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“Go for the prix fixe”

EN Japanese Brasserie
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Ranked #1,596 of 13,754 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: Leroy Street
Transit: The Varick street station (1,9) located at west Houston and 7th ave, is the closest train to EN Japanese Brasserie. From the station walk one block west to Hudson Street, turn right, and then walk two blocks north to leroy st. - the west 4th street station (A, C, E, F, D or V) is the next closest station. From the station walk west from 6th ave.
Arlington, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Go for the prix fixe”
Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

While it's not true of every restaurant in New York City, the Big Apple has more than its fair share of places that turn out superlative food as a matter of course. EN Japanese Bistro is one of those places.

I was lucky enough to join two good friends at EN on a Saturday evening in August.

The space is magnificent, very high ceilings and wonderful carvings in wood and the hospitality was generous and patient.

While the restaurant offers dishes a la carte, but we went with the six course prix fixe menu and found it fantastic.

First, it took a lot indecision and stress out of the meal to let the restaurant decide which dishes to showcase and in what order.

Second, being on the prix fixe gave the meal a very relaxed and easy pace and, third, the prix fixe menu let us get up from the meal feeling satisfied but not stuffed.

Now, the prix fixe is not inexpensive. Without alcohol it's $65 per person. And it takes time. We sat down at 8:45 and got up to leave at 11:30. But it was a memorable tour de force of delicious Japanese cuisine that we all felt glad we had the chance to have the experience.

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new york city
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Modern, healthy, minimal Japanese cuisine”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

1st time I can say I enjoyed a very original preparation of tofu!
Seems to be a signature appetizer of this American outpost of a Japanese signature restaurant, well known to the Japanese.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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“Absolutely stunning japanese food in a high-class setting”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

First of all I'll start by saying that I'm married to a Japanese woman, and have spent countless trips to Japan in the last 10 years. As a result my expectations on Japanese food outside Japan is usually pretty low.

I was proven wrong.

I was there with a few friends. We ordered a selection of their dishes: agedashi tofu (fried tofu), sushi rolls with sea urchin, cod "nobu style", vegetables with natto, the home made tofu, vegetable tempura, etc.

Out of the ~10 dishes we ordered, 9 were excellent.
The only disappointment was the karaage (fried chicken), which was surprisingly dry and salty, and clearly well below the standard of the place.

On other points, the service was good (nothing special), and the drinks of good quality.

Of course, there's a price for this quality, but I think it's worth it.
bill for 4 ppl, 10 dishes, several beers and a bottle of sake: 400 USD (with tips)

  • Visited June 2014
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Annemasse, France
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“For top-notch Japanese fare beyond sushi”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

We enjoyed every single dish last night, the fresh tofu made hourly, the asari clams, the O-Banzai kyoto style appetizers, the Karei Age fried flounder with ponzu sauce. The desserts, too. Our very un usual shochu (a 25 percent alcohol spirit served on the rocks) was tasty but I would not especially recommend it. (Gyokuro) There are many many sakés to choose from. Service very professional and kind. We came at 630 thus we the first clients and everything was served very very fast, not necessary, but we understand. Very attractive decor. A few private rooms available.
500 for 6 people witgh the expensive bottle of shochu (74) tax and tip

  • Visited June 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Very good food”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This restaurant is trendy with high ceiling, large space, nice decoration, very good food. We had kaiseki, they were served in very small portions but you would end up not hungry. The brown dish (not sure what it was but kind of vegetable) in the first 3 was fantastic; the sashimi pieces were so fresh and delicious; the black cod and chicken were outstanding. I heard they are famous for their tofu, but the tofu was okay to me, maybe because i'm not a fan of tofu. The black cod was the top notch of our dinner. It's pricey but it's worth the money.

  • Visited May 2014
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