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Zen Restaurant

31 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003 40.7288 -73.988062
at Second Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-533-6855 Send to Phone

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

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Sun-Mon, noon-11:30pm; Tue-Sat, noon-1:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Delivery Area

5th St. to 14th St., Ave. C to Fifth Ave.


On a busy stretch of St. Marks Place, Zen serves satisfying Japanese dishes in a bare-bones setting. The joint seems like an extension of the NYU dining hall, with its plain wood tables and chairs, tacky banners touting fish discounts, and twenty-something crowds. But there is ocean-fresh sushi to be had here, along with inventive, brightly flavored rolls. A regular sushi platter drapes clean-tasting, fatty slabs of marbled red tuna and plump pink salmon atop soft, hand-packed balls of white rice; the golden dragon roll wraps sweet chunks of broiled eel in crunchy seaweed layered with tart sheets of finely sliced mango; and futomaki rolls fill discs of rice and seaweed with pucker-worthy Japanese pickles and meaty chunks of egg. Hot platters of Japanese comfort food also please, such as the fist-sized mashed potato and ground beef korokke fritters reminiscent of Italian croquettes, and generous platters of crisp pork cutlets steeped in rich, salty brown katsu sauce. A daily 50% discount on all sushi dishes keeps tables full of fish and Zen full of youngish locals until the wee hours.

Discount Caveat

For the 50 percent sushi discount to take effect, the total bill must result in a $10 minimum.

Recommended Dishes

Golden dragon roll, $12.25; korokke, $6.25; pork ton-katsu, $12.95