EN Japanese Brasserie

EN Japanese Brasserie

Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    The black cod is one of the best dishes I have had. So naturally buttery and flavorful. Melts in your mouth. This dish is a must try.
    Upvoted Oct 13
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurOctober 31, 2014
    Resto is extremely well lit at lunch with its large windows on the corner of hudson and leroy. The lunch sets offer great value vs. the dinner menu. The sashimi set was expertly done and satisfying.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The seven-course kaiseki menus are a good way to experience the whole menu, including standout dishes like the miso-marinated black cod, uni egg custard and Japanese strip loin with truffle butter. Read more
  • naveen
    naveenDecember 13, 2011
    the tasting menu and the fried chicken are two of the most amazing things you'll order. you can't go wrong. see if you can snag one of the rooms upstairs (the couch room is so relaxing)
  • emily c.
    emily chenMarch 1
    Get the black truffle chawanmushi (egg custard), anything with uni, the tofu salad, and the salmon rice pot. Just trust. Reserve tatami rooms in the back for a big group.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole ShwirtzSeptember 9, 2014
    Some uni meals leave a lasting impression on a foodie's soul. The uni don is undoubtedly one of those rare meals. Read more about my quest for the best uni at www.urchinsurchin.com.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJuly 14, 2012
    Got Tofu? Yaki Shabu (thinly sliced washugyu short rib cooked table-side on a hot stone) Got Specials? Monthly “fish heads, eel bones & beerdinners, chef Abe serves a menu of crave-worthy dishes Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "EN Japanese Brasserie is always very professionally operated. The freshly-made scooped tofu is my children’s favorite, and I agree. They do everything well." Chef Mark Ladner Read more
  • Danwen
    DanwenMarch 19, 2014
    Freshly made scooped tofu, egg with truffles (special for the night), uni don, uni roll, washugyu, sake flight, Black Sea bass... Everything is so delicious!!!
  • Annie L.
    Annie LuOctober 12, 2012
    Order the fresh tofu appetizer the second you sit down as there'll be a wait. Get the fried chicken and shabu shabu salad to start, then uni don, miso cod, and pork belly. Go big or go home, right?
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Executive chef Koji Nakan cooks some of the most refined Japanese food in the city, taking humble izakaya dishes and turning them into something you won't mind shelling out serious cash for. Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    The Uni Don special is very worth trying. I had never had sea urchin before, but I thought this was prepared tremendously with the roe, the wasabi and the seaweed.
  • Elio A.
    Elio ArteseMarch 15, 2015
    The space is really cool: high ceilings, cozy furniture and no music (shocker!). The food was really good: we tried the fried tofu and it was mind blowing. Then salmon rice and another tofu salad.
  • FinVogue
    FinVogueAugust 26
    When in NY, I must have EN's salmon rice bowl. Rice is cooked with salmon for 40 min. It's come with roe & shredded shiso. It's insanely simple but tragically delicious. Cheaper option: garlic rice.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedApril 28, 2012
    Some of the best cocktails I've had in the city. Small selection but they squeeze all their own ingredients. Food also solid. Loved the shabu shabu salad and the toro sushi. Avoid the fried chicken.
  • Krystel A.
    Krystel AbimeriNovember 24, 2013
    From the wild discovery of ginko beans to the cod that melts in your mouth, last but not least, the exquisite chesnut panna cota...an awakening of all senses. I shall come back in 2 months.
  • Stu C.
    Stu CampbellAugust 11, 2012
    The Uni Soba, a cold noodle soup with plenty of sea urchin and salmon roe, is delicious: makes you feel like a whale shark tasting the ocean.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Amazing cocktails. I really loved the Local Honey (made with Nikka Coffey grain whiskey, local honey with wasabi, Beefeater gin and bee pollen.
  • Mika T.
    Mika TakahashiMarch 1, 2015
    Most beautiful space I've seen for a Japanese restaurant in the city. It's spacious and has high ceilings. The brunch menu is amazing I would recommend the sake teishoku (salmon).
  • Erina Y.
    Erina YoshidaMarch 18, 2015
    Love the decor - modern Japanese. Great drink selection! Try to sit in front of Chef Abe. Homemade tofu dishes is a must! Great for dates or corporate lunch/dinners.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynSeptember 8, 2015
    Try the Steak & Egg - USDA prime rib eye and a garlic shoyu egg served on a hot stone with mizuna and watercress salad and steamed white rice (via @Foodspotting)
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudDecember 5, 2014
    Everything is great, but in particular, the house made (hourly) fresh tofu, and the fried chicken (which comes with tofu).
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is fantastic place if looking for fret Japanese food away from usual "scene." Of particular note is enthusiasm for sake - show any interest and you'll be taken for full tasting tour.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LApril 29
    The place is very spacious and I love the atmosphere there. Food are authentic and fresh. Highly recommend the Sparkling Yuzu!
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is truly one of my favorite place in Manhattan... If you go, you MUST order the home made tofu (warm version) and Salmon Rice pot!!! Amazing!!!!
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 21, 2011
    For the cherry blossom festival @ ENJB, try the sashimi cold-smoked over cherry wood, tile fish marinated in cherry blossom dashi, & washugyu ribeye hotpot - all paired with sake on request. Read more
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin Palmer2 weeks ago
    THE FRESH TOFU. everything is great here but the the tofu (made fresh hourly) is the thing i have dreams about.
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    One of the most elegant dining experiences ever - a bit pricey but worth every penny. Our tip: Book reservations during restaurant week and snag a three-course meal for $40.
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WonMay 11, 2015
    Great for vegetarian, home made tofu made in hourly batches is a must. Sit at the sushi bar over all other spots. This place leads tofu in NYC.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 25, 2010
    Stop by for the “fish heads, eel bones & beerdinner, a monthly fete with dishes like whole roasted tuna collar, salmon skin salad & deep fried eel bones-all for $45 with Sapporo from the keg. Read more
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You must try the Crispy Fried Chicken, it's fantastic. Beware though, it comes out super hot but is so tasty you'll be willing to burn your mouth off just for another bite.
  • joshuaspa T.
    joshuaspa TW: JoshuaveFebruary 23, 2012
    This place is great, and food is soft and bring my senses. Plus.. I recomend la esquina at la fayette st close to spring subway... Very nice margaritas.... Stairs down
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite place to dine... not only is the ambiance cool and comforting, you need to check out the Clay Pot dish with Salmon... It's to die for~~~
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    For dessert, try the ice cream sandwich made with green tea ice cream and red bean paste. So amazing.
  • Brandvirtuoso A.
    The best crab miso ever! And the freshly scooped tofu is do fresh and delicious. A romantic date spot. Just close your eyes to all the tourists!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 23, 2015
    Skip the sushi and share a few traditional Japanese dishes instead--the freshly scooped tofu is not to miss and the rice pots are great too.
  • Kirsten C.
    Kirsten ChilstromOctober 14, 2012
    Try having a variety: sushi roll to start. The garlic chicken and beef as a main, and the cake with green tea ice cream for dessert. Delicious!
  • Susan J C.
    Susan J CampbellNovember 9, 2015
    What we loved: the organic chicken, tuna avocado salad, Wagyu beef, snow crab roll, vegetable tempura: not as much, the fried chicken, the soba noodles
  • Stacey
    StaceyFebruary 4, 2015
    Love, love, love it! FYI: it's getting difficult to get a reservation. If you want to go, make your decision a week before you're actually ready to eat!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    The agedashi tofu here is made in-house, and is some of the best in NYC. Don't leave without trying the black sesame ice cream either.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangJanuary 26, 2015
    Love the ambiance! Nice pricey date spot. Start off with Crab Miso Soup. Get the Kuroge Washugyu Taki Shabu. And get their Yuzu cocktail.
  • Howcast
    HowcastJuly 21, 2011
    Knowing a few things about Japanese polite society can spare you a lot of embarrassment. Show off to the waiters your proper Japanese etiquette! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5URSNK9Djk Read more
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuAugust 23, 2014
    Everything! We got one of the pre fixe style meals that had 5-6 courses and a sake pairing. The miso grilled cod was my favorite.
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽March 1, 2014
    The house infused coffee shochu on the rocks is absolutely to die for; new favorite coffee cocktail...
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 22, 2010
    Try the Okara- it's delicious. Braised in shoyu & shot through w. tender bits of shiitake mushrooms, carrots, & snow peas, the okara has a crumbly, slightly spongy texture. Give it a try!
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EliasJanuary 4, 2014
    Ask if they have salmon or yellowtail cheek or collar on the menu as a special, if so (they usually do), it is a MUST try!
  • Andy T.
    Andy TaoOctober 16, 2015
    Egg custard with truffle, pot rice, crispy fried rice, and black cod. Get everything!
  • Prashant 🚀 A.
    Prashant 🚀 AgarwalAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The set menu lunch is expensive but a great value for the quality and portion size. We enjoyed the fried chicken and the tonkatsu.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Definitely try the Buta Bara To Renkon No Kinpira (shoyu-braised thinly sliced pork belly & lotus root).
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiJanuary 8, 2015
    Gorgeous interior and all food beautifully cooked. Worth the price. Must try the warm house tofu!
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