Zenkichi

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1390 reviews
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Zenkichi quietly entered the scene in late 2006 in a then up and coming Williamsburg food scene. The unique cuisine and dining experience have had restaurant goers and critics catching on ever since.

The restaurant offers semi private tables for all of its customers and Tokyo-style Japanese cuisine. The focus is on small plates for sharing and tasting with sake. The menu emphasizes Omakase (chef's tasting menu) which changes every five weeks to incorporate the freshest ingredients of the season. The sake selection includes over 50 kinds of carefully chosen premium sake labels.

Zenkichi continues to evolve with a recently added garden. The space is inspired by a Japanese mountain retreat with a glass ceiling that incorporates two 50 year old trees. Which expands the seating space and adds a new dynamic to the already unique décor.
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NI
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I went with my girlfriend for dinner. We ordered the omakaze. Only the sashimis had great taste. The rest of the pieces they brought, were below average. We ordered sake as well, and ended up paying 240 dollars for something that was really not worth it. The service was excellent though. The waitress was very nice and was on top of everything. It was just the food that was very bad and not worth the price.

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EL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant, super private, great food, outstanding service

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IH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Love this place but service was painstakingly slow. It took over 3 hours for their Omekase menu. Was delicious but way too long waiting between courses. Our server apologized for the delay, it was not because of him, it seemed to be the kitchen that was so backed up.

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EH
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible experience. We felt as though we've been to Japan. Remarkable food with a remarkable setting. Just bummed they can't accommodate kids.

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious chef’s choice menu, we loved every course

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Other than fancy seating (individual tables separated with store and wall) and the very low noise level the food is just OK. We have taken the menu (75 us/personne) and only the fish was memorable.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from the UK with no prior knowledge, just passing in the street, thought we would give it a try. Unassuming exterior, magical interior, excellent ambience, with attentive service and outstanding food. One of better Japanese restaurants outside of Japan.Serving Japanese cuisine as opposed to your high street "so called" Japanese food.Not the cheapest but well worth the visit. I recommend the 8 course " Spring Omakase" tasting menu with accompanying Sake.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, would definitely come back !!

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BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I ordered the omakese and the food was good overall. Not the most exceptional sushi I've had but still good. They provided great service and the ambiance was interesting and intimate. They had private booths which were cute but a little tight for people with long legs. They are also very nice and serve your omakese dessert with a placard and candles if you tell them of your special occasion. Service was good!

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this dining experience was perfect, though I believe the prices are a little insane ($200 per person is tough for me to justify, no matter how heavenly the food). However, everything about the meal and experience was perfection. Excellent special occasion restaurant to make it rain.

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d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a place for a special omakase menu (we had the $75/pp. option, an excellent value for the quality). In our dinner party we had one person who was gluten-free and kosher. We were able to arrange to have her multi-course meal run parallel to our own and the staff did a terrific job in improvising according to her directions. We all had more than enough to eat. The early courses with small samplings of dishes were my favorites. The roll-down screen at each dining table sets the stage for a very intimate ambiance so come with people you like.

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BB
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Style over content
Very expensive and very unimpressed
Think this is more a fairground experience of Japanese food - it was unconvincing and tired in its style and food presentation
I’d pass on this unless you want to try a themed restaurant

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D
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unbelievably rude and incompetent waiter, complemented by guests sitting in the booth next to us who were watching loud videos on their phone, which the restaurant ignored. The food was completely uninteresting, unlike it once was. This was truly a disgrace of a dining experience and Zenkichi should feel ashamed.

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BY
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the courses were presented in a great and timely fashion. The only thing that was off was the washagyu beef- the sauce was slightly overpowering. Overall, well worth your time and money.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for intimate date nights and special occasions with the SO.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was an amazing unique experience without having to leave Brooklyn.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I thought the food was not great and not really what I would expect from a great Japanese restaurant. I was really a bit disappointed. I do like the private rooms but the lighting was terrible and it didn't feel high-end enough for the price and expectations that were set.

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LV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing at Zenkichi.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

If you are into Asian cuisine this is your place. It’s pricey and the menus are misleading but that’s what you get in Williamsburg. Overall decent place the server was very nice!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Below average food overpriced in an ultimately rather bland place

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! We went to celebrate my boyfriends birthday, and we loved it so much! The atmosphere was calm and relaxing, allowing us to enjoy the food and the delicious Sake! The staff was very friendly and even made some changes on the tasting menu to accommodate small dietary restrictions. Would definitely recommend it to friends and would go back for another special occasion!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food in a very intriguing atmosphere, but the service was hard to ignore. Waited a very long time between courses. We ordered the tasting menu with the sake pairing and the server forgot to bring our sake out with the food on 2 occasions.

We then tried to order another drink with dessert. Out server said the sake we choose had “just ran out”, which would have been fine, but instead of offering us something else she just took the drink menus away, didn’t offer anything else and dropped the check. Felt like she was trying to get us out.

Like I said, the food was very well done, but for the price point (125$ a person not including tip or tax) the service needs to match that.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was a bit dark with lots of stairs, the seating was a bit cramped with 6 adults to a booth and it was expensive. The portions are mostly small so each persone orders 2 or 3 dishes so it adds up quickly. The food was delicious but you have to be adventurous and willing to try new things or you will leave there still hungry as several friends of mine did.

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GF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and we also enjoyed the sake pairing. It was very quiet minus the sounds of the kitchen and people around us. I wish there was a little light music to add to the ambience. It was cozy for just two.

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HO
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food overrated and expensive
There are many much better Japanese restaurants

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for you and a date! Definitely have their omakase and enjoy some good sake for a great evening!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I expected the "Private Booths" to be comfortable and somewhat romantic. In turn, it felt like we were in wooden cages and we could peep into other conversations pretty easily, the opposite of private. The booths were dingy and need to have a good polish. Also the seats are hard wood so can become uncomfortable and cold throughout the night.

The service was nice which may have been the best part of the experience. The food was OK and not necessarily worth the money.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from start to finish. We went for my mother's 70th birthday and all had the Omakase with Sake pairing. The ambience, decor, service and food were all better than any expectations I had.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here for my girlfriend’s birthday. Six out of the 8 courses on the prix menu were on point. The first two (cold dishes) were a bit more average in my opinion. Overall, a great dining experience!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Maybe our last time here last year was so stellar it set the bar really high. We got the tasting menu and while everything tasted good, our experience last time was much better. Service was great, but our booth this time was really tiny. I’d go back again but not order the tasting menu. It isn’t worth it if you don’t eat meat.

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most incredible tastiest food I have ever had. The atmosphere was lovely and the overall experience was fantastic. One of the best parts of our first visit to NYC.

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t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

This is the second time my husband and I had dinner at this restaurant. Unlike last time , we were very disappointed this time. I don't know why, but our waitress was rude : no greetings at the beginning , no smiling all through the whole dinner ; and sometimes she would abruptly lift our bamboo curtain and grabbed things from our table and left me startled. Overall , it was NOT a pleasant experience. Our expectation of a romantic and private night was totally ruined by our waitress' unfriendly attitude.

Food is only mediocre , comparing to the first time, especially the sixth(the beef) and the seventh(the rice) courses--both were too Americanized( big portion without delicacy ).

We would not come back again.

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FM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wasn’t too impressed with the food, especially for the price you’re paying. Also the small little corner table for two, while intimate, wasn’t very comfortable. I expected more but left disappointed.

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J
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here a long time ago and forgot how great it is. From the minute you approach the facade and enter into the dark tranquil space you know your in for a special nite. It’s dimly lit and each table is private with curtains. Our server was so happy and enigmatic he could have worked at Disney. We were adventurous and did the Omakase and we are people who usually stick to tuna. We enjoyed the experience and the new flavors and the sake was great too. Would go back for sure! Perfect spot for a romantic dinner. Wish they had thought of designing it so two people could sit next to each other. But that may have turned into a disastrous experience for the restaurant..

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and menu!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It's one of the best Japanese cuisine place in New York.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Zenkichi for my anniversary, and had an extremely pleasent time. The food was delicious, the decor was lovely and our server was extremely respectful. The sesame mouse was to die for

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PS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not really that good, the booth thing was kind of annoying and the food was mediocre. Way better places to go around there. Won’t be back

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