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Zenkichi

4.5
4.5
1320 Reviews
$50 and over
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

  • Phone number

    (718) 388-8985

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Call for more information.

Menu

8-course tasting menu: $75 per guest (min. 2 guests). Omakase needs to be ordered by 10:30pm (11pm on Fridays & Saturdays). Please notify us of any dietary restrictions prior to ordering. Sake Pairing +$50

Course #1

  • Sake Accompaniments

    Quintet of small chilled appetizers

    • Hirame in Walnut Sauce*

      Fresh fluke sashimi in homemade sweet walnut soy sauce

      • Hotate Sumiso*

        Hokkaido scallop sashimi served with vinegar miso sauce

        • Yuzu Miso Radish*

          Watermelon radish served with yuzu-flavored miso sauce

          • King Crab Yaki-Bitashi*

            Seared Taraba king crab and broccoli rabe in sweet soy sauce

            • Miso Cream Cheese

              Lightly seared Saikyo Miso cured cream cheese

              Course #2

              • Three Kinds of Sashimi*

                Best fish of the season in the market. Uni sea urchin +$10

                Course #3

                • Homemade Fresh Tofu*

                  Our signature homemade tofu made fresh every day: served with shishito pepper miso sauce

                  Course #4

                  • Anko Kara-Age*

                    Crispy fried monkfish served with lemon

                    Course #5

                    • Grilled Saikyo Black Cod

                      Alaskan black cod in our original Kyoto-style Miso marinade

                      Course #6

                      • Washugyu Beef Sukiyaki*

                        Thinly sliced Washugyu beef rib eye in homemade sweet Sukiyaki-sauce served with Onsen egg

                        Course #7

                        • Truffle Sticky Rice*

                          Seasoned sticky rice mixed with mushrooms and black truffle on top served with seasonal Miso sou

                          Homemade Dessert

                          Choose one item per person

                          • Grapefruit Agar Gelée

                            Tart agar jelly made with Japanese seaweed (without gelatin)

                            • Mineoka Tofu

                              Sweet & creamy milk pudding with Azuki red beans and strawberry sauce

                              • Frozen Black Sesame Mousse

                                Chocolate-based silky frozen sesame mousse

                                • Walnut Chocolate Pudding

                                  Rich & creamy dark chocolate pudding

                                  What 1,320 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.5
                                  4.5 based on all time ratings
                                  • 4.5Food
                                  • 4.6Service
                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                  • 4.2Value

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                                  1. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 14, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent experience - loved the semi private atmosphere and the food was incredible.

                                  2. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Washington DC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 6, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food and service were excellent and the atmosphere is great. Perfect for a romantic night out.

                                  3. HT

                                    HansterT

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 1, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Very private and quiet. Awesome food and waitors. Highly recommended!

                                  4. i

                                    illib

                                    New York Area

                                    3 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on February 23, 2020

                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                    We did the tasting menu, it was alright. None of the dishes were exceptional, but they were tasty. I did expect for the tasting menu to be a bit more creative taste wise and visually. I did the sake pairing as well, and I was not satisfied with the quantity VS. Value. The restaurant is very charming but in need of renovations. Service was good. I would go again, but not get the tasting menu.

                                  5. V

                                    Vikesh

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 20, 2020

                                    overall1food1service2ambience2

                                    Food is bland, overrated and expensive for what it is. Saki was average at best. The service was quick, the waiter was miserable and the portions were very small. Highly NOT recommended

                                  6. L

                                    Lotsofhart

                                    New York Area

                                    15 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on February 19, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Unbelievable experience. We did the tasting menu and the food was exquisite. The setting is so romantic and the service was perfect. Outstanding restaurant

                                  7. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 16, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We got the $75 omakase which was great... but i think they need to add 1 or 2 more dishes. 8 dishes we were ok but not full. Still... great place would def go back again!

                                  8. G

                                    Gary

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 1, 2020

                                    overall4food5service5ambience3

                                    Everything was perfect except for one extremely loud table that ruined the experience for everyone in my group. We weren't sitting within their vicinity but heard their entire conversation really clearly. I would have hoped that there would have been some guidance from staff to preserve the atmosphere given that they have a silent phones and no children policy. Apparently absurdly loud conversations of less than ideal dinner time topics is acceptable.

                                  9. MR

                                    MichaelR

                                    New York Area

                                    5 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on January 28, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fantastic Omakase. Beautiful romantic space with private tables. We’ll be back!!

                                  10. A

                                    Antoine

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 22, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Had the omakase tasting menu which is a truly exceptional Japanese culinary experience! The food was delicious and supplemented by a large sake offering. The waiters are very helpful and knowledgeable and the inside has a traditional Japanese feel.

                                  11. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Francisco

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on January 19, 2020

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Perfect dinner experience

                                  12. C

                                    Chiz

                                    New York Area

                                    25 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    25 reviews

                                    Dined on January 18, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Quite the experience. One of those restaurants that you just have to experience. Tasting menu was amazing. Such an incredible night

                                  13. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on January 17, 2020

                                    overall2food2service4ambience4

                                    The restaurant is quite unique in its concept and decor - very cozy and intimate. However the food was not worth the value at all. It’s a shame that such a beautiful place is not complemented by great food, especially at its price point.

                                  14. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Washington DC

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on January 4, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  15. a

                                    ak25

                                    New York Area

                                    3 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on December 23, 2019

                                    overall4food5service5ambience3

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

                                  16. JA

                                    JenniferA

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 21, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  17. L

                                    johnL

                                    Los Angeles

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 20, 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.

                                  18. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on December 19, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  19. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 18, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Anniversary

                                  20. KV

                                    KelVez

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    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 :)

                                  21. CC

                                    ChristyC

                                    New York Area

                                    8 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on December 12, 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.

                                  22. KM

                                    KenroM

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    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.

                                  23. MK

                                    MonicaK

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    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!

                                  24. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    5 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on November 27, 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.

                                  25. AC

                                    AlexisC

                                    New York Area

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 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.

                                  26. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on November 9, 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.

                                  27. CW

                                    ChayaW

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    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!

                                  28. L

                                    Luvaniteout

                                    Washington DC

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on October 20, 2019

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                  29. NB

                                    NicolasB

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on October 20, 2019

                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                  30. JN

                                    JamesNYC

                                    New York Area

                                    208 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    208 reviews

                                    Dined on October 19, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    So amazing and unique

                                  31. J

                                    Josh

                                    Chicago

                                    5 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on October 19, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing. Just go

                                  32. KC

                                    KentCT

                                    New York Area

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on October 15, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  33. i

                                    isitchilltho

                                    San Francisco

                                    4 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on October 14, 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.

                                  34. 3

                                    3nolagurls

                                    New Orleans

                                    23 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    23 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.

                                  35. AK

                                    AnthonyK

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    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

                                  36. S

                                    Sharon

                                    New England

                                    22 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    22 reviews

                                    Dined on October 6, 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.

                                  37. K

                                    Karl

                                    Central Coast

                                    37 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    37 reviews

                                    Dined on September 26, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  38. K

                                    Kris

                                    Chicago

                                    3 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    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.

                                  39. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on September 11, 2019

                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                    Amazing foods

                                  40. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    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.

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                                  Zenkichi is rated 4.5 stars by 1320 OpenTable diners.

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                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Williamsburg

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Japanese, International

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Elegant

                                  • Dress code

                                    Casual Dress

                                  • Parking details

                                    None

                                  • Public transit

                                    3 blocks from the L Train Bedford Avenue Station.

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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