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435 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
at Leroy St.
My Favorite Restaurant in NYC
By bookseller on 6/24/2013
No lie. The combination of the delicious and unusual food (the fresh tofu is amazing), the beautiful room, and the relatively quiet setting (meaning it's one of the few restaurants in the city where you can actually have a conversation), together they add up to my very favorite place. I've been coming here for years, and I hope to come for many more. Happily, it's a restaurant for grown-ups.
By hpugmire on 3/10/2013
I have a gift certificate worth of $200, and booked over the phone for 2, when we got there, we got a bar seating in the middle room, while all the tables were available. We did not like, and then were taken to the lunge which is ridiculers low table and chairs like eating at nursery school. We ask the proper table, the 3/9/2013 on duty manager (she) refused to seat us on table, and said these tables are for four people at 7 pm, even there were at least 7 tables available, and we left. Unbelievable, this manager should be fired. hate it, not sure how to spent this gift certificate, I wish I have case instead.
Beautiful in so many ways.
By jamonit on 8/26/2009
Delicious and on par with food in Tokyo. Homemade fresh tofu is wonderful. I strongly recommend the daily specials, the blue fin collar was amazing. over all a little pricey but that comes with quality so it has value and I come back. & absolutely beautiful space.
DELICIOUS, life altering
By lovetolovey on 8/8/2009
I can't stop coming back. I was their last night and I'm still thinking about the fresh scooped warm tofu. It's really amazing. I think that I'm most satisfied when I get something that for years I have under appreciated and then all of the sudden boom!! it's my favorite food. It's life altering. I really can't finish this review with out mentioning the space. It's beautiful. Honestly one of my favorite places in the city to spend my time.
By lpycb42 on 1/27/2009
While the setting was beautiful and the service great, the food was really really below my standards. You would expect greatness from a place like this but the menu was very limited and the flavor sub-par.
By fsfumi on 1/17/2009
Given how En describes itself, an authentic Izakaya, I felt like a child being told that Santa doesnÂ’t exist when I bit into one of their appetizers, namely . I was really looking forward to enjoying a bonafide izakaya food located in places other than St. Marks and Midtown East. Much to my disappointment, most dishes didnÂ’t pair well with sake and shochu. That is to say, they are all too sweet and devoid of spices and surprises that make even the plainest beer delectable. But then again, I may be expecting too much from yet another highly adorned Japanese restaurant. Note: The place is gorgeous and very romantic. However, be sure he/she doesn't mind psuedo-izakaya food !
A Critic's Pick???
By ulmelqlo on 9/10/2008
This is one of those few cases where the positive review was completely inconsistent with our experience. This restaurant is mediocre to terrible. It is basically a glorified Benihana-type chain-style restaurant but three times as expensive. The tuna salad we ordered had low quality/chewy tuna. The codfish was mediocre, with tiny portions costing over $20. The place is also smelly, the smoke extraction essentially doesn't work. Paper napkins for these prices?? Go somehere else.
By exciteme on 7/11/2007
The food was excellent. I had the tasting menu for $50/person and I thought it was totally worth it. The flavors were subtle. The food, overall, was delicious. The restaurant also had an extensive and creative drink menu. I think the the restaurant is well worth it - particularly if on an expensive account.
Worth the $$ and trappings
By hautepanda on 3/11/2007
I'm firmly a casual-dining, street-food sort of person, yet I find myself drifting back to EN - why? Because despite the pristine, uptight decor and presentation, and despite the hokey techno, and the prices... the food is damn good. Revelatory. Things like grated mountain yam, lightly deep-fried, that burst in your mouth. Fresher and more refined than anything on St. Mark's Place.
By cateljo on 1/21/2007
Excellent. Bias: my first time in a non-sushi japanese restaurant. We chose the tasting menu (cannot recall its name); they bring an endless array of small dishes, all of which were delightful. The "dollar" signs should be $$$, since the bill easily builds up to $70-80, if you sprinkle your dinner with some decent sake. Decor is ok, although it could be a little more quieter, given the ample spaces. Needs a sound engineer's visit (notice: this is relative to the fact that it's a fancy and wonderful restaurant; by NYC standards, it is not noisy at all). FInal note: perfect for kids (many different thing to taste, some exotic, some less), as long as they're not fries-only children - but I suppose it's up to parents.
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