the price. 50$ for a sushi platter with 14 pieces, those pieces were rather small vs many competitors.

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viprichardm
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
49 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
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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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 4.7 stars by 590 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.