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435 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
at Leroy St.
By kabasan on 11/11/2004
Beats Megu & Nobu hands down in everyway and yet very reasonable prices. Besides amazing food, they have great food presentation, attentive service, cool massive space and design but not overwhelming or tacky. Sushi is not the priority here or the main staple that should be eaten.
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!!!
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.
By Teddy on 5/25/2005
What a wonderful restaurant. From the minute you walk in you feel transported to Japan. Service is terrific, food great(try the crab tempura in a sushi roll, en salad,any and all sushi and sashimplus the duck dish is great, and ofcourse the fresh tofu. Even the chocolate dessert is good. What a good addition to the New York restaurant scene!!!
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.
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.
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 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 !
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