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Restaurant Nippon

4.8
4.8
701 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Enjoy the perfect mix of elegance and comfort at the original Nippon, New York's oldest authentic Japanese restaurant -- now in its 59th year!

Since 1963, we have been offering 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 imported to the U.S. Nippon is also the birthplace of the Beef Negimayaki 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-noodles and presses its own tofu.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Tempura

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:45 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 688-5941

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Akira Azuma

  • Catering

    Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-Private Rooms available for 2 - 25 guests. prix-fixe menu including traditional Japanese Kaiseki, and our famous Sukiyaki and Kamo-nabe (duck hot-pot) can be enjoyed in a Japanese style tatami rooms. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party contact

    Yasuhiro Makoshi: (212) 688-5941

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    6 train to 51st Street and E & M trains to Lexington Ave-53rd Street.<br />Short walk from Grand-Central terminal.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 701 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Manhattan

    Good for business meals

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    aaaaaa

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great spot with quieter environment in midtown
  2. MG

    MGNYC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent service, beautiful atmosphere, and delicious food made with high quality ingredients.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    164 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It has been a while since I last went. The curry was good, beef oroshj was good, eel don was good. However, the server recommended the fuguchiri, so we ordered. We were expecting a standard for fuguchiri = meat and the bony part. They ONLY served bones. It was quite unbelievable they would do something like that, and we spoke up they brought MORE BONES. They really should not be serving it in the first place, it’s a disgrace (use it as a zousui or something if you don’t want to put to waste). The server should not have recommend it too. After explaining, they compensated by serving the other foods above with care and professionalism and did their best to make up for it, but the whole incident was extremely disappointing. I would think that not only the server but management and the chefs who thinks it was ok to serve it, need to reevaluate service. They were serving the same dish similarly to others. It does not meet Japanese standards, and for a restaurant that prides itself being pioneers of introducing proper Japanese food, it was sad. I also hesitate on using it for business meals going forward (we/ my wife used to before)
  4. BS

    BarryS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Japanese restaurant has survived well since 1963, when I first visited it. It is still great!! I am pleased to report that it is in good shape and being well run!
  5. AM

    AmandaM

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, elegant old school, dignified service, delicious
  6. N

    Nick

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really liked the food, service and ambience of the Restaurant Nippon. A special surprise was that, without my asking, the wait staff served a candlelit dessert that my guest ordered (I revealed it was a "Birthday Lunch" in the reservation) and sang her "Happy Birthday." Her dessert was complimentary as a result. This was our first visit to the restaurant. We are very pleased and we will be returning. Thank you.
  7. JN

    JamesNYC

    New York Area

    237 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    237 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Japanese and good service Over priced
  8. R

    Rob4444

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The overall dining experience was good but the food is the main problem. For instance the chicken karrage serving size was small (I requested small but this was too small even for a "small serve), and did not have the traditional Japanese mayonnaise (their house made Tartare mayonnaise), which I had to ask for. When the mayonnaise (tartare sauce) arrived it was a strange mix that did not really complement the chicken karrage well. The simmered sardine tsumire was not a great dish (too dense, not enough flavour , no textural contrasts) while the beef oroshi was actually very good. I note that the cost of the Sushi is very high but perhaps this is just a New York feature. As a contrast, the service was excellent, very attentive and prompt.
  9. K

    Keiko

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our daughter's birthday dinner and they made a pretty presentation for the dessert she ordered. The sushi was real authentic Japanese and people are very friendly. Reminds me of being back in Japan. I will definitely go back to Nippon.
  10. k

    koolkat

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was decent, but sashimi was particularly pricey. Popular joint. Attentive service.
  11. PS

    PasqualeS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  12. PS

    PasqualeS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and drink suggestions!
  13. JT

    JordanT

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best experience at Restaurant Nippon. We were given a tatami mat room because we were with a baby, she loved being able to walk around the table. Our waiter was incredibly professional and courteous. We will definitely recommend and will be back when in NYC.
  14. d

    doteni

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Japanese cuisine. I enjoyed Edamame, Karaage, Sukiyaki, and Anmitsu.
  15. S

    Scott

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nippon is great. The sushi is very high quality, the soba is the best in NYC, the servers are very kind and the set up is quiet enough to have a really good business lunch. I love this place.
  16. C

    susieC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sushi or rather RICE with a little bit of tuna definitely NOT spicy. Cold entree and wort sake ever
  17. l

    lilbibby

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great find in Midtown. Beautiful ambiance, cheery and attentive staff, great food. Though their sushi
  18. KI

    KINYC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Here is one of the first Japanese restaurants in New York City. I visited with my American friend for a kind of farewell party, feels like I'm visiting a restaurant in Japan. All dishes were very good and sophisticated.
  19. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was tasty although the curry skimped on the protein. The sushi was great.
  20. KS

    KanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is very good atmosphere and best quality Japanese food.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic good quality unpretentious food. Able to kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet in busy noisy NYC. Will be coming back when we next visit New York.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great traditional Japanese food. Would come again.
  23. 1

    11and14

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic, great food & service! Highly recommend!
  24. A

    Ansafo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good good and service
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience; incredibly friendly staff who made us feel like the only people in the restaurant. Food was superb!
  26. OM

    OldMannishBoy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect quiet business lunch, as always. Consistent and welcoming
  27. DT

    DeborahT

    Manitoba

    107 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Omakase was very good. Sushi plate not as much. The rice was not stuck together well and fell apart too easily. Became very messy. Amount of food was scant for a $75 plate.
  28. LA

    LauraA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, wonderful, creative Japanese food - Nippon is a regular stop every time we come to NYC!
  29. GL

    GaryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, food was great
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    small additions could make the place go from good to great.
  31. C

    Cheunger

    New York Area

    240 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    240 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great lunch spot around the office. Clean and satisfying overall.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    our waiter didn't take our order correctly. Wrong dish came out, but he insisted that he took the order right. And after one hour of our seating for the lunch, the waiters took turns to remove our plates while my guest was still eating. My guest ordered got Shrimp donburi instead of lunch special bento.

    Restaurant NipponResponded on August 29, 2022My name is Naoki Kinoshita, a new CEO of Restaurant Nippon since July 1st. Thank you so much for choosing Nippon to spend your mealtime. Our team takes our service very seriously, so we are very sorry to hear about your experience and miscommunication that occurred. We also spoke with your server who took your order and are reviewing your case to make sure that this does not happen again. Hope you consider visiting us again and give us a chance to giver you a much better experience.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service
  34. RN

    RolfN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    an unmissable classic. the soba salad wins every time.
  35. HM

    HugoM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this place, the food is delicious . Great place in NY
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always perfect for a quiet simple but delicious meal. Will be back
  37. JM

    JamesM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent high quality authentic Japanese food, fresh fish and friendly staff.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for past four years. Never been disappointed. Excellent food and service - Always.
  39. NY

    NYCie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, delicious food. A classic spot.
  40. JN

    JamesNYC

    New York Area

    237 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    237 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice service, fast, good fresh fish and great sake

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Restaurant Nippon does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates. Restaurant Nippon also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 688-5941.

Restaurant Nippon is rated 4.8 stars by 701 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Restaurant Nippon

155 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:45 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Tempura

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    6 train to 51st Street and E & M trains to Lexington Ave-53rd Street.Short walk from Grand-Central terminal.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Akira Azuma

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 688-5941

  • Catering

    Traditional Japanese menus, including a sushi bar, can be catered in your home, office, club, or hotel, with waitstaff in traditional Japanese kimono. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-Private Rooms available for 2 - 25 guests. prix-fixe menu including traditional Japanese Kaiseki, and our famous Sukiyaki and Kamo-nabe (duck hot-pot) can be enjoyed in a Japanese style tatami rooms. Please contact us at info@restaurantnippon.com

  • Private party contact

    Yasuhiro Makoshi: (212) 688-5941

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