Restaurant Nippon

4.8
630 reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Enjoy the perfect mix of elegance and comfort at the original Nippon, New York's oldest authentic Japanese restaurant -- now in its 56th year!

Since 1963, we have been offering the best of traditional edo-mae (Tokyo) style Japanese dishes from Sukiyaki and Tempura to Sushi and multi-course Kaiseki.

A restaurant of firsts, Nippon was the first Japanese restaurant to serve Sushi in NYC, and made global headlines when founder successfully petitioned the FDA to allow fugu-blowfish to be imported to the U.S. Nippon is also the birthplace of the Beef Negimayaki and many other dishes that are now standard fare in Japanese restaurants around the world. In addition, Nippon makes its own premium quality ni-hachi soba-noodles and presses its own tofu.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 630 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
Ambience
4.3
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MISSY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just 👍 great. Simply great place.
Beef tongue was excellent. Sashimi was yummy’ Kamonabe was fun and delicious.

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LarryL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

You don’t go here for this, but don’t miss the Udon. We ordered it on a whim and were fighting for the leftover noodles. Skip the rare and poisonous Fugu sushi, definition not worth it. Sushi and nigiri were great. Tempura was soso. Service was outstanding.

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UnnatV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

We went for Christmas Eve dinner and had high expectations. While the staff appear to be friendly, they tend to sell only the most expensive items on the menu like Sake and fish. Staters were greet but the main course was absolutely below par and then some repeat starters were not made with the same passion. Absolutely worthless place

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Kavie123
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing. The people were lovely and the food quality was very outstanding. You should definitely try the tempura!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place. People were very attentive and polite.
Excellent food and service.

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vipOkravore
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a NYC classic that has been consistently excellent for decades.

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MPASteve
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to Japan dozens of times, and I also regularly visit a variety of Japanese restaurants in the States. While there are a lot of restaurants that offer sushi and tempura, not many offer shabu shabu, kaiseki and fugu sushi (only authorized importer of fugu in the US) at the same time! Food quality is excellent, and the flavors and smells are authentic Japanese. There are a lot of excellent Japanese restaurants in this town, but Nippon clearly stands out from the crowd.

WY
vipWilliamY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and great authentic menu

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vipKdining
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nippon has served the best Japanese food in NYC for many , many years. Always provides excellent service and quality Japanese food !

ME
vipMichaelE
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was very authentic and all of the waiting staff and owners were super nice!!! Food was great!!

JH
JHYH
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here many times. The service and food are exceptionally good.
We will continue to return.

MD
MichaelD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Best sushi on the east side of NYC!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just perfect. The food, the service and all the attentions that we received was excellent.

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Favorite
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. The first time my father took me here was over twenty years ago and we have always enjoyed our meals here ever since. Great atmosphere and EXCELLENT service. Terrific dishes as well. Definitely highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Updated décor. Chose table purposefully when reserving; was shunted to bar. Tempura oilier than I remembered

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice service and good food

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viprichardm
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as we have come to expect from this gem.

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vipFood100
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Food was not good at all. Sushi was good but cooked food sucked. Too bad. Exceptional service

DK
DanK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

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vipFatCat
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bento box was exceptional. Wonderful flavors.

KM
vipKMan
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great sushi.

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wolphfeather
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Entire staff was courteous and our waiter went above and beyond. Food was absolutely delicious...I recommend the Beef Sukiyaki and the Godzilla Curry

LH
vipLorettaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful menu with a wide variety of delicious Japanese food and drink. Lovely and peaceful atmosphere. Attentive service. Absolutely recommend.

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YoshikoI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is always very reliably excellent. I am sure I will enjoy it every time I come here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very comfortable service.
Food was superb.
Everything was perfect.
Spent extra money for the good drinks.
Ha, ha, ha !

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience, food and hospitality! It was my mother’s birthday and they remembered to say happy birthday using her first name right when we walked in. She felt so incredibly special. Attention to detail 10/10! Food was incredible, sushi was so fresh, and teriyaki salmon was so made so well, unlike I’ve ever had before. The hospitality was warm and inviting- felt like you were at an upscale relative’s house for dinner-amazing! The staff all greeted us on the way out as well. Truly memorable experience!

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vipWhnyc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Very limited lunch menue. Was looking forward to ordering from extensive menue but was unable to. Resigned to ordering alot of sushi rolls, salad, and upon only to be disappointed that one shrimp in seafood upon was not fresh. Left with a bad bitter taste.

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vipBarryS
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat in a private booth--great value for $15 only!!!

CB
vipCBNYC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic atmosphere and fresh fish, very quick service allows for a business meal.

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vipKateA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such a wonderful time! The food was absolutely divine, and the staff was wonderful. We liked that this was a "local place" where the staff knew the families that came in AND the food was top notch. We did a Kaiseki menu--each course was beautiful and delicious. Our favorites were the sashimi (the tuna in particular) and the beef fillet. Okay, the lobster was great as well (and the duck and the soba...). The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. We look forward to going back.

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vipAlexR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible omakase menu!

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vipDSR45
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nippon is one of the very few classical Japanese restaurants in New York that prides itself on a full, seasonal, kaiseki experience. Great service, great food!

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viprichardm
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent as always!

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vipEdward
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very expensive. Good quality of food but very expensive

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vipKathy2go
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an incredible dining experience at Restaurant Nippon. They do everything right- the quality of the food, the pleasant staffs & the professional services. That's the reason that it has been a successful establishment after all these years. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The miso soup was good but was a tiny portion, and to me, was too brief a dining experience. The fish and vegetable Tempura was very good. When I am in a fish restaurant, I usually do not order a dish with shrimp in it because they are often pre-cooked. Here, in this Japanese restaurant, they were very tasty, and apparently not pre-cooked. The vegetables were tasty as well as the shrimp.

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vipMidtownLuncher
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always reliable with excellent food and service. I am here once a week for business meals. All my clients and colleagues want to come back after they come once.

LG
LisaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! I had a wonderful lunch outdoors at Restaurant Nippon. The service was impeccable as always and the food was delicious. The outdoor setup is lovely and private and I felt safe eating there. I always have a great, authentic experience at Restaurant Nippon.

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vipnotjustveg
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Welcoming, wonderful experience! The staff could not have been nicer, offering advice and service when needed, but not intruding unnecessarily. The menu is traditional but innovative. We enjoyed a terrific, celebratory evening.

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ReikoO
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I know them for 50 years, and recommend to anyone

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Restaurant Nippon using the Order Online button. Restaurant Nippon also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Restaurant Nippon also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 688-5941.

Restaurant Nippon is rated 4.8 stars by 630 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.