Restaurant Nippon

4.7
602 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
What 602 people are saying
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LisaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! I had a wonderful lunch outdoors at Restaurant Nippon. The service was impeccable as always and the food was delicious. The outdoor setup is lovely and private and I felt safe eating there. I always have a great, authentic experience at Restaurant Nippon.

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vipnotjustveg
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Welcoming, wonderful experience! The staff could not have been nicer, offering advice and service when needed, but not intruding unnecessarily. The menu is traditional but innovative. We enjoyed a terrific, celebratory evening.

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ReikoO
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know them for 50 years, and recommend to anyone

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nippon has been consistent for me for over 20 years. One of the few Japanese restaurants with both great sushi and great Japanese barbecue. Superb service.

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Kalaiopua
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an oasis of serenity, relaxation, and enjoyment. The duck and the Seabass were excellent, though the fish a bit better than the duck. The octopus was delicious. But it was the way everything came together that was perhaps the best thing of all. We highly recommend this for people who like good food and good service and good conversation.

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vipmurlih
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First discovered in year 1972. Frequent diner, consistently good in food, service, ambience.

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vipFoodiesMom1
Charlotte
85 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. I am assuming due to staff shortages, service was slow. One drink was never delivered and we had to wait 25 minutes, after 3 requests for our bill. Noise issue was due to I e child , whose parents allowed him to run around.

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aaay
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice ambience, great service, delicious food :)

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

went here with my family and friends, we had the tempura which was very good, the karage which is also very good, and we got some nigiri sushi. as someone who really loves sushi i could tell that the fish wasn’t the freshest which for the price made me very disappointed. i would recommend anything on the menu except the sushi, ESPECIALLY if you already know and love good sushi

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vipJocelynY
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant ambiance and friendly personnel. Food was high quality-so delicious. I really had a very nice dining experience.

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jules
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was just amazing! The care taken in explaining various menu items, the selection and presentation of the food was the highest level. And the food - in our case sushi- was absolutely delightful and wonderful. We so enjoyed our dinner there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Poor food quality. Stay away from their tasting menu. Dishes are pre-made and taste worse than what I normally get from the Japanese supermarket.

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JHYH
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall experience was good, the food was excellent. The quality, the presentation and the variety really set this establishment apart from most others in NYC. This is real Japanese food.

On a more negative note… The waiter was a little too chatty for our liking, it felt like he forgot about us in the beginning as we waited about 30 minutes to order our food… said it was really busy inside but it wasn’t. He charged us for 2 bowls of rice which we ordered but never received, but we didn’t say anything just for the sake of leaving and not having to interact with him more than we already had.

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chico
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese Real Food. Always makes us happy and smile. Thank you for providing great services.

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Azuki
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly authentic Japanese restaurant. Very polite and friendly service. I felt like I was in Japan! Definitely come back again.

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vipReginaA
Miami
157 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This remains as one of my favorite classic Japanese restaurants in NYC. Interiors are inviting with careful attention to health safety measures. All Menu dishes remain consistent and authentic. I also like that they have lunch and seasonal specials.

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vipPaul
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
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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vipMichaelW
New York Area
5 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
4 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
22 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
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing!

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vipRMA300
New York Area
61 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
9 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
183 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
New York Area
2 reviews
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
21 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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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 602 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.