Restaurant Nippon

4.6
403 reviews
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Enjoy the perfect mix of history and elegance at the original Nippon, New York's oldest authentic Japanese restaurant -- now in its 56th year!

Serving authentic Japanese cuisine since 1963, Nobuyoshi Kuraoka's Restaurant Nippon offers the best of traditional edo-mae (Tokyo) style Japanese dishes from sukiyaki and tempura to sushi and multi-course kaiseki.

A restaurant of firsts, Nippon was the first Japanese restaurant to serve Sushi in NYC, and made global headlines when founder successfully petitioned the FDA to allow fugu-blowfish to be important to the US. Nippon is also the birthplace of the Beef Negimiyaki and many other dishes that are now standard fare in Japanese restaurants around the world. In addition, Nippon makes its own premium quality ni-hachi soba and presses its own tofu.
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JM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality in the service of the food is the same fit as it was 40 years ago

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AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. A bit slow to come out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great traditional Japanese food. Our favorite for decades!

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to eat the New Year’s Osechi! Not only the food was delicious but the service was also great. It was expensive but was worth every bit. Highly recommend if you want to eat traditional Japanese food!

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Difficult to find a better and more civilized destination for wonderful Japanese food anywhere in NYC.
The service, ambiance and menu never disappoint.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food- gracious and personal service. Aleays a treat.

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DF
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sushi was presented in a straightforward fashion. The fish was superb. The selection could be broader, they lacked amaebi and mackerel despite being on the menu. Service was attentive, but in no way rushed. Highly recommend due to the freshness of the sushi, the careful preparation and the service!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great experience

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AO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the authenticity of the food & excellent service.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic, hospitable--superb in every way!

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TN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I usually order Soba. I ate Sushi and Nabeyaki-Udon this time. It was amazing!

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JA
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit. I meet a old friend (who lives in Taiwan) for lunch every year during the week of Thanksgiving, when we both are in New York. We like to have a leisurely lunch and recount what has happened to us and acquaintances during the previous year. The restaurant was perfect for this. The food and ambiance were perfect. We were not rushed and the service was very good. My only (minor) issue was that the quantity of food (sushi and sashimi) was a bit light, considering the price. I understand midtown prices but I was a bit surprised. However, we intend to repeat our visit next year.

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TA
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I always dine at least once when I'm visiting from Washington. It's the most authentic Sukiahi you will find in New York and they introduced it to the City in the 70's. Very fresh authentic ingredients. Order the more expensive one and you will get quite a show at your table where they cook it.

All the other dishes are excellent as well and don't be put off by its age. It is the older version of Japanese cuisine but the dishes are fresh and the atmosphere is quiet and lovely. Kimona clad waitresses and you can have your own private room where you sit on cushions, if you wish.

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K
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s been a few years that my mother has been able to cook, she’s now 95. She’s Japanese and cooked Sukiyaki all the time.
I thought that this sukiyaki was like my mother’s. My mother would slice the beef like thin bacon, here it’s larger pieces which made it cup and curl more and had to be torn in pieces with a set of chopsticks to eat, not all that easy. Otherwise it was very, very good.
We used to drop a raw egg in our big bowl of sukiyaki but here I was told to dip my food in the separate bowl of egg, and it’s traditional. After the cook left I dumped the egg over my food! I prefer it that way.
Staff is top notch and atmosphere very authentic.

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We ordered sashimi, pirikara-shrimp, agedashi tofu, and cold noodles. Sashimi was fresh and good but there's not much for the price. Pirikara shrimp was good but again not much quantity- just a little bit. We expected very good soba but it was ended up with disappointment. Soba noodle was very gummy. We had never tasted such gummy noodles before! Miso soup was very poor quality tasted like instant soup. The service staffs were very awkward and we felt uncomfortable. For some reason, voices from other corner was annoying. We are not going back again.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great experience will come back again and again. Only improvement would be that the waiters leave the table/not stare at you throughout dinner. It clearly comes from a good place, they are so friendly and service is great aside from this.

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K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for the 55 years anniversary dinner set and boy it didn’t disappoint. Service was fantastic and the food is refine delicious. Will go there again when I feel my pocket is getting a big fatter :)

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C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nippon was a great experience. The waitresses and hostess made me feel like a guest in their home. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. My family and I were also celebrating a birthday, and Nippon brought ice cream at the end - which was so kind.

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TN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can have an amazing authentic Japanese cuisine.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, very authentic feeling. Super friendly staff!
Would happily return again and again!

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is very good!
especially kamonabe ,zousui and beef salad are best!!!

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AP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nippon is a NY treasure. When needing a quiet place to talk over dinner, this is our top choice.

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LA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nippon is one the very few NYC restaurants that I frequent. My family and/or I make it a point to go for dinner there probably once a month during the past 10 years. Very authentic place and the food is truly exceptional; try their shabu shabu and sukiyaki. Nippon serves the best quality ingredients and you are always guaranteed a great meal. They also have very unique dishes on the menu; old school and traditional Japanese dishes that they prepare quite well.

At times, I would be in the mood to just order a variety of sushi and rolls and each time I'm confident Nippon serves everything super fresh. Once again the quality of the ingredients is just impeccable.

I can't wait until my next visit.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Japanese restaurant, and one of the best restaurants in general, in NYC. They make their own soba noodles and you can tell. I get the soba salad and then take another one to-go.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Un lugar poco atractivo , simple , no caro , pero para lo q dan es caro y malo
El plato de mi esposa muy picante y cuando les comento. Solo se disculparon y nada más no le ofrecieron cambiarlo

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DV
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, the restaurant needs to ugrade both it’s service and food preparation.

We chose the 55 year celebratory menu based on former memories of dining at Restaurant Nippon, although we had heard from from friends dining during Restaurant Week poor reports.

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EG
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

One of the oldest Japanese restaurants in nyc offering classic menu.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Being a customer of Nippon since 1964 I've personally experienced all of the Nippon restaurants.
The food and service is consistently great, never disappoints .

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R
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Good prices and options for Restaurant Week.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was fine and the staff was attentive. Food was nothing to write home about, soba noodles tasted fresh, the fish was basic. Overall felt like everything was overpriced.

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F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated very well.

Having spend some time in Japan, I believe this restaurant stays as authentic as possible, by bringing ingredients from there. The food is fabulous and the attention is equally fantastic.

Makoshi San, the Executive Vice President took time to explain many of the dishes, making sure we were enjoying our dinner.

Will visit this restaurant every time we are in NY City!

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not worth the high price. There were no Japanese customers, but only Americans

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant Nippon was a gem. I'm so glad they had a restaurant week menu available, so we could finally come see and taste what this restaurant is about. The soba was delicious, as was the duck kuwayaki.

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MS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The beef is super salty. That is the reason why I eat TWO bowls of rice. Luckily, the rice is free.

The noodles are ok.
BTW, the desert in this restaurant is very nice. It is one of the best desert I have ever had, better than Haru.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

not as good as its recently closed sibling, Soba Nippon but a good substitute.

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AL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Availability of Fugu was the reason for my visit. First thing you-notice about this place is well dressed with kimono and suites to greet you. Foods are expensive. If you are hungry go have a pizza and comeback. Sushi is probably some of the best I’ve had. Proper proportion which is smaller than typical sushi bars, but quality is where it counts. Uni is super fresh and pure delight.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always super. Getting better and better when that seemed impossible. It is impossible to choose one area where they excel without seeming to shortchange the excellence all over. Celestial service and everything else. Some dishes might be a bit more authentic for novices but there's plenty for everyone.

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c
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance, friendly and helpful service. Food was satisfying.

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful and delicious . We look forward to returning to this treasured old friend

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