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Zenkichi

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77 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.718909 -73.960913
nr. Wythe Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-388-8985 Send to Phone

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

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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    8 Reviews | Write a Review

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Official Website

zenkichi.com

Hours

Tue-Sat, 6pm-midnight; Sun, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.

Prices

$5-$19

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Slipping through the unmarked door of this izakaya triggers a spine-tingling sensation akin to something illicit. A curtain encases each mahogany booth: Some are cozy versions with L-shaped benches; others are more group-friendly. Dim lanterns and mirrors play up the mazelike atmospherics across three stories of walkways littered with pebbles and bamboo stalks. After an initial greeting, the waiter disappears. He reappears only when summoned by a discretionary buzzer. This tactic leaves ample time for relishing the deftly executed seasonal small plates presented on speckled ceramic dishes. Heavenly pork kakuni is slow cooked over three days to achieve a puddinglike consistency. White soy sauce, sesame oil, and yuzu pepper provide a citrusy marinade for the maguro carpaccio's chilled, slippery tuna slabs. Even a basic dish like the grilled rice ball gets carefully worked over; the charred outer shell sits in piping-hot shiso sauce with bitter scallions and rich, woody mushrooms. With so many temptations, one surefire solution is the omakase eight-course tasting menu, handpicked by the chef.

Opt for Omakase

The chef's tasting menu is $65 per person.

Recommended Dishes

Maguro carpaccio, $14.95; pork kakuni, $12.95

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