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155 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022 40.757568 -73.970964
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-758-0226 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Thu, noon-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Classic NY
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Catering


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar




In 1963 Nobuyoshi Kuraoka opened Nippon, the first Japanese restaurant in New York to serve raw sushi. And as befits a sushi joint with history, the style favors the traditionalógo elsewhere for quirky, experimental dishes. What gives Nippon its cachet are soba noodles, made daily from buckwheat harvested from Kuraoka's farm in Canada then blended in a way that heightens flavor: The soba beef salad, a house specialty consisting of thin slices of rare prime rib so tender you can cut it with a fork, is served over crisp, shredded romaine lettuce (a crunchy counterpoint) as well as a side of the nutty, toothy soba. Interestingly, Kuraoka invented beef negimayaki, a dish now ubiquitous on Japanese menus around the world. Understated in look as well as cuisine, the restaurant's walls are covered in soft, peach-colored silk and paneled with imported Japanese Cypress, a wood that absorbs noise and buffers conversations thereby ensuring suit-and-ties and their high-heeled cohorts a quiet respite. If you're in a group you can sit in one of the five private tatami rooms, with low tables and seats cut out of the floor for your legs.

Recommended Dishes

Beef soba salad, $22; tempura, $22; beef negimayaki, $24