“took my boyfriend here for a romantic dinner one night after reading all the great reviews of both the food and the atmosphere.”
“We also enjoyed the Sesame Mousse for dessert.”
“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.”
“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).”
“The deserts were a good and I was surprised that they were so different from the usual array of Asian desert options.”
“had the best experience at this restaurant from beginning to end.”
“not return but it is a great dinning experience to try atleast once.”
“Food, sake, ambiance, service, EVERYTHING is just perfect.”
“The foie gras was okay (not a huge fan) and the omelet dish was too heavy with cheese.”
“The private booths, excellent and quick service, food, saki and beer selections-what else could you ask for?”
great place for a romantic outing
Amazing food. Mazing interior.. 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.
Possibly the Most Romantic Restaurant in the City.
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 décor 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 entrée, 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.
This place doesn't make any sense.
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.
Food is Close to Average, Great Ambiance.
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.
short and sweet.
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 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.
Good Food. 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)
Got a date? Go here!. 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...
different world. 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.
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.
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