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Tempura Matsui, New York, NY
Award-winning

Tempura Matsui

5.0
5
596 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Welcome to Tempura Matsui ---A 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.
We only serve Omakase Dinner Course for $280 per person at 2 specific times Tuesdays through Saturdays between 5:30PM and 8PM.
Also, we serve a Lunch Course for $160 per person at 12 noon only on Fridays and Saturdays.
Open irregularly on Sundays.
Tempura Matsui is designed to emulate a Japanese cottage with warm woods, slate floors. A five-seat bar allows guests to wait for their seats while enjoying a glass of wine, sake, cocktail, or beer.
You may make a reservation one month ahead and any cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the reservation to avoid a $100 charge per person.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Japanese Speciality
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 986-8885
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Koichi Endo
  • Private party contact
    Sayuri Shiroma: (212) 986-8885
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • 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, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 596 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Best Overall

  • New York City

    Best Food

  • New York City

    Best Service

  • New York City

    Japanese

  • Manhattan

    Best Overall

  • Manhattan

    Best Food

  • Manhattan

    Best Service

  • Manhattan

    Japanese

596 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easily the tempura experience outside of tokyo - Rivals Kondo in tokyo Maybe better

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  2. gaudenzior

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I will be back soon. Great place. Great ingredients

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  3. AriMarJoh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A symphony of flavors! Words cannot describe. It was perfection.

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  4. overunder

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food and service was exceptional, could have have asked for a better dining experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience all ingredients are fresh. The chefs are highly skilled to make the tempura just right not raw not overcooked. Will come visit again!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is expensive, but an incredible experience. Service is impeccable and you will love it if you love tempura

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible. Every single part was great!

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  8. DonS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want to experience the best of what's possible with tempura do go ahead and make a reservation at a counter seat.

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  9. CalvinH

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible Michelin-starred dining experience! The ultimate tempura experience. Food was outstanding as well as the service. Everything was explained by the very knowledgeable servers. A once-in-a-lifetime must-try!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. A bit overpriced. Anyway I loved it. Gratitude.

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  11. eatingdownunder

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The host and staff were amazing and made my partner's 35th birthday a memorable one.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic meal at Tempura Matsui - the service, ambience, and food is always a such a pleasure to experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    i love my lunch experience. will definitely be back!

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  14. JeffreyW

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. Easily the best tempura I've experienced since the last time I was in Tokyo.

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  15. NatalieJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most authentic tempura restaurant outside Japan. Highly recommend!

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  16. JLee

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Tempura I’ve ever had. I was so full that I had to cancel my dinner plan. Very satisfied 💕

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  17. Rachel

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet and great service. Thank you so much for celebrating my birthday:)

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were beyond expectations. Definitely worth the price as it's an experience.

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  19. JasonK

    New York City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seafood centric tempura tasting with a couple courses of veggies and mushroom to end with a delectable rice course. Fresh, Japanese seafood showcased simply tempura fried, with technique so perfect, there is hardly ever any oil stain on the rice parchment paper over the plate. This is Tokyo quality right here in NYC. And in comparison to what top Sushi omakases cost in NYC, Tempura Matsui is a relative bargain, if anyone can dare call an almost $300 per person meal as such. I always come away with a big smile on my face and a very happy and full belly. NYC is lucky to have Matsui, saving us plane trips to Tokyo or Kyoto.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must try experience of japanese fine dining, in this case tempura omakase

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience- highly recommend this restaurant.

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  22. BJamesB

    Toronto

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always an outstanding experience with best in class service and exciting tours of impeccable Japanese cuisine.

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  23. Gohan

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and experience. Very attentive staff. Would definitely return.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Only one of it’s kind in New York! Def recommend to go!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most unique experience in NYC. Incredible hospitality

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  26. bbop

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s not a cheap meal, no doubt. But it’s a unique experience. There just aren’t many tempura specialist restaurants in New York, much less the U.S. The service is excellent, though it can seem a bit intimidating at first. Sit at the counter, if possible, and just put yourself in the chef’s hands!

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  27. StephenY

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I understand that you want your food to be eaten while it's still warm, but it was very unpleasant to constantly interrupt conversations with important customers for serving meal.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great experience !! Delicious food , excellent service in cozy environment

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  29. PauletteB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our dinner at Tempura Matsui - the food was delicious and we left beyond full.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best experience it was! Overall top notch and very sweet ambience

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  31. LukeT

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tempura comparable to what we got in Japan for 1 michelin star.

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  32. davidl

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the 1st time I have ever written a post but I had to as this place is worth ever penny! What an experience

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  33. MichaelP

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined here many times. The service is always impeccable. The food is amazing. This is not a tempura restaurant but it is an experience.

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  34. Intownforfood

    New York City

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent tempura. The batter was light and flavorful and the ingredients are fresh and high quality. Especially enjoyed the shrimps and the veggies. Wonderful service, attentive but not overbearing. The only drawback of the evening was not due to the restaurant but the rather loud guest sitting on the other side of the counter. Everyone else seems to converse normally with no problems.

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  35. HongC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the set lunch and the food is fantastic, as well as the service. We accompanied the dishes with hot Sakes and they are themsleves very deliscious and go well with the food. Definitely will come back for the experience.

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  36. Paolo

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delighted and completely unsurprised that they have retained their Michelin star. Who knew that a tempura master and his incredible team could supplant a therapist and be one’s happy place. 👌

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  37. JRMora

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time dining here; now with my family. By far the best tempura place we had visited in the US. Only a tempura place we visited in Japan compared; yet I liked more Matsui as it had a more balanced omakase experience. The hardest part is that any other omakase will likely feel inferior and ‘oily’. The dinner omakase menu at $280 per person is certainly expensive (not tip or drinks included in the price; tea is included though), even compared to other top omakase places. Still, a great experience to enjoy. Highly recommend!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service, excellent tempura. Highly recommend. Not for every day but we will definitely be back!

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  39. CarrieV

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first Tempura Omakase. It was an excellent experience. I was worried about too much fried food but portions were perfect. Timing of each course was perfect. Service was informative and friendly. They guided me through each course giving as much or as little as I needed. I highly recommend and would return.

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  40. MMMM

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique experience. Highly recommend. They did a wonderful job accommodating a vegetarian in our party.

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FAQs

Tempura Matsui is rated 5 stars by 596 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 14 times today
Google Map for Tempura Matsui

222 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Tunnel Exit St.
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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
    Koichi Endo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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