Tempura Matsui

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$50 and over
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Japanese
Lunch Menu: Tempura Teishoku $40 and $65
Dinner Menu: Tempura Kaiseki Course $120, $170 and $230

Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----2019 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.

A chashitsu or a tea-house-inspired room is available for private dinners of 2 – 5 guests. To book the private room, please call the restaurant directly.

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Tue - Thu 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

ND
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elevated Japanese cuisine at a very reasonable lunch menu price. Excellent fine dining service. Authentic Japanese experience. The real deal

KM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food wasn't especially brilliant. It was good, don't get me wrong, but at this price and with the whole Michelin guide recommendation, I was expecting to be blown away. Service was fine until the last tempura which took 20+ minutes to come and everything was slow after that. Staff were super friendly and helpful though. All in all, left a bit of a "not bad" feeling but for $300+, I want to feel better than that.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was our first experience with Tempura Matsui as my boy friend mentioned about going there for several months....It turned out pretty good and was what we expected. I would highly recommend my friends to go there.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a good dining experience, if you’re looking for an extraordinary dining experience then tempura Matsui is a must-go. But if you are just an average tempura lover who only appreciates the crunchiness of tempura then it might not be the best choice since the pricing is high after all

JF
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food doesn't live up to the high prices, but the service and ambiance are excellent.

e
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !

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DC
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. It's great fun to sit at the counter and watch the preparation.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Thank u for your service.

CV
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I thought the tempura was good. The cooking and technique of making the tempura was amazing, easily best tempura ive had, my only issue was the flavor. You had the option to dip the tempura in seaweed salt or their tempura sauce. Dippubg the tempura in the salt creates inconsistent butes with varyig saltiness. I think if the chef seasoned the tempura before giving it to you it would be more consistent, and have the perfect level of saltiness. In addition, using different sauces or flavored salts would bring a more interesting flavor besides just from the seafood or vegetables. I feel that edoame sushi meals have started using different spices, sauces, and herbs to bring different flavors besides of just seafood and rice to elevate their meals and give the customer a unique experience. I think the tempura meal would have benefitted to an approach like this. Overall good seafood, just flavors were not interesting

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

In short story. It wasn't that impressive on service and taste. The fish and fried food were good but I was expecting some more for 500 dollar price tag. The waitress was getting less attentive when the restaurant got busier.

D
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is top notch, great experience, love the lunch prices and the tempura was nice and crisp.. the fish was meaty and delicious!!! The side dishes were the right size and flavorful.... Japanese tempura in New York... when you can’t be in Japan this is the next best thing! Thank you... enjoyed ourselves very much .. and of course you need to sit at the counter & eat it right when it comes out !!!! Yummy!!!

WT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique and exceptional cuisine.
Place is bit far from station but nice walk to the restaurant.
Quantity of the food is more than enough.
Would love to come again next time.

G
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Special Lunch Set was an amazing value. I loved the ceramics. The plates and bowls were so pretty and unique. My favorite tempura pieces were the Maitake mushroom, Japanese Red Snapper, sea eel, crab and shiso, and Japanese pumpkin. The tempura was so light and crispy. That kombu salt complemented the tempura so nicely. The gentleman waiter was very nice and had a great sense of humor. I highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came an hour early before reservation time, and luckily it wasn’t too busy so they took us in! Exceptional service, watched our food prepared at the counter/bar tables. Food was delicious!

SP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended to come to Tempura Matsui by a friend. We sat at the bar and really enjoyed our experience. The chefs were very friendly and super detail oriented. The chef noticed that I was left handed and would serve the food differently to accommodate me. The food was delicious and ambience was great! Would recommend to others and will definitely be back next time I’m in the city.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! We were told that no counter was available for four of us by the time when we got it. But before we start our courses, previous customers just left and the waiter switched us to the counter seats!! Highly recommend seating near the counter! It is an interesting experience to see how chef make your tempura! The food is awesome! Best tempura ever! My favorite one is uni!! High recommend everyone try it!! Every staff is very nice. Will definitely come again!!

SP
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A world-class restaurant, truely deserving of its great reputation. Food, service, decor, everything was flawless!

RL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lunch is such a great value! Same great service, a paired down but still good tempura experience.

JT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like in Japan
Classy Clean Quiet Respect for the food and fair

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience. Service was impeccable. Food was astounding.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent set lunch - thin crunchy tempura and good value - highly recommended

p
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This omakase tempura joins the company of a half dozen or so restaurants in the world serving the absolute Socratic form of tempura in a luxury environment that puts you right in Japan! It's a singular experience - you will pay for it - but it's worth it!

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having had quite a few lunches at Matsui, i am each time impressed by the perfection they show from the friendly welcome desk throughout the meal. My temple of tempura in New York whenever I am in town.

AG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a sensation experience as you are going to use five senses to enjoy the food here. I recommend booking a table at early time slots so you can sit at the counter. Do eat the food as soon as it comes out as you may miss the golden opportunity to taste its best if you wait, even just a few seconds!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food wonderful atmosphere!

b
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisite tempura with very fresh ingredients. Outstanding and very attentive staff with good
recommendations. I really enjoyed my dinner.

O
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt like we were in Japan. The restaurant is beautiful. Unique pottery used for the abundance of tempura. We had the Tempura Matsui lunch. It came with miso soup, sashimi, pickles, udon salad, rice, along with tempura shrimp, okra, pumpkin, onion, black mushroom, eel. Dessert was a hojicha pudding. Everything was so delicious. Staff were attentive and excellent to what they do including Sun.

XC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. The tempura pieces are not oily like elsewhere. The fried flour layer is super thin yet tastefully crunchy. Fish and vegetable pieces are flavorful and juicy inside the flour layer. We sat at a table away from the chefs so we couldn't see how the tempura was made. Next time would sit near the chefs to observe the entire tempura making process.

CS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch special! Highly recommend the $65 lunch set

w
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional omakase lunch course. Will return for dinner soon!

S
New York Area
207 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the prix fixe lunch. Selection was varied, tempura expertly prepared and all were happy.

J
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Highly recommend Tempura Matsui. Amazed with how little oil or grease the pieces retained after being deep fried in a pot of oil. For those who love tempura or deep fried food, it is a much try!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an amazing birthday !

MO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service definitely a great place to try

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an amazing one of a kind experience

DI
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to add two the previous glowing reviews of the food and service. We had one $40 set lunch and one $65 lunch. The higher price is completely justified. It may vary from season to season, but on the day we went, the $65 meal also included snow crab, a scallop, tai, and shrimp kakiage, which would have been more than $50 if ordered a la carte.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tempura Matsui continues to impress and serve what may be the best tempura in New York. Watching the chef prepare your food is like watching a artist in motion. Service is beyond approach, feel confident in asking for a saki recommendation. This has to be one of the City's hidden gems. Yes, this review is effusive but the restaurant deserves it (albeit a little pricy).

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Staffs are very nice and informative, especially when introducing the dishes :)

c
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food as befits a Michelin 1*, but be prepared to pay for the experience. Honestly the scallop, whitefish, and one or two other items were so good I almost want to ask... could you just get those!?!

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