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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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)
    Upvoted Jun 23
  • 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
  • emily c.
    emily chenMarch 1, 2016
    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
  • Chez O.
    Chez OngFebruary 27
    Delicious as expected. IWe were unsure of the ice cream sandwich dessert but really enjoyed it. If you're stuffed and want a lighter dessert that's still satisfying this is it!
  • 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?
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • FINVOGUE
    FINVOGUEAugust 26, 2016
    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.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the freshly made scooped tofu; a delicate, silken dish with a nutty flavor. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 23
  • 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.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktails. I really loved the Local Honey (made with Nikka Coffey grain whiskey, local honey with wasabi, Beefeater gin and bee pollen.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ 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, 2016
    The place is very spacious and I love the atmosphere there. Food are authentic and fresh. Highly recommend the Sparkling Yuzu!
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerNovember 25, 2016
    THE FRESH TOFU. everything is great here but the the tofu (made fresh hourly) is the thing i have dreams about.
  • 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!!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    For dessert, try the ice cream sandwich made with green tea ice cream and red bean paste. So amazing.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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~~~
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiJanuary 8, 2015
    Gorgeous interior and all food beautifully cooked. Worth the price. Must try the warm house tofu!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the Buta Bara To Renkon No Kinpira (shoyu-braised thinly sliced pork belly & lotus root).
  • 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.
  • Melodie Y.
    Melodie YoungMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely GORGEOUS interior that is matched by the excellence of the food. Try the Seppun drink (with or without alcohol): shiso, grapefruit, yuzu.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 22, 2015
    Try the Uni tasting - From Peru, Santa Barbara, Maine and Japan. Very distinctive and delicious. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynSeptember 8, 2015
    Try the Kaki-Furai Omuretsu - Fried oyster omelette with house made tartar sauce, mizuna and watercress salad (via @Foodspotting)
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnySeptember 13, 2014
    Get chefs choice and make sure to try the handmade tofu. I dont even mess with tofu normally but this will vaporize your brain.
  • Grace K.
    Grace KwanAugust 15, 2016
    Great place for a classy meal. A la carte beats prix fixe. Get the sashimi rib special if it's available.
  • R
    RMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Their dinner menu, of course, is delicious. But try their Sat / Sun only brunch. Highly recommend steak and eggs or the uni soba.
  • Lena M.
    Lena MarosAugust 8, 2010
    I went for the seasonal organic veggie plate which came with a dipping sauce made of soy milk & tuna. It was light, scrumptious, & just what my body needed but i'm going back for the steak which they
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    Great sake list. They make tofu in house, so this is a must have. Nice lunch options at reasonable prices.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 31, 2011
    Great sushi at this place but it's the fresh tofu we love! If you want great Japanese food in the village look no further.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WhiteJuly 24, 2013
    A lot of authentic Japanese favors but overall not impressed with what you get for the price tag. Yakitori toto on 55th is more casual and affordable, and every bite at EN made me wish I were there.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJanuary 5, 2012
    Great destination for lunch. Had the Cod lunch set and the flavors were interesting. Wash it down with a Matcha Green Tea.
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LiuDecember 21, 2013
    Great ambience and service! Worth the visit regardless of what you order. Clay pot is a good value for the portions.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungJune 1, 2012
    A large open space that still feels intimate, it's a great spot for date night, and traditional Japanese home-cooking.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 22, 2015
    Try the Chicken Karaage - Karaage is great when done well. This one was great. (via @Foodspotting)
  • JennyJenny
    JennyJennyMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    It takes a lot of work to eat the yellowtail collar, but it's the best large dish on the menu. Don't be lazy!
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorFebruary 25, 2016
    Beautiful space. Sushi and the black miso cod are delicious.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PepeJanuary 14, 2013
    The tuna avocado appetizer served in a light soy sauce? It's extremely fresh and delicious and you need to order it.
  • Nao M.
    Nao MizApril 6, 2012
    Perfection. Fish lovers, go for the saikyo miso black cod. SAIKOOO!!! Check out the Meiji style private rooms upstairs;)
  • 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
  • Chico Z.
    Chico ZenJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Warm tofu a must, seppuns, mix drinks excellent, shiso garlic rice, fish collard specials. Private rooms are fun if you need them.
  • R
    RJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Uni roll. Shabu shabu salad. Yellowtail collar. Garlic fried rice. Fresh tofu. Pork shoulder. Must eats. Mushroom soy hot pot.
  • Chao
    ChaoApril 5, 2015
    silky handmade tofu tastes really good. Wagyu beef is very tender.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuckorOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order wisely and you'll have a fantastic meal: warm tofu (a must order), tuna/avocado salad, black cod, pork belly, stone chicken, garlic fried rice.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanOctober 22, 2013
    #fabuLIST #dubiDO scooped tofu, friend chicken, black cod, pork belly are my top favorites
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChengAugust 11, 2014
    Wagyu beef was seared perfectly and beautifully presented. Highly recommend. As well as all the desserts!
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiSeptember 8, 2014
    The vegetarian sashimi is an art and culinary experience. Would recommend trying it at least once.
  • Kim C.
    Kim CorteseMay 17, 2013
    get the tofu, fried chicken and mushroom chicken salad. excellent Uni too! pricey but food was good.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 22, 2015
    Try the House Made Cold Tofu - Custardy tofu with house sauce and salt (via @Foodspotting)
  • Roula H.
    Roula HannaSeptember 4, 2015
    Had their omakase with Sake pairing which was good. The best dish was the scooped tofu.
  • Joshua B.
    Such a good, relaxing spot. The lunch sets are excellent deals, especially the crispy friend chicken.
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine ParkSeptember 23, 2015
    The scooped tofu (warm), uni don, shiso garlic rice, and any one of the clay pots!
  • Kiyoko N.
    Kiyoko NagaiApril 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try karaage! So juicy and tender! But honestly you can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
  • melanie a.
    melanie altarescuMay 19, 2014
    Impeccable service, wonderful attention to my gluten free needs. Which is rare for a Japanese restaurant! Thank you, EN!
  • Peter S.
    Peter ShumJanuary 17, 2016
    Is like Japanese tapas with pretty authentic Japanese food, the homemade tofu is a must try!
  • Grace M.
    Grace MarieFebruary 23, 2016
    Wagyu flank steak, grade A5 medium rare. No seasoning except for a sprinkle of sea salt. Stuff of my dreams.
  • Beatrice
    BeatriceOctober 25, 2014
    Real ginger ale! Fresh fried chicken! Love the pork shabu shabu salad as well!
  • Emily L.
    Emily LiuJuly 24, 2012
    Definitely try the freshly made tofu and the black miso cod
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 22, 2015
    Try the Sea Eel Maki - Tasty sea eel roll before seeing "Something Rotten" in New York City. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Julia M.
    Julia MesmeriMay 25, 2014
    Trust the omakase, otherwise definitely the miso black cod. Melts on your mouth deliciousness.
  • Betsy D.
    Betsy DavisApril 15, 2011
    The cod lunch is the most amazing treat. Portions are perfect and tastes are exquisite. Housemade tofu is phenomenal.
  • Renaud #.
    Renaud #November 12, 2016
    Book one of their 'private rooms' for your special occassions 🍾🍣🍱🍶🍸
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SungMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Def try their freshly made tofu. One of my favorite restaurants in the city - presentation, food, service is perfect.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Lube hot cooking stone w/ fat before laying down wagu beef or else expect your beef to stick... and burn ;) #wagubeef
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    I recommend absolutely everything on the menu. Best way to enjoy is reserving the tatami room for you and 7 friends. – Teri, Media + Events
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyOctober 3, 2015
    Delicious but pricey. Amazing sashimi and fried chicken. Try all the sake
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanAugust 17, 2011
    Expansive and a wee expensive. Really effing good cold tofu (housemade) and wagyu beef that dissolves on your tongue. $65 tasting menu available.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best upscale Japanese restaurants I have been to in New York City.
  • Eyrin P.
    Eyrin PeñaSeptember 11, 2013
    Food nicely presented and very delicious. A must visit in West Village
  • Anna K.
    Anna KukharenkoJanuary 30, 2016
    Невероятно вкусно! Нежнейший тофу собственного приготовления, суши с лососем и мороженное со вкусом мате и earl grey особенно порадовали
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