Zengo - NYC
Zengo - NYC

Zengo - NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengony
  • Phone: 2128088110
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday, 5-7 at the bar.
  • Special Events: Please contact Irene Costello, our Special Events Manager, at 212.808.8110 for more information regarding your next special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 40th Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to Grand Central, and 7, B, D, F & V trains to 42nd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zengo - NYC
Zengo is a sophisticated blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. Chef Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year and Mexico’s Toque d’Oro, artfully spins Latin-Asian ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes. Light preparations and tasting portions invite sampling and sharing a variety of items. To complement the cuisine, Zengo offers one of the largest collections of tequila and agave-based spirits in the United States. Guests may sample over 400 varieties in the downstairs Tequila Library. Zengo also boasts an extensive list of Latin wines and Japanese sakes, which are best enjoyed at the mezzanine level Wine & Sake Bar. The cocktail menu showcases Latin-Asian classics made with fine spirits and fresh, hand-muddled fruits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Zengo - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)good for groups (77)special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (48)great for lunch (47)vibrant bar scene (44)hot spot (40)romantic (37)late-night find (17)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (11)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Stay away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great, but the service was so miserable--both slow and obnoxious, from hostess to wait staff--that I couldn't recommend Zengo. Service had been better in past. Would definitely recommend food if Zengo fixes service problems.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We needed a restaurant that could cater to our son's vegetarian girlfriend and immediately thought of Zengo. Their vegetarian menu is not extensive, but she deemed the food delicious. As did our son. We have been to Zengo many times and love the small plates. And the atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice business lunch
    amstrau
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went for a professional lunch, and it was a great experience. The service was very professional and accommodating. The food was terrific. The tuna tacos and shrimp lettuce wraps were so delicious! The only complaint was that our table had the sun beaming straight down on us the whole time and it was a little tough to see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PleasedPatron
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food and friendly and helpful staff. Beautifully decorated and perfect seating for either a small intimate meal or a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive creative
    sbyontheislandVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent fusion of Asian and Mexican ingredients and seasonings make for an original and delicious dining experience in a beautiful place. The service is professional and friendly. The design of the restaurant is on of the best - intimate and spacious at the same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't as for anything else!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The menu is awesome as it changes seasonally. We were a group of 4. Our waiter was awesome, honest and knowledgable about the food. We only ate from the appetizers which was all perfect! The bar downstairs is dark and come and make sure you try a tequilla tasting! Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot
    DineNotDash
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Original menu. Great food. Good service. Smart ambience. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this was my fourth visit to Zengo
    babka
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I wanted to check their regular lunch menu. my friend enjoyed his choices. I did not enjoy mine at all. Especially the second course of Korean fried chicked. I dont know what was Korean about it, except that is smelt of fish sauce, and it was soft and soggy and tasteless. But they called it Korean??????? dalia
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    WonderWoman63
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went to Zengo's for a birthday dinner based on a recommendation we received and didn't know what to expect. We had a great time there and the food was terrific. We loved their concept of sharing our choices (i.e., family style) and would definitely recommend the restaurant and eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizer Heaven
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    All of the food here is delicious, but my husband and I always agree that the appetizers are the best part. I recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers to share and skipping the entree.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • UESFOODIEVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Zeno. Came after work for drinks and appetizers. Had the Thai chicken empanadas, Tuna tacos, calamari salad and the Zengo tuna roll. The first two appetizers were the best; enjoyed the calamari salad but would pass next time on the tuna roll (not rolled well--falling apart and nothing special and overpriced for what it is). They could lose the rice in the tuna taco too. The decor was very attractive and different--interesting use of wood, ceilings and fixtures and lighting. The service was very good and the food was delicious. I would definitely come back for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NBomar
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I planned a birthday lunch for my colleague and she loved the food and service. Staff were very attentive and even gave us a birthday surprise dessert at the end of our meal with a lit candle included!! Love Zengo and will definitely return to try the other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, tiny portions
    annier
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was quite good, (pricey) but there was not enough of it. I was hungry two hours later. Service was very professional and the interior of the restaurant was lovely. The noise level became a bit much. I might or might not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was pretty good-
    Chris
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ordered a bunch of small plates and tapas. Overall, we enjoyed it thoroughly. However, the potstickers had NO flavor (like none, zilch, zero). That was made up for by just about everything else (especially the amazing scallop ceviche, highly recommend it!). Service was a little wonky. Our waiter appeared immediately, gave us some drink suggestions and asked what type of water we wanted. He brought the water and took the drink order very quickly, and brought the drinks quickly. And then... we waited. And waited. Some of our stuff came about half an hour later and some of it came about 45 minutes after that. The waiter never checked in, but the manager took a second drink order. In short, food was pretty good, service, ehhhhhhhhh
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre service
    DiannaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is pretty good but the service is very inconsistent. We started out getting attention but once our food came, the wait staff disappeared. I had to flag someone down for water, a dessert menu, and the check. They pretty much forgot about us after dinner was served. Disappointing since the food and ambiance are positives.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting cuisine...in a good way
    Zooboy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If your looking for small, quiet romantic bistro this is not the place... The restaurant is very large,its location near Grand Central Station is very convenient. On a Tuesday night it was nearly full, with mostly a younger crowd. The menu was a Latin/Asian fusion which I found very interesting and tasty. The Latin flatbread was excellent, the Korean fried chicken was very good... very crispy, light, not oily, extremely tender inside... the spicy red sauce was excellent. Service was attentive and pleasant. Pricing while not a bargain (there are none in that area) was not outrageous. Shared entree, appetizer and desert, two glasses of wine, one beer and two coffees $100 + tip. I would go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place in the neighborhood
    FoodhunterVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Zengo is one of the best options in midtown east and a great alternative during the week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a romantic Friday evening
    Zac29
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Zengo last Friday. Overall had a very nice experience. Our server was really courteous and friendly. We ordered mostly off the vegetarian menu - sushi was average but the crispy tofu was excellent. My wife really enjoyed the shrimp lettuce wraps. Also the ambience was really nice - we got a quiet booth, which was perfect for the evening. I would definitely recommend the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, unique dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food here is solid. My friend and I ordered a bunch of the smaller dishes and did tapas style. The food was really good and I liked the variety of food selection. My only complaint is as the night went on, the service got slower and slower. I'd rate it 9/10
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Asian-Latino food
    jdvjess
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I came to Zengo because of a TravelZoo voucher and was impressed by the tasty, unique appetizers I ordered. The mushroom flatbread was delicious as well as the Angry Sushi roll, scallop ceviche, and lump crab guacamole nachos. The server was very attentive and knowledgeable and the decor added to the unique experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went to Zengo three times
    babka
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Each visit was great. The food varied a bit in success - and the presentations varied - but always good.the Restaurant is very pretty and the space is very pleasant. I would definitely go there all the time -and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOISY NOISY NOISY
    BeachBumNYC
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very good food and service, reasonably priced, but not an ideal place for a dinner conversation unless you like to say and hear "I'm sorry, could you repeat what you just said" over and over and over... Four of us agreed that we could return without hesitation, but the noise level will keep us from doing so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service!
    foodconnoisseur87
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was amazing and the waiter was on top of everything. I went for restaurant week and a steak I ordered was not to my delight. The waiter and manager were in it and quickly made everything right. The combination of great food and excellent service was very refreshing. I will definitely be visiting them again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TPanama
    ComidaseliciosaNYCRW14
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The Latin/Asian fusion is delicious. The choices on lunch and dinner menus are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super yummy!
    groovyfoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    food came quickly out of the kitchen. admirable, unique menu. restaurant decor is insane - such beautiful lighting and wood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and location
    wineanddine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Minutes from Grand Central and great mix of Latin and Asian mix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent service. I was told that last seating is at 2:15pm because the kitchen closes soon. I showed up at 2 but my date showed up at 2:30. Waitress was extremely understanding and accomodating. Still felt very welcomed despite us pushing it with the timing. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour!!
    fancienan
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have been to Zengo twice. First time was for Happy Hour. Loved it! Had great drinks at a great price AND, great appys for $5 each! Really good sushi rolls included. Most recent time we went for dinner. Of course the drinks were much more $, but still very good. LOVE the Angry Zengo sushi roll! Did not love the Thai Chicken empanadas. Nice crispy outside, but mushy, nondescript filling. Tuna tacos were excellent, as was the Zengo fried rice. I would go back, especially for Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu choices are very creative and very tasty. Beautiful decor - great finding
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love2enjoy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Delicious ceviche and sushi. Wait staff not so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The reviews had me fooled!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I read several reviews saying how great this restaurant was. However, I found the food bland and rather mediocre. I had the sea bass which had no taste. My husband had the lamb and it was chewy. The dessert mousse seemed hard. I will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant week menu is impressive. Will certainly look forward to another lunch with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience; had better before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've been to Zengo several times this year. It is a great place, with good food, service and ambience. This time (during Restaurant Week - which I know is extra busy) the service wasn't as great. The opinion of one of my friends, who previously was a hostess/waitress, was that our waitress could have addressed our delay in knowing what we wanted to order in a better way and also been a bit more attentive throughout the meal. The food was good, some dishes shining over others. The himachi tiradito was excellent, as was the charred tuna tacos & arepas. The Volcano roll is not as impressive. One of my friends got the Restaurant Week Carne a la Parrilla, which was fantastic. The drinks were spot on; the serrano cucumber martini was exquisite.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Latin Asian Fusion
    WendeenycVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great small plates for sharing as well as inventive entrees makes Zengo a fun place for a date or dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week- lunch
    NYwildcritterVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, but service was very slow, over 1 hour of waiting for lunch food. I would not go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    katieluvsfl
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Was so glad we found this place during restaurant week; we'll be back throughout the year. Taking some friends this weekend! The hanger steak is a must-have and the Piso - passion fruit martini is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Fusion
    dancespark
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    2 girlfriends and I decided to try this restaurant for restaurant week. Our reservation time was 6pm, so it wasn't too crowded in the restaurant which was nice. The food was phenomenal! I really loved each of the dishes, but I especially liked the Thai Chicken Empanadas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fusion for fusion sake
    babka
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The restaurant is very very pretty., it is spacious, the space between the tables makes for easy conversation. The chairs are a bit low though comfortable. The food is very prettily served. The concept of the menu is literally fusion of any two countries imagniable. Beautifully served. east and west combined - which is unusual . I was there two days in a row, and whoever served us was charming, smiling, and helpful. I will definitely go back and I already referred people to go there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decorative & Delicious
    nbfoodcoma
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was delicious! The decor of the restaurant was also extremely cool and fun, definitely a good place to go to with friends for a late night dinner and drinks. One thing I loved about the menu was that they had suggested drink pairings with different items on the menu. Our waiter was also very helpful with giving us good food recommendations, you could tell he was genuine and really knew the menu. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zengo
    Jayp
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was very good. Nice fusion of latin and Asian food. Prompt service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate