Zenkichi

★★★★☆
Williamsburg's hidden and hiding Japanese jewel, with cozy, warm ambiance and elegant, thoughtful dishes.
  • 77 North 6th Street

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Cross street: nr. Wythe Ave.

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  • 718-388-8985

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Sushi experience was unbelievable with my fianc. Try it! Very pleased

3
★★★★★

Sushi experience was unbelievable with my fianc. Try it! Very pleased

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Excellent food, although the interior could use some help. The space kind of feels like an Alice in Wonderland setting, without it trying to be that. I paid just about $60 for a good meal, though :) Great sake!

3
★★★★★

Excellent food, although the interior could use some help. The space kind of feels like an Alice in Wonderland setting, without it trying to be that. I paid just about $60 for a good meal, though :) Great sake!

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great place for a romantic outing

3
★★★★★

great place for a romantic outing

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Great food! I've had my fair share of modern Japanese and this spot delivers. The atmosphere was pretty nice but had a bit lacking, which it tries to make up for with a crazy scheme of mirrors. If you're into being lost when you're just five feet from your table then hey, that's a good thing. Despite the confusing mirrors this will likely be my go-to for modern Japanese food for the foreseeable future. Another review here claimed the pre-fix was $29/per person including sake but it is $55 per person not including sake.

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★★★★☆

Great food! I've had my fair share of modern Japanese and this spot delivers. The atmosphere was pretty nice but had a bit lacking, which it tries to make up for with a crazy scheme of mirrors. If you're into being lost when you're just five feet from your table then hey, that's a good thing. Despite the confusing mirrors this will likely be my go-to for modern Japanese food for the foreseeable future. Another review here claimed the pre-fix was $29/per person including sake but it is $55 per person not including sake.

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This is undoubtedly my favorite modern Japanese brasserie (that don??t serve sushi), and in my opinion, one of the most romantic restaurants in the city! Not only is it an adventure getting to this somewhat hidden spot, once you enter the unmarked wooden doors, the zen and intimate dcor will make you feel like you??re no longer in the city.

If you??re planning to come here, make sure that your date is someone whom you really like since you??ll be ushered to private booths where there will be no people or food watching (choose the ones on the ground level that have glass ceilings so you may see the stars in the sky!). It??s just you and your date and an occasional cute ??excuse me?? before the waiter opens the little curtain to your booth!

My party had the BBE $29 fixe prix menu, which was such a wonderful deal since it also came with a flight of sake! I never used to be a fan of sakes but am lately experimenting with it a lot more and am acquiring a better taste of it. We started off with a delightful sashimi amuse bouche. Our first course was Tuna Sashimi with Green Yuzu Sauce. I picked the Grilled Black Cod as my entre, which I absolutely devoured while someone commented that the Grilled Salmon dish was better. The entrees were served with miso soup and rice. The sake??s complimented the courses very well and is successfully easing me into the sake world.
For desserts, we tried the frozen black sesame mousse (interesting but not extraordinary) and matcha (powdered green tea) and blueberry cheesecake, which was phenomenal.

Maybe it was the great company (I had friends visiting from Philly ?? yes, it was not a date this time) or the super reasonable price point, but I just can??t say enough good things about this brasserie. I don??t usually visit the same establishment more than once, what more twice, but I??ll come to Zenkichi anytime for a quiet, unhurried and memorable dinner.

2
★★★★★

This is undoubtedly my favorite modern Japanese brasserie (that don??t serve sushi), and in my opinion, one of the most romantic restaurants in the city! Not only is it an adventure getting to this somewhat hidden spot, once you enter the unmarked wooden doors, the zen and intimate dcor will make you feel like you??re no longer in the city.

If you??re planning to come here, make sure that your date is someone whom you really like since you??ll be ushered to private booths where there will be no people or food watching (choose the ones on the ground level that have glass ceilings so you may see the stars in the sky!). It??s just you and your date and an occasional cute ??excuse me?? before the waiter opens the little curtain to your booth!

My party had the BBE $29 fixe prix menu, which was such a wonderful deal since it also came with a flight of sake! I never used to be a fan of sakes but am lately experimenting with it a lot more and am acquiring a better taste of it. We started off with a delightful sashimi amuse bouche. Our first course was Tuna Sashimi with Green Yuzu Sauce. I picked the Grilled Black Cod as my entre, which I absolutely devoured while someone commented that the Grilled Salmon dish was better. The entrees were served with miso soup and rice. The sake??s complimented the courses very well and is successfully easing me into the sake world.
For desserts, we tried the frozen black sesame mousse (interesting but not extraordinary) and matcha (powdered green tea) and blueberry cheesecake, which was phenomenal.

Maybe it was the great company (I had friends visiting from Philly ?? yes, it was not a date this time) or the super reasonable price point, but I just can??t say enough good things about this brasserie. I don??t usually visit the same establishment more than once, what more twice, but I??ll come to Zenkichi anytime for a quiet, unhurried and memorable dinner.

Pros: Perfect date place, excellent food, decor and ambiance

Cons: It's in Williamsburg, but hey it's really not that bad!!

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Just want to warn you all - don't waste your time and money. This place has totally weird decor, stairs going up with mirrored walls - I am surprised how no one yet broke their head or fall off the stairs - mirrored walls make you dizzy and delusional...This place is not inviting and the food is totally weird. The concept of japanese tapas is newly created and clearly doesn't work. The food they serve is not comforting, not appetizing and uncooked.
Go to japanese sushi place or Spanish tapas place - this creation in Williamsburg is a misstake.

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★☆☆☆☆

Just want to warn you all - don't waste your time and money. This place has totally weird decor, stairs going up with mirrored walls - I am surprised how no one yet broke their head or fall off the stairs - mirrored walls make you dizzy and delusional...This place is not inviting and the food is totally weird. The concept of japanese tapas is newly created and clearly doesn't work. The food they serve is not comforting, not appetizing and uncooked.
Go to japanese sushi place or Spanish tapas place - this creation in Williamsburg is a misstake.

Pros: None

Cons: Dangeon Decor/Terrible uncooked/weird food

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Zenkichi has the potential to be really good, but when you're a high priced Japanese restaurant, I think it is imperative that your menu be explanatory or your waitstaff is well equipped to answer all questions.

Zenkichi does not allow modification of the Prix Fixe menu which means if you have any allergens or are vegeterian, you should not have the Prix Fixe.

What was supposed to be a relaxing dinner turned into deciphering the menu myself.

The restaurant itself was beautiful.
50% of the food was very good.
Do not order the asparagus, it is a slight disappointment.

If you are going for ambiance, definitely go here. If you are looking for a good meal to satiate your hunger, I would suggest going to another restaurant.

As a result, Zenkichi is overpriced because service is not as good as it should be. They are friendly, but once again, there is a language issue.

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★★★☆☆

Zenkichi has the potential to be really good, but when you're a high priced Japanese restaurant, I think it is imperative that your menu be explanatory or your waitstaff is well equipped to answer all questions.

Zenkichi does not allow modification of the Prix Fixe menu which means if you have any allergens or are vegeterian, you should not have the Prix Fixe.

What was supposed to be a relaxing dinner turned into deciphering the menu myself.

The restaurant itself was beautiful.
50% of the food was very good.
Do not order the asparagus, it is a slight disappointment.

If you are going for ambiance, definitely go here. If you are looking for a good meal to satiate your hunger, I would suggest going to another restaurant.

As a result, Zenkichi is overpriced because service is not as good as it should be. They are friendly, but once again, there is a language issue.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Limited English of Staff

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seating is great:it's romantic,cozy and private. The boths are not as small as some of the reviews make them out to look they're perfect for 2 people.
The service was extremely fast and attentive(thanks to the service button on your table) but I barely understood 1 word when the waiter took our order.
The food was ok and fair nothing to go crazy.
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Over all the looks of the place exceeds the actual meals. So what you really end up paying for is the restaurant not the food. Will prob. not return but it is a great dinning experience to try atleast once.

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★★★☆☆

seating is great:it's romantic,cozy and private. The boths are not as small as some of the reviews make them out to look they're perfect for 2 people.
The service was extremely fast and attentive(thanks to the service button on your table) but I barely understood 1 word when the waiter took our order.
The food was ok and fair nothing to go crazy.
over.

Over all the looks of the place exceeds the actual meals. So what you really end up paying for is the restaurant not the food. Will prob. not return but it is a great dinning experience to try atleast once.

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I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary. The food was great and tasty, but the sitting space was too small, I don't like being cramp in a corner. Over all it was a very nice romantic place . I would recommend to ask for a bigger sitting area when you make a reservation (if possible)

2
★★★★☆

I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary. The food was great and tasty, but the sitting space was too small, I don't like being cramp in a corner. Over all it was a very nice romantic place . I would recommend to ask for a bigger sitting area when you make a reservation (if possible)

Pros: Great food

Cons: Space is a bit small

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Every time I have a special occasion with my boyfriend I have a hard time going anywhere else. It is so romantic. Its dark, and cozy.. there is always jazz music playing when we go. Most of the booths allow you to sit next to eachother without looking like 'that' couple. The food is all shared so we get to order together and eat together. I've enjoyed 99% of the dishes we've ordered with the only exceptions being the occasional too-authentic-for-me dish (I'm a daring eater but not THAT daring). Once you try it for a special occasion beware.. you can't stop! You'll be ther for every anniversary, birthday, valentines day...

2
★★★★★

Every time I have a special occasion with my boyfriend I have a hard time going anywhere else. It is so romantic. Its dark, and cozy.. there is always jazz music playing when we go. Most of the booths allow you to sit next to eachother without looking like 'that' couple. The food is all shared so we get to order together and eat together. I've enjoyed 99% of the dishes we've ordered with the only exceptions being the occasional too-authentic-for-me dish (I'm a daring eater but not THAT daring). Once you try it for a special occasion beware.. you can't stop! You'll be ther for every anniversary, birthday, valentines day...

Pros: Great atmosphere, service, food

Cons: small portions you do need to order a lot

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Great food, great atmosphere, great service. It's like stepping into a different world (or country). My favorites were the Assorted Seafood Tempura, the Kabocha Manju. If someone wants to take me to Zenkichi, I'd definitely go again.

2
★★★★☆

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. It's like stepping into a different world (or country). My favorites were the Assorted Seafood Tempura, the Kabocha Manju. If someone wants to take me to Zenkichi, I'd definitely go again.

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this place is so cool...you walk in and it's like a maze of dim light and bamboo and mirrors...we got a private booth with a button to press to summon our waiter...really unusual and delicious Japanese food (no sushi)...
really romantic and exotic.

2
★★★★★

this place is so cool...you walk in and it's like a maze of dim light and bamboo and mirrors...we got a private booth with a button to press to summon our waiter...really unusual and delicious Japanese food (no sushi)...
really romantic and exotic.

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: can't think of any

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I took my boyfriend here a few weeks ago for a surprise celebration dinner. I was worried he would not find anything to eat considering he is a pretty plain guy. He not only found something to eat, but also agreed that it was one on the best and coolest restaurants he has ever been to! The private booths, excellent and quick service, food, saki and beer selections-what else could you ask for? You must go, it'll be an experience you won't forget!

2
★★★★★

I took my boyfriend here a few weeks ago for a surprise celebration dinner. I was worried he would not find anything to eat considering he is a pretty plain guy. He not only found something to eat, but also agreed that it was one on the best and coolest restaurants he has ever been to! The private booths, excellent and quick service, food, saki and beer selections-what else could you ask for? You must go, it'll be an experience you won't forget!

Pros: Private booths, On-call service, Romantic

Cons: Nothing!

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This place was delicious! The atmosphere is dark and cozy, but as people have mentioned before, don't think you're totally alone as people are nearby in booths even if you can't quite make them out. Now for the food - delicious, solid Japanese dishes

3
★★★☆☆

This place was delicious! The atmosphere is dark and cozy, but as people have mentioned before, don't think you're totally alone as people are nearby in booths even if you can't quite make them out. Now for the food - delicious, solid Japanese dishes

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I was taken there by a friend of mine, he praised this place a lot due to reviews, 5 star??? come on !!! regular place with regular food. If I were you I wouldnt expect much.

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★★★☆☆

I was taken there by a friend of mine, he praised this place a lot due to reviews, 5 star??? come on !!! regular place with regular food. If I were you I wouldnt expect much.

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This place is great for a date or a group. Ambiance and food is very good, it's reasonably priced for a nicer dining experience. Had the Omakase for two last night. Stand outs were the Maguro and Snapper carpaccio, the tiger prawn with daikon! so good!, and the black sesame mousse. Flavors of dishes are subtle which may turn off a few. We opted for the rock fish instead of the tsukune chicken which I regretted. I would recommend ordering something off of the a la carte menu in addition to Omakase, we were still a little bit hungry. Wednesday night was a great night to go as it wasn't very crowded and they were able to accomodate us without a reservation. Prompt and friendly service. You may not be totally wowed by the food but overall it's a nice experience. Another neighborhood gem of the same vein is Bozu on Grand St. Sushi options there as well. It's a little less 007, though.

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★★★★★

This place is great for a date or a group. Ambiance and food is very good, it's reasonably priced for a nicer dining experience. Had the Omakase for two last night. Stand outs were the Maguro and Snapper carpaccio, the tiger prawn with daikon! so good!, and the black sesame mousse. Flavors of dishes are subtle which may turn off a few. We opted for the rock fish instead of the tsukune chicken which I regretted. I would recommend ordering something off of the a la carte menu in addition to Omakase, we were still a little bit hungry. Wednesday night was a great night to go as it wasn't very crowded and they were able to accomodate us without a reservation. Prompt and friendly service. You may not be totally wowed by the food but overall it's a nice experience. Another neighborhood gem of the same vein is Bozu on Grand St. Sushi options there as well. It's a little less 007, though.

Pros: ambience, staff, food

Cons: they need more lower priced sakes on the menu, dessert

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I took my boyfriend here for a romantic dinner one night after reading all the great reviews of both the food and the atmosphere. We opted to order about 5-6 dishes to share and I wasn't very impressed with any of it The pork belly was so fatty that there were maybe three bites of actual meat in the dish. The black cod (which I was so excited to order because so many people had raved about it) was slimy, off-tasting, and undercooked. The salted chicken was very tasty but dry- if I want dry chicken, then I'll just stay home and cook it myself! And everything smelt and tasted overwhelmingly fishy. Not a problem when you're eating fish, but fishy pork belly? Fishy creme brulee? No thanks.
And to top it all off, the atmosphere did not live up to our expectations at all! We were crammed in a tiny two-person booth that was extremely uncomfortable and for some reason freezing cold. I don't know where other people have been seated that is so romantic and private, but there's no way any hanky-panky could have occurred in our booth. We were just inches away from another couple and our screen was almost entirely see-through.
All in all, a very disappointing experience. Not worth traveling from UWS to Brooklyn for, that's for sure.

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★★★☆☆

I took my boyfriend here for a romantic dinner one night after reading all the great reviews of both the food and the atmosphere. We opted to order about 5-6 dishes to share and I wasn't very impressed with any of it The pork belly was so fatty that there were maybe three bites of actual meat in the dish. The black cod (which I was so excited to order because so many people had raved about it) was slimy, off-tasting, and undercooked. The salted chicken was very tasty but dry- if I want dry chicken, then I'll just stay home and cook it myself! And everything smelt and tasted overwhelmingly fishy. Not a problem when you're eating fish, but fishy pork belly? Fishy creme brulee? No thanks.
And to top it all off, the atmosphere did not live up to our expectations at all! We were crammed in a tiny two-person booth that was extremely uncomfortable and for some reason freezing cold. I don't know where other people have been seated that is so romantic and private, but there's no way any hanky-panky could have occurred in our booth. We were just inches away from another couple and our screen was almost entirely see-through.
All in all, a very disappointing experience. Not worth traveling from UWS to Brooklyn for, that's for sure.

Pros: Right next door to a bar that sells $2 PBR

Cons: Doesn't live up to expectations/reviews

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We were a party of 4 and we went into our own "private" booth with a curtain and a buzzer to call your waiter when ready to order. Authentic environment with dark wood and bamboo everywhere.
The food was delicious - though the pork dish recommended was not our favorite. The Cod was amazing as well as the chicken wings.
Just a great unique experinece overall.

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★★★★★

We were a party of 4 and we went into our own "private" booth with a curtain and a buzzer to call your waiter when ready to order. Authentic environment with dark wood and bamboo everywhere.
The food was delicious - though the pork dish recommended was not our favorite. The Cod was amazing as well as the chicken wings.
Just a great unique experinece overall.

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this restaurant was ok. The food was amazing. One of the best Jananese places I have eaten in. The service was ok. The prices were a little high but it is definitly worth the experience

3
★★★☆☆

this restaurant was ok. The food was amazing. One of the best Jananese places I have eaten in. The service was ok. The prices were a little high but it is definitly worth the experience

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I found Zenkichi on Citysearch after a fairly exhaustive search, decided that would be the place for putting my best Valentine's Day foot forward, and hoped it would prove the ideal romantic spot to take my special lady.
The entire experience was simply superb. The ambience, the decor, the service, the food, the drink.
We had the Valentine's Day Omakase. I'm not exactly a newbie to Japanese cuisine, but the entire sequence of dishes was beyond great. The miso soup (with carrots cut into heart shapes...awww) we agreed was the best we'd had; tuna sashimi with the first selection melted in our mouths; the scallops w/mushrooms was a unique but welcome newcomer to our palates; the tempura sea urchin was reminiscent of every delicious piece of fried anything I've ever had; the king crab knocked her socks off; and for dessert the whipped cheesecake & chocolate torte & (somehow, summer fresh) strawberries w/whipped cream were some of the items that stood out to us as we rehashed the experience over the rest of the weekend.
We had bottle of the "Demon Slayer" sake with our meal; it was the best sake I've ever tasted, even at that little underground place on 40-somethingth St. in Manhattan. It was recommended by one of the very gracious servers, and it was a great one. We relished every drop of the bottle.
I'm gushing, but I'm seriously, my date was beside herself by the time we left. She'd come from out of town, back where the seafood is not nearly as fresh as the pork chops and corn on the cob, so I really wanted to show her something special, and Zenkichi helped me knock it out of the park. It was definitely the most I've ever dropped on dinner for two, but it was an experience that she and I will never forget, and thus worth every penny...

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★★★★★

I found Zenkichi on Citysearch after a fairly exhaustive search, decided that would be the place for putting my best Valentine's Day foot forward, and hoped it would prove the ideal romantic spot to take my special lady.
The entire experience was simply superb. The ambience, the decor, the service, the food, the drink.
We had the Valentine's Day Omakase. I'm not exactly a newbie to Japanese cuisine, but the entire sequence of dishes was beyond great. The miso soup (with carrots cut into heart shapes...awww) we agreed was the best we'd had; tuna sashimi with the first selection melted in our mouths; the scallops w/mushrooms was a unique but welcome newcomer to our palates; the tempura sea urchin was reminiscent of every delicious piece of fried anything I've ever had; the king crab knocked her socks off; and for dessert the whipped cheesecake & chocolate torte & (somehow, summer fresh) strawberries w/whipped cream were some of the items that stood out to us as we rehashed the experience over the rest of the weekend.
We had bottle of the "Demon Slayer" sake with our meal; it was the best sake I've ever tasted, even at that little underground place on 40-somethingth St. in Manhattan. It was recommended by one of the very gracious servers, and it was a great one. We relished every drop of the bottle.
I'm gushing, but I'm seriously, my date was beside herself by the time we left. She'd come from out of town, back where the seafood is not nearly as fresh as the pork chops and corn on the cob, so I really wanted to show her something special, and Zenkichi helped me knock it out of the park. It was definitely the most I've ever dropped on dinner for two, but it was an experience that she and I will never forget, and thus worth every penny...

Pros: Everything?

Cons: Wish I could afford to take her here every weekend.

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The food here is great. We got the prix fixe menu. and everything we got just melted in our mouths. the desert, it was a chocolate sesame mousse was so good we ordered another one. the waitstaff are very responsive and helpful. it's nice eating in a semi-private space, u really concentrate on your company and the food. And the food lived up to our concentration. Love it!

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★★★★★

The food here is great. We got the prix fixe menu. and everything we got just melted in our mouths. the desert, it was a chocolate sesame mousse was so good we ordered another one. the waitstaff are very responsive and helpful. it's nice eating in a semi-private space, u really concentrate on your company and the food. And the food lived up to our concentration. Love it!

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This is not a review based on the food, service, or decor, however, I believe that people should hear what I have to say about this restaurant. I read a few positive reviews and decided to make a reservation for Valentines Day. The hostess on the phone informed me that a reservation cannot be made because "the manager is out of town and will return the call to make a reservation". I found this to be odd and fishy. Afterall, it doesn't take a manager or the restaurants owner to make a reservation. How many times can you remember where you called to make a reservation and needed to speak to the manager in order to do this? Probably, never. Anyway, I waited for two weeks and the manager never called me back (I wasn't surprised) because I didn't honestly believe the "manager story" anyway. I began to wonder whether this restaurant was worth it -- perhaps I should have called someone else to make a reservation but decided to give it a second try anyway. This time, I was given another story -- but it did two things. #1, it gave the truth and #2, it proved that the "manager story" was indeed bogus. This time I was told by the hostess on the phone that "priority is given to customers who have eaten in the restaurant before and left their email addresses". So basically, whoever ate their before and left their email address would be contacted and if any remaining seats existed, it would go to first time customers. I found this to be ridiculous. I'm sorry Zinkichi but you havent earned the all-star reputation to offer priority seating for past clients. I have been to all of the well-known restaurants in NY -- Water Club, Sea Grill, One if by Land two if by Sea, Peter Lugors, and many many others. None of them offer priority to existing customers. There are zillions of amazing restaurants in NY and Zinkichi doesn't deserve the business from people they think don't deserve their food.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is not a review based on the food, service, or decor, however, I believe that people should hear what I have to say about this restaurant. I read a few positive reviews and decided to make a reservation for Valentines Day. The hostess on the phone informed me that a reservation cannot be made because "the manager is out of town and will return the call to make a reservation". I found this to be odd and fishy. Afterall, it doesn't take a manager or the restaurants owner to make a reservation. How many times can you remember where you called to make a reservation and needed to speak to the manager in order to do this? Probably, never. Anyway, I waited for two weeks and the manager never called me back (I wasn't surprised) because I didn't honestly believe the "manager story" anyway. I began to wonder whether this restaurant was worth it -- perhaps I should have called someone else to make a reservation but decided to give it a second try anyway. This time, I was given another story -- but it did two things. #1, it gave the truth and #2, it proved that the "manager story" was indeed bogus. This time I was told by the hostess on the phone that "priority is given to customers who have eaten in the restaurant before and left their email addresses". So basically, whoever ate their before and left their email address would be contacted and if any remaining seats existed, it would go to first time customers. I found this to be ridiculous. I'm sorry Zinkichi but you havent earned the all-star reputation to offer priority seating for past clients. I have been to all of the well-known restaurants in NY -- Water Club, Sea Grill, One if by Land two if by Sea, Peter Lugors, and many many others. None of them offer priority to existing customers. There are zillions of amazing restaurants in NY and Zinkichi doesn't deserve the business from people they think don't deserve their food.

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My husband surprised me by taking me here last night. We live nowhere near here but he insisted we had to drive to Williamsburg to this secret spot. Turns out it is a midnight jungle with bordello-like nooks and crannies and curtains that guarantee every seating is its own hideaway. As for the food, I was surprised how good it was. I normally eat sushi and sashimi when I do Japanese, so I'm a little rusty with yakitori (most closely translated as Japanese bar food). The editorial review that says 4 or 5 dishes is enough for 2 is wrong. We were only full after sharing 8 dishes between us (full disclosure- we were very hungry and I have a healthy appetite). Obviously, YMWV. The really great dishes included the tuna carpaccio, eel and cream cheese tempura, eggplant, pork kakuni, and salmon in dashi broth. The dishes that were less than spectacular were the black cod (overwhelmingly salty), tofu with scallops (completely bland), and mushrooms in bechamel sauce ( a little less bland than the tofu). We were very sad when we were too full for dessert, but we are definitely going back to try out the other dishes. The total bill was a reasonable $85 w/o sake.

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★★★★★

My husband surprised me by taking me here last night. We live nowhere near here but he insisted we had to drive to Williamsburg to this secret spot. Turns out it is a midnight jungle with bordello-like nooks and crannies and curtains that guarantee every seating is its own hideaway. As for the food, I was surprised how good it was. I normally eat sushi and sashimi when I do Japanese, so I'm a little rusty with yakitori (most closely translated as Japanese bar food). The editorial review that says 4 or 5 dishes is enough for 2 is wrong. We were only full after sharing 8 dishes between us (full disclosure- we were very hungry and I have a healthy appetite). Obviously, YMWV. The really great dishes included the tuna carpaccio, eel and cream cheese tempura, eggplant, pork kakuni, and salmon in dashi broth. The dishes that were less than spectacular were the black cod (overwhelmingly salty), tofu with scallops (completely bland), and mushrooms in bechamel sauce ( a little less bland than the tofu). We were very sad when we were too full for dessert, but we are definitely going back to try out the other dishes. The total bill was a reasonable $85 w/o sake.

Pros: Great place for romantic special ocassions

Cons: Some dishes could be reworked (see my review)

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My bf took me there for my bday/anniversary as a surprise. It didnt seem very impressive from the outside, but I knew the block very well: from Sea to Galapagos, so I knew it would be a pleasant surprise in a slightly unattractive package. And I was right. From the very start we were greeted with the utmost courtesy. After walking up a flight of stairs, we were led to our cozy table with a pull-down bamboo curtain for more privacy. After reviewing the extensive menu we almost couldnt decide what we wanted to order, but finally went with the Omakase plus 3 extra dishes. We also have the most delicious unfiltered Sake there. Every single thing we've tasted was absolutely delicious, especially the pork belly, bonito sashimi, chicken with yuzu pepper and lemon. We also enjoyed the Sesame Mousse for dessert. My bf dropped his chopsticks accidentally and somehow they heard it from the kitchen and provided him with new ones immediately. He was very impressed with the service. We both had a wonderful, romantic dining experience and will be recommending this place to everyone we know.

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★★★★★

My bf took me there for my bday/anniversary as a surprise. It didnt seem very impressive from the outside, but I knew the block very well: from Sea to Galapagos, so I knew it would be a pleasant surprise in a slightly unattractive package. And I was right. From the very start we were greeted with the utmost courtesy. After walking up a flight of stairs, we were led to our cozy table with a pull-down bamboo curtain for more privacy. After reviewing the extensive menu we almost couldnt decide what we wanted to order, but finally went with the Omakase plus 3 extra dishes. We also have the most delicious unfiltered Sake there. Every single thing we've tasted was absolutely delicious, especially the pork belly, bonito sashimi, chicken with yuzu pepper and lemon. We also enjoyed the Sesame Mousse for dessert. My bf dropped his chopsticks accidentally and somehow they heard it from the kitchen and provided him with new ones immediately. He was very impressed with the service. We both had a wonderful, romantic dining experience and will be recommending this place to everyone we know.

Pros: Atmosphere, food, service, decor

Cons: Tracking out to Williamsburg Brooklyn but it's really not so bad

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My wife and I went to Zenkichi for her birthday, she loved it! It was very romantic, we chose the food tasting for two ($88). The black cod was absolutely delicious, same with tempura and the beef (forgot the name), they were my favorites, but just so you know every single thing we tasted was excellent!

I made a reservation with "opentable" and mentioned that it was her birthday. So when the desert was coming out it had 2 little candles on it, very nice. By the way, the desert was really good too.

The outside wall of the restaurant is covered with vertical strips of wood, just so you know because there is no sign, it's located in a corner.

Overall, the inside of the restaurant it's really cool looking with awesome food.

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★★★★★

My wife and I went to Zenkichi for her birthday, she loved it! It was very romantic, we chose the food tasting for two ($88). The black cod was absolutely delicious, same with tempura and the beef (forgot the name), they were my favorites, but just so you know every single thing we tasted was excellent!

I made a reservation with "opentable" and mentioned that it was her birthday. So when the desert was coming out it had 2 little candles on it, very nice. By the way, the desert was really good too.

The outside wall of the restaurant is covered with vertical strips of wood, just so you know because there is no sign, it's located in a corner.

Overall, the inside of the restaurant it's really cool looking with awesome food.

Pros: Food, decor, service

Cons: None

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My boyfriend took me there as a surprise, and this place actually surprised both of us! Our reservation was 8:30pm and we got there right on time. We were being seated immediately without any delay. The host took us up to the second floor and walked through a maze of booths with bamboo curtains down. I felt like I was in a Japanese royal palace. Each dish was delicately prepared and very well portioned, and it went perfect with the sake that we ordered. The waitress gave us just the right amount of time between each course so that we could fully enjoy every bite of the food but not too much time to feel bored from the wait. Everything about this place is absolutely perfect, including its restrooms.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend took me there as a surprise, and this place actually surprised both of us! Our reservation was 8:30pm and we got there right on time. We were being seated immediately without any delay. The host took us up to the second floor and walked through a maze of booths with bamboo curtains down. I felt like I was in a Japanese royal palace. Each dish was delicately prepared and very well portioned, and it went perfect with the sake that we ordered. The waitress gave us just the right amount of time between each course so that we could fully enjoy every bite of the food but not too much time to feel bored from the wait. Everything about this place is absolutely perfect, including its restrooms.

Pros: Perfect Date Spot, Excellent Staffs

Cons: A little tough to find parking in the area

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The title says it all... Went for dinner last night. Very Polite, very friendly services, and a very romantic environment giving the illusion it was just us 2 very much added to our enjoyment of the 11 course meal for 2 and our Oyama sake.

She told me that this had displaced our previous favorite for romantic outing. Well worth the price, I say.

2
★★★★★

The title says it all... Went for dinner last night. Very Polite, very friendly services, and a very romantic environment giving the illusion it was just us 2 very much added to our enjoyment of the 11 course meal for 2 and our Oyama sake.

She told me that this had displaced our previous favorite for romantic outing. Well worth the price, I say.

Pros: From Start to end - excellent

Cons: At one point, couple of tables (including ours) was without light for a few minutes. (power surge?)

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Food, sake, ambiance, service, EVERYTHING is just perfect... seriously, if you like Japanese food you are going to go crazy and fall in love, if you don't like Japanese food, well, you're crazy, but if you do go - you will go crazy and fall in love.

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★★★★★

Food, sake, ambiance, service, EVERYTHING is just perfect... seriously, if you like Japanese food you are going to go crazy and fall in love, if you don't like Japanese food, well, you're crazy, but if you do go - you will go crazy and fall in love.

Pros: Everything

Cons: No way, no cons

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The answer to your question is - YES! Zenkichi IS worth all of the hype.

Fortunately, I was able to get in on a friend's reservation one evening and discover the meaning of exquisiteness.

I was really impressed with the range of the tasting menu because it contained everything from miso soup to tempura to a Kobe beef selection. I thoroughly enjoyed the maguro tuna carpaccio and the grilled chicken tenders. Even though the grapefruit gelatin dessert was extremely refreshing, I now believe that you have not really had dessert until you have tasted the homemade black sesame seed mousse. Serious to-die-for stuff!

The only thing that rivaled the delicious plates coming out of the kitchen was the noteworthy attention to detail with the other aspects of the restaurant.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, which was helpful when it came to breaking down the intriguing sake list as well as the various dishes. The natural elegance of the bamboo shoots, the softly lit pebbled pathways and the wooden decor are mesmerizing. The consistent quality of service and atmosphere makes this a definite Must ? Experience for everyone.

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★★★★★

The answer to your question is - YES! Zenkichi IS worth all of the hype.

Fortunately, I was able to get in on a friend's reservation one evening and discover the meaning of exquisiteness.

I was really impressed with the range of the tasting menu because it contained everything from miso soup to tempura to a Kobe beef selection. I thoroughly enjoyed the maguro tuna carpaccio and the grilled chicken tenders. Even though the grapefruit gelatin dessert was extremely refreshing, I now believe that you have not really had dessert until you have tasted the homemade black sesame seed mousse. Serious to-die-for stuff!

The only thing that rivaled the delicious plates coming out of the kitchen was the noteworthy attention to detail with the other aspects of the restaurant.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, which was helpful when it came to breaking down the intriguing sake list as well as the various dishes. The natural elegance of the bamboo shoots, the softly lit pebbled pathways and the wooden decor are mesmerizing. The consistent quality of service and atmosphere makes this a definite Must ? Experience for everyone.

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I was a little confused at first when trying to find the restaurant itself, since the outside has the appearance of semi-fence.. but the experience begins as soon as you walk in!side.. The environment is amazing!, with a zen like quality not only in the ambiance but in the staff memebers as well!. The food was great, the service is great, and the decor is beautiful!. I highly recommend this for a date or even a place to take out of towners who are willing to experience something out of the ordinary! I went with my boyfriend for a date and we were both very pleased!.

2
★★★★★

I was a little confused at first when trying to find the restaurant itself, since the outside has the appearance of semi-fence.. but the experience begins as soon as you walk in!side.. The environment is amazing!, with a zen like quality not only in the ambiance but in the staff memebers as well!. The food was great, the service is great, and the decor is beautiful!. I highly recommend this for a date or even a place to take out of towners who are willing to experience something out of the ordinary! I went with my boyfriend for a date and we were both very pleased!.

Pros: Ambiance, service, privacy

Cons: A little pricey.. the Sake in particular

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I have lived in Manhattan for the past four years, and have seldom experienced Japanese food like I did last week at Zenkichi. I have enjoyed many of the Japanese restaurants in Manhattan that I have gone to in the past, but none had food as authentic and tasteful as Zenkichi. My date and I split the sampler ($88) and were progressively amazed with the courses. Each dish had a unique flavor and taste, and reminded me of some of the best cuisine I had in Japan during a short vacation. The Kobe Beef and the Black Cod were my personal favorites, but every dish including the tofu was exquisite. Unlike the other Japanese restaurants I?ve been to, I also felt no need to mix the Sake with beer in order to drink! The Sake selection was extraordinary, and I would recommend the Sake sampler to people unfamiliar with the different types. Eating sushi every time I ate ?Japanese Food? in the past four years, I forgot what else Japanese cuisine had to offer. Dining at Zenkichi made me remember.

2
★★★★★

I have lived in Manhattan for the past four years, and have seldom experienced Japanese food like I did last week at Zenkichi. I have enjoyed many of the Japanese restaurants in Manhattan that I have gone to in the past, but none had food as authentic and tasteful as Zenkichi. My date and I split the sampler ($88) and were progressively amazed with the courses. Each dish had a unique flavor and taste, and reminded me of some of the best cuisine I had in Japan during a short vacation. The Kobe Beef and the Black Cod were my personal favorites, but every dish including the tofu was exquisite. Unlike the other Japanese restaurants I?ve been to, I also felt no need to mix the Sake with beer in order to drink! The Sake selection was extraordinary, and I would recommend the Sake sampler to people unfamiliar with the different types. Eating sushi every time I ate ?Japanese Food? in the past four years, I forgot what else Japanese cuisine had to offer. Dining at Zenkichi made me remember.

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My friends live in Williamsburg and stated that they've wanted to check out a restaurant they keep passing by...my girlfriend and I were game...upon arrival I had realized that I had read about the restaurant in Time Out and actually had wanted to check it out for quite some time...the restaurant did not disappoint...the private rooms are excellent for party of any size (we were five)....the waitress was corteous and knowledgable...nice sake selection (be sure you're a fan because your only other choice is beer)...since were were a large party we had the option of the omakase (tasting menu), we opted to order a la carte, but I definately will try the tasting menu if I come with a large group...the food was fresh and very unique...try everything...the atmosphere was cozy and welcoming...one of the best parts of the dinning experience was the waiter call button...the button is at your table and whenever you need anything you just press and the waiter is there...it's an excellent concept and avoids the akward waiter moments of one either hovering over your table or nowhere to be found.

2
★★★★★

My friends live in Williamsburg and stated that they've wanted to check out a restaurant they keep passing by...my girlfriend and I were game...upon arrival I had realized that I had read about the restaurant in Time Out and actually had wanted to check it out for quite some time...the restaurant did not disappoint...the private rooms are excellent for party of any size (we were five)....the waitress was corteous and knowledgable...nice sake selection (be sure you're a fan because your only other choice is beer)...since were were a large party we had the option of the omakase (tasting menu), we opted to order a la carte, but I definately will try the tasting menu if I come with a large group...the food was fresh and very unique...try everything...the atmosphere was cozy and welcoming...one of the best parts of the dinning experience was the waiter call button...the button is at your table and whenever you need anything you just press and the waiter is there...it's an excellent concept and avoids the akward waiter moments of one either hovering over your table or nowhere to be found.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere, uniqueness

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Ok, so this place is a bit pricey for not being in Manhattan, but it's less main stream Japanese and my stomach is as harsh a critc whether I am in Brooklyn or in Manhattan. I went to Zenkichi with my boyfriend. I felt that it would be a different experience. Good or bad, I couldn?t tell right away, but out of the ordinary, yes! The hostess led us up to the second floor dining area and the decor got more intricate as we climbed. Hidden nooks and crannies, and concrete floorboards trimmed with light boxes and Japanese pebbles. They sat us at table covered with a curtain, hidden from the world, it seemed. As we were going over the menu our waiter showed up with hot towelettes to wash up with, always a pleasant novelty. After that we ordered some drinks. My boy friend ordered a Sapporo ($5) but I felt like trying something new so I just pointed out one of the sakes on the menu and decided what the hell ($12.) After some commiseration over the menu with my boyfriend we decide that it would better to get a tasting menu so we could try a bunch of different things ($88.) Shortly after we received our drinks the first dish arrived; miso soup, then tuna sashimi and a plate of cold tofu with a soy sauce. Both of these were good but not amazing. Then the black cod arrived. If I had doubts up to this point all were dismissed by the time I finished my first bite. Every dish from then on was unbelievable. Even the grilled chicken, the most innocent of dishes, had strong character and flair. The food was great and wasn?t too greasy, always a problem with cooked Asian food. The deserts were a good and I was surprised that they were so different from the usual array of Asian desert options. I took the grapefruit jelly that was really refreshing and perfect for after a big meal and my boyfriend happily took care of the sesame mousse ice cream. I figured that in a place like this there is no use in being a good girl. You'll see me at the gym tomorrow.

2
★★★★★

Ok, so this place is a bit pricey for not being in Manhattan, but it's less main stream Japanese and my stomach is as harsh a critc whether I am in Brooklyn or in Manhattan. I went to Zenkichi with my boyfriend. I felt that it would be a different experience. Good or bad, I couldn?t tell right away, but out of the ordinary, yes! The hostess led us up to the second floor dining area and the decor got more intricate as we climbed. Hidden nooks and crannies, and concrete floorboards trimmed with light boxes and Japanese pebbles. They sat us at table covered with a curtain, hidden from the world, it seemed. As we were going over the menu our waiter showed up with hot towelettes to wash up with, always a pleasant novelty. After that we ordered some drinks. My boy friend ordered a Sapporo ($5) but I felt like trying something new so I just pointed out one of the sakes on the menu and decided what the hell ($12.) After some commiseration over the menu with my boyfriend we decide that it would better to get a tasting menu so we could try a bunch of different things ($88.) Shortly after we received our drinks the first dish arrived; miso soup, then tuna sashimi and a plate of cold tofu with a soy sauce. Both of these were good but not amazing. Then the black cod arrived. If I had doubts up to this point all were dismissed by the time I finished my first bite. Every dish from then on was unbelievable. Even the grilled chicken, the most innocent of dishes, had strong character and flair. The food was great and wasn?t too greasy, always a problem with cooked Asian food. The deserts were a good and I was surprised that they were so different from the usual array of Asian desert options. I took the grapefruit jelly that was really refreshing and perfect for after a big meal and my boyfriend happily took care of the sesame mousse ice cream. I figured that in a place like this there is no use in being a good girl. You'll see me at the gym tomorrow.

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The design basically won me over before I even had a chance to taste the food. I had all but given up on trying to find some class on this side of the river until I heard about Zenkichi. The food was beyond high quality and the service was top notch. What a brilliant idea, don?t bother the customers. There is a buzzer that you can press if you want to call your waiter for something. I loved tuna carpaccio, the anago and cream cheese tempura, and the grapfruit gelee desert. I am glad I found zenkichi. Now we can all have a nice time in an elegant place with out having to get on a subway.

2
★★★★★

The design basically won me over before I even had a chance to taste the food. I had all but given up on trying to find some class on this side of the river until I heard about Zenkichi. The food was beyond high quality and the service was top notch. What a brilliant idea, don?t bother the customers. There is a buzzer that you can press if you want to call your waiter for something. I loved tuna carpaccio, the anago and cream cheese tempura, and the grapfruit gelee desert. I am glad I found zenkichi. Now we can all have a nice time in an elegant place with out having to get on a subway.

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I have eaten here several times, often with guests, and we have never, ever been disappointed. On the contrary, it is one of a (sadly) small handful of truly worthwhile restaurants here in Williamsburg (try the Sardinian wine bar D.O.C. just around the corner on N 7th for another).

The Zenkichi staff is extremely friendly and attentive and the food is absolutely delicious - with many, many options for a wide variety of tastes and an extensive sake offering. Try the Omakase (?let the chef decide?) tasting menus if you?re not sure what to order and you won?t be disappointed. Considering the quality of the food, the excellent service, and the unique and relaxing atmosphere, the cost is very reasonable.

(Please don't take these other chip-on-shoulder naysayer gripes too seriously. Read between the lines and you'll quickly recognize their biases.)

2
★★★★★

I have eaten here several times, often with guests, and we have never, ever been disappointed. On the contrary, it is one of a (sadly) small handful of truly worthwhile restaurants here in Williamsburg (try the Sardinian wine bar D.O.C. just around the corner on N 7th for another).

The Zenkichi staff is extremely friendly and attentive and the food is absolutely delicious - with many, many options for a wide variety of tastes and an extensive sake offering. Try the Omakase (?let the chef decide?) tasting menus if you?re not sure what to order and you won?t be disappointed. Considering the quality of the food, the excellent service, and the unique and relaxing atmosphere, the cost is very reasonable.

(Please don't take these other chip-on-shoulder naysayer gripes too seriously. Read between the lines and you'll quickly recognize their biases.)

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I've gone several times since they've opened and I've loved it the same.
The fried chicken appetizer is to die for, this is not your typical fried drumsticks. The combination of Japanese spices and American flare gives it, its originalty.
But there is one thing its high prices puts aside which is the delicious, succulant pork (cooked for 3 days). I have to say once you poke into the soft pork its like your in PORK HEAVEN (& no Im not some exaggerating pork lover)
Its atmosphere is personal and the best thing about it, the cooks are real Japanese

2
★★★★★

I've gone several times since they've opened and I've loved it the same.
The fried chicken appetizer is to die for, this is not your typical fried drumsticks. The combination of Japanese spices and American flare gives it, its originalty.
But there is one thing its high prices puts aside which is the delicious, succulant pork (cooked for 3 days). I have to say once you poke into the soft pork its like your in PORK HEAVEN (& no Im not some exaggerating pork lover)
Its atmosphere is personal and the best thing about it, the cooks are real Japanese

Pros: Personal Space, Great for Dates, Original Design

Cons: High Prices

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The decor is really cool. The service is very attentive but not too friendly. The booths are not as "private" as they claim to be. The food is ok. Some good dishes, some are not so good.

1
★★★☆☆

The decor is really cool. The service is very attentive but not too friendly. The booths are not as "private" as they claim to be. The food is ok. Some good dishes, some are not so good.

Pros: decor

Cons: so so food

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I called on Feb 1st for a table for Valentines day. They called me back on Feb 3rd and gave me a reservation for 2 at 10:15, and I accepted it. When I called back on the 9th to verify the time (I was out for a noisey meal when they called) they claimed to have no record of my reservation. Six hours later the gentleman that gave me the reservation called back to say they don't have a reservation but they could give me one the next day!!! 4 days before valentines day I am now stuck without a reservation without a care from this establishment that flat out lied to me about reserving a table for me. I normally don't complain and I've never written a review here, but if they can't honor a reservation that was made 2 weeks in advance, I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. I can't imagine they put much effort into anything if they make such an elementary mistake and can't find a way to resolve it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I called on Feb 1st for a table for Valentines day. They called me back on Feb 3rd and gave me a reservation for 2 at 10:15, and I accepted it. When I called back on the 9th to verify the time (I was out for a noisey meal when they called) they claimed to have no record of my reservation. Six hours later the gentleman that gave me the reservation called back to say they don't have a reservation but they could give me one the next day!!! 4 days before valentines day I am now stuck without a reservation without a care from this establishment that flat out lied to me about reserving a table for me. I normally don't complain and I've never written a review here, but if they can't honor a reservation that was made 2 weeks in advance, I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. I can't imagine they put much effort into anything if they make such an elementary mistake and can't find a way to resolve it.

Cons: Careless disregard

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The Kumamoto oysters and Pork Kikumi (sp) made me ponder making reservations for the next day. The Grapefruit Gelee desert is amazing, excellent when paired with the Frozen Black Sesame Mousse. Very paperback novel experience. Love it! A++

2
★★★★★

The Kumamoto oysters and Pork Kikumi (sp) made me ponder making reservations for the next day. The Grapefruit Gelee desert is amazing, excellent when paired with the Frozen Black Sesame Mousse. Very paperback novel experience. Love it! A++

Cons: Reservations required

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Whether you're on a date or having a get together with some friends, Zenkichi is THE best place for it. The private booths serve as intimate alcoves or literally private sections for your friends. In true Japanese fashion, you're greeted with an upbeat "moshi moshi," and lead to your table immediatly. The ambiance of the space itself puts you in a good mood.

The food is absolutely delicious! My boyfriend and friends have literally bordered on the Meg Ryan scene from Sleepless in Seattle when we tasted everything. The sake is phenomenal (it's best to buy by the bottle in my opnion). There are meat, fish, and vegeterian choices to satisfy everyone.

Considering the concept, menu, and overall experience the place is moderatly priced. We all left Zenkichi smiling and feeling incredibly good. For 5 people and a total of 15-18 plates, Two bottles of sake, and desert we spent $300 plus tip.

2
★★★★★

Whether you're on a date or having a get together with some friends, Zenkichi is THE best place for it. The private booths serve as intimate alcoves or literally private sections for your friends. In true Japanese fashion, you're greeted with an upbeat "moshi moshi," and lead to your table immediatly. The ambiance of the space itself puts you in a good mood.

The food is absolutely delicious! My boyfriend and friends have literally bordered on the Meg Ryan scene from Sleepless in Seattle when we tasted everything. The sake is phenomenal (it's best to buy by the bottle in my opnion). There are meat, fish, and vegeterian choices to satisfy everyone.

Considering the concept, menu, and overall experience the place is moderatly priced. We all left Zenkichi smiling and feeling incredibly good. For 5 people and a total of 15-18 plates, Two bottles of sake, and desert we spent $300 plus tip.

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I have been here 2 times since they opened their doors a month or so ago, and I must say that this place is simply amazing in every aspect. The first thing to jump out at you is the dimly lit, rustic decor of the restaurant. The maze of corridors, mirrors, and bamboo-lined walkways hints of an old karate flic like Game of Death, minus Kareem Abdul Jabaar waiting on the top floor. I found myself at a cozy little booth, complete with a privacy drape and a buzzer to alert the waiter (no more complaining that they stop by too often/not often enough) when you are ready. They have an extensive selection of sake, much better quality and flavor than I have had at any other japanese restaurant. But the food is really why I will continue to go back again and again. I definitely recommend the pork kikumi, a tender suculent meat that is marinated for 3 days to achieve its tofu-like tenderness. Other plates that I would suggest include the maguro carpaccio and the shirako tempura. For such an experience you would expect the bill to be triple digits, but it is suprisingly easy on the pockets. For 2 people sharing 4 or 5 plates (they are tapas plates) and sake the bill was right around 50. This place is definitely the latest hidden treasure of Williamsburgh, and I am delighted to have a place of such quality in the area. This a prime date spot based on the seating arrangements and plate sizes, so take someone with you and go try it out. I'll bet you won't be disappointed!

1
★★★☆☆

I have been here 2 times since they opened their doors a month or so ago, and I must say that this place is simply amazing in every aspect. The first thing to jump out at you is the dimly lit, rustic decor of the restaurant. The maze of corridors, mirrors, and bamboo-lined walkways hints of an old karate flic like Game of Death, minus Kareem Abdul Jabaar waiting on the top floor. I found myself at a cozy little booth, complete with a privacy drape and a buzzer to alert the waiter (no more complaining that they stop by too often/not often enough) when you are ready. They have an extensive selection of sake, much better quality and flavor than I have had at any other japanese restaurant. But the food is really why I will continue to go back again and again. I definitely recommend the pork kikumi, a tender suculent meat that is marinated for 3 days to achieve its tofu-like tenderness. Other plates that I would suggest include the maguro carpaccio and the shirako tempura. For such an experience you would expect the bill to be triple digits, but it is suprisingly easy on the pockets. For 2 people sharing 4 or 5 plates (they are tapas plates) and sake the bill was right around 50. This place is definitely the latest hidden treasure of Williamsburgh, and I am delighted to have a place of such quality in the area. This a prime date spot based on the seating arrangements and plate sizes, so take someone with you and go try it out. I'll bet you won't be disappointed!

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With a group of 7, this little Williamsburg hideaway (no sign outside the door, but you can decipher the location from the bamboo-ish decor outside) was simply delightful. First thing, you need reservations. This place gets packed very quickly (even though there has been very little advertisement). As you enter, there is a little sitting room to the left (on the small side though) and to the right is the hostess area, which is roped off (yes, it is a bit odd/pretensious). Everyone though is quite attentive and friendly. There are three floors, with the main dining room on the 2nd floor. The decor is simple and modern ? lots of wood elements. At the ends of the dining tables are ?call buttons? for the wait staff. Now to the food (which is tapas style) ? YUMMY! The miso cod was to die for, the tofu (both the warm and agedashi) was cooked to perfection, the oden was simple and tasty, pork belly was sinfully delicious and the fried chicken was fun to eat (but nothing too special). Anything not great? The foie gras was okay (not a huge fan) and the omelet dish was too heavy with cheese. Price ? not too shabby. Each one of us ordered 2 tapas dishes and the bill per person (including tip) was less than $40 each.

2
★★★★★

With a group of 7, this little Williamsburg hideaway (no sign outside the door, but you can decipher the location from the bamboo-ish decor outside) was simply delightful. First thing, you need reservations. This place gets packed very quickly (even though there has been very little advertisement). As you enter, there is a little sitting room to the left (on the small side though) and to the right is the hostess area, which is roped off (yes, it is a bit odd/pretensious). Everyone though is quite attentive and friendly. There are three floors, with the main dining room on the 2nd floor. The decor is simple and modern ? lots of wood elements. At the ends of the dining tables are ?call buttons? for the wait staff. Now to the food (which is tapas style) ? YUMMY! The miso cod was to die for, the tofu (both the warm and agedashi) was cooked to perfection, the oden was simple and tasty, pork belly was sinfully delicious and the fried chicken was fun to eat (but nothing too special). Anything not great? The foie gras was okay (not a huge fan) and the omelet dish was too heavy with cheese. Price ? not too shabby. Each one of us ordered 2 tapas dishes and the bill per person (including tip) was less than $40 each.

Pros: food, ambience, service

Cons: reservations are definitely needed

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I had the best experience at this restaurant from beginning to end. The concept of private booths and small portions are ideal for couples and quaint groups to get to know each other on another level. The food had a touch of refinement that you can't find at other japanese restaurants(and I've been to plenty). They have an excellent sake list that complements the food very well. And to top it all off, the prices are very reasonable. From start to finish, the entire experience awakens all the senses. I highly recommend it.

2
★★★★★

I had the best experience at this restaurant from beginning to end. The concept of private booths and small portions are ideal for couples and quaint groups to get to know each other on another level. The food had a touch of refinement that you can't find at other japanese restaurants(and I've been to plenty). They have an excellent sake list that complements the food very well. And to top it all off, the prices are very reasonable. From start to finish, the entire experience awakens all the senses. I highly recommend it.

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I've actually been in Japan before.While staying there,I realized that the Japanese foods we can eat in New York were not exactly "real" ones.Those are probably customized an American taste.I like the "real ones" much more,so I"ve been searching for a restaurant which could satisfy me.It was a long journy.
I did't really expect Zenkichi when I visited there,actually.I thought it would be same as other restaurants in the city.
But,when I stepped into the restaurant,I felt something different.
Eventually,everything was excellent!!! the wait staff was pretty nice,though she couldn't speak English so well.Foods were also wonderful.I wish I could recommend what I ate,but it's very difficult to remember the name of each dishes.I liked the pork dish which had been cooked for 3 days(I can't remember the name,sorry).
Only one thing I would like to complain about this restaurant is that the music was playing too loud.The selection itself wasn't bad,but it bothered our conversation littele bit.
I highly recommend to make a reservatrion.I saw few people beeing rejected because of no reservatrion,

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★★★★★

I've actually been in Japan before.While staying there,I realized that the Japanese foods we can eat in New York were not exactly "real" ones.Those are probably customized an American taste.I like the "real ones" much more,so I"ve been searching for a restaurant which could satisfy me.It was a long journy.
I did't really expect Zenkichi when I visited there,actually.I thought it would be same as other restaurants in the city.
But,when I stepped into the restaurant,I felt something different.
Eventually,everything was excellent!!! the wait staff was pretty nice,though she couldn't speak English so well.Foods were also wonderful.I wish I could recommend what I ate,but it's very difficult to remember the name of each dishes.I liked the pork dish which had been cooked for 3 days(I can't remember the name,sorry).
Only one thing I would like to complain about this restaurant is that the music was playing too loud.The selection itself wasn't bad,but it bothered our conversation littele bit.
I highly recommend to make a reservatrion.I saw few people beeing rejected because of no reservatrion,

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We stopped by last night. My partner and I eat out in Wburg pretty much daily and love Thai and Japanese food. That night we were after dinner already and just wanted to check out the decor...
We went inside and the front girl told us "we don't allow that" and basically told us to leave!
I guess it is the beginning of the end of my neighborhood ... Wannabe Meat Packing District
" we have a Zen garden" losers. Good luck with your business, you certainly lost ours.

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★☆☆☆☆

We stopped by last night. My partner and I eat out in Wburg pretty much daily and love Thai and Japanese food. That night we were after dinner already and just wanted to check out the decor...
We went inside and the front girl told us "we don't allow that" and basically told us to leave!
I guess it is the beginning of the end of my neighborhood ... Wannabe Meat Packing District
" we have a Zen garden" losers. Good luck with your business, you certainly lost ours.

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I recommend do not go to this place. While the concept is interesting ("private dining rooms"), it does not work well at all. The food is terrible. They try to be exotic, but it just comes out badly. The only decent dish was the tempura, and I don't need to pay those prices for tempura. The service is worse, even though each table has a call button for the wait staff. The wait staff does not speak english well, or even close to well. It's not worth the "experience."

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★☆☆☆☆

I recommend do not go to this place. While the concept is interesting ("private dining rooms"), it does not work well at all. The food is terrible. They try to be exotic, but it just comes out badly. The only decent dish was the tempura, and I don't need to pay those prices for tempura. The service is worse, even though each table has a call button for the wait staff. The wait staff does not speak english well, or even close to well. It's not worth the "experience."

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It might seem like you're in your own little world at Zenkichi. The multi-level space is Zen'ed out, with plenty of minimalist touches and lots of wood. The space itself competes with the food. But, fortunately, the kitchen, run by a…

 

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