Some friends who are regulars at EN Brasserie took me there for dinner while I was visiting NYC. I can't vouch for the authenticity of the dishes (opinions on that were divided among our party) but I really enjoyed the whole experience. If you're not doing a set menu (which we didn't) the a la carte menu is designed for you to pick and choose a variety of smaller dishes, which are served in no particular order, so that it's pretty informal and you can try lots of different things, which is something I like. I wasn't drinking so started with some iced green tea, which was nicely presented (prepared with Japanese green tea powder) and Edamame (marinaded and very flavoursome) at the bar. We then went into the dining room, which is quite stylish in an early 2000s kind if way with a big plant, flower and stone centre piece. I thought the acoustics were good: not noisy but also not so quiet that you hear everybody else's table talk. The staff were attentive, as they brought us a range of dishes, all of which were presented thoughtfully, as you'd expect in Japanese cuisine, and also very tasty in lots of different ways. We had tofu, devil's tongue, several fish dishes, some belly pork, meat balls various salads and vegetables and seaweed, and buckwheat noodles to finish - we enjoyed all of it and I felt surprisingly full at the end. I thought the bill was - while certainly not cheap - reasonable for the fact that this is the West Village and the food definitely prepared with a lot of care and served in a stylish setting. I certainly recommend EN!
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