EN Japanese Brasserie

★★★★☆
The original supersize Japanese restaurant below 14th Street serving fairly average cuisine at fairly high prices to the masses.
  • 435 Hudson St

    New York, NY 10014

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  • 212-647-9196

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This was my second time at En. The first time I came with my boyfriend, I promised myself I would be back. The second time around, I was not disappointed. I ordered several dishes including the black cod and fried rice. They were both amazing!! Loved it. I am craving them both as I write this review. I think I may have to stop by again and order them as take out! Its expensive but the food and service is worth it.

2
★★★★★

This was my second time at En. The first time I came with my boyfriend, I promised myself I would be back. The second time around, I was not disappointed. I ordered several dishes including the black cod and fried rice. They were both amazing!! Loved it. I am craving them both as I write this review. I think I may have to stop by again and order them as take out! Its expensive but the food and service is worth it.

Pros: The food, atmosphere, service

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I have frequented this restaurant before and have found
that the qualities that once made this restaurant superior
are now lost. En's specialty is Tofu and they were out
of two of the favorite tofu dishes. The waiter tried
to have me order a Tofu dish that I did not want without
telling me that the two dishes I did want were not available.
I should have walked out. This waiter was brash
making fun of my mother with another waiter laughing
out loud in Japanese because she didn't like the dish
she had ordered. I ordered a dashi crab soup that was full of salt and a fishless piece of crab. I gave it to my husband because it was awful. I ordered the Perch which was fishy with a cheap sweat sauce that I hardly touched, The waiter brought out a salad that wasn't ordered thinking this too was funny until I called over the Manager saying this meal and the waiter were unacceptable. For the price this meal was bad news. The only thing redeeming about this experience was the promise never to go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have frequented this restaurant before and have found
that the qualities that once made this restaurant superior
are now lost. En's specialty is Tofu and they were out
of two of the favorite tofu dishes. The waiter tried
to have me order a Tofu dish that I did not want without
telling me that the two dishes I did want were not available.
I should have walked out. This waiter was brash
making fun of my mother with another waiter laughing
out loud in Japanese because she didn't like the dish
she had ordered. I ordered a dashi crab soup that was full of salt and a fishless piece of crab. I gave it to my husband because it was awful. I ordered the Perch which was fishy with a cheap sweat sauce that I hardly touched, The waiter brought out a salad that wasn't ordered thinking this too was funny until I called over the Manager saying this meal and the waiter were unacceptable. For the price this meal was bad news. The only thing redeeming about this experience was the promise never to go back.

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My favorite restaurant in the city. It is expensive but it has great ambiance, beautiful dishes and everything tastes wonderful.

2
★★★★★

My favorite restaurant in the city. It is expensive but it has great ambiance, beautiful dishes and everything tastes wonderful.

Pros: best japanese in the city!

Cons: pricey

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I ate there with my wife. We had the EN Kaiseki set menu. It was a delicious plethora of food that we were not familar with. I was way more impressed with this place than I had been at Nobu which is kind of interesting since Nobu get's such good reviews but I guess it's because you are getting what you expect there and most people are happier with that and they are on TV.

5
★★★★★

I ate there with my wife. We had the EN Kaiseki set menu. It was a delicious plethora of food that we were not familar with. I was way more impressed with this place than I had been at Nobu which is kind of interesting since Nobu get's such good reviews but I guess it's because you are getting what you expect there and most people are happier with that and they are on TV.

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This place is beautiful. I travel a lot, I look at a lot of architecture and if I ever made a restaurant I would rip off EN from floor to ceiling. May be not completely, but I would definitely take my liberties. To me dining is more than just eating it encompasses the entire experience, I think that's why it's such a popular experience for dating, and this place is totally perfect for a beautiful experience.

I had the amazing kaiseki menu which was a perfect 8 courses, it kind of shocked me to see the pacing which is based on the way in which food is prepared as apposed to our western tradition of what it is we are preparing.

In addition the tofu here is amazing. I can't believe how good it is. I don't even think they should call it tofu or may be the commercial tofu shouldn't be called tofu. I was talking to my server about it, who happened to be really well informed about tofu. He told me that the tofu made fresh is like a totally different animal to the tofu that's made in a store because there are no additives, fresh tofu only lasts for a couple days and really only has that amazing custard consistency for the first few hours.

2
★★★★★

This place is beautiful. I travel a lot, I look at a lot of architecture and if I ever made a restaurant I would rip off EN from floor to ceiling. May be not completely, but I would definitely take my liberties. To me dining is more than just eating it encompasses the entire experience, I think that's why it's such a popular experience for dating, and this place is totally perfect for a beautiful experience.

I had the amazing kaiseki menu which was a perfect 8 courses, it kind of shocked me to see the pacing which is based on the way in which food is prepared as apposed to our western tradition of what it is we are preparing.

In addition the tofu here is amazing. I can't believe how good it is. I don't even think they should call it tofu or may be the commercial tofu shouldn't be called tofu. I was talking to my server about it, who happened to be really well informed about tofu. He told me that the tofu made fresh is like a totally different animal to the tofu that's made in a store because there are no additives, fresh tofu only lasts for a couple days and really only has that amazing custard consistency for the first few hours.

Pros: delicious, beautiful, rare gem, can't wait to tell you about it afterwards

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This restaurant is the closest I've found to the food I had in Tokyo. Although the interior is very New York, with high ceilings and a loft-like feel, everything else - the presentation, the service, and most of all the cooking - the cooking is straight outta Japan.
Sushi is here but is not the focus - rather try some of the smaller plates, like Crispy Sea Bass, Fresh Tofu (so creamy!), Mochi Croquette, Stone Grilled Beef. Do as they do in Japan, and order a bunch of plates for the table to share. Servers are helpful in navigating the menu, and there are many exotic options for more adventurous eaters as well as the standard Miso Black Cod, etc.
Sake and shochu list is extensive and well-selected.
Presentation is exquisite, and the tableware is lovely, very different.
Overall, a great place to get a little experience of Japan.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is the closest I've found to the food I had in Tokyo. Although the interior is very New York, with high ceilings and a loft-like feel, everything else - the presentation, the service, and most of all the cooking - the cooking is straight outta Japan.
Sushi is here but is not the focus - rather try some of the smaller plates, like Crispy Sea Bass, Fresh Tofu (so creamy!), Mochi Croquette, Stone Grilled Beef. Do as they do in Japan, and order a bunch of plates for the table to share. Servers are helpful in navigating the menu, and there are many exotic options for more adventurous eaters as well as the standard Miso Black Cod, etc.
Sake and shochu list is extensive and well-selected.
Presentation is exquisite, and the tableware is lovely, very different.
Overall, a great place to get a little experience of Japan.

Pros: Authentic, Delicious Food, Great Interior

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Not the best place. Nothing much really to say about it either. The service was attentive, but it was also a Wednesday night, the decor is nice even with the fake sushi bar in the middle. It accommodates groups well because its never overwhelmingly packed given its location. They allow you to bring sake home, which is good if you wanna spend the big bucks on a nice bottle and not have it go to waste. They also have sparkling sake which I guess isn't always easy to find. Besides that, I don't really have a desire to go back unless you're looking to make a last minute resi on a peak dining hour. Order a lot.

1
★★★☆☆

Not the best place. Nothing much really to say about it either. The service was attentive, but it was also a Wednesday night, the decor is nice even with the fake sushi bar in the middle. It accommodates groups well because its never overwhelmingly packed given its location. They allow you to bring sake home, which is good if you wanna spend the big bucks on a nice bottle and not have it go to waste. They also have sparkling sake which I guess isn't always easy to find. Besides that, I don't really have a desire to go back unless you're looking to make a last minute resi on a peak dining hour. Order a lot.

Pros: Not busy... Last minute resi... Not the worst quality

Cons: Small portions... Not the best quality

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I made a reservation, using Open Table, for this restaurant after it was recommended to me by a work colleague. We arrived 20 minutes late for our reservation, even though I had called ahead to let them know we were stuck in traffic, was told that they could only hold the table for 15 minutes, so when we arrived we had to sit at the bar for about 20 minutes, minor gripe! We then were seated, had to wait for menu's then our waitress had to be dragged over by another waitress to take our order, all of which seemed to take a very long and unacceptable amount of time. The food was good, the grilled oysters on their own little bbq was a novel idea and delicious! However, the food was not amazing, have had much better sushi (the sushi roll menu was very limited too) and the fact that the service was so bad prompted me to write this review. Just average I am afraid, they need to get more waiting staff maybe.

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★★★☆☆

I made a reservation, using Open Table, for this restaurant after it was recommended to me by a work colleague. We arrived 20 minutes late for our reservation, even though I had called ahead to let them know we were stuck in traffic, was told that they could only hold the table for 15 minutes, so when we arrived we had to sit at the bar for about 20 minutes, minor gripe! We then were seated, had to wait for menu's then our waitress had to be dragged over by another waitress to take our order, all of which seemed to take a very long and unacceptable amount of time. The food was good, the grilled oysters on their own little bbq was a novel idea and delicious! However, the food was not amazing, have had much better sushi (the sushi roll menu was very limited too) and the fact that the service was so bad prompted me to write this review. Just average I am afraid, they need to get more waiting staff maybe.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Terrible service

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I had my birthday there a few weeks ago and reserved a table for 18. I got there early and the table in the lounge was all ready for us. And let me tell you, the service was impeccable! We had at least 3 servers giving us their full attention and the bartender was giving us free drinks throughout the entire night! The prix fixe menu was a requirement for parties over 12 (which I didn't particularly like but it's understandable) and although the portions were a bit skimpy, the food was delicious overall. Just don't expect to walk out of there feeling full.

2
★★★★★

I had my birthday there a few weeks ago and reserved a table for 18. I got there early and the table in the lounge was all ready for us. And let me tell you, the service was impeccable! We had at least 3 servers giving us their full attention and the bartender was giving us free drinks throughout the entire night! The prix fixe menu was a requirement for parties over 12 (which I didn't particularly like but it's understandable) and although the portions were a bit skimpy, the food was delicious overall. Just don't expect to walk out of there feeling full.

Pros: Great, friendly staff

Cons: Small portions

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My wife and were seated by the MD, then asked to move after we had gotten our first drinks. The reason for moving us made no sense, "these seats are for couples only (???)". But we went along. They apologized, and moved us to a horrible location (next to the service station). Strike 1. They said they would give us a bottle of sake for our troubles. None came. Strike 2. Then, when we asked then if we could be moved to any of the empty tables that we noticed away from the service station and doorway, they told us that those tables were reserved for a party of 8. Which never came. Instead, one table of 3 and one table of 4 sat there later. Strike 3. All of that hassle, and the food was just so-so. And our service was almost non-existent. We had to ask several times for water and another drink. We'd only go back for the tofu.

1
★★☆☆☆

My wife and were seated by the MD, then asked to move after we had gotten our first drinks. The reason for moving us made no sense, "these seats are for couples only (???)". But we went along. They apologized, and moved us to a horrible location (next to the service station). Strike 1. They said they would give us a bottle of sake for our troubles. None came. Strike 2. Then, when we asked then if we could be moved to any of the empty tables that we noticed away from the service station and doorway, they told us that those tables were reserved for a party of 8. Which never came. Instead, one table of 3 and one table of 4 sat there later. Strike 3. All of that hassle, and the food was just so-so. And our service was almost non-existent. We had to ask several times for water and another drink. We'd only go back for the tofu.

Pros: Cool decor, creative tofu dishes

Cons: Horrible service, rude staff

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the best ganmodoki, the best yaki-takenoko, if you want to know what real dashi tastes like, this is the place. it's trendy and the ambience is very cool...and, the service, impeccable.

1
★★★☆☆

the best ganmodoki, the best yaki-takenoko, if you want to know what real dashi tastes like, this is the place. it's trendy and the ambience is very cool...and, the service, impeccable.

Pros: real dashi

Cons: a bit pricey

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This Place has the BEST tofu I have ever tasted. And believe me, I know tofu. the bad thing about this place is the PRICE. its a bit too pricey T-T. well, if ya have the money, and youre hungry for japanese food, this is the place for you.

2
★★★★★

This Place has the BEST tofu I have ever tasted. And believe me, I know tofu. the bad thing about this place is the PRICE. its a bit too pricey T-T. well, if ya have the money, and youre hungry for japanese food, this is the place for you.

Pros: FOOD, FOOD, FOOD

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Me and my boyfriend were in town from SF and I'm originally from Vancouver, so Japanese food/izakaya is no stranger to us. We ordered the signature tasting menu and it was very tasty. We got 9 dishes in total for $100 for 2. The sashimi were very fresh. The pork belly and beef dish were average. The yuba is better than the tofu. The halibut was not as good as the shrimp fritters, but the black cod was awesome. I think my favorite was still the ice-cream. It was the smoothest ice-cream I've had and the flavour (fig) was very unique. I think it was a great value for all the food we had and I highly recommend the tasting menu if you are only visiting and want to try everything.

2
★★★★☆

Me and my boyfriend were in town from SF and I'm originally from Vancouver, so Japanese food/izakaya is no stranger to us. We ordered the signature tasting menu and it was very tasty. We got 9 dishes in total for $100 for 2. The sashimi were very fresh. The pork belly and beef dish were average. The yuba is better than the tofu. The halibut was not as good as the shrimp fritters, but the black cod was awesome. I think my favorite was still the ice-cream. It was the smoothest ice-cream I've had and the flavour (fig) was very unique. I think it was a great value for all the food we had and I highly recommend the tasting menu if you are only visiting and want to try everything.

Pros: reasonably priced for tasting menu, ambience, ice-cream

Cons: noisy and loud, smoking from the sizzling plates

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This place is right next to my apartment, and is the first restaurant I went to in the Village. I was expecting just average Japanese food, nothing out of the ordinary...but I was surprised by food that was extraordinary. I started with the tuna and avocado salad, and the tuna just melted in my mouth. I then went on to have the duck and potato croquette, not knowing what to expect, but I was incredibly satisfied. The portions are small, which is great because you can try more things!

2
★★★★★

This place is right next to my apartment, and is the first restaurant I went to in the Village. I was expecting just average Japanese food, nothing out of the ordinary...but I was surprised by food that was extraordinary. I started with the tuna and avocado salad, and the tuna just melted in my mouth. I then went on to have the duck and potato croquette, not knowing what to expect, but I was incredibly satisfied. The portions are small, which is great because you can try more things!

Pros: Ambience, sake, delicious

Cons: a little slow

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The sake Moon Rabbit was EXCELLENT. Fresh tofu and the tofu skin sashimi were both very good. Mizo Black Cod is the same quality but smaller portion than Nobu. Mochi appertizer was also interesting. The salmon rice that we waited for 40 mintues was worth the while. Get the tatami room if you have a group of 8 ($75 extra, have the room for the whole night). However, I have to say the staff are a bit too attentive - they take away dishes from our table the SECOND we finish it and I had a few near miss of chopstick and fork near my eyebrow when they take the plates. Price is ok and we were all quite full for less than $50 per head - you need to balance your order with small dish, big dish and some carbs!

2
★★★★☆

The sake Moon Rabbit was EXCELLENT. Fresh tofu and the tofu skin sashimi were both very good. Mizo Black Cod is the same quality but smaller portion than Nobu. Mochi appertizer was also interesting. The salmon rice that we waited for 40 mintues was worth the while. Get the tatami room if you have a group of 8 ($75 extra, have the room for the whole night). However, I have to say the staff are a bit too attentive - they take away dishes from our table the SECOND we finish it and I had a few near miss of chopstick and fork near my eyebrow when they take the plates. Price is ok and we were all quite full for less than $50 per head - you need to balance your order with small dish, big dish and some carbs!

Pros: Street parking/discount garage parking, great tofu and small dish, excellent sake

Cons: staff too attentive! some dishes are overprice

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I must agree with the reviewer below in that the portions are small. So much so, that the average diner would be left wanting. I have to disagree, though, and say the dishes are indeed palatable and were served promptly, although the rice dishes will take up to 40 minutes, which is indicated on the menu. The decor was pleasant and charming, and the dinner presentations certainly complemented. On the other hand, the prices did not. There are places around the neighborhood with much better fare for the buck, and unfortunately, the dishes themselves were too "reserved" for their own good, and the diner's. Come here for the drinks, come for the ambience, come for the attentiveness of the staff, who in their own right, are excellent.

1
★★★☆☆

I must agree with the reviewer below in that the portions are small. So much so, that the average diner would be left wanting. I have to disagree, though, and say the dishes are indeed palatable and were served promptly, although the rice dishes will take up to 40 minutes, which is indicated on the menu. The decor was pleasant and charming, and the dinner presentations certainly complemented. On the other hand, the prices did not. There are places around the neighborhood with much better fare for the buck, and unfortunately, the dishes themselves were too "reserved" for their own good, and the diner's. Come here for the drinks, come for the ambience, come for the attentiveness of the staff, who in their own right, are excellent.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Decor

Cons: Value

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This place is a complete joke. The portions were tiny, the octopus tasted fishy and the sushi platter for $80 had nothing on it. I was completly disappointed and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. After paying $370 for dinner for 4 we left the place hungry! What a joke. There are so many other nice places in this city. This is not worth a visit.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is a complete joke. The portions were tiny, the octopus tasted fishy and the sushi platter for $80 had nothing on it. I was completly disappointed and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. After paying $370 for dinner for 4 we left the place hungry! What a joke. There are so many other nice places in this city. This is not worth a visit.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: bad tasting food, overpriced, tiny portions

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I love EN. I don't like sitting in the main restaurant, though it is beautiful, much prefer the lounge--it's not a bar, just a cozier dining room. The service is just right--you're not ignored, but you're not pestered by too much attention, either. NOW TO THE GOOD PART: the house salad of mizuna greens and tofu skin is SO tasty, the sake-marinated sea bass is heavenly, the sake selection is the best I've seen in the city--and their sake sommelier Taka sure is cute! The sashimi is on par with Nobu and Bond Street, but at a fraction of the cost--every morsel of fish I ate melted in my mouth. Other favorites are the shrimp fritters, fried chicken (Im from the South, and believe me, its as good as my mamas), and the Berkshire pork belly. Oh! And that cocktail! The Momoyama is a perfect tasty treat for summertime, fruity without the cloying sweetness you usually find in fruity drinks. I highly recommend EN.

2
★★★★★

I love EN. I don't like sitting in the main restaurant, though it is beautiful, much prefer the lounge--it's not a bar, just a cozier dining room. The service is just right--you're not ignored, but you're not pestered by too much attention, either. NOW TO THE GOOD PART: the house salad of mizuna greens and tofu skin is SO tasty, the sake-marinated sea bass is heavenly, the sake selection is the best I've seen in the city--and their sake sommelier Taka sure is cute! The sashimi is on par with Nobu and Bond Street, but at a fraction of the cost--every morsel of fish I ate melted in my mouth. Other favorites are the shrimp fritters, fried chicken (Im from the South, and believe me, its as good as my mamas), and the Berkshire pork belly. Oh! And that cocktail! The Momoyama is a perfect tasty treat for summertime, fruity without the cloying sweetness you usually find in fruity drinks. I highly recommend EN.

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I made reservations for a group of 6 for a Saturday night dinner. Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was attentive without being bothersome. We all shared some sushi to start which was very good. We all got different main courses from noodle dishes to seafood dishes to tempura. Everyone was very pleased. The room was really nice as well and had a great "feel" to it

2
★★★★★

I made reservations for a group of 6 for a Saturday night dinner. Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was attentive without being bothersome. We all shared some sushi to start which was very good. We all got different main courses from noodle dishes to seafood dishes to tempura. Everyone was very pleased. The room was really nice as well and had a great "feel" to it

Pros: freshness of food, ambiance

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I have learned so much by coming to EN probably because I come weekly. This has one of the strongest selections of authentic Japanese foods in the city because this is the extension of EN in Japan which has revolutionized Izakya (traditional japanese tapas).

I found the service fully attentive and highly knowledgeable about the cuisine, which for food that many of us can be difficult delectables to describe.

I was reading the reviews of this restaurant and noticed a single incredibly inaccurate review. The only complaint I'd like to make is that sometimes you have to sit next to people like him/her. --- I only make this comment because I probably come here much more regularly than him/her and find the service prompt and can now consider the host my friend.

2
★★★★★

I have learned so much by coming to EN probably because I come weekly. This has one of the strongest selections of authentic Japanese foods in the city because this is the extension of EN in Japan which has revolutionized Izakya (traditional japanese tapas).

I found the service fully attentive and highly knowledgeable about the cuisine, which for food that many of us can be difficult delectables to describe.

I was reading the reviews of this restaurant and noticed a single incredibly inaccurate review. The only complaint I'd like to make is that sometimes you have to sit next to people like him/her. --- I only make this comment because I probably come here much more regularly than him/her and find the service prompt and can now consider the host my friend.

Pros: authenticity

Cons: people who write, incredibly inaccurate, reviews

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My girlfriend and I went to EN for a special Valentine's Day dinner. The space was really incredible with tasteful, modern decor. Since it was a busy night we were not able to get seated at the center communal table with the pond as I would have liked. Our seating at the other communal table was a good second choice though.

We decided on the chef's signature dish special. The fish we tasted was all very well prepared. The fresh tofu was refreshing and the pork belly was rich and indulgent. Most of these dishes felt like good quality Japanese comfort food, especially the rice dishes. The uni, not part of the chef's signature, was extremely fresh and tasty. Our drinks were strong (thanks bartender-san).

The servers were very nice and attended to our needs, though throughout the dinner I felt that they were a bit too efficient.

2
★★★★☆

My girlfriend and I went to EN for a special Valentine's Day dinner. The space was really incredible with tasteful, modern decor. Since it was a busy night we were not able to get seated at the center communal table with the pond as I would have liked. Our seating at the other communal table was a good second choice though.

We decided on the chef's signature dish special. The fish we tasted was all very well prepared. The fresh tofu was refreshing and the pork belly was rich and indulgent. Most of these dishes felt like good quality Japanese comfort food, especially the rice dishes. The uni, not part of the chef's signature, was extremely fresh and tasty. Our drinks were strong (thanks bartender-san).

The servers were very nice and attended to our needs, though throughout the dinner I felt that they were a bit too efficient.

Pros: modern decor, good variety, quality food

Cons: pricey, rushed by servers

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Just went back for a birthday party and had another great meal. Service has improved too. We had the whole Perch fish in soy and it was amazing. I didn't like something called nama foo, but I think it must be one of those things you have to grow up eating. All in all, this has become one of my favorite restaurants. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

Just went back for a birthday party and had another great meal. Service has improved too. We had the whole Perch fish in soy and it was amazing. I didn't like something called nama foo, but I think it must be one of those things you have to grow up eating. All in all, this has become one of my favorite restaurants. Highly recommended!

Pros: Food, Service

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Nobu wantabee, same price with similar style, but the food is not even close. Have to say the service was great, but it was quickly overshadowed by the quality/taste of the food. We ordered 10 selections for 4 people and many were left on the table, even though the portions were small.

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★☆☆☆☆

Nobu wantabee, same price with similar style, but the food is not even close. Have to say the service was great, but it was quickly overshadowed by the quality/taste of the food. We ordered 10 selections for 4 people and many were left on the table, even though the portions were small.

Pros: service

Cons: Food, Price

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Ever since a trip to Tokyo 2 years ago, my wife and I obsess over finding authentic Japanese food--and not just sushi. EN has the real-deal izakaya cooked food that you get over there and we were really impressed. The space is big and bustling (a little loud), but the food and whole experience was excellent. We got the tasting menu($100 for two), which was a selection of the signature dishes. It was fantastic and a great value.
I would highly recommend this place.

2
★★★★★

Ever since a trip to Tokyo 2 years ago, my wife and I obsess over finding authentic Japanese food--and not just sushi. EN has the real-deal izakaya cooked food that you get over there and we were really impressed. The space is big and bustling (a little loud), but the food and whole experience was excellent. We got the tasting menu($100 for two), which was a selection of the signature dishes. It was fantastic and a great value.
I would highly recommend this place.

Pros: Food

Cons: A little loud

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This is not a place for couples. If you are a couple, you'll either be seated at an awkward communal table where you're on top of your neighbors, or at "kiddie" tables in the bar area. The communal table does not extend out far enough such that your legs get very cramped after awhile. I went in for sushi and left with a case of deep vein thrombosis. The hostesses are also a bit snotty about informing you that these are your only seating choices. This in unfortunate, because the food is actually excellent, particularly the tofu dishes. If you have a party of 3 or more, I would highly recommend the place, as you'll be seated at a real table. Not a place to go for couples on a date.

1
★★★☆☆

This is not a place for couples. If you are a couple, you'll either be seated at an awkward communal table where you're on top of your neighbors, or at "kiddie" tables in the bar area. The communal table does not extend out far enough such that your legs get very cramped after awhile. I went in for sushi and left with a case of deep vein thrombosis. The hostesses are also a bit snotty about informing you that these are your only seating choices. This in unfortunate, because the food is actually excellent, particularly the tofu dishes. If you have a party of 3 or more, I would highly recommend the place, as you'll be seated at a real table. Not a place to go for couples on a date.

Pros: Food

Cons: Seating

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Took my boyfriend, a sushi lover, to En for his birthday. We were both happily surprised with the consistency and flavor of the food--the fish was very fresh and the menu accommodating for both fish and non-fish lovers.

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★★★★★

Took my boyfriend, a sushi lover, to En for his birthday. We were both happily surprised with the consistency and flavor of the food--the fish was very fresh and the menu accommodating for both fish and non-fish lovers.

Pros: Great Food, Fast Service

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I went last weekend and had a very delicious meal. The service must have improved bcz the staff were very attentive and friendly and not rude at all (according to previous stingy reviews). The fresh warm tofu, chu toro, croquette and shrimp fritters were delicious! Sashimi was fresh (the salmon was so smooth and buttery!) We only ordered appetizers, dessert and a sake sampler. It can get pricey with more drinks. I am looking forward to going back next week to try their grilled meat w/ foie gras and their pork shoulder dish! Definitely a place to try! I didn't mind the communal table by the water "pond" - I'm not a table snob! Great atmostphere!

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★★★★★

I went last weekend and had a very delicious meal. The service must have improved bcz the staff were very attentive and friendly and not rude at all (according to previous stingy reviews). The fresh warm tofu, chu toro, croquette and shrimp fritters were delicious! Sashimi was fresh (the salmon was so smooth and buttery!) We only ordered appetizers, dessert and a sake sampler. It can get pricey with more drinks. I am looking forward to going back next week to try their grilled meat w/ foie gras and their pork shoulder dish! Definitely a place to try! I didn't mind the communal table by the water "pond" - I'm not a table snob! Great atmostphere!

Pros: Creative food items, Friendly staff, Fresh sashimi

Cons: A bit expensive

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I was blown away by the atrium-like space. We sat at the beautiful communal table. Food was however only average. The tataki beef was good. The salt-crusted duck meat was not tender at all, and the stuff squid was very dry and hard to swallow. Service was attentive in the beginning, but went downhill as the night got busier. We sat for 20 mins plus before we got the attention of the waitress. I say go for the experience, not the food.

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★★★☆☆

I was blown away by the atrium-like space. We sat at the beautiful communal table. Food was however only average. The tataki beef was good. The salt-crusted duck meat was not tender at all, and the stuff squid was very dry and hard to swallow. Service was attentive in the beginning, but went downhill as the night got busier. We sat for 20 mins plus before we got the attention of the waitress. I say go for the experience, not the food.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: food, service

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I did a sushi test with co-workers at lunch. You could tell the difference in the freshness and quality of the tuna at En which ranked the highest. They are quite authentic in their choices. Try the pork belly while you are there. On the down side, it's not what you normally expect from an americanized sushi or japanese restauarant. So have expectations set accordingly.

PROS: Very Fresh, great Food, great service
CONS: Not the normal Japanese place

4
★★★★☆

I did a sushi test with co-workers at lunch. You could tell the difference in the freshness and quality of the tuna at En which ranked the highest. They are quite authentic in their choices. Try the pork belly while you are there. On the down side, it's not what you normally expect from an americanized sushi or japanese restauarant. So have expectations set accordingly.

PROS: Very Fresh, great Food, great service
CONS: Not the normal Japanese place

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The food is very very good, but unfortunately the menu is limited. i do not recommend the "tasting" menu because it's pretty much the same as ordering a la carte. the last time i was there, we decided to try the sashimi and we LOVED it. the sake list is also reasonably priced, particularly my favorite. the staff is a little rude and hostile, which would normally turn me away from frequenting a restaurant, but the food is so yummy and the sake so accessible, that I find myself coming back for more. Since January, I have been here about 5-6 times!

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★★★★★

The food is very very good, but unfortunately the menu is limited. i do not recommend the "tasting" menu because it's pretty much the same as ordering a la carte. the last time i was there, we decided to try the sashimi and we LOVED it. the sake list is also reasonably priced, particularly my favorite. the staff is a little rude and hostile, which would normally turn me away from frequenting a restaurant, but the food is so yummy and the sake so accessible, that I find myself coming back for more. Since January, I have been here about 5-6 times!

Pros: good food, sake list, ambience

Cons: bad waitstaff, inconsistent food, slow service

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En has great tasting food that is not only pleasing to the tastebuds but is extremely healthy as well. The restaurant is dimly lit which creates a very warm atmosphere...at the same time the floor is very open and the staff is kind and attentive. It's a great place to share a nice meal with friends, impress colleagues, or have a romantic dinner with a significant other. The menu includes the best Japanese dishes that will make you feel satisfied, warm and healthy inside, instead of feeling over-full and uncomfortable. I recommend ordering a variety of the cold and warm dishes as well as the impeccable tofu dishes and not necessarily the sushi which you can get at any other Japanese restaurant. Happy Healthy Eating!

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★★★★★

En has great tasting food that is not only pleasing to the tastebuds but is extremely healthy as well. The restaurant is dimly lit which creates a very warm atmosphere...at the same time the floor is very open and the staff is kind and attentive. It's a great place to share a nice meal with friends, impress colleagues, or have a romantic dinner with a significant other. The menu includes the best Japanese dishes that will make you feel satisfied, warm and healthy inside, instead of feeling over-full and uncomfortable. I recommend ordering a variety of the cold and warm dishes as well as the impeccable tofu dishes and not necessarily the sushi which you can get at any other Japanese restaurant. Happy Healthy Eating!

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The bar was nice, moody, & has these floor to ceiling window. We were seated in the main dining room, and it is this 2 story atrium like space at the communal table that boast a sand garden and voltives. Their specialty is fresh warm tofu. How they serve it, is with a box container, which you spoon to your bowl & then add this soysauce type sauce & a rustic wooden spoon you eat the fresh & creamy tofu. The Grilled Churo Toro, which was fresh, and the sauce tangy/salty. Their Yuba with Freshwater Eel was simply delicious, it contains cheese & the crispy layer of fried Yuba! We then received our delicious Miso Cod, & our Sauteed Braised Duck. For dessert we shared a Tofu Mousse, which was devine in that sweet sauce. We enjoyed the dinner & will come back!

2
★★★★☆

The bar was nice, moody, & has these floor to ceiling window. We were seated in the main dining room, and it is this 2 story atrium like space at the communal table that boast a sand garden and voltives. Their specialty is fresh warm tofu. How they serve it, is with a box container, which you spoon to your bowl & then add this soysauce type sauce & a rustic wooden spoon you eat the fresh & creamy tofu. The Grilled Churo Toro, which was fresh, and the sauce tangy/salty. Their Yuba with Freshwater Eel was simply delicious, it contains cheese & the crispy layer of fried Yuba! We then received our delicious Miso Cod, & our Sauteed Braised Duck. For dessert we shared a Tofu Mousse, which was devine in that sweet sauce. We enjoyed the dinner & will come back!

Pros: decor, tofu, dessert

Cons: pricey, communal

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The food is amazing but the portions are small. Try the Mochi Croquette (Duck with potato). For dessert, I don't remember the name I think it was a flourless chocolate cake (first on the dessert menu), it was amazing. The waitress was not so friendly, perhaps it was just her.

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★★★★☆

The food is amazing but the portions are small. Try the Mochi Croquette (Duck with potato). For dessert, I don't remember the name I think it was a flourless chocolate cake (first on the dessert menu), it was amazing. The waitress was not so friendly, perhaps it was just her.

Pros: Awesome food, Great Ambience

Cons: Small portions, Rude waitress, Rude Maitre'D

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My husband and I went to EN and thought the restaurant decor was perfect for a Japaneese restaurant. It was a very Zen like feel when you walk in. The food was incredible and the menu was very different, but interesting. If you go to EN, try the Shrimp Fritters and I promise you won't be dissapointed!

Great experience and we look forward to going back!!!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to EN and thought the restaurant decor was perfect for a Japaneese restaurant. It was a very Zen like feel when you walk in. The food was incredible and the menu was very different, but interesting. If you go to EN, try the Shrimp Fritters and I promise you won't be dissapointed!

Great experience and we look forward to going back!!!!

Pros: Decor, Food, Service

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Tries to be creative but is really average. The $38 wagyu steak is supposed to melt in your mouth but is rubbery and skimpy.

The room is like a giant ampitheater and is good for gazing at all the other beautiful people dining with you (be prepared to share a communal table if you are a party of 2), but is very loud and tries to be overly trendy. Good for groups but if you're looking for a romantic dinner for 2, go elsewhere.

Overall average, overpriced, and tries to hard.

1
★★★☆☆

Tries to be creative but is really average. The $38 wagyu steak is supposed to melt in your mouth but is rubbery and skimpy.

The room is like a giant ampitheater and is good for gazing at all the other beautiful people dining with you (be prepared to share a communal table if you are a party of 2), but is very loud and tries to be overly trendy. Good for groups but if you're looking for a romantic dinner for 2, go elsewhere.

Overall average, overpriced, and tries to hard.

Pros: None really

Cons: , Overly trendy

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Irrashaimase! caught me off guard, but so did the food. Started with the Warm Tofu (Definitely a MUST TRY), Crispy shrimp fritters, and a tuna avocado salad. Our second dish I had the mochi croquette, and chicken sausage for her. Our main course stone grill wagyu steak, an amazing dish to be served and berkshire porkbelly. Both of these dishes were superb, but the steak was a bit small for the price. For dessert we split a tofu mousse, which if no one had told me, I would've never guessed it to be tofu. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who's dying to try something different from the typical sushi, noodles, and terriyaki. If not for the food, definitely go for the experience of sitting inside the dining room.

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★★★★☆

Irrashaimase! caught me off guard, but so did the food. Started with the Warm Tofu (Definitely a MUST TRY), Crispy shrimp fritters, and a tuna avocado salad. Our second dish I had the mochi croquette, and chicken sausage for her. Our main course stone grill wagyu steak, an amazing dish to be served and berkshire porkbelly. Both of these dishes were superb, but the steak was a bit small for the price. For dessert we split a tofu mousse, which if no one had told me, I would've never guessed it to be tofu. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who's dying to try something different from the typical sushi, noodles, and terriyaki. If not for the food, definitely go for the experience of sitting inside the dining room.

Pros: Food is top-notch, Beautiful Decor, Nice ambience

Cons: , Expensive, Loud at times

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It is about time that we have a Japanese restaurant with amazing food that doesn't break the bank. Space is grand and beautiful. Open kitchen is very cool. This is absolutely my favorite restaurant now! Very attentive service. Next time, I will try the private tatami rooms. Their cocktails are great also. Women's uniforms were a bit tacky and unflattering but the men looked cute w/ their cool head bands. Good people watching space as well. They were good w/ honoring the reservation and didnt' seem to overbook considering it is new.

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★★★★★

It is about time that we have a Japanese restaurant with amazing food that doesn't break the bank. Space is grand and beautiful. Open kitchen is very cool. This is absolutely my favorite restaurant now! Very attentive service. Next time, I will try the private tatami rooms. Their cocktails are great also. Women's uniforms were a bit tacky and unflattering but the men looked cute w/ their cool head bands. Good people watching space as well. They were good w/ honoring the reservation and didnt' seem to overbook considering it is new.

Pros: Execellent food, Ample seating & space, fairly priced

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As a local to this Japanese "Brasserie" I could not wait to finally get in there after months of construction. It was more then I expected and I couldn't be happier to have En as my new neighbor. The authentic Japanese food was outstanding.
Staff were sweethearts and the place was gorgeous. The prices were moderate to high but worth it. I will be coming back!

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★★★★★

As a local to this Japanese "Brasserie" I could not wait to finally get in there after months of construction. It was more then I expected and I couldn't be happier to have En as my new neighbor. The authentic Japanese food was outstanding.
Staff were sweethearts and the place was gorgeous. The prices were moderate to high but worth it. I will be coming back!

Pros: Food, Staff, Decor

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