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.
- 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
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Instantly increase your points with dining rewards
See availability for bonus point tables
Sun 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Sat 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Una Jyu lunch is delicious, service is excellent!
Excellent food and clean , organized restaurant! Very professional service.
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.
Great food and service. Especially nice outdoor seating
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.
Very traditional Japanese restaurant. I would definitely go again!!!
First time going to Nippon, I highly recommend. The food was delicious!
I am Japanese guy living in NY and it serves most legitimate taste of Japanese cuisine.
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.
Great atmosphere if you enjoy traditional Japanese dining! Menu was tough to navigate. But the Japanese culture and experience was phenomenal.
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.
Authentic Japanese restaurant. They have counters( which we can't use now), terraces, tables and private room. We can use any occasions.
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.
Great service. Welcomed nicely by staff
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.
Wonderful caring owners and staff, exceptional service and wonderful food.
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!
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.
I love Nippon.
In light of the pandemic, I appreciated the PPE partitions. The service was excellent. The sushi was delicious.
excellent food... outdoor seating is not the best option, but no no choice in this matter at the moment
Service was great and food was delicious.
3 year Anniversary. They brought out a bottle of Moët to share with my fiancé.
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!
Outside dining was fun. Our waitress was so attentive always making sure our saki cup was full. Food was delicious
Great food and service! Dishes were very detailed and servers were very welcoming and attentive.
I have dined at Nippon many times and I always love it. Their sidewalk tent setup is fantastic and sitting outside is extremely pleasant!
As best as possible on the street. Very accommodating.
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.
Seated outside. Very friendly service. Sashimi is fresh. Sushi Rice is average. Great miso soup .
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.
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
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
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.
A very delightful outside seating experience with beautiful music and separation from the road and other diners. Delicious sushi and overall wonderful time!
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.
They don't take your reservations seriously. Smells like trash on the street too
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!
Wonderful spot & sushi was top notch
A delightful lunch al fresco. The sushi was top notch, the service was friendly and pleasant. I will be back often... A real find!
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.