EN Japanese Brasserie

4.6
2007 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Experience Japanese dining in a beautiful, authentic Japanese restaurant located in the West Village of Manhattan. We offer the rich traditions of Japanese cooking with Chef Abe Hiroki’s modern yet relaxed style of dining centered around a procession of small plates.


We adhere to the fundamentals of Japanese cooking: respecting the ingredients and their natural flavors, cooking in the moment, and letting the ingredients speak for themselves. We have created an extensive menu, featuring dishes as fresh tofu (prepared six times a night), saikyo miso black cod, stone grilled Washugyu and Wagyu steaks, an assortment of sashimi and sushi rolls and three signature EN Kaiseki tasting menus. To compliment your dining experience, we have developed a list of over 80 sakes and 25 shochus as well as carefully crafted signature cocktails and wine list. Polish your meal off with a choice from 27 Japanese whiskies, a lineup that is hard to beat.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm -11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 647-9196
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, Eurocheque Card, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Abe Hiroki
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Catering
EN Japanese Brasserie is pleased to offer offsite catering for parties large and small. With customizable menus available for birthdays, business luncheons or dinners, gallery openings and private parties, the possibilities are endless. For more information on menus and pricing options, please see the Banquet Contact.
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Cross street
Leroy Street
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Parking details
Street parking is abundant near the EN, however; if you have trouble finding it, Caliante Car Park is located at 115 Leroy st., between Hudson st. and Greenwich st, just a half a block from EN.
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Public transit
The Varick street station (1,9) located at west Houston and 7th ave, is the closest train to EN Japanese Brasserie. From the station walk one block west to Hudson Street, turn right, and then walk two blocks north to leroy st. - the west 4th street station (A, C, E, F, D or V) is the next closest station. From the station walk west from 6th ave.
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Special events & promotions
EN Japanese Brasserie offers private room facilities for parties of 6 up to 40. Two tatami rooms are available on the ground floor, with an antique Japanese apartment above on the mezzanine and a large lounge is also available for private events.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Sun-lit and quaint, dim and romantic, festive gettogethers or formal business entertaining, we do it all. 5 private rooms can be configured to accommodate a variety of party sizes. The front lounge and whole restaurant are available for buyouts as well. Party menus and bar packages are customizable.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

EN Japanese Brasserie is as useful for a big group dinner in a private room as it is for first date romance. Just ask all the celebrities that are regulars.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 2007 People Are Saying
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EK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, excellent service , excellent food and excellent ambiance.
Its a must stop when visiting NYC

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J
Miami
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. He really made our experience terrific - great recommendations!! The food is creative without being unrecognizable or overly fussy. Layered flavors that stay true to the fish and vegetables beneath. The tea selection is wonderful and prepared perfectly.
We'll definitely go back!!! Personally, I'd like to see some more sushi and sashimi options.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Highly recommend this place.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We love Japanese food but the only real flavors of the multi-course dinner were soy and ginger. Chicken on a hot slate slab was rather dry and flavorless....no greens included w any of our dishes. The rum cocktail was unusual and perfectly balanced. Afraid we were disappointed.

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M
Mississippi
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance: Very nice, modern decor. Loved the communal table in the middle of the restaurant with a relaxing zen-like mini garden.

Service: Servers were attentive and knowledgeable but kind of make you feel that you don't know anything about Japanese food even if you do.

Food: It was ok but in my opinion, too pricey for what you get. You could probably get better food for less.

Overall review, nice to try once but probably won't be back.

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, impeccable friendly service and outstanding authentic Kyoto style Japanese cuisine make this place one of my favorite restaurants in New York for any special occasion or an every day treat. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant! Food is amazing, especially the salmon rice pot and the uni don! The environment and service is really nice. But the restroom is not like one in a Japanese restaurant. It shocked me when I went to the restroom. Hope the restaurant can pay more attention to the restaurant hygiene.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

A 3 hour dinner for 8 courses, around 20 minutes wait for each course, which we finished within 3 minutes. Over cooked chicken with strong burning smell. I could tell the waiters and waitress were busy so that I still gave good tips, but not gonna go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, vibe and experience!

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k
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful good. Elegant place. Great service. We had a terrific and special time.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

When
I went to EN in the past I thought the food was exquisite. This time, not so much. A few of the dishes: the mushrooms, the black cod, the pineapple non alcoholic drink, and the lotus and pork belly were excellent. Especially the mushrooms! But the mackeral was not special, the crispy chicken which I remembered as being fantastric was plebian and bland. The tofu, which used to be incredibly creamy like silk was grainy and dull. So even tho the food was good, I wouldn't recommend it at those prices. There are other places where the taste experience is much better.
I'm sorry to have to write this, I was so looking forward to my lunch there. My friend who had never been there was happy, but the difference disappointed me.

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GS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An elegant restaurant with attentive, professional service and excellent Japanese cuisine. House-made tofu is one of many highlights.

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WM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

First course had clearly been made hours earlier (hard congealed rice, mushy textures in the wrong places), sashimi was bland and not fresh tasting, and there was a lot of elaborate showmanship (sand timers and open flames) concealing some otherwise simple dishes (a bowl of rice with some corn and mini scallops on top) that could be had much more cheaply elsewhere. Much, much too expensive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

It’s overrated

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I took my date to EN and was a little dissapointed with a couple of things. For a first time diner at EN I was unhappy with the table we were assigned cornered next to the kitchen door where dirty dishes are taken to and not being able to 'see' the rest of the restaurant and pretty flower arrangements and decorations they had. Our drinks were not carried to table as we saw other guests be offered. Service was excellent. Fried chicken was excellent along with Tuna and Avocado app. Fried fish fell flat, flavor was good, but the fluff of scallions and other greens not a hit. Sushi rolls not impressive. Bites. For the cost I expected better quality.

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought the food and service were great. The wine was a bit expensive. When I made my reservation on open table I made it for 8pm. My open table account stated it was 8pm. When we arrived they had us listed as 8:30 pm. Was a bit disappointed as we rushed to get there in time but they seated us at 8:15 so we didn’t have to wait too long. We were seated at a countertop facing the kitchen/sushi prep. area. I found this a bit disappointing as well. I would rather sit at a table. Otherwise everything was great. Fast service, lots of menu options, easy to share everything.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy but well worth it for special occasions like an anniversary. It was quite a memorable culinary experience

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I was embarrassed to bring an out of town family member here. Awkward and inattentive waiter service made for a negative dining experience on top of the mediocre food, including the average sashimi quality.

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RE
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

over all very nice experience - food and service were excellent

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AE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

good food doesn't make up for the lack of service or horrible dining atmosphere. if you're hard of hearing and like being crammed in between other loud people, and don't need service try the fresh tofu....otherwise save yourself from the annoying atmosphere, you'll probably ask for the check early to escape....

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit every time in New York city. The food is excellent; meets expectations, consistent quality, and delicious. The service from being seated to receiving the check is excellent and the ambience is perfection for all occasions. My favourite Japanese in the world, yet.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far exceeded my expectations! Truly a special and enjoyable meal. We had the oysters, salmon toro, selection of sushi rolls and sashimi and the Cod. Everything was perfect. It is a meal that you cant get anywhere else in the city.

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En never disappoints. Food, atmosphere and service are always excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great go-to for upscale izakaya-type food. The space very large, comfortable and spacious. Food is always great. On the pricey side. Homemade cold tofu, truffle chawanmushi, mochi duck, and salmon / shiso rice pot are always so good

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s
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale restaurant, great for special occasions or treat

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D
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for innovative Japanese cuisine. Try the noodles.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

En is always a treat. It’s in a handsome loft space. The food is very interesting and very good - it seems to be quite authentic.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too expensive but very tasty and interesting

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L
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic meal! I brought my family here after looking for an authentic, NYC Japanese restaurant that my kids could find something to enjoy and wasn’t over the top expensive. Our waiter was great - very patient with the kids, and the cocktail and whiskey menu were incredible! Can’t wait to go back!

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KQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious n yummy. Visiting from Canada

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WR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very nice ambiance and service. We had the chef's selection, 7 dishes. The presentation was nice. They had interesting pots that simmered at the counter for 20 minutes and a fun 5 minute hourglass to tell you when the rice dish was ready. They also brought out a boiling pot in parchment paper for the washu beef dish. Unfortunately, the dishes were uninspired. The rice and scallop dish was dry and flavorless. The washu beef was simply simmered for a minute and a massive slice that was hard to manage with chopsticks. The best dish was the uni (sea urchin) with shaved truffles, delicious. Lobster fritters tasted doughy so as to overpower the lobster hidden inside.

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NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Very memorable. Good food and attentive service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Jessica and August were very hospitable

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E
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely should try the Kaiseki here, table is more comfortable than counter. Private room is nice. Food are interesting and high end.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great patient service and lovely quiet environment. Great food presentation. The boxed lunches are a very good deal. Cocktails are unusual and delicious.

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HB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined here while we were visiting New York for my birthday and it was perfect. Food was fantastic, wine list gorgeous, cocktails were great, and our server was beautifully attentive. Next time we’re in New York we will be visiting again. Thank you!

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HK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and very good quality food. The sashimi was amazing! Very large selection of sake and shochu. Love the buckwheat shochu. I will return.

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Masterful service and food. Has been for a long time.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Not a great experience this time around.

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