Tempura Matsui

4.8
230 reviews
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Japanese
Lunch Menu: Tenju Set or 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 seat 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

What 230 People Are Saying
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HM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese experience - if you like the real thing this is it. Fantastic food experience - and tempura prepared in true Japanese style - light and delicious! This restaurant does it right.

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and very attentive service. A true tempura experience that you rarely see outside of Japan.

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GH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mothers Day

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic cuisine cooked with great care. A serene environment.

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y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & service!

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TO
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

intimate environment. attentive staff. fresh ingredients.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good artisan tempura and classic japanese dishes! Perfectly and with passion executed by master chef Kiyoshi Chikano! Nice service and a good price/food value. $60 for omakase tempura with additional lunch teishoku!

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XV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tempura I've ever had, good experience from start to end.

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n
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tempura I ever had. Perfectly cooked amazingly hot and juicy and fresh.

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HD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect for service and food. One of the rare places in NYC one can have a quiet conversation. Lovely owner and host.

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NA
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

With the exception of the noisy hedge fund managers at the next table, it was a delightful dining experience. Some of the best tempura I've ever had with a high quality of service.

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D
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding value fir a weekend lunch at 75 dollars plus an extra order of uni tempura which was mind blowing.
Each tempura course was delicately fried to perfection by the chef. The counter table was the perfect vantage point to gawk at his skilled hands. The teay of accompaniments were just filling enough for a perfect lunch meal!

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OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure

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GB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Tempura, the food was delightful. The service was good. Great place for a special occasion.

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M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first bar dining experience for tempura, the quality of the food, the service.were all top notch

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with impeccable service. Quiet atmosphere.

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F
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful tempura and menus focussed around tempura. A little pricey but well worth it. The service is efficient and friendly. The decor, very Japanese, is pleasant and is perhaps all the more surprising given the odd location of the restaurant close to the midtown tunnel roads.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! Authentic tempura served omakase-style in a lovely room. The staff is very professional and polite, and the food was amazing. If you have a chance to stop by, I would definitely recommend it.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempura the real way is back in New York City after over a decade hiatus.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Not that crispy tempura I expected but overall taste and flavor of food is totally satisfied! Thank you chef

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and experience were incredible! Be prepared to pay for it though! Definitely worth it for a special occasion. Service was outstanding as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

reserved bar seating for a birthday celebrating but when we checked in, the host said they do not have it noted in the system. Seated us in the far end instead. Server was constantly hovering over our shoulders and water was not filled. It was very noisy.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet and chill, but one of the best meals I've had in NYC. Excellent quality of food and service.

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I’ve had tempura in the past, usually all you get is the taste of the fried batter and the original loses most of the flavor and it all tastes the same. With Tempura Matsui, each piece had the crisp, breaded tempura on the outside but maintained the same texture and flavor of whatever was being fried on the inside, for an incredible blend of flavor and feeling. My favorite was the mushroom. I have never had mushroom tempura but this was an incredible surprise – mushroom itself is juicy on the inside unlike the crispiness of the outside, so when you bit it you had this explosion of flavor and sensation in your mouth.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

お昼の定食の値段にしては高すぎる。

値段から思うほど、いい油を使っていないので、
胸焼けが続く。

誤った日本の江戸天ぷらの文化を与える可能性があるので、いっそのこと大阪天ぷらを名乗って仕舞えばいいのではないかと思う。

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LA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a pity they dont have whisky.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience for tempura

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is fabulous! If you’re looking for the best tempura here is the place.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique tempura experience. The uni tempura was awesome

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and decor

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DC
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Best to sit at the counter and watch the preparation. You are welcomed back like an old friend.

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazingly delicious and almost too pretty to eat! The service was very attentive without being overbearing. We absolutely loved it there and cannot wait to return!

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small, somewhat hidden restaurant where the team takes their food seriously, but that isn’t to say they aren’t friendly and outgoing. Service team was pleasant and anticipated our questions about the menu and helped us with the plentiful assortment of dishes as they arrived. Some items benefitted from different garnishes and the team was quick to help explain without being pushy. The whole space was clean and tidy, and the Chef and cook - both of whom were visible - were well-presented and polite, cooking each piece with care. The bathrooms were attended to frequently as the wastepaper basket was empty and toilet paper roll neatly folded.

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HC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like eating in Japan

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LB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have become regulars at Tempura Matsui. The meal and the environment are hard to beat on any measure. You are warmly welcomed into the comfortable space of only a few tables and bar seats. The food offerings are well paced, beautifully presented and most importantly astoundingly delicious. We both go ourselves when we want an unhurried great meal, as well as take a couple guests when we want to impress them with a new epicurean discovery. Tempura Matsui is a great world class restaurant. You should go!

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. The quality of produce was really fresh, I didn't think tempura can be so light. I'll definitely be going back again.

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my friends.
We enjoyed very much.

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed eating the freshly-fried, crispy tempura in front of me at this high-end Japanese restaurant. I had a lunch set menu (40 dollars), which is great value. I am Japanese living in US and cook Japanese at home, but tempura is a type of dish that I want to eat at a specialized restaurant, like Matsui. I look forward to visiting this restaurant again!

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MP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and the dining experience was unique and delicious.

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