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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 )
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono.
6 train to 51st Street and E & V trains Lexington Ave-53rd Street.
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Restaurant Nippon Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
The sashimi lunch was the smallest and thinnest slice sashimi I have ever had anywhere . I eat sashimi weekly all around the world and it was embarrassing. My guest also remarked on it the minute the food was served. I feel that it would be preferable to raise the price than serve this scrimpy meal.
We visited mainly for the fugu, which was somewhat of a disappointment. The raw sushi form of the fish ($12/ea, not bad) was actually quite good but the $80 half portion (served 'hot pot' style) left much to be desired. The cooked fish itself was rather bland and full of bones.
The miso soup with crab and the soba noodles were excellent, though. Staff was friendly and attentive.
Went there for a Restaurant Week dinner and had a 3-course meal. Appetizer and dessert were both pretty good, but for the entree the sushi set disappointed -- it was not at the level I would've expected for a relatively authentic Japanese restaurant at its price range! But the entree we had, a rib beef sukiyaki dish, was quite satisfactory.
Ambiance-wise, it's a quiet and tranquil environment; you may witness other guests, notably Japanese patrons, dressed in semi-formal / business style. I happened to go there wearing jeans, but if I do go again, I probably would wear business casual pants.
Overall, the dining experience along with the service is pretty good, but the food quality/presentation could do better given its price range and target audience.
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