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“Very fresh and authentic sushi”
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Nippon Restaurant
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Ranked #3,711 of 14,430 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
Transit: 6 train to 51st Street and E & V trains Lexington Ave-53rd Street.
Description: Restaurant Nippon opened in August 1963, becoming the first Japanese Restaurant in the U.S.A. with an authentic sushi bar. In 1988, we introduced nihachi soba (with ratio of 80% of buckwheat flour to 20% of wheat flour) made from buckwheat seeds cultivated at our own farm in CANADA. In 1989, after five years of negotiations with the F.D.A., we received an exclusive license to import Japanese " Tiger Blow Fish " ( Tora Fugu). In November 2006, we became the only importers of natural wasabi from the Gifu prefecture, Japan. In 2007, we started producing and serving tofu, home-made daily with soy beans cultivated at the Canadian farm. On November 11, 2009, for the above contributions in the promotion of Japanese culture through Japanese food, owner and president of Restaurant Nippon, Nobuyoshi Kuraoka, was awarded by the Japanese Government " The Order of The Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette ", (Tantamount to British Knighthood )
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Sister restaurant of Soba Nippon, also on 52nd St., but the quality of sushi is better. It's a very traditional atmosphere and the service is great. Highly recommended.

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Thank KManNewYork
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Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for another restaurant when we came across this one. It was a good decision to take a chance. The welcome was friendly and the atmosphere was good. We were pleasantly surprised at the happy hour and excellent margarita's were $5.

It was an authentic restaurant but the waiting staff helped us choose.

The food was excellent and not over priced. We are a family of four, with grown up children here to celebrate.

We had a bottle of excellent Chardonnay and this was also reasonably priced.

Overall a good experience, good food and welcome change from 'burger and fries'.

Would happily return.

2  Thank mathew49
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

When I moved to New York City back in the 70's Nippon was considered one the best restaurants in New York and one of the few Japanese restaurants. Of those great restaurants only Nippon and La Grenouille remain.

The restaurant has maintained an uncompromising standard of excellence for everything they prepare. Sukiyaki, shabu shabu, tempura, soba are the best in the city. There is now lots of great sushi in the city, but Nippon's is among the best.

Simple decor.

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1  Thank Preston T
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

This restaurant is stuck in the 1960's, I'm sure it would make a great restaurant set for the TV show. Coral painted walls and putrid green worn out carpeting are in the main dining area. It's definitely due for a make over and sooner would be better than later. They don't play any music (my big hang up, I feel like music helps to set the mood of the restaurant and adds to positive energy in a space). I wasn't very hungry, so I had the cold tofu skins (appetizer) as my main dish, then my friend and I shared the mango sorbet. We were served by 3 different people, two men and one waitress wearing a traditional kimono. Midtown East has many options for Japanese restaurants so I doubt I'll come back here again.

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Thank QueenoftheHighways
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Nippon is an excellent Japanese restaurant in midtown. It is not flashy and new which is the trend right now. The decor doesn't look modern at all, but it is very well maintained. The service is authentic, discrete, and professional..... very Japanese. The menu is well rounded with a large diverse fish selection with many pieces flown in by air from Japan. The flavors are subtle and not overpowering. Overall an excellent choice, you get the feeling that you are in Tokyo and not New York. You would have to fly to Japan to get better than this restaurant. The price is not cheap but if you appreciate quality, you will find that you are getting good value for your money.

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1  Thank vs2012
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