Zengo - NYC

4.3
2255 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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NormieG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good and in good portion. Drinks are good and servers are well attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time at Zengo! The bottomless brunch is 🔥
Everything was perfect!

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vipSharonH
New York Area
401 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were surprised at how delicious the food was. We dine with another couple and ordered a variety of small plates. ALL of them were terrific!

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vipSuperRed
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I liked this place, but can’t say I loved it. I thought the portions are small.

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WayneS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Venue is nice, however food is subpar for the price compared to similar venues.

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WillS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was awful and limited menu. Entree so bad couldn’t eat it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful spot with good reception and service. Food was good though a bit pricy for the portion size. Disappointed that the sake was not available warm

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Santiago
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I would recommend it for a date night. Nice decor and has 3 levels. The food and drinks were okay, I had the fried rice.

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AlexS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I really liked the layout and decor of this place. Plus, the staff is great and very friendly. It was an enjoyable night and a place I'd return to; however, the food was just ok though. The steam buns didn't come out warm, but it was tasty. My "spicy" udon noodle soup wasn't spicy at all and just ok. The people I came with also had a similar experience with their food too. I wouldn't come here if you're a foodie, but if you're a group and want to hang out at a nice place that isn't loud, crowded, has booze, and in a great location, this is it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good...food & service
Bad...too dark, too noisy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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VictorA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great brunch spot! I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she absolutely loved it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food and drinks for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was cold and very bland especially for the money we paid. Sushi tasted like buffet sushi. Isn’t this a nice place?? Wouldn’t go back to be honest. Sucks because I was very excited to try it out and the restaurant looks beautiful. Super clean and everything. But the service was a little ehhhh, very slow. And food was straight up below average. Went to shake shack after.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved it but need a little more music.. cause I don’t lkke hearing other people convo

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EricaH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

It was a good brunch. I did think that the food was much slower to come out as compared to other bottomless brunch places. Sushi was probably the best part.

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was terrible , service was horrible. Drink came the wrong way 4 times way over priced for levels of service and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I made a reservation for a milestone birthday in which I called the restaurant twice to ensure we had the appropriate accommodations for the small surprise. From the beginning the host that called to confirm my reservation told me 2 different prices for plating fees because we wanted to bring our own cake. It was a very quite Thursday evening. The restaurant was empty which was perfect for me. But for some reason our waiter was slow and not attentive. So much so that we ended up sharing water because they barely came back to refill. All in all, I expected better service on a night that wasn’t busy but we enjoyed the ambiance and the people we were with.

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vipSheth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Very disappointed this time. They ran out of 3 of the 7 entrees available for Brunch. Overcharged us and had to redo bill. Have been going to this restaurant for years and was shocked with the lack of service and food.

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JeannetteA
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Zengo’s brunch food was less to be desired. It’s mainly a place to drink unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sangria for 2 hour while having something to snack on. Unfortunately the food wasn’t that tasty.

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Yoyo
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Held our Galentine's event here and had a fabulous time! The waiter was so patient with our group of picky eaters and really helped make sure the event was a success. Would definitely go back! Best brunch I have had in a while and great drinks.

WV
WaterfordViking
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant Week menu was excellent. We two couples enjoyed sampling the 3 - course menu. We will be back again for dinner.

J
vip26Joel
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was my third time in a week here. I fell in love with this place and their endless list of Tequila and Mezcal. This last time I requested a specific server who I loved the 2nd time I was there, Andrew, he is the man! I was not sat in his section and the service did not compare to that of Andrew’s. The food is always fantastic!

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vipLgntcakes
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

In fairness, we were the first to arrive at 5:20 for dinner at 5:30 following a show. We went to use the ladies room and it was a HORROR show. Worse than any fraternity party day-after. Of 4 bathroom stalls, 2 were unusable, and you can use your imagination as to what other remnants of the intoxicated were left behind. That was a very poor first impression. Our waiter was very nice and provided good information on the food but drinks alone took a very long time to arrive (two were beers, two were cocktails). There was hardly anyone in the place at that hour. The food was pretty good and inventive, though not awesome. The menu is relatively small so I would check it out carefully before going to be sure you will find something you like. We ordered dessert and coffee. We finished our dessert and waited another 10 minutes for the coffee to arrive. So, while the food was pretty good, I would not go back there. Great restaurants are everywhere in NY and I would go somewhere with better food, faster service and clean facilities

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Changed the menu. Used to be fantastic, and now has been dumbed down and limited to less high end menu

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Gnette27
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was prompt and friendly. Went for brunch and our cups were always filled. Will definitely go back.

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Lauren
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience5

I had my 30th bday brunch there.

My waitress had an attitude. It was clear she did not want to be there. The drinks are pre made and watered down. The flavored mimosas were separating in the glass. We had to keep asking the waitress to fill our glasses. The sake sangria tasted like colored water. They hardly had anything on their bottomless menu. I was really looking forward to the dumplings but they said they don't serve that anymore. The food was tasteless. Only thing i enjoyed were the noodles. Everything else came out freezing cold and sweaty.

The concept is great but I could have did without.

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Maya21
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food and cocktails were very disappointing

We didn't finish our food or drinks and staff didn’t even acquired the reason.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Decided to try the restaurant week menu which you would expect has been designed to showcase the restaurant’s food at its best! However, I would not recommend trying it. The appetizers (butternut squash and ginger soup and salad with blue cheese) were “ok” but the shrimp pad Thai was terrible. Service was not great. Drinks were good, but overall it was an unpleasant lunch experience and would never go back.

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vipluiseb
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I always enjoy Zengo. I love the Cadillac margaritas, the zengo rice and the edamame. I also had the sea bass. it was fabulous! our server was great. He misunderstood my friend's drink order but immediately went back and corrected it. He checked in on us after we were served but didn't bother us.

KB
vipKimB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately, I won't return and it's in such close proximity to my office. The food was marginal. I was with a party of four and much of our food came out cold and some was so overcooked it was too tough to eat. The server, while pleasant, was not very attentive. The restaurant was not very busy, but service was still su-par. I received my appetizer and entree before my entire party was served. One person in the party received his food 30 minutes after ordering and didn't have enough time to finish. And, he never got his beverage -- which was merely iced tea. Such a disappointment, overall.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience3

They had no Bloody Mary mix for an all day only brunch menu with zero substitutions.

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ValerieM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

For the price and the amount of food and drinks my table had gotten it was well worth it. They ran out a few things which is completely understandable. That didn’t take away from how amazing all the food was. The only thing we didn’t like was that we had to keep calling for our waitress and somethings we ordered we never received until we called her again and she said it was “out”. But overall, great food, great atmosphere, great vibes, very clean and organized. Will be returning soon.

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RaulT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would recommend Zengo. The only thing I didn’t like is that their drinks are warm. The sangria was the only one that had Ice. I’m not sure if it’s because the mimosa containers are just sitting there on the counter but they definitely need to chill them so they can taste better. Mimosas are made with champagne so that should be kept cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had great time at Zengo. Will definitely bring a larger party next time

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vipShellyR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my birthday and it was great!! Love the food and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday - service was great and the staff took care of us. Food was plentiful and efficient. Drinks were never empty

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Sup86
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think this space works well for both larger groups and 1x1 dining (as I was). Service friendly and prompt. Food was very tasty, and a decent wine list. Buzzy atmosphere but easy to have a conversation.

JC
JordanC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food. Great service!

EH
vipElizabethH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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Zengo - NYC does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Zengo - NYC is rated 4.3 stars by 2255 OpenTable diners.

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