About Tempura Matsui

Lunch Menu: Tenju Set or Tempura Teishoku $40
Dinner Menu: Tempura Kaiseki Course $120, $165 and $220

Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----2017 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.

222 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Japanese Speciality

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:45pm-2:15pm, Saturday 12:00pm-2:30pm (last seating)
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:45pm (last seating)
Closed: Sunday

Cross Street:
Tunnel Exit St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(212) 986-8885

Website:
http://tempuramatsui.com/

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

Special Events & Promotions:
A cha-an 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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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

Tempura Matsui Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

service

4.8

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4.7

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4.4

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Seasonal (5)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Simply excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The only genuine tempura restaurant in NYC. Authentic. Worth trying. 1 star Michelin.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Every detail was perfect! One of the most enjoyable meals in my life. What a great experience to share with your loved ones. Highly recommended!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Tempura Matsui is a restaurant that is a must-hit if you are a Japanese food lover in New York. The attention to detail, the unparalleled service and the perfectly cooked tempura make it a regular stop every time I visit. I visited a few small tempura shops in Ginza when I was in Tokyo and this one still stands out as the best that I have tried.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

美味しい天ぷらをお得な値段で食べれました。ランチの$40.00お勧めです。

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The best tempura i have tasted .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The tempura were no doubt yummy. Seating on the counter is the key. You will have pumpkin tempura. Also you tempura have been delivered one item by one, it was hot but crunchy. Tempura squid was soon tender, melted in mouth…

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

this restaurant did NOT give me my dining points even though we did dine there -

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Absolutely stunning in every way. Top notch service, delectable food, quiet intimate ambiance. They played the Beatles the entire time as a pairing to the exciting and at times avant-garde fare. Chikano-san was a gracious host and watching him work was a delight.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

It was my first time at Tempura Matsui so I didn’t find the entrance right away but once I spotted the entrance and went inside I felt immediately transported to a tempura temple. I no longer felt like I was in NYC; I had a wonderful sensation that I was about to experience something special. And once the plate setting was set up, with the different colored salts and lemon holder my sense of wonder was confirmed. As each item from the menu was presented the server suggested how it should be eaten and with which salt or sauce. Everything was delicious and delightful. I very much look forward to my next visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great, high-end Japanese restaurant featuring seasonal omakase menus with a focus on tempura. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The best tempura place in the US! Highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Everything from the food to service was excellent !

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Really nice experience with Matsui! Everybody there are nice and welcome! The food is extraordinary and delicious! I will definitely come back. 😋

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The place is the only authentic Japanese Tempura place in NYC. Very good food. The service was very good too. Will go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Perfect meal. I have never eaten tempura prepared so delicately and with perfection. Had an awesome meal there. Worth the hype.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A unique experience with elegant service. The service was Exceptional and the food was perfect.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Tempura is so good and the service is very good as well.
The lunch set is worth the money

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really fantastic tempura, not greasy at all and allowed the real flavors to come out. A real dining experience, well worth the Michelin star.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Perth / WA)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I visited Tempura Matsui for lunch with two friends and were extremely happy with our experience. The lunch has a very reasonable set price menu. The food was extremely fresh, with an abundance of flavour, and the service was second to none. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent tempura. Very small space and wound up sitting at the counter (2 of us) which was fine for us but didn’t know in advance. Very attentive service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The tempura batter was as good as everyone said. Light dusting, no lumpy bubbles. Sashimi was great. Even desert was clever - chopped up pink grapefruit w whiskey cream to look like tuna tartare.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good experience with one Michelle Star.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Tempura oriented menu with others well design dish to compliment it. Also seasonal menu keeps things vibrant and fun. Experience worth a try. Service was superb to the point that I dont even have to pour my own drink even once.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing experience, the food takes center stage and it takes you to a wonderful place of deliciousness. The staff is gracious enough to guide you through the experience, and learn about Japanese cuisine in the process. Tempura is a temptation, at Matsui it becomes a religion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Was a lovely establishment, we enjoyed it very much and they catered for my 7 yr old.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Transporting dining experience at every level - ingredient, cooking, service, ambience. You will not view tempura or Japanese cuisine in the same way after a meal here.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best Japanese meal ever had in the U.S.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

ニューヨークで美味しい天ぷらが食べれて幸せでした。また伺います。

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Best Tempura in NYC! We enjoyed the food, the service and the decor.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service divine. Beware, though, as the prices are off the charts.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This restaurant is a portal that takes you straight to Tokyo. A wonderful culinary experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

First off, Tempura Matsui is VERY EXPENSIVE. Prix Fixe only. And very Japanese and formal. And very small and intimate. This is not a sushi place, although we did get sashimi (with some excellent toro) as part of the meal.
That being said, the food was delicious. They tempura'd lots of interesting stuff, and had some great appetizers and sashimi.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food is exceptional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

What a special place. The food was unbelievable. We were not familiar with this style of cooking and were so happy with our choice of restaurant. The courses were delicious and diverse. The Tempura is of course the main event. It was surprisingly delicate. Not like the tempura I had envisioned. It was unbelievable. I highly recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Tempura was great, even better than famous ones I had been to in Japan. I tried all three meals after tempura, tendon, tencha and soba, all three were awesome, I may have hard time to choose next time I visit!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

San makes us feel special at the restaurant, gods experience.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Our entire experience was outstanding. From the food to the service, from beginning to end, this meal was exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Wonderful tempura as good as in Japan served in a very traditional manner, albeit the decor is very fresh and modern. Superb service. The Kaiseki Matsui menu is to be particularly recommended.
Pricy but well worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

My husband and I dined in for lunch. For $40, I though it was a great value - fresh tempura on a bed of rice, choice of soba or udon noodles, pickles, and a side of tofu. Everybody that works there is very nice and the service is impeccable. Will be back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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