EN Japanese Brasserie

EN Japanese Brasserie

Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and Village Voice
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    • Village Voice
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    "Cod, tofu, uni don, chocolate mochi doughnuts, green tea ice cream"(13 Tips)
    Jasmine M.
    "We did the fixed menu in which the black cod was my favorite."(24 Tips)
    Emily L.
    "Definitely try the freshly made tofu and the black miso cod"(8 Tips)
    Rafi S.
    "Loved the shabu shabu salad and the toro sushi."(4 Tips)
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  • naveenheart icon on user image
    naveenDecember 13, 2011
    the tasting menu and the fried chicken are two of the most amazing things you'll order. you can't go wrong. see if you can snag one of the rooms upstairs (the couch room is so relaxing)
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    The black cod is one of the best dishes I have had. So naturally buttery and flavorful. Melts in your mouth. This dish is a must try.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The seven-course kaiseki menus are a good way to experience the whole menu, including standout dishes like the miso-marinated black cod, uni egg custard and Japanese strip loin with truffle butter. Read more
  • Dan E.heart icon on user image
    Dan EJanuary 2, 2019
    Great space for big groups. Make sure you get the saikyo miso black cod, fried chicken karaage, and some warm fresh scooped tofu. Good enough to convert non-tofu eaters.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GrayAugust 11, 2018
    We ordered ALL the Kyoto-style appetizers. These three were our favorites: Buta Bara, Kabocha, and Kinoko. The shishito peppers were almost all spicy. Hijiki was no good. Rihanna has been here.
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurOctober 31, 2014
    Resto is extremely well lit at lunch with its large windows on the corner of hudson and leroy. The lunch sets offer great value vs. the dinner menu. The sashimi set was expertly done and satisfying.
  • Blake L.heart icon on user image
    Blake LFebruary 7, 2018
    Unbelievable! Great service, tasty food & a cozy feel in a surprisingly large space. You can’t go wrong with the: Black Miso cod, Stone cooked Chicken & fresh tofu served warm!
  • emily c.heart icon on user image
    emily chenMarch 1, 2016
    Get the black truffle chawanmushi (egg custard), anything with uni, the tofu salad, and the salmon rice pot. Just trust. Reserve tatami rooms in the back for a big group.
  • Chez O.heart icon on user image
    Chez OngFebruary 27, 2017
    Delicious as expected. IWe were unsure of the ice cream sandwich dessert but really enjoyed it. If you're stuffed and want a lighter dessert that's still satisfying this is it!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "EN Japanese Brasserie is always very professionally operated. The freshly-made scooped tofu is my children’s favorite, and I agree. They do everything well." Chef Mark Ladner Read more
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole ShwirtzSeptember 9, 2014
    Some uni meals leave a lasting impression on a foodie's soul. The uni don is undoubtedly one of those rare meals. Read more about my quest for the best uni at www.urchinsurchin.com.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    The Uni Don special is very worth trying. I had never had sea urchin before, but I thought this was prepared tremendously with the roe, the wasabi and the seaweed.
  • Danwenheart icon on user image
    DanwenMarch 19, 2014
    Freshly made scooped tofu, egg with truffles (special for the night), uni don, uni roll, washugyu, sake flight, Black Sea bass... Everything is so delicious!!!
  • FINVOGUEheart icon on user image
    FINVOGUEAugust 26, 2016
    When in NY, I must have EN's salmon rice bowl. Rice is cooked with salmon for 40 min. It's come with roe & shredded shiso. It's insanely simple but tragically delicious. Cheaper option: garlic rice.
  • Elio A.
    Elio ArteseMarch 15, 2015
    The space is really cool: high ceilings, cozy furniture and no music (shocker!). The food was really good: we tried the fried tofu and it was mind blowing. Then salmon rice and another tofu salad.
  • Isa S.heart icon on user image
    Isa SierraJuly 10, 2018
    One of my fave Japanese spots in town. The tofu is amazing, as well as all the food options. Great price/value.
  • Scott I.heart icon on user image
    Scott InglesFebruary 16, 2020
    The house-made tofu is essential - for $10 you get rice, miso, pickles, tofu, and salad added to any dish. The konnyaku is the best vegan sashimi you'll ever try.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJuly 14, 2012
    Got Tofu? Yaki Shabu (thinly sliced washugyu short rib cooked table-side on a hot stone) Got Specials? Monthly “fish heads, eel bones & beerdinners, chef Abe serves a menu of crave-worthy dishes Read more
  • Mika T.
    Mika TakahashiMarch 1, 2015
    Most beautiful space I've seen for a Japanese restaurant in the city. It's spacious and has high ceilings. The brunch menu is amazing I would recommend the sake teishoku (salmon).
  • Annie L.
    Annie LuOctober 12, 2012
    Order the fresh tofu appetizer the second you sit down as there'll be a wait. Get the fried chicken and shabu shabu salad to start, then uni don, miso cod, and pork belly. Go big or go home, right?
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Amazing cocktails. I really loved the Local Honey (made with Nikka Coffey grain whiskey, local honey with wasabi, Beefeater gin and bee pollen.
  • Eheart icon on user image
    EMarch 18, 2015
    Love the decor - modern Japanese. Great drink selection! Try to sit in front of Chef Abe. Homemade tofu dishes is a must! Great for dates or corporate lunch/dinners.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynSeptember 8, 2015
    Try the Steak & Egg - USDA prime rib eye and a garlic shoyu egg served on a hot stone with mizuna and watercress salad and steamed white rice (via @Foodspotting)
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerNovember 25, 2016
    THE FRESH TOFU. everything is great here but the the tofu (made fresh hourly) is the thing i have dreams about.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Executive chef Koji Nakan cooks some of the most refined Japanese food in the city, taking humble izakaya dishes and turning them into something you won't mind shelling out serious cash for. Read more
  • Krystel A.
    Krystel AbimeriNovember 24, 2013
    From the wild discovery of ginko beans to the cod that melts in your mouth, last but not least, the exquisite chesnut panna cota...an awakening of all senses. I shall come back in 2 months.
  • Ann L.heart icon on user image
    Ann LApril 29, 2016
    The place is very spacious and I love the atmosphere there. Food are authentic and fresh. Highly recommend the Sparkling Yuzu!
  • Vic Z.heart icon on user image
    Vic ZaudDecember 5, 2014
    Everything is great, but in particular, the house made (hourly) fresh tofu, and the fried chicken (which comes with tofu).
  • Alyssa B.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa B.January 17, 2022
    Black miso cod. The Bento set during weekend brunch is a good deal.
  • Nancerellaheart icon on user image
    NancerellaJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    This is truly one of my favorite place in Manhattan... If you go, you MUST order the home made tofu (warm version) and Salmon Rice pot!!! Amazing!!!!
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonAugust 23, 2015
    Skip the sushi and share a few traditional Japanese dishes instead--the freshly scooped tofu is not to miss and the rice pots are great too.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedApril 28, 2012
    Some of the best cocktails I've had in the city. Small selection but they squeeze all their own ingredients. Food also solid. Loved the shabu shabu salad and the toro sushi. Avoid the fried chicken.
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WonMay 11, 2015
    Great for vegetarian, home made tofu made in hourly batches is a must. Sit at the sushi bar over all other spots. This place leads tofu in NYC.
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesOctober 14, 2022
    Save room for this mochi filled cookies… also yes the cod is out of this world
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the freshly made scooped tofu; a delicate, silken dish with a nutty flavor. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Stu C.heart icon on user image
    Stu CampbellAugust 11, 2012
    The Uni Soba, a cold noodle soup with plenty of sea urchin and salmon roe, is delicious: makes you feel like a whale shark tasting the ocean.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    For dessert, try the ice cream sandwich made with green tea ice cream and red bean paste. So amazing.
  • Susan J C.
    Susan J CampbellNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    What we loved: the organic chicken, tuna avocado salad, Wagyu beef, snow crab roll, vegetable tempura: not as much, the fried chicken, the soba noodles
  • Stacey
    StaceyFebruary 4, 2015
    Love, love, love it! FYI: it's getting difficult to get a reservation. If you want to go, make your decision a week before you're actually ready to eat!
  • Ailie C.heart icon on user image
    Ailie ChangJanuary 26, 2015
    Love the ambiance! Nice pricey date spot. Start off with Crab Miso Soup. Get the Kuroge Washugyu Taki Shabu. And get their Yuzu cocktail.
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuAugust 23, 2014
    Everything! We got one of the pre fixe style meals that had 5-6 courses and a sake pairing. The miso grilled cod was my favorite.
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiJanuary 8, 2015
    Gorgeous interior and all food beautifully cooked. Worth the price. Must try the warm house tofu!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Definitely try the Buta Bara To Renkon No Kinpira (shoyu-braised thinly sliced pork belly & lotus root).
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This is fantastic place if looking for fret Japanese food away from usual "scene." Of particular note is enthusiasm for sake - show any interest and you'll be taken for full tasting tour.
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽March 1, 2014
    The house infused coffee shochu on the rocks is absolutely to die for; new favorite coffee cocktail...
  • Brandvirtuoso A.
    The best crab miso ever! And the freshly scooped tofu is do fresh and delicious. A romantic date spot. Just close your eyes to all the tourists!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    The agedashi tofu here is made in-house, and is some of the best in NYC. Don't leave without trying the black sesame ice cream either.
  • Andy T.heart icon on user image
    Andy TaoOctober 16, 2015
    Egg custard with truffle, pot rice, crispy fried rice, and black cod. Get everything!
  • Grace K.
    Grace KwanAugust 15, 2016
    Great place for a classy meal. A la carte beats prix fixe. Get the sashimi rib special if it's available.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 22, 2015
    Try the Uni tasting - From Peru, Santa Barbara, Maine and Japan. Very distinctive and delicious. (via @Foodspotting)
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