Zenkichi

Zenkichi

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneFebruary 16
    Can't beat a $75 omakase! Some of the best uni I've had outside of Japan.
  • Elise R.
    Elise RansomFebruary 3
    The seasonal omakase was amazing. The food was delicious and the experience made it even better. You can relax and savor your food.
  • Twinkle D.
    Twinkle DenoyoJanuary 26
    Very romantic, had my first date with current boyfriend here. Waitstaff are highly trained. Awesome omakase experience. All the food was great!!!
  • Flo M.
    Flo McDavidJanuary 22
    vegetarian omakase is amazing! ask for a cozy table. you'll be taken to an adorable little private curtained off dining area perfect for a romantic evening.
  • D. Bob
    D. BobDecember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't recommend this place enough. Everything is delicious.
  • Anastasia V.
    Anastasia VinogradovaOctober 6, 2016
    Great Japanese place for date night. 💑 Very cosy.
  • Arnoud A.
    Arnoud AalbersbergOctober 6, 2016
    Awesome tasting menu. The benches you sit on are hardship though...
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CaseySeptember 16, 2016
    Udon noodle
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly ClarkeSeptember 11, 2016
    Great little dining spaces
  • Linh
    LinhAugust 20, 2016
    Seasonal omakazes and private booths. Great date spot!
  • Sharonn Z.
    Sharonn ZhengAugust 1, 2016
    Truly authentic Japanese cuisine and ambiance. Do the omakase
  • Rebecca Y.
    Rebecca YiJuly 11, 2016
    Very private (inside & out)! No sign outside so you might miss it - look for wooden panels. Food was very good...def felt like an authentic Japanese meal.
  • Hayden S.
    Hayden SmartApril 14, 2016
    Sake, tasting menu
  • Hayden S.
    Hayden SmartApril 14, 2016
    Crazy sake selection paired with food, some tasty little known Japanese beers and the $75 tasting menu, all in an intimate setting, including no windows and blinds separating tables!
  • Jade
    JadeApril 6, 2016
    Tasting menu
  • dilay y.
    dilay yalcinMarch 1, 2016
    romantic, private, kind hosts, huge sake menu
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah T.February 4, 2016
    Amazing fish entree
  • Doug T.
    Doug TabuchiFebruary 3, 2016
    Went for Restaurant week and it was delicious.
  • Manuela M.
    Manuela MorasJanuary 18, 2016
    Definitely one of the most intimate place for dinner in NYC... Perfect for a date, but also for a nice dinner with a small group of friends... Authentic and delicious Japanese!
  • Xiaoni Z.
    Xiaoni ZhaoJanuary 16, 2016
    Good for date night. Leaves you satisfied and not too stuffed after the 8-course omakase. The tofu pudding is amazing.
  • Demetri K.
    Demetri KaragasJanuary 11, 2016
    Amazing and intimate Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg. Tokyo style small plates. At $65/p the 8 course omakase is a great deal. Atmosphere is also great, all tables are in private booths.
  • Yasmine S.
    Yasmine SalahJanuary 2, 2016
    Best atmosphere, own private booth
  • Yasmine S.
    Yasmine SalahDecember 31, 2015
    Amazing. Cod, lamb chops, octopus & saké
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanDecember 31, 2015
    Sexy place - great for dates
  • Lennart H.
    Lennart HennigDecember 29, 2015
    Fantastic traditional Japanese kitchen. Amazing quality and taste. Great atmosphere as well!
  • Pamela L.
    Pamela LiouDecember 2, 2015
    Private, delicious
  • Benny Z.
    Benny ZNovember 14, 2015
    Very disappointed in the 8 course omakase. Tasteless plates straight from the fridge, left us hungry and feeling slightly nauseous. Touristic atmosphere. No idea what the 9.5 is for.
  • Mark M.
    Mark ManganOctober 29, 2015
    Black cod baby
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay COctober 21, 2015
    Great date spot. Try the Omakase.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GeorgeOctober 16, 2015
    The lamb chops were among the best I ever had.
  • Luyba Z.
    Luyba ZeylikmanOctober 4, 2015
    Amazing selection - the uni special was incredible. We also did salmon, sashimi, udon. Each dish was expertly crafted and presented. Sake flight was delicious.
  • Guan L.
    Guan LiOctober 2, 2015
    Wow, simply amazing. Nothing too fancy, but great quality. A great place to enjoy a great meal. Highly recommended!
  • Jackie V.
    Jackie VSeptember 26, 2015
    Went here for a Christmas present and it was so fun. Thanks booths are romantic!
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangSeptember 16, 2015
    Opt for the seasonal omakase tasting menu!
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine ParkSeptember 14, 2015
    The omakase is phenomenal, as is the decor which feels like a little piece of Japan. Super intimate with amazing service.
  • julia t.
    julia tSeptember 12, 2015
    Loved. $65 omakase leaves you stuffed and satisfied. No duds. Sashimi course delicious and the duck and beef courses each a surprise hit! Go.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The gracious waiters can recommend sake to pair with your meal. This might be the closest to Tokyo you can get in Brooklyn. Read more
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LornAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best omakase in New York
  • Erina Y.
    Erina YoshidaAugust 26, 2015
    Felt like I was back in Japan. Great cozy atmosphere, delicious affordable omakase. Try the sake tasting as well!
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxAugust 22, 2015
    One of the best meal I have ever had..! The black cod was simply out of this world!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 21, 2015
    9.5 is an extremely aggressive rating for this solid Japanese spot. The decor and private booths are great. The omakase is well priced and the flavors are authentic. Despite the praise, it ain't 9.5
  • Madison S.
    Madison SJuly 12, 2015
    I love the private booths. Food is great!
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowJune 26, 2015
    Romantic and intimate – great for dates. Service is impeccable. Most of the dishes in the omakase was wonderful, especially the cod, tofu salad, and sashimi!
  • Sandra Y.
    Sandra YassakaJune 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Japanese restaurant ever.
  • Stinne W.
    Stinne WilhelmsenJune 6, 2015
    Excellent Japanese service. Private dining, lamb lollies, duck salad, tuna sashimi was favourites.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrisitaMay 30, 2015
    Order the omakase with basic and premium sake flights to share between both of you.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningMay 24, 2015
    Sushi is phenomenal and the private booths have you feeling like your dining in Tokyo
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMarch 14, 2015
    This is a great date spot. It is romantic & has an intimate setting ❤❤
  • christina lynn agatha
    christina lynn agathaFebruary 1, 2015
    Fifty stars!! Get the omakase and pair with a sake flight. Thank me later. Incredible experience and perfect for a special occasion!
  • André
    AndréJanuary 7, 2015
    The duck salad is so delicious, we keep coming back to this place for it. The place is also great for dates, all tables are isolated with curtains, and waiter comes when you press a special button.
  • William H.
    William HubaDecember 19, 2014
    Delicious small plates and sake in a very romantic and intimate setting.
  • Billy
    BillyDecember 1, 2014
    Great food and perfect for dates.
  • Jacquie S.
    Jacquie SandbergNovember 17, 2014
    Perfect for a romantic date. Private snug booths and candlelight.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2014
    Styled as a “Japanese brasserie,” this unique restaurant is a unique dining experience, and the restaurant offers both a la carte and an eight course omakase tasting menu. Read more
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisNovember 14, 2014
    Great omakase. Includes soup, sushi, cod, steak, and rice with salmon & ikura. The private booths are cozy but a little tight. Imagine especially so for my tall friends out there.
  • Armando
    ArmandoNovember 6, 2014
    You’ll recognize the entrance to Zenkichi because of its discreet door (in a wood-paneled wall) with the number ‘77’ above it.
  • Zaza G.
    Zaza GilsonSeptember 26, 2014
    Everything is great. Pro tip: you can never go wrong with Japanese meatballs
  • Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline TawilSeptember 21, 2014
    Definitely a place to remember. You get your own cubicle so it's very private. The food is very exotic and different. Miso cod and the tuna sashimi are great!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuSeptember 11, 2014
    Sashimi! Tsukune chicken! Spicy roe rice ball! Milk tofu dessert!
  • New York Post
    New York PostSeptember 1, 2014
    Tables are no bigger than school desks, but that’s OK; there’s enough room for two to snuggle and feed each other morsels from the seasonal eight-course omakase tasting menu ($65 per person). Read more
  • Maria L.
    Maria LambertAugust 17, 2014
    Tiny tables! Do the omakase and chocolate walnut dessert.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    This intimate restaurant is perfect for dates. Order a variety of small plates (potato mochi, jidori salt chicken) or just go for the omakase. End the meal with the frozen black sesame mousse.
  • Ajay C.
    Ajay ChainaniAugust 9, 2014
    It's a good place for a date (not a first date). Try the Anago and Cream Cheese Tempura. It's legit.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    A service button at the end of the table alerts the wait staff to your beckoning call. Major VIP treatment. As such, reservations are highly recommended. Read more
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    What to order: Omakase Flight Read more
  • Alice N.
    Alice NgJuly 23, 2014
    Romantic spot. Go with someone you actually like because the booths are super cozy. Omakase at $65/pp is delicious and a must!
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanJune 29, 2014
    Sit in a private booth, order the octopus and cod, make out.
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DorseyMay 26, 2014
    Omakase. Miso cod and black sesame mousse a must.
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MathewsMay 21, 2014
    Great ambiance. Good place for a date. Omakase is on the pricey side but every dish was splendid and very tasty.
  • Julia H.
    Julia HillApril 13, 2014
    Intimate date night spot. Love!
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HowarthFebruary 13, 2014
    Incredible date spot!
  • debz
    debzDecember 28, 2013
    Worth coming to if only for the no kids under 14 rule.
  • David L.
    David LopezNovember 9, 2013
    Awesome venue, intimate setting and tasty and filling Japanese food. Great service, would definitely go back with special someone.
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GregoryNovember 5, 2013
    On Free Williamsburg's 20 Best Restaurants in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick
  • Lillian L.
    Lillian LeeNovember 3, 2013
    Really good black sesame mousse, black cod, chicken meatball, spicy cod riceball and eggplant with cold tofu!
  • Anthony
    AnthonyOctober 28, 2013
    The Eel and Cream Cheese is almost too good
  • Marilyn
    MarilynOctober 25, 2013
    Nice place, good service, great food. Must try Shrimp&Nasu tempura and Nagoya teba wings.
  • Abby M.
    Abby MichelleSeptember 25, 2013
    Grilled miso eggplant, potato mochi, and black sesame frozen mousse are really delicious and all vegetarian! Nomsss. So good, definitely recommended!
  • Marija P.
    Marija PetkovicAugust 27, 2013
    Simply amazing!
  • Claudia M.
    Claudia MoraAugust 26, 2013
    Simply delicious! Great place to go with family and friends and share all the different plates they have. Fresh and yummy sashimi!
  • Frank W.
    Frank WilkinsonAugust 14, 2013
    Perfect place for a date night! Sit in a private booth where you ring a bell for service. If you're adventurous, order the Tasting Menu! You won't be disappointed.
  • agirlcalledfi
    agirlcalledfiJune 12, 2013
    Japanese in Brooklyn... No what I expected to find! Order the 8 course banquet (vegetarian option available)... Amazing tomato carpaccio, homemade tofu, seaweed salad...
  • Ed S.
    Ed SteinbergJune 3, 2013
    Tried to eat there but wasn't allowed in because they don't allow childred under 14- it's the law I was told.. BS I said
  • Ed S.
    Ed SteinbergApril 22, 2013
    Yumm so good
  • D. Bob
    D. BobApril 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The black cod. The black cod. THE BLACK COD.
  • Ariel G.
    Ariel GuMarch 19, 2013
    Great dating place, everybody has a private booth and food is just yummy!
  • Damon
    DamonJanuary 7, 2013
    The outside looks like a warehouse, the inside looks like a bamboo forest. Booths have privacy screens and buttons to call your server. The food is delicious but it's all about the ambiance.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJanuary 1, 2013
    This restaurant is amazing! The fixed price menu is perfectly portioned and everything is expertly crafted. Definitely get the Sake sampler. They're all tasty (and strong)!
  • carla e.
    carla elaineDecember 28, 2012
    Lovely decor & service. Suggested: tako wasabi (x1937), sake tasting, lamb chops, kakuni. Skip: the omakase tasting, rice ball.
  • Lucien
    LucienNovember 18, 2012
    The Saikyo Miso Cod is so good you'll slap yo momma! Just don't actually slap your momma...you might get grounded... :)
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny Soo HooOctober 29, 2012
    The omakase is not worth it
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissOctober 17, 2012
    Great private booths and a vibe that makes you feel like you walked into a hidden Tokyo gem. Very good but not blow your mind food.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BrownSeptember 24, 2012
    Private booths! Great place to go if you're one of those gross couples who makes out at dinner.
  • Jo Ann B.
    Jo Ann BrownAugust 27, 2012
    Incredible!
  • Linh (Kelly) N.
    Linh (Kelly) NguyenAugust 24, 2012
    Love love love the Grilled Black Cod and the Sake selection here!
  • Scott A.
    Scott AskinaziJuly 28, 2012
    Look for the hostess holding the red rope outside. A great romantic Japaneses restaurant.
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraJune 15, 2012
    A splurge, but a must do. Romantic/private atmosphere and a tasting menu to die for!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiJune 13, 2012
    Quite possibly the best Japanese food I've ever tasted. Get the White Kakuni, it was out of this world! Atmosphere was also very cool with the private booths, so it's good for a date!
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraJune 3, 2012
    You have to do the tasting menu!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaMay 19, 2012
    Grilled spice cod riceball!!! Awesome!
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