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EN Japanese Brasserie

435 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
at Leroy St.
212-647-9196

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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73% would go back.

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My Favorite Restaurant in NYC

By bookseller on 6/24/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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28 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

Unfriendly

By hpugmire on 3/10/2013

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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33 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful in so many ways.

By jamonit on 8/26/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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106 out of 209 people found this review helpful.

DELICIOUS, life altering

By lovetolovey on 8/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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117 out of 211 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre

By lpycb42 on 1/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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94 out of 204 people found this review helpful.

Pretty-face syndrome!

By fsfumi on 1/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

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 !

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90 out of 164 people found this review helpful.

A Critic's Pick???

By ulmelqlo on 9/10/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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89 out of 187 people found this review helpful.

Excellent food

By exciteme on 7/11/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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268 out of 503 people found this review helpful.

Worth the $$ and trappings

By hautepanda on 3/11/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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392 out of 761 people found this review helpful.

Excellent

By cateljo on 1/21/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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