EN Japanese Brasserie

4.5
2126 reviews
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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 36 shochus as well as carefully crafted signature cocktails and wine list. Polish your meal off with a choice from 60 Japanese whiskies, a lineup that is hard to beat.
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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 2126 People Are Saying
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JO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service at table from waiter was terrible. He was not offzring advicz, not reporting our main requirements to the ki5chzn, brought food that was not correct, forgot some ordered parts, never apologised....

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was decent, but it took a surprisingly long time for each dish to be served for the tasting menu. Even the ice cream took so long and the delay between dishes diminishes the overall quality of my experience at En. What a shame, because I had heard good things about the place.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family brunch

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OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible meal! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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FC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific meal and environment. Not to mention the shochu selection!

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

For a restaurant with that type of pricing, I did not expect to be seated in a corner that has a ripped up leather chair. Very de classe

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WW
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I think things went south when we chose to order sparkling water, no drinks. I don't know if they thought we were then going to be cheap or what, but we shouldn't be slighted because someone in our party was trying to stay sober.

Our table chose the 7-course chef's menu. The food was fine, but the timing of each course was way off. We waited 25 minutes before asking about the status of the next course - two arrived at the same time about five minutes later. The service was unfriendly and haughty, and they dropped the bill off without even a "thanks." I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you want to drop $200+ for uneven, rude service. You can get that elsewhere for much less money.

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

food was mediocre especially the grilled/hot stone items, prices high for something executed so poorly, and the staff looked mightily annoyed at simple requests like to chill the rose that was brought lukewarm.

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MS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En has been a reliable Japanese pub experience for over 10 years. They are great as always! Fantastic cocktails and sharable plates.

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JJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Disappointed with the food. Duck croquettes were pasty with duck fragments. Homemade tofu was just ok. Salmon rice clay pot was bland- just steamed salmon and rice, nothing else in it and no flavor. Fried fiddle head ferns we’re kinda dry and no sauce was served with it. Beautiful atmosphere but food is a deal breaker.

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JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminded me why this is one of my go to places. Always great. Fish at its finest

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m
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre at best. Very poor value for the quality. We ordered two different tasting menus and the sake accompaniments.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to disappoint.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food always on my top 5

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

My group of vegetarians enjoyed a sublime dinner comprised of the vegetarian rice pot and several of the smaller vegetable dishes. Spacious restaurant is a rare find in this area of Manhattan. I recommend for any special occasion or regular dinner with no reservations.

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to neighborhood Japanesr restaurant. We have introduced many local and far-flung friends to it, and they nearly without exception will ask to return to En when they return to NYC. We are fortunate that it is so close to our hone here.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and exceptional service!

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It took the food 90 minutes to get to our table. Also had to remind the waiter constantly about a wine refill even though the restaurant was half empty.

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RL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Overpriced, unoriginal fare. Food came out slow; we finished our meal before the sushi arrived.
Absolutely not worth the price; you're not paying for the food, you're paying for their rent. At least the venue looks nice.

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JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I have been coming to this restaurant for years and while the atmosphere is always good I feel the food was not this time..The rice for the rolls were cold and hardened.. But I still love the sake collection

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EK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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a
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Very rarely in over 2000 open table reservations in over 100 razee reservations do I come across a meal and service so bad that I really feel we need to scathe. Example, The assorted mushroom appetizer we serve so cold it tasted like they opened up a can right out of the refrigerator. It took over 10 minutes to refill the water. For most of the meal our waiter was nonexistent. Items come out of the kitchen as prepared. I understand that but you don’t serve your dining companions entire meal first and then bring the stuff you ordered. Their signature fried rice was globs of white rice with some garlic. A boil & bag would’ve been better.

With a meal and service like that it’s amazing if he’s been in business this long in the city

I have been to this restaurant several times but I can tell you right now after this...

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited as it had a good rating. This place is very overpriced compared to the food quality and quantity. The service was okay but when you don’t order much (2dishes/person), the waiter gives you that “why aren’t you ordering more?” look.
Only the atmosphere and ambiance was good overall.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Very Japanese - it was subtle and gentle but flavorful. The service was attentive.

The hostess was a disaster. They kept us waiting 20 minutes for our on time table. No apology. Then she tried to give us the worst seats in the restaurant. She was rude full of attitude and awful. Terrible way to start the evening and reason enough not to go back .

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

Overall, it was a nice experience.

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AL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food are pretty good, the best is the homemade tofu. Food are a bit salty and sweet. strong to make it tasty . Get thirsty after meal and drank a lot of water.

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m
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food in a beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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BP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was flavorful and beautifully presented. For some reason front desk could not find our reservation and sat us in the bar area vs the main dining room which was disappointing as we were entertaining an out of town guest. Otherwise service was top rate.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Was a beautiful experience. Not rushed and completely enjoyable!

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AT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food but pricey for sushi. Agedashi tofu is best in the city

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FA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EN Japanese is the best overall izakaya in New York. I am in Tokyo at least twice a year and EN Japanese is the best here in NY.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is great, especially the steak and eggs, it is on the hot stone that you can reheat it so very special!

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went there on a Friday night with friends. I Uni was fresh and I’d like to visit this place soon. Overall very good experience.

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BW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good lunch special. Perfect amount of food, great value on price...

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CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En has the most delicious fresh, creamy tofu and wholesome Japanese food.

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a mellow birthday dinner on a Sunday night. Staff was very attentive but not overbearing. Great food and beautiful space. Great value on the tasting menu.

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ML
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love EN for weekend brunch and also for their very special menus like the upcoming Sakura festival and the New Year party.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was worried bringing my young kids there, but the staff accommodated us kindly, even our spills, and my kids loved the food.

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

The service was outstanding. We had a great experience thanks to the staff.

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The menu was very limiting and what was offered poor in taste . Extremely high prices for quality .

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