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435 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
at Leroy St.
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.
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 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 !
real japanese food!
By vanillerum on 4/13/2005
it is sometimes hard to find a real good japanese food with nice atomosphere, but this place specializes on traditional japanese food, TOFU and YUBA, which is rare to see in restaurants in the US. i really enjoyed it.
Each dish better than the last
By ChicChick on 3/5/2005
We tried 9 of the dishes and kept saying, "this is the best...no, THIS is the best" The black cod special was amazing, as was the sea bass, Kobe sushi, tuna and avacado salad, duck and potato croquettes, and the very unique (although a bit pricey) drinks. I recommend the apricot infused sochou-a distilled japanese grain alcohol. Service was decent, our waiter seemed in a hurry to take our orders although the menu had a lot of japanese without english explanations and we waited a while to be seated in spite of a reservation. It also got cold towards the end of the night so dress warm in winter. I truly loved it but EN, Please please fix your stereo system!!!
Zen or EN?
By martin_chamois on 7/5/2005
En Japanese Brasserie combines both a lounge and restaurant into one space, which works to a greater degree than some other places. The contemporary Japanese décor, matches to contemporary Japanese menu. Dinners tend to young and trendy, typically a bad sign for serious dinning, but EN succeeds where others have failed. While not everything is perfect, the winners far exceed the so-so selections. Service seems to be attentive, although the caliber of waiters seems very unpredictable. So the only mystery is the name really EN of really ZEN?
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 $$$, since the bill easily builds up to $70-80, if you sprinkle your dinner with some decent sake. Decor is ok, although it could be a little more quieter, given the ample spaces. Needs a sound engineer's visit (notice: this is relative to the fact that it's a fancy and wonderful restaurant; by NYC standards, it is not noisy at all). FInal note: perfect for kids (many different thing to taste, some exotic, some less), as long as they're not fries-only children - but I suppose it's up to parents.
Worth the $$ 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.
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.
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