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Restaurant Nippon

343 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for a Date
Restaurant Nippon opened in August 1963, becoming the first Japanese Restaurant in the U.S.A. with an authentic sushi bar.
In 1988, we introduced nihachi soba (with ratio of 80% of buckwheat flour to 20% of wheat flour) made from buckwheat seeds cultivated at our own farm in CANADA.
In 1989, after five years of negotiations with the F.D.A., we received an exclusive license to import Japanese " Tiger Blow Fish " ( Tora Fugu).
In November 2006, we became the only importers of natural wasabi from the Gifu prefecture, Japan.
In 2007, we started producing and serving tofu, home-made daily with soy beans cultivated at the Canadian farm.
On November 11, 2009, for the above contributions in the promotion of Japanese culture through Japanese food, owner and president of Restaurant Nippon, Nobuyoshi Kuraoka, was awarded by the Japanese Government " The Order of The Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette ", (Tantamount to British Knighthood )
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 688-5941
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Haruo Shibata
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Private party facilities
Japanese style Tatami private rooms accommodate 2 - 25 guests and can offer pre-fixe menus including traditional Japanese Kaiseki.
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Private party contact
Yasuhiro Makoshi: (212) 688-5941
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Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono.
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Cross street
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
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Public transit
6 train to 51st Street and E & V trains Lexington Ave-53rd Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 343 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Sushi was very fresh but extremely expensive. We had two inexpensive appetizers, two standard sushi/sashimi entrees and four small carafes of saki. The bill was $275 plus tip. There are other terrific sushi restaurants nearby at half the cost so we won’t likely return.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fugu sashimi was amazing

Duckie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was very crowded and loud with a large party of about 40 taking up all the service.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Had dinner here with a friend and our kids aged 10, 7 and 4. While this is not a kid friendly spot per se, they were accommodating and kind. The Shabu Shabu was an experience for the kids for sure. The soba noodles were delicious. We weren’t terribly adventurous in what we ordered since it was the kids first time eating Japanese food but everything we got was very good or better.

NYCFoodieinTraining (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing experience.

The first thing that strikes when stepping in is the decor and environment. It feels like a different time period; quiet yet welcoming, taking the best of times from a few decades ago.

The food is tasty mainly due to their proprietary sauces. The portions are generous, but it won’t leave a person huffing to finish a dish, perfect portions. We ordered the soba salad, beef, and duck dishes, I recommend all of them

Madison (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful restaurant week meal - Soba salad, sukiyaki, green tea ice cream - friendly, professional reception and service - We have been to Japan many times, and of all the Japanese restaurants in the metro NYC area, this is one we go to for authentic Japanese food . . . They are licensed to serve Fugu (blowfish), too . . . can't wait to go back . . .

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

overall nice, but the fish was fishy

Lazsh (Mexico City)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018


OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This place was around the corner from our hotel, we booked quick on onetable and was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the place. Staff is dressed in traditional Japanese attire and make you feel very welcome. Small tables in the center of the small dining area and a few private rooms lining the walls. Very cozy. I got a sweet egg omelet sashimi (no rice) and my fiancé got a fire salmon roll for apps. My omelet is like a firm custard sweet and eggy and cold. Good! Fiancés was good about 6 pieces. Oh also they give you hot moist rolled washcloths to clean your hands. Nice touch and they smelled of freshly laundered towels. Not musty.

I asked for hot tea and got some wonderful hot green tea which they topped off probably 10 times! Great service! We were given tofu miso soup that was the most amazing I had ever had. Especially since I hate miso. I got 8 nigiri assorted sushi (one was salmon roe with rice) and 6 sushi rolls that melted in your mouth, fiancé got a beef dish that was beef rolled and stuffed with seaweed, then carrot,bean sprouts and white rice on the side. He loved it! Finished with mango sorbet and matcha mochi from Matsue, Japan.

Everything melted in your mouth, and they were swift and happy to answer questions. It was like they were honored to serve you. It was truly an honor just to be served by THEM! It was a wonderful and humbling experience. We both loved it!!!!
Highly recommend and recommend looking up their history. Saw someone bring a baby about 1, seemed kinda hard to find a highchair and kinda loud in the quiet zen like place. I’d say kids 10 and up if well behaved. Great for dates!!!!!

vipSuzyQ (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

I feel like I am in Japan when I dine at Nippon. It has very good authentic Japanese food.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Food decent but poor service and WAY over priced, dont know how they still have patrons, would not recommend

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

A delicious meal with excellent service. The chicken soba salad is unique and very good with chicken, noodles, veggies, and dressing. Yum!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

A nice quiet and cozy restaurant with a large selection of lunch combination specials. Their noodles are made in-house, so there's a wide selection - very fresh and was perfectly cooked. I had the curry rice/zaru soba lunch special. The curry was very good and authentic and the zaru soba was well made. It also came with a salad. A nice lunch spot to catch up with friends as the noise level was low, so that we can hear each other! Service was attentive, but not overly so. Overall a comfortable experience with authentic Japanese food. Only negative was it's a bit pricey ($30 pre set lunch) for a lunch with rice and noodles.

JoseMML (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Old-fashioned as can be--they bring hot towels if you eat something messy with your fingers--and very authentic. It may not be the greatest Japanese restaurant in NYC, but it holds its own as a moderately-expensive place with more-than-decent food.

GaryF (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Loved the miso soup and eel roll. Also this is one of the best, bar none incl. Nobu, tempuras I've ever had. However, I would've very much liked a bit more in my portion size. I found myself quite hungry and eating a lot of rice just to feel half way filled up. Ambience was very nice with a very friendly staff and ownership team. Would probably come back particularly with assurances from friends that portion size on tempura has improved.

LivintheDream (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Old school Japanese. As others have noted the decor is a bit tired but the soba noodles and sushi were stellar. Would return just for the noodles and broth - very very good. A decent value in midtown. Conscientious service and a laid back atmosphere.

vipfujiapple (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Authentic Japanese restaurant. They get their fish directly from Japan. Everything was delicious.

vipDSR45 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Restaurant Nippon is the original high end, authentic, New York Japanese restaurant. On the same street for over 55 years, this New York classic has its own soba farm in Canada that provides its wonderful noodles, as well as a traditional Kaiseki cuisine. The most attentive, traditional, Japanese staff in the city makes this the most welcoming of New York’s Japanese restaurants.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Waiter forgot part of order. Sashimi lunch was an extremely small portion. I thought it was an appetizer instead of lunch. For high prices, not worth it.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent, fresh sushi, always