Zenkichi

4.7
1283 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Zenkichi quietly entered the scene in late 2006 in a then up and coming Williamsburg food scene. The unique cuisine and dining experience have had restaurant goers and critics catching on ever since.

The restaurant offers semi private tables for all of its customers and Tokyo-style Japanese cuisine. The focus is on small plates for sharing and tasting with sake. The menu emphasizes Omakase (chef's tasting menu) which changes every five weeks to incorporate the freshest ingredients of the season. The sake selection includes over 50 kinds of carefully chosen premium sake labels.

Zenkichi continues to evolve with a recently added garden. The space is inspired by a Japanese mountain retreat with a glass ceiling that incorporates two 50 year old trees. Which expands the seating space and adds a new dynamic to the already unique décor.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday 5:30pm-11:30pm
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Phone number
(718) 388-8985
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Call for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue
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Public transit
3 blocks from the L Train Bedford Avenue Station.
What 1283 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! One of the best dining experiences in NYC.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my fiancé here for her birthday and it was a very nice experience. The one on one seating with a cover was very creative. We enjoyed the button on the table that we would press whenever we wanted the waiter to come out. One problem we did have was that we had no idea what 90% or what we ate was ! The waiters were always there and on top of us but explained very poorly what we were eating. Overall nice spot, pretty pricey, yet worth the experience.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cool place to eat. Enjoy the environment. Love the bamboo and the glass.

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TC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner! The "a la carte# menu was so good, maybe more attractive than the fixed menu. We had a great time.

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NM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and the whole night was so good! The food tastes great, the ambient was romantic, the service was impeccable.

I’ll go again, for a special night, that’s the place.

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SZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing date place. Private cabins and Great Japanese food!

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NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific restaurant, absolutely perfect meal.
The only trouble is the clueless customer or couple who talk loudly behind section blinds/screens because the wonderful, intimate, seemingly isolated situation of each table feels misleadingly private.

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MF
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I came for our anniversary and couldn’t have been happier. The Omakase meal was fantastic. We paired with the sake and had such a great time. The private booths are super intimate and the service was first class. Highly recommend Zenkichi for that special occasion!

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b
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. It was phenomenal. They were very accommodating. The food was very authentic(I went to Japan). The price was high but you pay for what you get

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zenkichi is a truly unique Japanese dining experience. I went for my anniversary dinner and every moment was special, from the service to the ambiance to the incredible food. Couldn't recommend Zenkichi more highly! Thank you

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall very good. Be great if they play some authentic classic Japanese music rather than jazz which is quite put if place.

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Q
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food and ambience were wonderful. Works for a girls night out and a date!

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fantastic rotating seasonal menu. Omakase menu and sake pairing is the way to go. Always loved the privacy of the booths with bamboo screens and the knowledgeable servers. 4th trip here, definitely not the last.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, authentic experience. We opted for a la Carte and got 6 dishes, plus a miso soup each. It was perfect - everything was outstanding. Service was attentive and setting was romantic and intimate. It was quite expensive but we were prepared for that. Only alcoholic drinks were sake (extensive list) and beer. Suited us but may not suit all. Wouldn’t hesitate to return on next visit.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 8 plate tasting menu, was sensational, as was the service.

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F
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first thing that WOWed me was the interior.

I order the 8 course tasting menu and I wish I hadn't snacked beforehand. I enjoyed 99% of everything that came out. The service was impeccable, our waiter gave a detailed explanation of everything.

Would 100% recommend this place.

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MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very legitimate Japanese food with delicate cooking and great prices. Cozy booth seating.

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RC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cool place to take ur date the food was good 2 definitely there’s certain things that can be improved on the service was ok I guess but overall good

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the romantic, tiny private tables for two. Also good for groups! Excellent service - like being transported to Japan.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very intimate setting with a fantastic tasting menu, great for dates or anniversaries. My husband and I loved it and were very impressed, looking forward to coming back again!

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience at Zenkichi. Amazing service and delicious food for a reason able price. Great for an anniversary. Would recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Intimate romantic environment and small but tasty Japanese dishes.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menus and attention. We had a lovely time. The dishes was absolutely tasty. We definitely will come back.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience : delicious food and lovely atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable

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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining experience was seriously on point. My favorite dishes include:

1) lamb chops
2) spicy cod roe rice ball
3) cod fish
4) maguro

Just thinking of this meal is making me drool. Will be back soon!

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NY
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing...no other words! Just amazing! This place is the ultimate dining experience in Brooklyn! An absolute must for anyone looking for a truly unique dining experience.

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EN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience for my husbands birthday. Beautiful setting and seating arrangements for a romantic vibe. This place is what I was looking for and more. We will definitely come back. My husband has already been bragging about how great of an experience we had.

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MZ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We booked a table for 4 based on the reviews we read and the hype the restaurant has received over the years. The setting is intimate and the staff friendly. Our experience was unfortunately very disappointing when it came to the food itself. Especially the sashimi was flavorless and not fresh. When the bill came we complained about our experience as the charge did not reflect the quality of the meal. The manager came in and we found out that the chef that was responsible for the success of the restaurant was no longer there. Bad luck for us.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. We tried the Omakase tasting menu and the basic sake flight, plus a few glasses. Everything was fantastic. Our server was Kei and he was great! I put in the reservation notes that it was my date's birthday and he put a candle in the dessert course with origami cranes and a card on the plate. It was very sweet.

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c
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was amazing and the service impeccable. I found the ambience to be a little less nice than pictured on their web site. The lighting in the booths felt dingy and unsettling - almost like interrogation lighting - and the space had kind of a campy theme-park feel with the reconstruction of a bamboo-forest. However, that could also be seen as charming for some. I would definitely recommend it for the food and for the unique experience.

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner date with your significant other.

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LB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

If you are looking for exceptional Japanese cuisine that outside of the "traditional" spectrum in America, then you would enjoy Zenkichi!

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I would not do the 8 course meal at least what was on it when I went

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, though different was really good. The privacy and ambiance of the restaurant was really cool to experience. The waiter was super nice and helpful in telling us what we were eating. The overall experience of the restaurant was just awesome. I wanted to do something special for my mom and it was the perfect restaurant. It can have a romantic vibe to it, but it can also offer the elegant feel and that's what i wanted.

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

Food tastes like fast food take out. I was extremely disappointed. Not worth the money at all.

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RR
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good as was the service. Quiet, private and calm atmosphere. Good for quiet dinners, dates and small groups. Very uniquely decorated. This was a great find!!

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Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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MF
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Very different than other Japanese/sushi restaurants and the privacy was very appealing but did not impact the quality of service or the friendliness of our server. Awesome time.

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BB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the experience of the restaurant. After reading a review on Tripadvisor I knew I had to try it, was a great pick for a date with my partner with amazing food and ambiance. Highly recommend.

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