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Restaurant Nippon

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354 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 354 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great sushi omakase. At $80, 12 pieces plus yellowtail was filling. High end sushi and stuff you normally don’t have. If a sushi restaurant serves Fugu, you know they aren’t messing around.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was really overpriced for what it was. The portions were small and the quality subpar.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The service was good although it was not busy at all. The food was either too sweet (the beef was swimming in sweet sauce) or too small of a portion (4 little slices of duck over rice for $28)... too expensive for what they’re serving and definitely does not taste authentic.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Restaurant Nippon exceeded all our expectations. Food was outstanding, authentic Japanese food. Service was attentive and a quiet setting for dining and conversation. We lived in the neighborhood for 13 years but never found the opportunity to visit. We've since moved uptown but so glad we discovered Nippon. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Always love going to Nippon. Amazing food and great service!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We probably had a reservation that was too late. We ordered hurriedly and then were over fed quite quickly. It would have been better if we had slowed down the ordering process and ordered an appropriate amount. Our budget for the evening took a hit. The staff was very courteous and the food was delicious. The time for a reservation however should be less close to the closing of their kitchen.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was a great restaurant but has gone so far downhill it’s a total disappointment

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1.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Overpriced

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Just lunch, nothing special. Sardine type fish and a white meat fish were a bit old, squid and sweet shrimp were superb!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great atmosphere. Good food.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Love this restaurant. It is one of the most under sung restaurants in the city, perhaps because it is one of the oldest. The food is fabulous. It goes Way Beyond Sushi. They are the inventors of negimaki, which is now available everywhere. They have great Sukiyaki and they own a a buckwheat Farm in Canada so they can make their own soba which is fabulous. They even serve blowfish. They were the first to do this in New York. Their Sushi is top rate.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fugu sashimi was amazing

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

overall nice, but the fish was fishy

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent, fresh sushi, always

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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