Zengo - NYC

4.3
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2215 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
Zengo, meaning "give and take" in Japanese, is an artful blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. Chef-owner Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include a Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year, James Beard finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur and Mexico's Toque d'Oro, spins regional ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing. The beverage menu features innovative, hand-muddled cocktails as well as Latin wines, Japanese sakes and over 400 Tequilas which are stored in our very own tequila lockers at La Biblioteca. The vibrant décor fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, the perfect setting to savor Zengo's acclaimed cuisine.
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JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food. Great service!

EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Taylor the receptionist was terrific! Food was great, ambiance was festive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice ambiance, and interesting food. Think people should try it out for the combination of styles, but wasn’t blown away by the food combinations

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome experience at Zengo. Had a group of 12 for a birthday brunch. We had the unlimited food and drinks - a glass was never empty as they refilled so fast- and our table overflowed with food. The service was awesome and the food / drinks were delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. The guest of honor was beyond please with the event. Thank you!

JW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

the food was really not that tasty, disappointed. staff didnt explain the menu correctly and a lot of confusions

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The service was terrific from the hostess, bartender and wait staff. Our group ordered a bunch of appetizers to share and try many items. It was tough to choose as the menu was creative and had quite a few choices. Well thoroughly enjoyed everything and can't wait to go back. It was a nice treat for my out of town guests.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The menu seems creative, it feels the touch of the real chef.
Execution 2/10. All the dishes were soggy, soaked with the low quality oil.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bottomless brunch . It’s Saturday and Sunday which is nice. Unlimited drinks and small plates . Never seems to be too busy . Totally underrated ! Brought the kids once and they loved trying all the different foods . This is a must do brunch !

AJ
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Diverse menu options, quality food, really nice atmosphere.

JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great happy hour specials and very nice service . The tequila flights were awesome !

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so how I remember the food was so great

PM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to start to get your brunch on! Their $50 all you can eat and drink combo is like no other. Highly recommend coming with an empty stomach cause when they say unlimited they’re not kidding!

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Sunday noon. Noise level wasn’t as bad as my first visit. Food is tasty and full of options. We didn’t go for bottomless drinks so I could not comment on it. Generally speaking, it was enjoyable dining experience.

OT
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Appetizers were very tasty! Main dishes were just OK. Stick with appetizers and drinks. Nice place overall.

DM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch at Zengo during a recent holiday visit to NYC. We had our two young boys, and met up with my daughter who works for an advertising agency next door to the restaurant. The service, food, and ambiance were outstanding. They're also very kid friendly, making it especially enjoyable.

a
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of the food was good but everything came out cold. This is a restaurant, not take-out, so not sure why food was not warm.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food, well prepared and excellent service

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The waitress seemed to rush things along, we could tell she was leaving soon. We were sitting down about 90 minutes by the point when she asked to close the tab because she was leaving. Otherwise the food was good.

K
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. But they changed their crispy tofu dish w/ bokchoy... I would like it back. Service was very slow, I feel because I was eating alone.

H
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Zengo. Great food, gorgeous place, very nice staff.

H
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots, never disappoints. Last night we introduced two people to Zengo and there are now two people who will be dining there frequently.

RT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was okay; service/organization was pretty awful.

We made a reservation for 5 (including a baby in a bassinet, which was noted on the opentable reservation) but was met with passive aggressiveness from the host who claimed that he didn't see such a note (but then claimed it was was because the text was "tiny") and still made our party wait almost 20min after our reservation time in order to find a table. This was at 11:30 when the restaurant was mostly empty.

LM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very quiet at lunchtime. Lots of space. Nice presentation and menu. Perfect for a business lunch near Grand Central.

KF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The variety of food was incredible. It was Asian fusion themed and we scraped the plates clean of everything that was served to us.
I highly recommend the Dumplings and Empanadas!

Z
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, nice ambience, good food and drinks, along with a friendly staff..... what more can you ask for? My friends and I went for the bottomless brunch, and had a very nice time.

FW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and experience - the food is always awesome!

SP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love Zengo, and I feel like it really understands its brand. The space itself is huge, stylish and can easily accommodate large parties. During brunch, it's energetic and has kind of a clubby vibe. It's not cheap for a brunch, but both drinks and food are unlimited, and service is attentive about refilling both. I like the menu--it's fusion Latin-Asian cusine--and I always end up sampling something I might not have ordered if it were a solo entree. Considering the amount of food and drink you get, it's an excellent value and a perfect spot for a celebration.

AC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This was my second time going back to Zengo and this time, I wasn’t pleased at all. The food was cold, our sever kept disappearing and our food wasn’t coming out as abruptly as other guests. We went periods of time with nothing on our table before more food was brought out.

This was an extremely disappointing experience. I don’t think that I’d be going back to Zengo any time soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service - food was not fresh . Bathrooms are disgusting.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeeee it!!

Z
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Zengo several times for bottomless brunch. This was the first time for dinner. You can sign up for a free drink if you go to their website!

Service was amazing, and dinner was delicious. Fresh ingredients and fast service.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Food has been sitting for hours, maybe even days. Cold, dry, hard and stale is what describes the food. A shame because service and decor is really good. I would never come again. An unlimited experience is not an excuse to serve food that isn't fresh.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice

KF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the tasting menu for 55 per person. Good value and portions.

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a really enjoyable evening at Zengo. The food was delicious, the service was attentive and we could converse without shouting. Eagerly looking forward to our next visit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Work dinner with team. The service was slow. We arrived and the restaurant was not even half full. I ordered a dish called shrimp lettuce wrap and was served lettuce with a side dish of what looked like salsa with 2 baby shrimp that you had to search for. We ordered 2 friend rice sides for the table that arrived after we finished eating

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The restaurant was empty and we still got our food extremely late. Disappointing!

Zengo - NYC
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review. We’re very sorry you experienced an undesirable level of service with us. We pride ourselves in excellent food and service and clearly did not meet our own standards during your visit. If you would like to further discuss your experience and see what I can do to improve your impression of Zengo, please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm. Warm Regards, Molly Guest Experience Team

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WV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Welcome ambiance, with friendly reception. The food is delicious, and efficiently provided to many diners. First time for us, and we plan to return with family and friends.

H
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great spicy crab guacamole dip. Excellent edamame.

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