Tempura Matsui

4.8
174 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Lunch Menu: Tenju Set or Tempura Teishoku $40 and $60
Dinner Menu: Tempura Kaiseki Course $120, $165 and $220

Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----2018 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Japanese Speciality
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:45pm-2:15pm, Saturday 12:00pm-2:30pm (last seating)
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:45pm (last seating)
Closed: Sunday, Monday
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Phone number
(212) 986-8885
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tunnel Exit St.
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Public transit
Grand Central-42st [4,5,6], 33st [6]
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale japanese tempura restaurant with “sur mesure” kind of dining experience! Great service, polite and attentive staff!
Theodore Papazigouras

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic tempura in NYC. Quiet and warm ambience. Wonderful service. Thank you!

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L
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal and super attentive service! Would return soon

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B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great culinary experience. The only negative is that they charged $18 for a bottle of Pellegrino. Overall it was wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Chikano and the staff were very helpful and friendly, and above all the food was superb. We went for lunch, and we loved the balance of each dish.
I personally loved the crab wrapped with shiso.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempura Matsui is the most authentic and original tempura that you will have outside of Japan. A constant and reliable pleasure.

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EK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best tempura experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and simple ingredients fried to perfection. The batter was lightly coated on the food and gave it an incredible crunch. Perfect in every way.
The servers were attentive and friendly. They showed up right when you needed them so you wouldn’t feel intrude in the intimate setting. Recommend to sit at the bar to see all of the frying action! It was truly a form of art.

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the smaller Tempura Teishoku lunch and it was delicious. We sat at the counter and enjoyed the experience so much. It was fun to observe the process and see how each component of our meal was prepared with such intention and care. The meal included a small salad with udon noodles, two pieces of sashimi, Japanese pickles, Miso soup, a bowl of rice, 3 pieces of seafood tempura & 5 vegetable tempura pieces and then, a light dessert. It was more than enough food for lunch (also easier to get the reservation!). The service was excellent and complemented the meal perfectly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent tempura with fresh ingredients that is cooked to perfection. A very good value lunch set meals. Attentive service and a decent sake choice.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Overpriced and not worth it in general. Food was not outstanding. Too greasy for our taste.

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HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great experience and quality!
We had our own private dining experience for two as the restaurant caters one sitting at a time. Couldn’t recommend it more!

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A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The tempura here is closer to what you get in Japan than what you typically get in an American Japanese restaurant. But it is still far from as good as we had in Kyoto. We had the $220 dinner. With sake and tip, it came to over $700 for two. At that price, it has to be perfect, and it was not. The sashimi course with fresh tofu topped with uni was probably the best thing of meal. The custard course with seafood was also outstanding (better than the one paired with foie gras). I'd give the tempura an A-. The batter was light and tasty, but the variety and flavor of most of the offerings was a little disappointing. Prawn, crab and mushroom were outstanding. Abalone was tough and without flavor. We would have enjoyed more vegetables, particularly tomato, and a greater variety of fish, particularly a sea bream. Service and atmosphere were delightful.

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LD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The food is fantastic and the best tempura I have ever had! The staff is also extremely friendly and professional. Get a spot on the bar where the chef cooks the meal so that you can get dinner and a show.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

After loving tempura in Tokyo (Tempura Ginya) we have been looking to find a similar place in the US ever since. We found it! Great choice if you are looking for a quality light Japanese tempura (not like the deeply fried heavy “crap” we all know). They serve not only tempura but also their traditional style tofu and other dishes that taste just like in Japan.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so happy that I discovered Tempua Matsui for my birthday lunch! I don't know how we didn't already know about this extra special restaurant but now it will be one of our go-to restaurants for sure. The food is unbelievably delicious and cooked to order right in front of you. The restaurant is small, authentic and absolutely delightful. The service is attentive and wonderful. They made my birthday lunch extra special by giving me a piece of gold leaf coated cake that the chef had just brought back from Japan!

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DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Excellent experience. Delicious food. Terrific staff. Must go back again!

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NW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please come and give it a try! Everything (environment, service, food) is wonderful. We had an unforgettable lunch here. We will come back soon!

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G
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top 5 restaurants in NYC and I am a professional food writer. Worth every penny.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfect! So good!

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall very good place, worth the 1 michelin star. But, lack of value a little bit. $220 Chef Omakase, we did eat a lot of good ingredient but the benchmark outside is pretty competitive. Will suggest to go. Nice tempura and very cool to see him fried all the food for you.

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VS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Super high quality food. Reputation as one of the best Tempura restaurants in the world is greatly deserved. Even the non tempura dishes like the Tendon sparkle.

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EF
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a Japanese restaurant in Manhattan where I could have a delicious lunch. I was happy to find Tempura Matsui, located close to my hotel. I made a reservation, and the host greeted me and brought me to a seat at the counter without a wait. From my seat I could watch the chef prepare the tempura, and each serving, one by one, was placed on a plate in front of me. The only other place where I have seen this done was in Tokyo, Japan, at a famous tempura restaurant.
The food at Tempura Matsui was very tasty, not greasy. I ordered the Tempura Teishoku, so the rice was served separately in a rice bowl. Miso soup, sashimi, a small dish pickled vegetables, and chawan were also served, as well as dessert. A fabulous meal, and a very authentic experience of Japanese tempura.

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TL
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a small Tempura restaurant with a 10 seat counter and 3 tables. I recommend that you sit at the counter so that you can watch the chefs at work. I had the $60 lunch special and really enjoyed it. The meal was not greasy as the tempura batter is thin. Nor did I feel bloated at the end of the meal as the portions (although varied) were a nice size. If you love tempura, you have got to give this a try. The service was excellent as well.

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LM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal.... if you have not tried Matsui you should, it is the only Michelin starred tempura house in the USA and for good reason.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small space but dedicated to outstanding tempura cuisine - probably the best in town.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff who are all extremely proud of their craft. Exceptional interior. Overall experience was a lot more casual than I expected. I definitely felt like I could just be comfortable and be myself. Food was magical.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was really good - genuinely authentic Japanese-made tempure.

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ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you think tempura, you may think the kid-friendly shrimp sticks that come in any Japanese food beginner's bento box. That's not what's on offer here. At Matsui, you're getting the absolute best of the form -- and you'll certainly pay for it. Easily the most expensive dinner for two I've ever enjoyed, but considering the special occasion and the incredible quality of the food and the staff, I felt no dread in plunking down the credit card at the end of the meal.

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LL
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Very fresh, I’m not a tempura person, but I love this meal!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb tempura. You know the chef knows the game when he can fry a scallop to perfection - still slightly raw in the center, keeping all the sweet juices contained. And get the lobster tempura. Just the display itself is glamorous enough! Does not disappoint!

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For real Japanese food / best ever

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service food and hospitality around

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TA
New England
78 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Tempura Matsui. We have been to Japan, and the tempura experience at the counter made us feel like we were back! Definitely an authentic experience, and the food was fantastic from the sashimi to the tempura! Fantastic tendon also.

Love to watch them cook the tempura right in front of you, and serve fresh and hot along with the chef's suggestions for eating it! As in many Japanese restaurants, they do serve from a fixed menu so you really don't know exactly what items you will get, so if that bothers you may be an issue. And of course it is very small and personal.

Service was very friendly, would definitely like to return.

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B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The food was excellent, service impeccable.

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I
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I just had lunch Tenju set menu. It was good except for the rice was little bit soaky. Next time I will have Tempura teishoku.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great prix fixed lunch. They give you a lot for $40 for lunch. Tempura was light and tasty. I will return!

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K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful pacing, service. Food exemplary. My criticism was that it was somewhat monotonous. Heavy reliance on shrimp of various forms. Would’ve liked more seasonal veg. Overall very good but at that price point, should be perfect.

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ME
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It's the great tempura restaurant that make tempura in front of customers at counter bar.

it's a pricy place so not many people want to go and eat for casual dinning but good for any special occasion.

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a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service.
The tempura batter is not as thin and light as we expected, overall is satisfied.
Tempura served over rice is not a good choice, if you order tempura and rice serve separately, you can get the freshly cooked tempura one or two pieces at a time.

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