About Restaurant Nippon

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 )

155 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 688-5941

Website:
http://restaurantnippon.com/

Catering:
Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono.

Public Transit:
6 train to 51st Street and E & V trains Lexington Ave-53rd Street.

Executive Chef:
Haruo Shibata

Private Party Facilities:
Japanese style Tatami private rooms accommodate 2 - 25 guests and can offer pre-fixe menus including traditional Japanese Kaiseki.

Private Party Contact:
Yasuhiro Makoshi: (212) 688-5941

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Restaurant Nippon Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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4.1

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3.9

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81% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·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 . . .

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 (México)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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 (New York Area)·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!!!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Healthy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent, fresh sushi, always

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I've been coming here since I was a young boy in 1967...and I've never had a bad meal. This was no exception. It was terrific. A great mix of traditional Japanese, duck and beef and some awesome sushi. Nippon is really a great landmark NYC restaurant.

Jon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent food for mixed parties of sushi eaters and non-sushi folks. The soba salad is one of the best in NYC!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was fine but, in my opinion, was a bit too much for the value. I ordered Duck bowl and my son ordered Sukiyaki with a total price tag of $67 excluding tips. The interior needs some renovation as I could feel the restaurant has been there since late 70's.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The best and freshest sushi coupled with the most amazing salads, in a quiet well appointed room and attentive wait staff. I loved it and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

fantastic authentic japanese cuisine.... super sake selection.... room rather dated....otherwise awesome sushi

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Having been long time fans of Restaurant Nippon, we were not surprised to have a delicious meal, but it seemed particularly good this time. It seems in defiance of all the trends they improve all the time. One of the most mouth watering dishes is the soba salad with beef, but it is also served with other yummy things. Of course the sushi and sashimi is perfect every time and plus, one just has to try the authentic Japanese specials that they have seasonally. Oishi!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Wonderful food! Everything Was delicious!!! We ordered beef sukiyaki and it was outstanding!! The soba noodle salad was also great! Would definitely come back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We found it , at least for dinner, to be a great place to dine w/friends, easy to talk and enjoy wonderful food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We have eaten here on each annual trip to New York City. This is traditional Japanese restaurant that is family owned and operated. They grow their own buckwheat and make fresh SOBA noodles daily. The soba noodle entrees are outstanding and very authentic (also healthy). They come hot and cold accompanied by a variety of meats, fish, poultry or tofu.
We also had two green tea desserts; one of which comes folded in a small package...very pretty...it is green tea matcha based and imported from Japanese....a little pop of zing and something lovely.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Unquestionably the best Japanese restaurant in the city. Everything breathes authenticity. The first time I went was 1968. I try all the others but always come back here.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Place needs a major renovation and the food portions are so small you have to order two entrees at rip off prices. Not worth it at all.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Nippon is an old standard Japanese restaurant in NYC that I have enjoyed for 35 years. Delicious food that is carefully prepared with tremendous variety. Sushi bar, cooked dishes, specialties like Anago Don and wonderful curry.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Nippon is the number 1 traditional Japanese restaurant on New York. Always outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The sashimi and soups were excellent but $35 for a jar of hot sake is ridiculous.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

The portion of the food was terrible. I was very surprised at the price compare to the price. I wonder why they have a great zagat rated review.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

There are hipper, sexier and more modern Japanese restaurants in NYC, but none better. Restaurant Nippon goes way beyond sushi offering classic Japanese meat and noodle dishes. Food is great.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Everytime he stays in New York he visits restaurant Nippon.
My father loves restaurant Nippon's beef salad so much.
I tried beef salad this time and found beef tender and delisious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

This was our second time at Nippon, we had the Goma-ae and fluke as appetizers & Vegetable Sushi as a main for 2 people, an assortment of 8 pc. of sushi - pickled radish, mushroom (similar flavor to nametake), capsicum, asparagus, tofu skin & dengaku eggplant- and 1 roll with cucumber and avocado. Possibly the best vegetarian sushi I have ever had. A light and healthy meal that is considerately prepared. The staff are very accommodating and the interior space is beautiful and homely.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Mio sake is so great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Always Five Stars. Rare gem for authentic Japanese foods with friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Hmm, was a bit disappointed in Nippon. I wanted to enjoy a highly authentic sushi lunch in midtown area and was quite excited to read that Nippon was the original Japanese sushi restaurant in the area, dating back to 1963. Unfortunately the lunch experience did not match expectations. The restaurant is not shabby, but looks tired. Normally I would prefer to eat at the sushi counter - we did not request this however, and I'm glad we didn't as we would have been looking at metal plates separating a chef who was cooking tempura in a large container of oil. It's definitely not a "show counter".
The sushi itself was decent but not exceptional. Service was ok but not performed to Japanese standards of attention nor finesse. I was not convinced the wasabi was freshly ground - although the restaurant claims to import fresh wasabi root from Japan. The color was too bright - perhaps they blend synthetic with real for the lunchtime crowd...
A couple of days earlier I had eaten at Nobu 57 - also for lunch. Much more trendy and modern - not trying to be traditional. Frankly it was better in every way - and cheaper !
Nippon need to up their game if they want to survive another 50 years in Manhattan...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

I've been to Tokyo several times over the past 40 years, and I find Nippon to be a pretty good replica of a Japanese restaurant. Sushi is fresh and expertly prepared. A good place for a business lunch -- quiet and service is prompt and unobtrusive. For a midtown restaurant (that's been here for quite some time) the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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