Zenkichi

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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.
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and very authentic atmosphere. Just like in Tokyo!

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food included in the omakase, some courses were wildly delicious. Interior design was also super lovely. Great value, would come again.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique culinary experience, beautiful design, a real treat!

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding and unusual. I'm not an expert, but I have been to Japan a couple of times with someone who is. This was very, very good and interesting. Intimate booths.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian omakase! We were pleasantly surprised by the exquisite tastes of the vegetables served.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

KV
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My bf and I came here for our anniversary. We enjoyed everything! We came about 20 mins late (L Trains are a joke on the weekends) and the host was very understanding when we called them about the delay. He kept our table until we arrived. The food was delicious, and our server was very kind too. This was actually our second time spending our anniversary with them, so it looks like it's gonna become a regular thing :)

CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One foot into Zenkichi, and I felt transported to Japan. I loved the small, private, screen-protected dining areas and the genuine hospitality of our server. Nothing felt forced and everything was calm. The sake list was excellent, and I laughed hard at the Champagne "warning" on the menu that Champagne might not do the cuisine as much justice as the sake. Point taken! Look forward to returning.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good, but what I didn't like was that they don't serve wine.
They have beer and variety of sake and champagne but no wine.
I believe many people (including many Japanese people) enjoy having wine with Japanese food.
It was very strange.

MK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely restaurant!! We were celebrating our anniversary and absolutely enjoyed the entire dining experience. Would definitely recommend the tasting menu. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the service was fantastic — not to mention the delicious food! The plates were set perfectly and the restaurant staff did extremely well to ensure that we enjoyed every step of the process, from arrival to departure. Thank you, Zenkichi!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We left a bit dissapointed, we used to go a lot to zenkichi but the menu is not ehat it used to be, they didnt surprise with anything in the menu, and the flavor and textures where not anything different from another sushi place but 5 times more expensive.

AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and a great atmosphere. Always great to visit again and a great neighborhood of course.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Zenkichi and we love it. We did the Omakase again and it was just as amazing. There food, ambiance and service are all worth the cost, which is fairly reasonable. Plus, they noted this was my wife birthday and brought dessert with a lighted candle and birthday note, a perfect ending.

CW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Zenkichi was a nice place, but not sure if it was worth the money since the experience had a few hiccups. The private booths were nice, but it was surprisingly easy to overhear the conversations from the booths next to you. Out of the omakase menu, the homemade tofu and black cod were amazing, and the other courses were nice, but not mind-blowing. One of us also had a dietary restriction and had to swap out some of the courses in the prix-fixe menu, and they messed up a couple times bringing us the right dishes. Overall though, it was a great ambiance and pretty good food, and the sake pairings were great!

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely romantic restaurant. All menu items tasted were excellent, and extremely flavorful.

NB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very romantic good sake good service ...very nice I liked it

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Just go

NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful environment, very intimate, and wonderfully fresh and inventive cuisine. Highly recommended.

i
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

If you are vegan, I would not recommend going, as it isn't worth the price. The ambiance is very special but, only go if you are eating the veg menu as is or getting the fish. The service was outstanding and a few dishes really blew my mind.... but $100 too much for us.

3
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The cozy booths with bamboo shades make for a perfect romantic spot. We did the tasting menu with the sake pairing. The food was beautifully prepared and the service was outstanding. It was a bit pricey but a great experience.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience - awesome food and Sake - service was as good as it gets. Worth the trip to Brooklyn

S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us went there for a 9pm dinner. We had a wonderful experience and weren't rushed out of there. Food was delicious and service was great. All of us would definitely return.

K
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing. One of the best Japanese restaurant that I tried.

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The omakase was superb - would definitely come back! Everything was so delicious and thoughtfully crafted and presented. Their sake menu was also really great. The seats are very private and was the perfect spot for celebrating my birthday with my boyfriend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing foods

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have eaten a lot of food and really excited to try this place as it was recommended by my peer who is also in the food industry. For what we spent on the Omakase it wasn’t worth it. Standouts include the sashimi and miso. Had to send back the beef as it was not what you would expect from this type menu. I could not say hi there for a memorable dinner.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lamb chop & duck salad was amazing. My server was wonderful as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came a month ago for the first time for our anniversary and came back so soon because we couldn’t stop talking about the food, service, and ambiance. Top notch👍🏾

DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food. Unbelievably attentive service. I cannot recommend Zenkichi enough. It’s the perfect place for an intimate dinner.

M
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would absolutely return. Great food, service, ambiance.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. They only have sake though.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my girlfriend’s recent certification and was not disappointed. Very intimate setting and ambience. You’re not alone but definitely separate from the other patrons. We did the summer Omakase and it was truly amazing. Waitress was also very helpful and nice.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was craving decent Japanese food after my trip to Japan and Zenkichi has been on my list for a while. Omakase was amazingly good and gave me some kaiseki vibes (couple of their dishes). Authentic cuisine and the atmosphere was amazing. Only complaint is that YMMV for the vibes depending on who your fellow patrons are in the booths next to you or behind you (they may be obnoxiously loud), but that is not the fault of the restaurant. Would come here again definitely when the menu item changes based on the season. Thank you Zenkichi for such a great experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service and vegetarian options

t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s like going to Tokyo in Brooklyn. Amazing experience (again) and the food is unlike you’ll find at the other run-of-the-mill Japanese restaurants in the U.S. the sake selection is also excellent. Perfect for an intimate dinner with a special friend or for groups - just love the Japanese cuisine and be ready to try new things.

F
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Ambience is outstanding. Food very good. Service was slow I’m guessing bc of lack of help.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome gem hidden in a great part of Brooklyn. The ambiance really makes it the perfect spot for a private romantic date night. All of the a la Carter dishes were delicious and flavorful. I would definitely recommend

GP
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very intimate. A bit over priced

SW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is amazing. We had the 8-course dinner with the sake pairing. It was our anniversary so we really appreciated how every table is essentially a private booth. Excellent food and presentation. Our waitress was very kind-hearted and patient. Each course was individually introduced and explained. We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance!