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Tempura Matsui, New York, NY

Tempura Matsui

4.8
4.8
468 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----Michelin One Star-----

Tempura Matsui invites you to experience the fine art of cooking tempura. Within a serene setting, guests have a seat at our counter or tables and can view the delicate preparation of lightly frying fresh fish and vegetables. Tempura Matsui is designed to emulate a Japanese cottage with warm woods, slate floors and round and square windows. A five-seat bar allows guests to wait for their seats while enjoying a glass of wine, sake or beer.

You may make a reservation one month ahead.

We require all patrons whose age 12 and older to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for Indoor Dining.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 986-8885

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kiyoshi Chikano

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Room can accommodate up to 5 for a seated dinner and a minimum charge of $1,000 will be required per room with a valid credit card. Any cancellations must be made prior to 24 hour of reservation to avoid a $100 charge per person. Please call the restaurant directly for reservation.

  • Private party contact

    Sayuri Shiroma: (212) 986-8885

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Tunnel Exit St.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Grand Central-42st [4,5,6], 33st [6]

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 468 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Japanese

  • Manhattan

    Best Service

  • Manhattan

    Japanese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Speechless. Will never go back again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The services was impeccable as was the food. One of the most amazing dinning experiences I’ve ever had.
  3. SM

    SarahM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and foid
  4. CO

    CristaO

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing meal I’ve ever had. The Omakase meal was outstanding!
  5. SK

    SusanK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful and unique restaurant. It is very expensive but a special treat once in a while.
  6. FC

    FrancoC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fascinating counter Omakase experience! With the accompaniment of professional and comfortable service, we enjoyed watching the chefs fry food before us the entire time which was a brilliant experience. The frying was managed to a light and tasteful level meaning not greasy nor heavy in mouth, but rather a crisp and the everlasting fragrance of the combination of oil and food. Seafood was fresh as an obviously noticeable matter, vegetable was juicy and delicious. The chefs would pay attention to our dining progress to determine when to start preparing the next course - made me feel cozy instead of that hurried feeling when everything is served at once - amazing details! All staff wore masks. Counter seats have clear view to kitchen. Chef was kind and staff would gently explain each course to guests. Staff stood right beside the counter and sometimes walked around spectating which made me a little nervous at the start but soon resolved as food began arriving. Saw a little bug fly around supposedly due to the terribly hot weather lately, though it never got close to the food which I was glad about. Store ambience was cozy, warm - mostly covered in wood and a marble counter. Overall, absolutely stunning dinner and I will definitely visit again!
  7. ZZ

    ZhenZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The shrimp tempura and white fish are the best, very tender and the butter is the best! Less oily compared others. Sashimi is also super!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!
  9. AL

    AndreaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My parents and I had an outstanding experience at Tempura Matsui. We came for lunch and were seated in the small room (looked like a private room). It was such a lovely, intimate experience. The food was fantastic - everything lightly battered and fried to perfection in front of us. The set up of the appetizers and accompaniments were really well thought out and well prepared. Our chef was kind in letting us know what each dish was and how to consume it. The waiter and host were excellent, coming in to check on us and make sure we were having a great experience. Truly a one of a kind experience to have tempura made like this. Would highly recommend and I would definitely come back!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding and feel like I’m at tempura bar in Japan
  11. W

    Waymo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Tempura Matsui is a well designed restraunt with good food and serivce. Among everything, the dissert is the most impressive part, as the Oolong really matches with the cheese-grapefruit. I have never think about this combination and works really well. The tempura is also good, but I should be more careful as the food is hot and could easily numbing your tongue. Good restraunt, the capacity is bit small, and usually need to reserve 1 month ahead. Definately suggest give a shot if you living on the island.
  12. N

    Noms101

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Rushed their lunch service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet, delicious, amazing. As always. Best tempura in town.
  14. SN

    SandyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience overall. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Highly recommend this place
  15. A

    Alvertos

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best and most authentic high end tempura experience outside of starred tempura restaurants in Japan. We’ll worth it! P.S. they should collect and sell the tempura bits they throw away! :-)
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was easily the best meal I’ve ever had in Manhattan. Well worth the trip.
  17. J

    John

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food quality was good but I don't recommend the restaurant make us add our own salt - it's easy to put too much or too little, so that's best done by the chef.
  18. s

    steakfoodie

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fresh ingredients with lightly battered tempura brings out an amazing flavors. Chefs work in harmony and well coordinated effort. Servers are very attentive and the manager brings extra attention to details as well. Highly recommend.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly fantastic.
  20. KT

    KenT

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!! Amazing experience from start to finish!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First overseas trip after covid pandemic. Decided to try after having read about this restaurant. My wife & I were very happy to have gone there to experience the fine and delicate taste at the restaurant! Great food n service!
  23. JS

    JasonS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Over hyped and overpriced. Everything was great but for the food while good it is no where close to being a culinary experience.
  24. m

    metal

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting and outstanding ingredients; standouts included the shrimp, sweet corn, kisu, and fluke with shiso. Even got to see Chef Kiyoshi Chikano in action! Definitely order sake to enjoy with the meal. Will return for lunch; the omakase dinner of 15+ courses took almost three hours to enjoy.
  25. X

    X2y3z4

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent - the tempura batter coating was light, crispy and didn’t feel greasy. The ingredients were fresh and of good quality. The team was lovely and welcoming - special thanks to the manager for taking care of us yesterday. We really enjoyed it and it was worth every penny!
  26. PL

    PaulLee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, Staff very friendly and Accommodating. Experience is fantastic.
  27. J

    James

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant and deserving of its Michelin star.
  28. e

    ejmalo

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real Tempura food. Like in Japan. Everything is perfect. Love it.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Okay okay okay okay okay
  30. JY

    JessY

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was a pleasant experience, as usual. The food was sublime, everything was wonderful. They remember that we went for my birthday, months ago, and they treat us with a lot of attention and courtesy. They also put a congratulations candle in the dessert for my husband's birthday, and it was a surprise that made us very happy. Thank you so much!
  31. AT

    AlanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. The ambience is good. If in a fancier location it would be full every night.
  32. SM

    SarahM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing lunch menu! would have to try the dinner menu next time.
  33. SW

    ShulingW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience - everything is outstanding, from the entire staff, (especially San) food and atmosphere.
  34. MA

    MeganA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of this world food! Amazing, kind, knowledgeable staff!
  35. f

    foodie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Exquisite but will spoil you from having Tempura anywhere else .... ever.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Highly recommend spending a lunch or dinner here
  37. EZ

    EugeneZ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there for my 75th birthday, having been to one and two Michelin star tempura restaurants inKyoto and Tokyo on numerous occassions. TempuraMatsui held its own.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was unforgettable, one can easily be lost in Tokyo!! Thank you for every delicious bite!!
  39. J

    Joanna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tempura Matsui specializes in tempura omakase. It’s a treat and very well done.
  40. R

    Rosa

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience, but slightly overpriced overall

FAQs

Tempura Matsui is rated 4.8 stars by 468 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Tempura Matsui

222 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Tunnel Exit St.

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Grand Central-42st [4,5,6], 33st [6]

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Kiyoshi Chikano

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 986-8885

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Room can accommodate up to 5 for a seated dinner and a minimum charge of $1,000 will be required per room with a valid credit card. Any cancellations must be made prior to 24 hour of reservation to avoid a $100 charge per person. Please call the restaurant directly for reservation.

  • Private party contact

    Sayuri Shiroma: (212) 986-8885

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