EN Japanese Brasserie

4.6
1946 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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 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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Neighborhood
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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 1946 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always great and yummy

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a memorable Father’s Day brunch. Kaisen dan ,a rice bowl with shashimi on top:tuna, salmon . Very fresh tasting. It was accompanied by a spinach mizuna salad with tomatoes.
My husband had the Father’s Day special which was a full sized prime rib cut into chunks, partially grilled and finished off on a hot stone that was brought to the table. A salad and an egg to cook on the stone went well with the grilled meat. A Japanese and soda was park of the special whiskey .
We had three small dishes to start: taro with pumpkin simmered in dashi and served with tofu sauce , pork belly and lotus root and an assortment of mushrooms and sundries daikon radish.
Dessert was icecream. We chose fig, green tea and vanilla . Each flavor stood out.
Service was great. My questions were answered , staff was attentive. An enjoyable time for us.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always love the brunch menu on weekend. Food are amazing. Love the Steak and Egg. Highly recommend!!!

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

$ meal for a $$ price

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was delicious, service excellent and always enjoy eating in the beautiful dining room.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I didn't like that if you were only two people you had to either sit at the bar or at a bar table that was rather low and not comfortable if you're on the tall side. The food was very good overall, but very small portions, which add up quickly. The small lobster plate didn't have much on it. I could have eaten two orders and they would only amount to an appetizer size. There are tasting menus available at $45. I will try that next time. Service was good. I'm not sure this is a place that I will run back to very often. However, I'll give it another try. The food is good!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Amazing food. Amazing service. What else?

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Excellent service and food. I love the lounge area for dinner and will be back soon!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was very uneven. Spoke to manager and felt he was doing “triage” - offering drinks and dessert which we had explained we didn’t want. Seemed all about charging full price for a half price meal. One chicken came in great. Another dangerously undercooked. Sashimi - of three - one was inedible, two were passable - if offered in a far lower quality restaurant. I have been there over 20 times and really felt like it was all downhill from here. Don’t know if I will return - which is sad, because I used to love it.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Expensive which i knew but staff were pretentious and ignorant place felt cold and uninviting

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great food and seevice

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food was ok. One of the servant splashed soy sauce on my shirt. Can’t compare with real Japanese food in town.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I got sick after the dinner

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Delicious! The fish was so fresh it was speaking to me. Avocado, tuna salad was amazing!! Sushami salmon was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Overall the experience was wonderful. The most disappointing dish was the most expensive, the uni and ikura rice pot, it was dry and not as delicious as it should be for the price.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Waited more than 30 min to be sit. Food was ok but the waitress forgot one of our order.
Restaurant was extremely cold

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Lovely environment, very good ambience, food was normal but a bit overpriced. Overall a great place to go for a drink or to have a business meal

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Everything is fantastic!! One of my favorite restaurants in the city!!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was ok, not so great. Prices are quite expensive and the portions are very small. We wanted to eat on the healthier side but ended up ordering their fried chicken because we needed something that was more filling. The waiter raved about the fried chicken and how good it is but we were left underwhelmed. Waiter was pleasant and service was quick. The space is beautiful but it was half empty on Saturday night which was disappointing. Given the small portions, high prices and mediocre food, I am not surprised. All in all, the place just feels tired and is in need for some sort of revamp. Lastly, the saki menu for Daiminjo starts at around $95 and when we asked for a decent recommendation, the waiter pointed out a $180 bottle. We should be able to order a good bottle of saki for much less than $100, let alone closer to $200. I won't be returning and I do not recommend the place.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Ambiance and sake menu best part of meal.Quality of Japanese food not up to standards for such a high-priced NYC Japanese "kaiseki" experience(ex: seasonal fresh bamboo which was beautifully presented was obviously sliced with dirty sashimi knife that left strong fishy flavor on what should have been a delicate bamboo flavor.Black cod was too oily/greazy.).Sake menu was way over priced with 400% markup on bottles.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I must confess I had high expectations about this place, but they remained unfulfilled. We ordered the ultimate tasting experience, with 6 courses per $120 + $70 for sake tasting. What a waste of money! The first course took 40min to arrive, food was blend (all courses were average to mediocre), and the service was poor (it took a lot between courses, like 15min each time). Do NOT waste your money in this place!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The uni don was not as impressive as the first time I tried it, but it still tasted good. 15 pieces sashimi is more impressive than 9 pieces. The service was great.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Impressive interior transport guests to a calm, zen like realm ready for an exquisite feast. food was great ,we had the uni, the grilled yellowtail collar, the black cod, crab cake rice pot was impeccable just like it would be in Japan. The fried chicken, the shabu shabu beef salad were amazing!
The desserts were unforgetable- we had 3 scoops of ice cream, the fried donut paired with vanila icecream. one would enjoy this either for business or private dining.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Cold meals extremly cold; Kaiseki didn’t match our expectations (tasteless Soba-noodles!!!)

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We eat at En regularly and the food is excellent. Service at the table was excellent. The host and manager make you feel especially unwelcome - and we go there probably 25 or 30 times a year.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We have always enjoyed En for their consistent excellent quality. Their well prepared variety of dishes. Attentive service and enjoyable atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Did kaiseki: vegan and aozora. Each had highs and lows, with lows being pretty bad, so can only give 3 stars. Definitely had some stellar dishes, so could potentially see a solid meal with individually chosen dishes. I would suggest individually ordering vs. the kaiseki.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Best Japanese Brasserie ever! High quality food. Everything ordered was phenomenal!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Absolutely perfect service. Great setting for a tasty meal.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I have been going to EN for many years now and the food has been consistently delicious, authentic, high quality Japanese food. Unfortunately this time around we had an unwelcomed surprise. We have been ordering sushi and sashimi at EN for many years , resting in the freshness and quality of the fish.This time around we decided to order an avocado and tofu roll. It was exceedingly sweet, like dessert or worse candy. This is a trend that has been going on quite a while in New York; many Japanese restaurants over sweeten their rice and ingredients to please the American palate. I was not expecting it from EN.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Overall good food and experience. The one issue we had was that when ordering, the waiter told us that our order looked “light” and if we were hungry, he would suggest we keep ordering an additional few items. We declined and as it turned out, we had already “way” over ordered. Left a sour taste to be frank. Seemed like we were being “up-sold” which is never good.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Outstanding. One of my most favorite restaurants. Great food. Great service and most welcoming.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Everything was perfect. It was my husband’s birthday and I am 30 weeks pregnant, and we were both able to find many options on the menu that met both our needs. The staff was lovely and paced our plates beautifully. We wouldn’t have changed a thing and will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

EN has been a favorite for a very long time and doesn’t disappoint. We were a party of two and were seated side by side at the center “bar” table which made it difficult to chat. We asked for another table and were moved to the front room which is more lounge-like but cozy. Had the miso cod, grilled chicken on the stone, garlic rice and a variety of appetizers. The sake selection is pretty amazing too. Attentive and knowledgeable service. Always a treat to have a meal here.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A birthday celebration, but we come here often.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Best japanese in NYC, thank you!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Weird vibe, was half empty all night on a Saturday night. Everyone was on their phones. Service was not great, food was pretty good.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was just meh. In the tuna avocado salad the size of the salad was of a small side dish but not the price! The avocado wasn’t ripe! The chriashi type dish was mediocre. The cod was good but it’s hard to mess up cod. Don’t waste your time there there are much much better Japanese places all around for cheaper.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We both had the tasting with the sake pairing. The food was wonderful and quite flavorful. The sake pairing was ok but the servers clearly weren’t trained about the food or the pairing at all. All they can tell us was the sake goes well with the sushi, the chicken, the soba etc. nothing else.
It left us a bit puzzled... A large part of doing a pairing is to discover new wines/sakes and learn about them. Not just handed the drinks and say here’s your drink that goes well with your meal. Truly the most disappointing pairing experience at a fine dining establishment.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Un endroit calme et décor épuré
Qualité de nourriture toujours sans défaut
Le service un peu maladroit, car pressé de fermer .

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