Just lunch, nothing special. Sardine type fish and a white meat fish were a bit old, squid and sweet shrimp were superb!
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.
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.
Fugu sashimi was amazing
It was very crowded and loud with a large party of about 40 taking up all the service.
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.
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
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 . . .
overall nice, but the fish was fishy
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!!!!!
I feel like I am in Japan when I dine at Nippon. It has very good authentic Japanese food.
Food decent but poor service and WAY over priced, dont know how they still have patrons, would not recommend
A delicious meal with excellent service. The chicken soba salad is unique and very good with chicken, noodles, veggies, and dressing. Yum!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Authentic Japanese restaurant. They get their fish directly from Japan. Everything was delicious.
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.
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.
Excellent, fresh sushi, always
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.
Excellent food for mixed parties of sushi eaters and non-sushi folks. The soba salad is one of the best in NYC!
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.
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.
fantastic authentic japanese cuisine.... super sake selection.... room rather dated....otherwise awesome sushi
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nippon is the number 1 traditional Japanese restaurant on New York. Always outstanding.
The sashimi and soups were excellent but $35 for a jar of hot sake is ridiculous.
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.
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.
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.