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Zenkichi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zenkichi.com
  • Email: info@zenkichi.com
  • Phone: (718) 388-8985
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Took my Wife there for her birthday. They actually offered to customize the desert and add a candle, and really went the extra mile to help me make it special. Great people, great meal, great atmosphere. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I don't usually do reviews but I figured I should for this place...it was amazing. Took my girlfriend here, she loves Japanese food. We both did the tasting menu and left satisfied. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and they suggested alternative dishes to go with. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I brought my girl friend to this place. she loved it food/service/mood were 10/10 would go back again."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Once you enter you are transported to a maze-like, eclectic and sweet Japanese experience. The servers are all sweet, demure and typical Japanese ladies. Extensive spectacular sake list and please do yourself a favor, go with the prix fix for the season and pass on a la carte. Will return next time we are in williamsberg."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is a totally fantastic experience from beginning to end. Aesthetically it's beautiful, and a feast for the senses. The food is exquisite. This place is a real find!! Very special indeed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Have been to Zenkichi I numerous times and it never disappoints. Food is outstanding, innovative and never tried a dish we didn't enjoy thoroughly."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant which transports you to a different world and allows for an intimate eating experience. I had written a note when booking--that my party was vegan and included a birthday--and the server was fully aware of that and beautifully delivered on my requests. The food was delicious and varied, with each dish a wonderful discovery. We felt cared for and thoroughly enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I haven't been at Zenkichi for a couple years, it's still as good as ever!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Took my gf here for her bday. We ordered the omakase. It was perfect -- succulent tofu, fish and steak and very attentive, but unobtrusive service"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Got the tasting menu. Extremely fresh sushi. Really good. They have all intimate private booths."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "So we came back to Zenkichi, we knew the food was great, the atmosphere was dark & romantic, the servers are very kind & helpful. I love trying new sakes & already have some favorite items on the menu. My only critiques would be the small plates are a little on the smaller side except for the salads. I also wished there were just a few more items on the menu. I think there are more sake selections than actual food. Overall I still love this place."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Very nice and cosy. Good when you like a bit more privacy than restaurants usually provide you"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This restaurant exceeded my expectations. The service was amazing as was the ambiance. The food was fresh and delicious. It was an enjoyable experience that cannot be matched."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Second time there in 2 years: food is very special, light and tasty. They have a very good service too. My only complaint is that it was just too crowded and the noise was moderately disturbing the quiet of such beautiful bamboo cells. A beautiful experience anyway."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Staff was courteous and attentive. Our booth was semi-private as we were only separated by a railing from adjacent booth. We ordered the tasting menu and the sake tasting, one basic/one epic. I enjoyed the "epic" sake tasting, three selections with accompanying descriptions for $24. The tasting menu consisted of 1) miso soup (very good), 2) chilled plate with amuse bouse of yellowtail with wasabi (excellent), scallops with cream cheese (ok), fluke sashimi (very good), 3) Homemade Tofu Salad (excellent), 4) Monkfish liver tempura (a bit dry for me), 5) Black Miso Cod (epic), 6) Filet Mignon Tataki (very good), 7) Raw Salmon and Roe over Rice (good) and 8) choice pf dessert, I ordered the sesame mousse (outstanding). Overall very good/pricey"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was my second time at Zenkichi and I loved it just as I did the first. I recommend getting a bottle of Saki and then just ordering one small plate after another. While this is a traditional Japanese place, the wings were phenomenal, a good choice if your date doesn't like sushi! Be aware that for a date, this place has a very intimate setting so if it is a first date you may want to go somewhere more casual. When going as a pair, Zenkichi is for companions or lovers not for those who are unfamiliar with one another."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed all of our entries and the walnut chocolate pudding got better and better as we reached the bottoms of our respective cups. Most of all, we loved our waiter; He was attentive, energetic, and very informative. It is hoped that we are fortunate enough to be served by him on our next visit."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Very nice place & good service , but the price for Sake are very expensive .. it should be much cheaper then what it is , I would like to visit there again but I dont like to feel im paying too much which i can have the same sake cheaper somewhere else ."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food here is absolutely amazing for those who appreciate Japanese cuisine. The service is wonderful and the little booths make for a very private, intimate setting."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Zenkichi had been touted by local Williamsburg residents as phenomenal. I thought it was good not great. Not worth the trip from manhattan for Japanese food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Amazing food, service and ambience with a street facade of wood that has barely noticeable signage. Zenkichi has private dinng booths enclosed with bamboo curtains and a doorbell button to push when service is wanted. Otherwise, there are no interruptions unless they are serving food. Near private dining that feels very special with Japanese courtesy. A unique dining space."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect. I highly recommend for any romantic occasion."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Our table had complete privacy and was very romantic! The food was delicious, and there was plenty of sake to choose from."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Zenkichi is a unique place that allows couple and small groups to enjoy a semi-private dining experience by allowing each party to have their own enclosed booths for dining. The venue is dimly lit to further set the ambiance along with soft jazz played in the background. Ideal for couples but worth a reservation for softly-speaking groups of 4, definitely give Zenkichi a try the next time you're in the neighborhood and looking for authentic japanese."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "An experience all around. We did the 8 course tasting menu and were not disappointed. Nothing too foreign to our uncultured tongues. Beautiful presentation. Excellent and polite service. Semi private booths with curtains. Server call buttons. Amazing. Expensive. But for a treat, definitely worth the price."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Took someone here for their birthday and it was a truly memorable night. Excellent food and very unique environment"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Fun and different dining experience from what you can find nearby. The service is excellent. The food is quite good--I think the ambience of the place makes if even better. It's expensive but fairly standard for the area."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I love this place. Neighborhood gem. I often bring friends from out of town hear for the shock of their lives. Food is always consistent and amazing. Mochi balls and black cod are my favorites. Have been here many times. The brunch is also fantastic, not a bloody mary fan but this place I actually crave theirs. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an innovative and great experience."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "I have heard wonderful things about this restaurant, so during our dining experience we were very disappointed with the outcome. Greeting with the hostess was exciting and nice. We were led upstairs through a very intriguing decor. The table lacked candles or anything that could have warmed up the room which I immediately noticed. It felt a bit 'cold' which proved to be the theme of the night also for the food. The food was lackluster and uninspiring. Flavors weren't there and everything felt like it had been sitting around too long. Even simple edamame were bruised looking, cold and not fresh at all. Maybe I will give this spot another chance but as of now I am not impressed unfortunately. We had to leave and get a second dinner elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The service was phenomenal. The secluded dining experience was very romantic. The food was great just a little to extravagant for my very basic palate. But if you are a foodie this place is exceptional."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had an incredible, romantic dinner with my girlfriend here. Private booth with a drawn shade, great sake menu, wonderful and friendly waiter. Looking forward to another special occasion so I can go back and try the rest of the menu."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "If you are looking for a romantic spot, this place is an excellent option. Zenkichi is a modern Japanese restaurant and the food is seriously delicious. When we arrived, the host led us through a zen inspired corridor which trailed into various secret booths, veiled by bamboo blinds. In addition to the blinds, each booth has a buzzer so you can call your waiter. My fiance and I tried the Omakase (Chef's tasting menu) with a sake flight. Each dish was better than the next. The chef prepared an eclectic variety of sashimi and shell fish specialties and an elegant rice dish to end. Dessert was a sinful Black Sesame Mousse. Seasonal and fresh are key at this restaurant. I strongly recommend this place, we plan to return for Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Zenkichi was amazing. The restaurant is hidden and secretive-all a very cool experience. We ordered the omakase which was great, as well as a saki tasting. Wouldn't necessarily make this a place I will frequent, but its a great way to make a good impression or show someone a good time."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Zenkichi is great for all who is looking for a special atmosphere while being served one of a kind Japanese dishes."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I like the feel of an authentic Japanese restaurant. Each table is actually a booth with a straw shade which the waitress draws down so that the guests may have privacy. There is a buzzer to ring the wait staff. The decor is very zen-ly. We had the omakse menu which is a tasting menu. Everything was delicious. They also have a nice selections of sake. We will definitely return and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Amazing food and ambience! The service was also way above par... definitely not what you get in most NY restaurants. Thinking of coming back again soon!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Very unusual place. Omakase tasting menu was a great experience and very different from what you eat in a regular "Japanese" restaurant. Great sake collection including aged sake. Sake is little pricey for such a small glass. The service was outstanding! Will be there again!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "With one of the best Sake lists in NYC at all price points and among the best Japanese high end Izakaya style menus, this is a must go to dining experience."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great service - willingness to accommodate for special diet for the Omakase was greatly appreciate by our party. Food - excellent, creative."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Had a large group dinner so we had Omkase. It was incredible. Everyone really enjoyed the dishes, and in fact was more than enough food. They coursed it perfectly, and service is fantastic. Highly Recommend!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013