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“Long wait to get a table, but it only gets better after that”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Kenka

Kenka
Ranked #3,147 of 13,554 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: East Village
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Long wait to get a table, but it only gets better after that”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2011

Young noisy and cheerful crowds, cheap food that is not bad, dirt cheap draught beer, party atmosphere, a people watching paradise. Just don't have any high expectations of this non-typical japanese restaurant that does not serve sushi.

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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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“Cheap Izakaya. Good for students.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2010

Cheap Izakaya.
Good for students.

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London, United Kingdom
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“ok food, crazy atmosphere, cheap for nyc”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2009

I went to Kenka with a friend on a Monday evening, and the place was packed. We sat at one of the big communal tables, which was pretty uncomfortable with staff squeezing past us to the bar and nowhere to put our stuff. But it all added to the crazy atmosphere.

A very young and noisy crowd - didn't spot anyone who looked over 30! Probably due to the supercheap beer at $1.50. Loud music, horribly distorted through very old 'megaphone' type speakers. not the place to go for a quiet rendezvous!

The whole place is completely chaotic, and this also applies to the menu, which is almost impossible to navigate. But this all adds to the fun. There's also a rather alarming set of rules on the back of the menu, including 'no fighting, no sex, no vomiting (or pay a fine), no graffiti except in Japanese'

The decor is quite bizarre. Lots to look at, mainly old-fashioned Japanese porn. There is a little terrace area out the back for smoking. The toilet signs are in Japanese so you have to make sure you know which is which!

The food was ok, nothing spectacular but v good value for money. Not a huge amount of choice for vegetarians though. Service was a bit hit and miss but ok.

At the end of the meal they give you a little cup of pink sugar to make your own candyfloss in their machine outside, which is a nice touch.

A great place to have some cheap food and drink with a noisy bunch of friends, just be prepared to wait!

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Rome, Italy
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“Nice atmosphere, food was ok, fair price. I had the luck to go there on a very quite Thursday, since apparently can get...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2009

Nice atmosphere, food was ok, fair price. I had the luck to go there on a very quite Thursday, since apparently can get very very busy during the week end

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“the atmosphere is really...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2009

the atmosphere is really cute.

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