Tempura Matsui

4.8
149 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

For real Japanese food / best ever

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Best service food and hospitality around

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great meal! Amazing restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

これぞ本物のてんぷら!ニューヨークに日本食料理屋は多くても、てんぷらはボテボテしたフリッターみたいなものが多いもの。でも、ここのてんぷらは本物です。衣が薄く、サクッ!カリッ!素材の味を生かして、衣は食感を添えるだけのような感じです。とっても美味しいです。
店内はやや狭めですが、アットホームといえばアットホーム。食材について質問すれば、料理人さんが丁寧に教えてくれるのも高ポイントでした。また行きます。

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We really wanted to love this restaurant. The $60 executive lunch was good, if you ignore the price. The amount of food was adequate, but portion would be small for a large eater. Tempura is not oily but simply tasted like lightly fried food. Not a lot of taste (as I think it was simply fresh food that is battered and fried). A larger portion and some dipping sauces would have improved the experience.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

There is lots of great food and fun at this small fine dining Tempura palace. Service is great, with lots of showmanship. But, pray you aren’t paying the tab, because prices are sky high!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This was a special and amazing dining experience. The chef cooks each tempura fresh, right in front of you with so much care and passion. Each item we ate on the omakase menu was crispy and delicious. Even though the food is fried, strangely it was NOT greasy or heavy at all. We would definitely dine here again and highly recommend it to others.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The only truly authentic and traditional Tempura restaurant in New York. They use cotton seed oil as main oil, and adds a bit of sesame oil. Gives sweet flavor to tempura itself. Chef is from Nadaman, which is one of most famous traditional Japanese restaurant.
Tempura goes well with beer, sake, or white wine, and they have decent selection to enjoy the authentic style tempura.
Good place for business or pleasure.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Simply excellent

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The best tempura i have tasted .

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

The best tempura place in the US! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Everything from the food to service was excellent !

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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