Tempura Matsui

4.8
385 reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----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 seats while enjoying a glass of wine, sake or beer.

You may make a reservation one month ahead.

We require all patrons whose age 12 and older to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for Indoor Dining.
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4.9
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4.8
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Paolo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my second time and having now better assessed how much I can eat, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was grinning like an idiot from start to finish. My only regret is that I can never eat tempura the same way again. Previously, if I was invited by friends to go to a Japanese restaurant whose sushi I did not trust, I would often order a tempura dish because it was the safe choice. Now, Tempura Matsui has conditioned me also not get crappy tempura from anywhere. Their thin batter enhances and does not hide the true flavor of the shrimp, fish, uni, or assorted vegetables. A mind being blown is the only reasonable reaction after savoring what true tempura ought to taste like. Short of hopping on a flight to Tokyo on a whim, Tempura Matsui is fantastically worth the trip.

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Kimberly
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Especially loved the fish with shiso. Worths the Michelin star. The place is pretty small though. When a party of four really engaged in their conversation and talked loud, I got pretty disturbed even I sat at the other end of the counter. The chef is an “authentic”Japanese, very polite. Smiled at me when I complimented his food. Lunch is the best deal for the first try.

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vipGordonW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is fantastic and the service is out of this world!

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AndrewH
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisite. Always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect! Best tempura in NYC!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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EllieA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Transports you to japan! Excellent food, friendly service, such a wonderful experience!

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vipThomasC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matsui is one of few tempura specializing restaurants in NY. The meal started with a sashimi appetizer. Then each tempura piece came out one by one fresh from the oil. Waitresses explained how each item should be eaten. The meal ended with a rice dish and a dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

There's truly no doubt that this restaurant uplifts my already high standards of tempura in many ways, in terms of both excellent and warm service and the food itself. My favorite items that was available today includes the appetizer, chawanmushi, dessert, the maitake mushroom, shrimp head, Sea eel, sweet corn, scallop, and pumpkin. Many other seasonal items are set to be explored in the near future.

Highly recommend.

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Luel
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Dinner was VERY costly, with a set menu, which was not worth the price of $160.00

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef’s preparation of each tempura was timed perfectly. Food was delicious and staff was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience5

I found a hair in dessert course. One word sorry that was it. Never going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I will be back for this dedicated delicacy very soon.

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vipHughM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic and delicious. A truly amazing dining experience.

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LisaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent tempura, the best in NYC. Very attentive services, excellent. A bit pricey. The dinning room is a bit small. Will definitely go back for the food. Love it!

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Vlpkevin1
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Server claimed the more expensive omakase set has lobsters, plus more items than the cheaper set. We were told they didn’t have lobsters at the end of our meal. We also noticed we didn’t get many items other guests who ordered the cheaper set received. Speechless. Their tempura is decent but absolutely not Michelin level. Don’t waste your money here.

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vipRMPJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tempura Matsui is the place to go in New York for a real tempura-counter experience you'll not find very often outside Japan. Delicious and memorable!

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vipchefjosh825
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly unique dining experience. Everything was perfect. I recommend sitting at the kitchen counter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great !! Very cool experience non other!

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vipJairoW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best host, best tempura!
I recommend to everyone to go there!!!

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service, and experience. Tempura was shatteringly crisp and was served piece by piece as soon as it was ready. Foie gras chawanmushi was one of the best bites I've had in a while.

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Isabella
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! Can’t wait to come back. We are already plotting our return

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JasonF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of if not the best meal I've ever had. At the value of the lunch menu it does not feel like anywhere else can compete.

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PaulM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and impeccable service. Highly recommended.

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ShermaineW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent tempura - comparable to that I find in Tokyo!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

From Chef Chikano to the manager, everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable about the food they prepared. They were also able to accommodate our request and last minute change of schedule. Great experience and definitely the best Tempura restaurant I had in my life.

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vipKoko
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's very difficult to find Good ”Tempura” restaurant.

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thefoodinspector
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing during my visit for the lunch omakase. The service and food were exceptional. Will try to come back to experience the dinner omakase during my visit back to the city. A++++++ the best tempura set I’ve had outside of Tokyo!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and all the food were delicious.

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vipsrk49
New York Area
569 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience.

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2luveat
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This Japanese tempura omakase is extraordinary and somehow I like it more than those in Japan. Of course the service is good as well. Let the pictures explain the details.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister and I had a very pleasant dinner. Really nothing to complain about.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is just ridiculous great! Cannot imagine tempura could be so tasted like what they have done! Well done!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly I wasn’t expecting much but went with it because my Dad wanted to try. It’s tempura omakase, like it’s probably tempura. But after the first several tempuras I can see why it’s worth the price and the overall experience was very refreshing. At first you might think it isn’t filling but towards the end of the omakase, I was feeling full. Ahhh so good! I recommend this place!!

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vipJerry
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place - you've never had tempura before unless you've eaten here!

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HTM4
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been wanting to go for years and the experience far exceeded my very high expectation. A perfect, exceptional meal, attentive staff, beautiful surroundings-- a delightful evening with not one false note.

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JamesL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect dining for Japanese authentic cuisine and mood.

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JenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really beautiful food, and loved the unassuming frontage and interior!

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vip11and14
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fresh, and delicious food. They never disappoint me.

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CamilleR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Wonderful food with great hospitality. Lunch set is unbeatable value. Top notch of everything. Must try out the sea urchin/uni, it’ll blow your mind.

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Tempura Matsui is rated 4.8 stars by 385 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.

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