Zenkichi
Zenkichi

Zenkichi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zenkichi.com/
  • Phone: 7183888985
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am Sunday 5:30pm-11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: Call for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Prix-fixe menus are available for groups larger than six, and up to 16 guests, in one room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue
  • Public Transit: 3 blocks from the L Train Bedford Avenue Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zenkichi
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. Michelin Guide:...a space that feels wonderfully cozy and intimate. A return to the outside world will have you planning your next trip.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Zenkichi reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (78)special occasion (64)fit for foodies (60)neighborhood gem (36)hot spot (15)good for groups (12)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • The perfect evening!
    katiekat7
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I don't write reviews often, but this place really exceeded my expectations! The ambiance was super, private and romantic perfect for celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary. The food was spot on, traditional Japanese, delicious fit for foodies like my husband and myself. The service was wonderful! Truly wonderful experience here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Perfect
    LuckyDan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed the entire experience at Zenkichi; it has the most unassuming storefront ever (our cab driver was convinced they closed down), which starts everything off by making it feel like a hip, secret spot. The atmosphere was subdued, intimate, and authentically Japanese; it was clear a lot of thought and effort were put into the design. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. She walked us carefully through the menu, advised us on sake pairings, and guided us toward selections that would suit our tastes. Now the menu was phenomenal. each item we ordered was a carefully crafted fusion of Japanese and western tastes. I recommend to go with someone you care about, try all you can, and take your server's advice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A fine restaurant
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service continues to amaze me and it find some new surprises every time I go there!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hidden wonder in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Not just the food but the atmosphere is what makes this place simply unique. Very intimate and capturing the essence of Japan in every detail, from furniture to service. A must in the Williamsburg area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Private and Cozy with Great Service
    Out2LunchVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overall, it was a solid dining experience. I had the omakase, while my wife ordered a la carte. The shrimp, corn, and camembert dumplings were a highlight. The miso soup was some of the best I have ever had, as was the salad with the fresh tofu. The sashimi was well-executed and fresh. The miso cod was tasty and generally met the standard set by, for example, Nobu. The black sesame mousse for dessert was creamy and rich without being overkill. Service was exceptional and given the intimate private dining, I would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    iseeyou
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant is hidden by its wooden entrance. My boyfriend and I came here for our 1yr anniversary. The ambience was perfect, our food came quick and it was very delicious. I loved that you get to be in a private space and the waitress comes on demand. I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aged Bonito et al.
    abacusbuscandolo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cozy little booths. A lick of aged bonito quickly melts your brain. Besides the aged bonito, the menu is not that thrilling. Nonetheless, all the dishes are tasty and unique. The menu is all small plates so if you come hungry order the udon or the fried riceball.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Mike
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great atmosphere, small menu but really good food. Menu changes every season, will definitely come back to try the new menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner!
    mentalux
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My GF and I arrived at Zenkichi a little early for our reservation and were seated immediately. The entire staff was incredibly gracious, start to finish, and thanked us for dining with them. They treated every step of the experience as a special occasion, which more restaurants could learn from. The omakase tasting menu was simply spectacular, and at $65 it's a great deal considering how many dishes you get. Every course left a great impression. Just thinking about the salmon sashimi, the miso cod, the duck, even the salad(!) is still making me smile a day later. Private tables, respectful staff, romantic setting, phenomenal food, and the special anniversary dessert all made for an incredibly memorable evening. Thank you, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service was amazing! Food was amazing! Only thing another take was being to loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zara
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Zenkichi offered a unique experience of original Japanese dining without the usual sushi rolls. Wonderful tastes, fresh ingredients and an impressive selection of fine sake. The service was very friendly, helpful and fast. If you choose to go for one of the more expensive sakes, be prepared to pay. A great experience, we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great restaurant for a romantic and intimate dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back.
    Regina
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was so difficult to get a reservation. I was expecting for a top of the notch place. They servers are clueless, they put 2-3 pieces of meet on the plate. Entree is smaller than appetizer. I asked if they can make my lamb chops medium well, the answer was no. Wtf!? They don't serve alcohol? U have to go yourself down straits to the bar?!? I have never experienced anything like it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Allure
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always this place is amazing! A super romantic spot for a dat night for two. Their portion for the miso cod was increased which is a super delicious dish you could not get enough of!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Japanese
    Shachi83
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Overall Zenkichi turned out to be what I expected. It was quiet, romantic, and provides you with that secluded one-on-one feel great for a date and/or couples. We went for the 8-course Omakase tasting menu and I certainly enjoyed it. The star course is definitely the Saikyo Miso Cod, and the seared Duck Breast. If you are accustomed to Japanese cuisine then you will certainly enjoy each unique course. The food tasted rich and was freshly prepared. My husband unfortunately was not a big fan. He is used to "Americanized" Japanese foods and he was not impressed. Overall I loved it and would go back, and recommended to the open minded types who are either familiar with Japanese cuisine, or have an adventurous palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but not worth it
    HudsonGold
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Yes, there is a nice charm about the individual little eating nooks at Zenkichi but the ambiance it seeks to create does not work. The putting up and down of the cheap roman curtain quickly becomes a joke. More unfortunately, neighboring tables will be full of typical, disrespectful, boorish New Yorkers who will think their curtain allows them to speak loudly and freely. Since you are LITERALLY only an arms reach away through the curtain, your romantic, anniversary meal could be filled with their explicative-laden idiotic prattle, as ours was. And the tables are tiny so if you are tall, you and your date might be pressing knees the whole meal as there is no other way to sit. For the money, head elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    VLMommy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I went to Zenkichi for my birthday. The food, the ambiance, the service were all outstanding. Try to arrive in advance of your reservation time to have a drink or two at Bar Akariba! Can not wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and romantic experience
    requiem13
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We ordered the $65 per person sampler menu with dessert and the food was unique and interesting and varied. The ambiance is dark, quiet and private. You feel like a Japanese shogun. The service is exceptionally friendly and quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    NYCgirl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, and we loved it! The ambiance of the restaurant was very nice - the staff was all incredibly friendly. We decided to go for the omakase, which is 8 courses. All of it was amazing, and they even served the dessert with a decorative, "Happy Birthday!". Definitely coming back another time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    A58390203
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant is hidden in what looks like an abandoned warehouse in Williamsburg. Don't be fooled by first impressions, upon walking in you will be magically transported to Japan. I went here for my birthday with 5 other people and was very happily surprised to find that the rooms are all private, Japanese style, with a buzzer to summon your server. I was thoroughly impressed by the presentation and authenticity of the food, every single thing we tried was fantastic. I was worried about the bill but it ended up being only $30/person including tip and we each had a beer. Wonderful value and a great place for groups since you get privacy without paying extra for it. I'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceeded Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I loved the tuna and salmon, so delicious. I had the 8-course Omakase ($65 per person) plus the basic sake tasting (I think it was around $19 for 3 different kinds of sake). The service was great, just like what you will get when you go to Japan! And I like how the seating was separated from other customers. The food was fresh and the plating were beautiful. Must visit this place if you are around Williamsburg.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Best Japanese food I've ever had. Great ambience, decor, and service.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Tasgeo
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    A truly great experience in a very unique environment. The food is excellent and the space design quite surprising. The more you look around the more interesting design ideas you see. Great for a romantic dinner or for a group of people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesomely intimate
    LazarusVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is an incredible place managed by thoughtful and exquisite people. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and it will be remembered for years to come. The food is fantastic, the service is discrete and kind, and the layout and the setup of the table is completely unique and private. Classy and understated. Truly fabulous.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incomparable dining experience
    TribecaTommy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My favorite restaurant in NY. Exquisite food, beautifully prepared and served. Bamboo curtains separate you from other diners. Order the Omakase. A fabulous deal for 65 dollars. Unique dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hitomi is the Best!
    UpperWestsideBrownGirl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Zenkichi is a great gem in the neighborhood. I enjoyed every morsel of the small plates ordered (steak, cod, rice ball, chicken wings, chicken ball-like shumai). For the Saki tasting I preferred the premium to the basic and we received outstanding service from Hitomi.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    TimJ
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Zenkichi is always terrific. I think this may have been our fourth visit. The food is wonderful and the private booths are conducive to conversation. Service is generally excellent, with a button in each booth to press to call the server, which eliminates hovering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Diappoints
    KennyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at Zenkichi for many years now. We mostly go with their Omakase menu. It's a great value. We loved our drinks and every single course they served us. Our sever was very friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Bkfoodie
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    It was my first time at this restaurant and I was pleasantly impressed! It truly is a gem in Williamsburg! I will be going back and highly recommend going. Friendly and attentive staff and very private for romantic dates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem
    jaba
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This restaurant is wonderful. Beautifully crafted Japanese food, great sake list, and its a treat to bring family and friends to this gem of a restaurant. The tofu is not to be missed. It is nutty, semi-sweet, and a wonderful compliment to the Zenkichi salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for my anniversary
    Burg251
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I picked this place for my anniversary with my partner, and we both loved it! I wanted a splurge but nothing too overwhelming, and this was a great fit money wise. For the both of us it was just under 100. The food was both authentic Japanese and new. My partner got the chicken entree described as being along the lines of a meatball and I got the lamb tataki. Both were great, but I would say the chicken was more unique where the lamb was safe. The tempura appetizer was wonderful. We also had the basic sake tasting menu which was very nice and I certainly did not feel I was missing out by getting the smallest option. While the food was amazing, what made the experience special was the ambiance which transported you into your own world.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RisingSon
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Perfect for business meeting. Do not like the limitation of sake only and will probably not go back for that reason. However, everything else was perfect.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Amazing dining experience
    Hollylainem
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    So pleased with this choice, took my boyfriend for his birthday and was not disappointed. Perfect romantic intimate setting, food was amazing. definitely pricey so I'd recommend for special occasions.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese Gem
    AkiG
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The best Japanese restaurant in New York City. The food was extremely fresh and tasty. The service was incredible. An authentic Japanese setting with a nice sense of privacy and intimacy. Definitely a great spot for a romantic dinner. Reasonably priced as well!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 701 reviews are from the Zenkichi reviews archive.
  • A real gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Everything about Zenkichi is simply sublimely divine. Would highly recommend trying their prix fixe, especially for first time visitors. Trust me, you would want to go back again - right after you've left!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    foodisfriend
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    we came here for our anniversary dinner, and it was absolutely perfect. the service was impeccable, the food was delicious (and not too expensive for how great it was), and the closed off tables provided the perfect amount of privacy for a very romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Pegi
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I must say from outside u even couldn't tell it's a restaurant but when u will get inside you will be literally moved to japan...and the was great better Me and my friend order a la carte cause the tasting menu was too expensive for us We paid $80 for 2 ppl and leave place full Service was adorable and very kind Definitely recommend that place especially for romantic dinner or nice meal with good friends
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Go
    hazalangel
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    You want a slice of Tokyo? Go to Zenkichi. Everything is authentic - the music, the voyeurisic ambiance, and most importantly the food, which is out of this world. Don't question - just go and eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely hideaway (gluten free too)
    candyinspector
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    A wheat-free tasting menu is a real find--especially at a Japanese restaurant--and this was delicious. There were less item than on the regular menu and it was cheaper ($48 compared with $65), and the waitstaff did a wonderful job of staggering my plates with those of my non-gluten free companions.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zenkichi
    noraposch
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    great sake options, creative dishes, room on second floor not as intimate as hoped...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.