About EN Japanese Brasserie

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.

435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Asian, Sushi

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

Cross Street:
Leroy Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, Eurocheque Card, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 647-9196

Website:
http://www.enjb.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Abe Hiroki

Additional:
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

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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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.

EN Japanese Brasserie Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (25)
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Fit for Foodies (22)
Tasting Menu (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Authentic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Romantic (16)
Healthy (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
People Watching (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vegan (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (4)
Organic (4)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent tasting menu and special cocktails. Generous portions and beautifully presented. Perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

my wife and I eat out often and enjoy varied, interesting menus and dishes:
came on the recommendation of friends;
this restaurant is a beautiful setting, spacious and well appointed:
the service from beginning to end was impeccable:
ingredients were very fresh;
presentation varied and truly interesting
preparations were rather bland, all fish tasted the same;
as the night went on, noise level became very loud to the point of being irritating;
we had two of the three special menus, they were both disappointing;
too expensive for the quality of the food;
will not recommend or return
there are much more appropriately priced options in New York;

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

EN was an exceptional experience. The ambiance, service and food were all outstanding and we could not have asked for a better dining experience. Highly recommend this restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Did the $80 tasting menu with the $45 sake and shochu pairing on Saturday night. The mixed reviews of En make sense; the food is excellent and the portions are appropriate for the price. Interesting vegetable-based first course with japanese mushrooms and radish in a ponzu-like sauce, fried tofu and seaweed in a shichimi togarashi spice soy, and kabocha with tofu sauce. The next course was the only disappointment- 6 pieces of sashimi, two solid salmon, two boring lean tuna, and two yellowtail that was so lean and tough it could have been fluke. The miso cod, fresh tofu, and stone-grilled chicken that followed made up for the disappointing fish. The sake pairings were extremely small servings, but the quality and diversity were satisfactory. The service was downright abysmal. Poor timing, a wildly confusing parade of multiple waiters, bussboys, and attendants meant that after an initial check-in, our waiter was nowhere to be seen even when we physically got up to try to get our bill. Timing of dishes was completely off, with some coming before we'd finished the most recent course, and one taking more than 15 minutes to arrive while we sat and stared at the giant branch sculpture in the middle of the dining room. Can't decide if we'll try again at the sushi bar or a table, or if the service issues make this $160/pp meal not worth the cost.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I don't usually write reviews, but this time I just had to - such a disappointment and a waste of good money. The menu was so exhausting we decided to go with the tasting menu - it was extremely disappointing. Not even one dish was good. A couple we couldn't even finish... almost everything came out cold as if it was just taken out from the fridge and just put on our table. Service was ok, but no wonder - restaurant was half empty. Although the waiter didn't even care that half of the dishes was almost untouched..
Not going to return for sure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Absolutely loved dining at En Japanese Brasserie! Creative, extensive and well balanced menu with attention to detail and flavor. Great atmosphere with ample space (not crowded sitting ontop of other tables). Attentive waitstaff. Huge sake selection to sample from too! We couldn't have been happier with our first visit.

Tags: Vegan, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Special lunch with my young children

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Bad Bad Bad!!! It was not wealth to be there. I have been a lot of Japanese-American style restaurants, I felt so bad for food at that time at this restaurant. I won't be there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Absolutely wonderful meal. Stunning atmosphere. Exceptional service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything from the food to the atmosphere was exquisite. Impeccable service, too. Highly recommended!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was my husband's 40th's birthday. it was a special dinner and the food was just ok especially for the price. From the first dish I knew it was going to be bad, the sushi was served at a freezing temperature and the space was huge but also freezing cold. They gave me match powder mix with water when I asked for matcha green tea. I got sick from that.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The decoration is nice, it is a quiet place. We went there for lunch. We ordered all seven small O-banzai dishes, the kaisen don and the truffle chawanmushi. Most of the O-banzai dishes were flavourless, or felt like they needed to be served hot, except for the pork belly which was delicious. The kaisen don (sashimi and rice essentially) was quite bland, not even as good as in everyday japanese restaurants, for 27 dollars. The truffle chawanmushi was not bad (28$) thanks to the truffle, but was nothing extraordinary, a simple egg cream with truffles. Overall, it was quite expensive and not even as good as your average japanese restaurant. Also, we were quite cold although we had sweaters on.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A special place - ethereal yet relaxed and unpretentious with a gracious staff and delectable food. Have been coming for years and have hosted parties in the private room, which is also amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food is unique and delicious, with attention to every detail. The service is likewise perfect. Great sake and shochu menu. Highly recommend the Kaiseki set menus but if you skip it, don't skip the freshly scooped tofu!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Visiting from Australia... we have excellent Japanese restaurants in Australia, but EN was exceptional. We’ll highly recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food sounded a lot more interesting looking at the menu than it turned out to be. Each dish had an element that tasted good, and everything was well made, but it just felt like there was something missing every single time. I understand that Japanese food can be best when it’s very simple, but if you’re going to do simple you gotta keep it from ending up bland and boring. After five small plates we were quite disappointed, especially when considering how much money we spent. Lots of other places in the city at this price that serve amazing and interesting food.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was great except for the host station

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Compared with traditional Japanese restaurant, the food offered here is much more like Japanese cuisine. If you are looking for something authentic Japanese food, maybe it's not a good place. The environment is good though.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We go to En frequently and generally we like it. We went last Sunday and it was drafty and cold. Not only my wife and I but all of the people at the counter with us were wearing our coats through dinner except for one man who had on a sweater and a scarf wrapped around him! We spoke with the manager who said the heat was on and did nothing to adjust it or address the issue or even to apologize. Not likely to go back this winter.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

VERY expensive, and drink menu needs a lot of work. Cucumber cocktail {Luksusowa vodka, lime juice, black pepper, salt rim}
($15) used cheap vodka and did not taste premium. The Agave {Vida Mezcal, El Tesoro tequila, Golden 8 pear liqueur, ginger, honey, grated cinnamon, lemon} ($18) was a complete bore and had a flat flavor profile. Drink menu is unimaginative and I felt cheated.

Raw Tuna & Avocado Salad {Big Eye tuna and avocado with wasabi soy dressing} ($22) was bland. They have avocado on everything at this restaurant. The salad 'dressing' was totally tasteless.

Saikyo Miso Black Cod {broiled Alaskan black cod marinated in saikyo miso} ($26) was different from the one at Nobu but similarly tasty.

We tried 3 rolls: Anago Bozushi {grilled wild conger sea eel with sweet shoyu cucumber} ($20); Aburi Salmon & Avocado {with shiso and okra, yuzu kosho soy sauce} ($20); and Magurozuke Taku {marinated tuna and daikon pickle roll with shiso and katsubushi bonito flakes} ($22).

The Eel was the best-tasting of the lot. Pass on the salmon, which was one-dimensional. Tuna was okay, and had an interesting (crunchy) texture.

They never brought us soy sauce (which I don't even enjoy), but I have never been to a sushi restaurant where soy sauce had to be REQUESTED!

Dessert was matcha white chocolate Tiramisu ($10), which was very good.

Service is incredibly haphazard here and we never quite figured out who our waiter was. You are truly left to fend for yourself at this place.

NOT RECOMMENDED.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Came here for lunch. When we got seated we were a bit rushed,but after we explained we liked to take our time and we had nowhere to go the sever was very helpful. Yes, food is expensive, but it was worth it. Kobe beef melted on your tongue and sashimi was super fresh. The Fugu fish special may have been a tad bit overpriced for the experience but all in all a great meal. Would come again, albeit with spending a couple of hundreds of dollars for two, maybe not every week.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went there on a date. Relatively poor service for a nice restaurant. Slow, waited a ton for our bill. Just not what we expected.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The atmosphere is very calm. It was a quiet and elegant space. I had the black miso cod for lunch which came on a tray with a collection of other small dishes. All the dishes complemented each other and were perfectly executed. The tofu, in particular, was lovely. I also enjoyed an unusual Yuzu and St. Germain cocktail that was delicious. If you are looking for a sophisticated lunch experience- this is the place!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Outstanding always excellent. Lunch specials moderately priced Excellent value and variety offered

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

My group was very disappointed that the Tatami Room I reserved with the restaurant on the phone was not added to the reservation, they did not have the private space they had hoped for.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

En continues to be our family favorite. Teenagers, their parents and grandparents enjoy the food and ambiance. It is truly a lovely space.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Un restaurante muy auténtico con una comida deliciosa.
Ambiente muy neoyorquino. Es un sitio perfecto para los amantes de la cocina japonesa. Totalmente recomendable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was good but not amazing. Our server was pleasant enough but made little effort to be helpful.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing food, lovely ambience, reminds me of Japan.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

great place but wish they told me i wouldn't be at a table just for us and was at the round table in the middle

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Anniversary, waitress made it very nice with a surprise green tea icecream from my beautiful girlfriend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

EN Japanese Restaurant is my favorite restaurant in NYC. Traditionnal japanese delicious food with a modern twist and exquisite presentations. The tasting menu is outstanding and is perfect with the Sake pairing.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Oxford)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We eat at En approximately 30 times a year. This time the service was very subpar. At times we felt forgotten, with the pace of our food being completely off.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have there a couple of times.
This time, I was not satisfied.
The place has changed.
The service was bad.
They took too long to bring each serving.
Very disappointed.
No mas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food; all executed very well. Low seats in front of seating area very uncomfortable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The reception area is in a high traffic area so it’s not a very welcoming place. Once you are seated, however, and your waiters are assigned, it becomes a nice experience. The food is really excellent. We had one of the special menus, and it was just too much food. I’ve been here a few times and always enjoy it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and initially great service, let down by shockingly poor wine recommendation by the 'sommelier' gave the impression that this place was trying too hard to be something it was not and should have stuck with the expertise it clearly holds and does very very well - japanese food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I have left great reviews for this restaurant in the past but something is going on there. On this evening the waiter knew nothing about the menu or sake. Service was so bad, no one wanted to wait on anyone and you had to hail down different people for different needs and courses. The table next to us had no service for 20 minutes after they sat and when their drinks didn’t come they just got up and left. The food was not the same as the past and sushi rice laughable. I saw yelling in the kitchen. The place seemed in chaos. What a shame.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Manhattan. The only place outside Japan we've eaten, that really feels like you're in Japan.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Get the cold tofu and the Buta shabu salad

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