Restaurant Nippon

4.5
518 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 518 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Una Jyu lunch is delicious, service is excellent!

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vipKdining
New York Area
13 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
7 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
2 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
1 review
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
25 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
2 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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vipShizukaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese restaurant. They have counters( which we can't use now), terraces, tables and private room. We can use any occasions.

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vipJasmineC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had the winter Kaiseki it was to die for! Super delicious and interesting. Service was okay could of been better. Dessert was a matcha tiramisu made with tofu which I didn’t care for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Welcomed nicely by staff

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vipDana
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! The staff were so attentive and made sure our 14-month-old daughter was entertained and well-fed the whole time! The food was authentic and delicious - and beautiful presentations. Also - solid outdoor heaters!! Highly recommend.

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vipCarmelaM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful caring owners and staff, exceptional service and wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was amazing, from the time we walked up. Customer service was very pleasant and every dish we ordered were what we expected-DELICIOUS!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was very good but the road is very noise and busy. It’s not their fault but it was hard to have a conversation. I will go for indoor dining next time.

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vipEater
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Nippon.

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vipLauren
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In light of the pandemic, I appreciated the PPE partitions. The service was excellent. The sushi was delicious.

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IgorZ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food... outdoor seating is not the best option, but no no choice in this matter at the moment

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 year Anniversary. They brought out a bottle of Moët to share with my fiancé.

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Enjoying
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Nippon was an absolutely perfect dining experience. My newlywed, Husband and I ventured out for a special date night dinner, and the staff at Restaurant Nippon gave us the absolute best experience. Better than we could have hoped for! Everyone was incredibly kind and had so much pride for their restaurant and food. The ambiance was gorgeous and the best COVID safe set up I've seen in the city! Tons of space between tables, hand sanitizers on all the tables, the staff had masks and shields on. There set up had beautiful flowers and greenery. The food was exceptional. The yellowfin tuna sushi was delicious! All of the food we had was A+. Highly recommend this restaurant for a special night out. It felt like a little piece of normal in this crazy COVID world. Thank you to the entire staff for giving us an exceptional evening!

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Jojo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining was fun. Our waitress was so attentive always making sure our saki cup was full. Food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Dishes were very detailed and servers were very welcoming and attentive.

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vipUpperEastSideGirl
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at Nippon many times and I always love it. Their sidewalk tent setup is fantastic and sitting outside is extremely pleasant!

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Resreview
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As best as possible on the street. Very accommodating.

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Brown
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Small sushi servings for the price. Even during this challenging time for restaurants we were pretty disappointed. We left the place hungry after having spent some significant dough. That said, the staff were very friendly and attentive.

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vipAlan
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Seated outside. Very friendly service. Sashimi is fresh. Sushi Rice is average. Great miso soup .

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MaelO
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, efficient service, and an outstanding ambience for curbside. Nippon took the current circumstances and create an environment reminiscent of Japanese style street. Not only did they adapt but they also elevated it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time there! We were met by a group of people that worked there that were all eager to assist us. We sat outside, and they were super diligent about our safety during the pandemic. Food was great! We would love to go back again. It was my girlfriends birthday and they surprised us with an ice cream plate and sung her happy birthday- honestly, the BEST green tea ice cream we’ve ever had

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vipgloriaa
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Japanese food--the soba is handmade daily and every dish is a delight. Lunch and dinner offer comfortable outdoor seating, caring service and outstanding quality

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vipIrisL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The service was wonderful. Definitely no complaints there. Food quality however, was awful. We ordered the sushi lunch. For $42: You get 8 pieces of nigiri and your choice of roll. I chose the spicy tuna. I wish I had a pic to show. The quality of sushi was no better than what I would get at a supermarket. The spicy tuna roll was a plain tuna and a tuna meager piece with a ton of rice. The food quality did not warrant the price. What we were paying for was to eat on the streets in midtown. Very disappointed and won’t be back.

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Liza
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A very delightful outside seating experience with beautiful music and separation from the road and other diners. Delicious sushi and overall wonderful time!

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vipAnnaM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll put 5 stars for the ambiance because had I been able to sit inside it would have been wonderful as it’s absolutely lovely. The outdoor dining is just what it is but that’s not on them, they try. The food was very cool and just what a foodie like me loves to try. It was beautifully presented, inventive, and super fresh. Also really, really great value. The kind of kaiseki menu I would’ve paid way more for. Staff were also very kind and welcoming.

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Dlee
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They don't take your reservations seriously. Smells like trash on the street too

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vipChaz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is another instance where Yelp gets it wrong, and you should not trust the average rating on Yelp to determine whether a restaurant is good or bad. At 3½ starts, you may think that you would pass, and you would totally miss out. Don't order the standard things that you can get at any Japanese restaurant or make at home yourself. The point of eating out is to try out things you have never tried nor know how to make.

I ordered Restaurant Nippon's 57th Anniversary Summer Edo-Mae KAISEKI Dinner, and it was great. Even though I have been to Japan more than ten times, I had all these little specialty things I never tried before, because they were made by a executive chef that is a master at their craft. Everything was a new flavor and texture, and it was definite a unique course!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot & sushi was top notch

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vipRobertP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful lunch al fresco. The sushi was top notch, the service was friendly and pleasant. I will be back often... A real find!

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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 4.5 stars by 518 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.