EN Japanese Brasserie

4.5
2148 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love En Brasserie!!! My guest loved it too. We would all definitely come back again and again!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I go here a lot but their presentation for the steak and the way they cooked it was not good. I asked for Medium Rare and it was well done on one side and two pieces were just rare.

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TM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to En to celebrate my daughter's birthday. As other reviewers mentioned the wait to be seated was longer than one should wait when you have a reservation. We were seated in the lounge which was nice though the main dining room is much more attractive. The black miso cod was extraordinary as was the garlic rice. One dish I would caution anyone ordering is the stone grilled beef as it is prepared at the table which meant table guests were splattered with the fat from the meat. Modifications should be made to that dish.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Your food was great! Especially the dessert was great too. That is why I picked 4 stars on the rating.

Thanks,
Koichi

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F
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The lunch set is always a delight! The black cod was cooked to perfection.

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AA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience. I felt so special on my solo birthday. I cannot wait to enjoy the rest of the menu with my friends

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JB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our family of Japanese food fans loves EN, and we try to get down there on pretty much every NYC visit! Great staff, amazing menu, consistently delicious dishes, homemade tofu, huge sake list... it’s a great place!
Only caveat would be the noise level in the big main room, which is considerable- we all prefer the quieter small area up front so we can talk (& hear!) On our last visit I was trying to kinda tease our server, and hollered ‘How do you hear anything in here?’ Her answer? ‘What? I can’t hear you!’ Not as funny as I thought it was!

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NN
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Small portions. Unique. food. Not fulfilling. Similar style to Zuma.

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FX
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Genuine Japanese restaurant, fantastic quality of the food, cool ambiance, well informed waiters,

It is a pity that the US service industry is built upon tips for living, not as an extra bonus. That effects waiters behavior. Nothing specific for EN, but a general irritating thing.

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AV
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great and wonderful ambiance. Service warm and friendly and great selection of sakes. Interesting varied menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Pretty disappointing experience here. The service was very awkward and the food was not worth the price. Been to countless better Japanese places in NY and LA. Definitely wouldn’t recommend overall. If there was a positive it was the Black Cod. Definitely the best thing we ordered.

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JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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NT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall - good.
Atmosphere - dramatic and unusual
Table - disappointing; seated at awkwardly low and small table with cumbersome round chairs next to the host station and entryway for a business dinner (for 5 ppl);
Menu is challenging.
Food - good, depending on what you order.
Timing of food arriving to table - Disappointing.
Waiter - Began well but faded in attentiveness.
Value - very pricey and left the table hungry

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of the top three in my experience!!!

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EI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. As always.

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WH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. I did not have the fresh tofu for which En is noted. The fresh raw vegetables were too tempting. The cod was recommend. It was a great recommendation. Wonderful brassiere.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EN is, hands down, my favorite restaurant in NYC, the food is always excellent and the service is spectacular.

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PT
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We were very disappointed about The Food. Nothing doesn’t taste at all, all The flavors were very mild. Also The service was not personal, no accommodations and we were told that amount of portions was enough, but it was far away from that. We left hungry and paid about 60$/ Person from The food + drinks. That’s not much of you get desant food and enough.

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BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, service and ambience. Whole table must agree on prix fixed multi-course meal. We did. Lots of fun. Pretty expensive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. The vegetarian pre-fix was a treat. So many vegetarian options feel like an after thought. Not the case at this restaurant.

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SJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the Kaeseki menu and it was delicious. Great to have a vegan option along with the regular. Every course was unique and all delicious. Highly recommend.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent cuisine. Good portions. Be carefull not to order too much food

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
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 on May 22, 2019
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
76 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
19 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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