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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4.1

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4.0

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3.7

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3.6

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 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 5, 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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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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 (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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·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 2, 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.

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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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 (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.

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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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 (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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Bad service from non-Japanese waiter, but food was roughly on the top quality of Japan restaurants in NYC

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on March 3, 2017

this place is highly over priced.
not worth and i will never come back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Fabulous old school "real Japanese " food. A New York classic !

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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We had a wonderful belated Valentines dinner. The food was excellent. Not a place if you're on a budget though.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

This restaurant is so nice. The service is great. Most waitress wear a kimono. Very cool. The price is a little on the high side but definitely worth every penny. We ate the restaurant week menu . Highly recommend the salmon as an appetizer, beef as the main and sesame pudding. They are just the best combination. Their weekly menu is good too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

People at the restaurant were courteous and kind and the quiet atmosphere was perfect for a small friends-together dinner. Non-Japanese friend enjoyed the food as well as all presentations very much.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

We always have a great time at restaurant Nippon.
The food, service, atmosphere, everything is perfect.
We will come back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Healthy, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Restaurant Nippon is always a treat. Unlike most Japanese restaurants, it is far more than sushi. Their beef is first rate - sukiyaki, beef negamaki, beef soba salad are among my favorites. Food is first rate. Service is helpful and pleasant. Sushi is also really, really good.

Restaurant Nippon was among the first Japanese restaurants in NYC. It is conveniently located in mid-town. It is always crowded at lunch, but if you call ahead you will get in. Dinner is pretty open.

I love this place and go frequently.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 26, 2016

熱燗がいかにもレンジでチンした感じで、持てないほど熱かったり、せっかくのお酒がかわいそうでした。
アジア系のお客様が多いから、雑になっているのかなぁ?
お寿司はご飯少なめで美味しかったのですが…。
いかんせん雰囲気がなんだか澱んでいるというか、暗いです。
お給仕の方も料理の値段の割に、安居酒屋のようでプロ意識が感じられませんでした。

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Food and service is excellent. Haven't been there in 30+ years (my office used to be upstairs) and it remains an excellent place for dining. It's comparatively quiet and my daughter and I were able to spend 1-1/2 hours there without anyone encouraging us to leave. Highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Excellent food. Would definitely recommend.

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