EN Japanese Brasserie

4.5
2078 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.
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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love the restaurant! The food is always fresh and delicious.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

the restaurant was empty and the waiters were not busy and so they kept on fussing over us which was great but got too much.
also they brought the food all out at once which meant they got cold quickly.
anyway...

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IM
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner with family and friends from out of town. Great mix of traditional and new takes on Japanese traditional Kaiseki dishes. Waiters were incredibly knowledgeable as well.

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was absolutely horrible. There were four people in our party and we actually laughed because it was so bad...sloppy presentation...horrible prep...we ordered crispy chicken that was dropped on our table as big chunks of disgusting pieces...tasted like a McChicken...tempura vegetables were big chunks of veg with some nasty thick tasteless coating...no one introduced themselves as our waiter...bad, bad and more bad...and the worst part was the pricing...very expensive for something you could seriously pick up at a grocery store...horrible...never again...total waste of an evening...we all felt sick after but no one would know any of this because no one asked us if we were enjoying our meal or not...just plain didn't care and it came across loud and clear

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RK
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The hostess should learn the meaning of hospitality! Ruined my experience unfortunately.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our second time at EN and overall still a great experience, however food is overpriced. We paid 140$ for a Wagyu steak. However, most of the small dishes were delicious and unique in taste.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Sahimi, Wagyu, tempura,... All was perfect. Service was well-timed and friendly, Sake was affordable.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We live in the neighborhood and were craving Japanese food and had never tried EN so decided to give it a try. We were quite underwhelmed overall. The food was meh at best and the prices were high, though we expected that as it’s a huge space (and quite nice if a little “cold”) in a “hot” location in the WV. The cucumber cocktail was the highlight of the meal. I hate to say we will not he returning — we love supporting neighborhood restaurants but EN was quite disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Revisted this favorite restaurant on Saturday night with a friend. We tried many new things and were treated elegantly by a lovely waitress who did not rush us and had great menu recommendations. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, pretty good experience, like this place, will definitely come back, recommended to friends

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MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En is one of my Favorite places to enjoy excellent Japanese cuisine .

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious dining experience. Can't wait to go back again.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Everything is delicious! The drinks are the best!!!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Not too happy with my experience. Got seated in a crowded side area from the main dining room. The main dining room was nicer area with hardly any customers. It was dimly lit. Everyone seated in our area couldn't read the menus even with the candle on the table. Waiters & servers attention to detail was poor. It seemed as though the conversations over by the hostess or kitchen area were more interesting than paying attention to the customers. No manger around at all that. The food was good, not great. I drink and buy a lot of Sake. They had a very nice sake menu but their markup was CRAZY. Won't go back, much better choices for Japanese food in NY than here.

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place serves serviceable food. Not great but not horrible. We had the salmon teishoku. Nothing was terrible but nothing seemed to be the product of great care or culinary imagination. Place smelled a little bit like bleach. Not sure why.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Tasted like lunch food on a weekday but with expensive bells and whistles.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great. The Food and service was great

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The elegant, sumptuous seven-course kaiseki menu features several house specialities, including delectable sashimi, Saikyo miso black cod, freshly prepared tofu, and stone-grilled chicken. Paired with complementary sake and shochu, they comprise a memorable dining experience.

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RJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious and enjoyable evening at EN, although you also won't go wrong with a business lunch here as well. The homemade Tofu is a must on the menu and usually the specials are pretty amazing as well. This can be intimate and cozy or it's also great for a more sophisticated celebration with a limited group.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahhh-mazing. Authentic. Gotta try the beet tempura. To die for!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The fried chicken was awesome and the mushroom soup was so delicious. Wagyu dishes were good but totally overpriced.

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JB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, unique space/place, super-attentive service, amazing menu and dishes: we would recommend EN to anyone looking for a first-rate izakaya in NYC

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JT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En is a Japanese Brasserie so the Notable should be sake not wine. Took some recently married friends to celebrate the occassion. The sushi was outstanding. And the restaurant comped us the dessert.

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OT
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place, nice waiters. Good food and good the atmosphere. We were allowed to reschedule at 9: 30p. M. But the kitchen closed at 10 p. M. really unpleasant

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

$80 menu options were at best underwhelming. Disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All dishes were pretty good. However the sake prices are enormous. I think they mark more than 3 times retail.

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v
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

i've rarely been so disapointed in a restaurant. The menu was way overpriced for what it is - there's no "cooking", just products thrown on a plate. I already forgot about the appetizers, sashimi were ok - but only 6 tiny pieces of fish, the black cod was the only dish remotely satisfying, tofu was almost frozen and alone in his bowl, grilled chicken was just grilled chicken, soba was overcooked in a tasteless broth, and the lonely pumpkin icecream ball was bad. All this for 125 dollar before taxes and tips... (we paid 45 dollars for 6 ridiculously tiny cups of sake - and they even managed to forget one of them). A real scam.

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j
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Have been going to this restaurant for the last 11 years. Consistently good food. Service the other night was poor, it was my first experience of service being so poor at this establishment. One of our dishes was delayed after we had finished most of our meal. Then the check took forever to get to us and I had to flag down multiple people just to run the cards.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but portions for small. Also was surprised that despite the fact we had a reservation we were seated at the sushi bar and could not get a table.

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SM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I am a big fan of EN. I brought a very special guest and told her it is amazing- unfortunately for the first tine ever it was definitely not amazing. We had no server- had to wait for the manager. The food was fair. The manager told us they did have sushi or sashimi any more
Had to ask 3 tines for drinks
It was a big disappointment.

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AE
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had to wait longer to be seating than seemed appropriate with open table reservation

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect but unfortunately inside the restaurant was a little bit cold.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was the birthday of my best friend. I made the reservation with a note to have a bday message when I’ll order dessert.
We finished our mains by 8.55 or so and for 45 minutes we were being ignored. We had to leave by 9.45pm...so we were not even able to order desserts.
The service was sooooo poor...really bad. Very disappointed

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Too pricey for what is offered. The $80 combo includes only 6 pieces of sashimi, a fried regular chicken, a tofu cream, and the desert is a, believe or not, a single mini little pumpkin ice cream ball. I thought it was a joke or something, but the $250 bill for some “snacks”, only for me and my wife was not a joke at all.

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KK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm Japanese and I know EN in Japan so well. I didn't know they have a resto in Manhattan but my friend wanted to try this place. First of all this is a beautiful space - spacious, gorgeous but at the same time very cihc. Secondly, service is exquisite. I was surprised to have such a quality of service here. Last but not least, there is so many food options which is genuine Japanese, and which is difficult to find outside in Japan. I will recommend this place to everyone who want real Japanese experience.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted amazing and the atmosphere was great!! Just a little over priced for the amount of food you receive. Great concept though!

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall good experience but wait staff tried to upsell too much. Pushed higher price options on every request for recommendation and sold us full bottle of sale when only the 10oz caraff was asked for (only 2 people). Discounted price of bottle when we realized. Dishes are a la cart (as stated) and presentation of entrees was a little too simple for the price and on the lighter side. Gave us a bar seat even though we asked for our table reservation and not that busy.

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RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was good but service led to an unpleasant experience. One of our main courses was brought 25 minutes after we completed the rest of our meal and only after repeated requests of a disappearing waiter. Instead of any apology we were told by a supervisor that our waiter had intentionally “paced” our service, leaving a long time between one main course for one of us and the main course of the other. That clearly was untrue given the waiter’s own attitude and lack of explanation each time we asked for the missing course.

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e
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food - especially the soft, fresh tofu and the truffle chawanmushi!

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B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stone grilled chicken, yellowtail collar, salmon avo roll all super delish!

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