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EN Japanese Brasserie

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

Avg. Rating

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

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

73% would go back.

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Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By kabasan on 11/11/2004

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

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.

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338 out of 638 people found this review helpful.

Each dish better than the last

By ChicChick on 3/5/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!!!

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357 out of 716 people found this review helpful.

real japanese food!

By vanillerum on 4/13/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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294 out of 642 people found this review helpful.

DELICIOUS

By Teddy on 5/25/2005

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

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!!!

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433 out of 844 people found this review helpful.

Zen or EN?

By martin_chamois on 7/5/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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?

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394 out of 774 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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380 out of 759 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 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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269 out of 504 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.

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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