Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Zenkichi
77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.718919 -73.960855
Sushi restaurants tend not to be romantic. It would be closer to the truth to say that they are closer in spirit to operating rooms. But Zenkichi is a rare exception, a Williamsburg sushi restaurant of very fine quality which is, a the same time, one of the most romantic settings to be found in the city -- a perfect place for a date, especially given how easily good sake goes down and how un-filling great sushi is.
wow! – this place is so cool...you walk in and it's like a maze of dim light and bamboo and mirrors...we got a private booth with a button to press to summon our waiter...really unusual and delicious Japanese food (no sushi)...
really romantic and exotic.
My favorite restaurant ever! – I took my boyfriend here a few weeks ago for a surprise celebration dinner. I was worried he would not find anything to eat considering he is a pretty plain guy. He not only found something to eat, but also agreed that it was one on the best and coolest restaurants he has ever been to! The private booths, excellent and quick service, food, saki and beer selections-what else could you ask for? You must go, it'll be an experience you won't forget!
Don't expect much – I was taken there by a friend of mine, he praised this place a lot due to reviews, 5 star??? come on !!! regular place with regular food. If I were you I wouldnt expect much.
Great dining experience – This place is great for a date or a group. Ambiance and food is very good, it's reasonably priced for a nicer dining experience. Had the Omakase for two last night. Stand outs were the Maguro and Snapper carpaccio, the tiger prawn with daikon! so good!, and the black sesame mousse. Flavors of dishes are subtle which may turn off a few. We opted for the rock fish instead of the tsukune chicken which I regretted. I would recommend ordering something off of the a la carte menu in addition to Omakase, we were still a little bit hungry. Wednesday night was a great night to go as it wasn't very crowded and they were able to accomodate us without a reservation. Prompt and friendly service. You may not be totally wowed by the food but overall it's a nice experience. Another neighborhood gem of the same vein is Bozu on Grand St. Sushi options there as well. It's a little less 007, though.
Pretty Disappointing – I took my boyfriend here for a romantic dinner one night after reading all the great reviews of both the food and the atmosphere. We opted to order about 5-6 dishes to share and I wasn't very impressed with any of it The pork belly was so fatty that there were maybe three bites of actual meat in the dish. The black cod (which I was so excited to order because so many people had raved about it) was slimy, off-tasting, and undercooked. The salted chicken was very tasty but dry- if I want dry chicken, then I'll just stay home and cook it myself! And everything smelt and tasted overwhelmingly fishy. Not a problem when you're eating fish, but fishy pork belly? Fishy creme brulee? No thanks.
And to top it all off, the atmosphere did not live up to our expectations at all! We were crammed in a tiny two-person booth that was extremely uncomfortable and for some reason freezing cold. I don't know where other people have been seated that is so romantic and private, but there's no way any hanky-panky could have occurred in our booth. We were just inches away from another couple and our screen was almost entirely see-through.
All in all, a very disappointing experience. Not worth traveling from UWS to Brooklyn for, that's for sure.
Great evening overall – We were a party of 4 and we went into our own "private" booth with a curtain and a buzzer to call your waiter when ready to order. Authentic environment with dark wood and bamboo everywhere.
The food was delicious - though the pork dish recommended was not our favorite. The Cod was amazing as well as the chicken wings.
Just a great unique experinece overall.
Outstanding, across the board. – I found Zenkichi on Citysearch after a fairly exhaustive search, decided that would be the place for putting my best Valentine's Day foot forward, and hoped it would prove the ideal romantic spot to take my special lady.
The entire experience was simply superb. The ambience, the decor, the service, the food, the drink.
We had the Valentine's Day Omakase. I'm not exactly a newbie to Japanese cuisine, but the entire sequence of dishes was beyond great. The miso soup (with carrots cut into heart shapes...awww) we agreed was the best we'd had; tuna sashimi with the first selection melted in our mouths; the scallops w/mushrooms was a unique but welcome newcomer to our palates; the tempura sea urchin was reminiscent of every delicious piece of fried anything I've ever had; the king crab knocked her socks off; and for dessert the whipped cheesecake & chocolate torte & (somehow, summer fresh) strawberries w/whipped cream were some of the items that stood out to us as we rehashed the experience over the rest of the weekend.
We had bottle of the "Demon Slayer" sake with our meal; it was the best sake I've ever tasted, even at that little underground place on 40-somethingth St. in Manhattan. It was recommended by one of the very gracious servers, and it was a great one. We relished every drop of the bottle.
I'm gushing, but I'm seriously, my date was beside herself by the time we left. She'd come from out of town, back where the seafood is not nearly as fresh as the pork chops and corn on the cob, so I really wanted to show her something special, and Zenkichi helped me knock it out of the park. It was definitely the most I've ever dropped on dinner for two, but it was an experience that she and I will never forget, and thus worth every penny...
Amazing food – The food here is great. We got the prix fixe menu. and everything we got just melted in our mouths. the desert, it was a chocolate sesame mousse was so good we ordered another one. the waitstaff are very responsive and helpful. it's nice eating in a semi-private space, u really concentrate on your company and the food. And the food lived up to our concentration. Love it!
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!! – This is not a review based on the food, service, or decor, however, I believe that people should hear what I have to say about this restaurant. I read a few positive reviews and decided to make a reservation for Valentines Day. The hostess on the phone informed me that a reservation cannot be made because "the manager is out of town and will return the call to make a reservation". I found this to be odd and fishy. Afterall, it doesn't take a manager or the restaurants owner to make a reservation. How many times can you remember where you called to make a reservation and needed to speak to the manager in order to do this? Probably, never. Anyway, I waited for two weeks and the manager never called me back (I wasn't surprised) because I didn't honestly believe the "manager story" anyway. I began to wonder whether this restaurant was worth it -- perhaps I should have called someone else to make a reservation but decided to give it a second try anyway. This time, I was given another story -- but it did two things. #1, it gave the truth and #2, it proved that the "manager story" was indeed bogus. This time I was told by the hostess on the phone that "priority is given to customers who have eaten in the restaurant before and left their email addresses". So basically, whoever ate their before and left their email address would be contacted and if any remaining seats existed, it would go to first time customers. I found this to be ridiculous. I'm sorry Zinkichi but you havent earned the all-star reputation to offer priority seating for past clients. I have been to all of the well-known restaurants in NY -- Water Club, Sea Grill, One if by Land two if by Sea, Peter Lugors, and many many others. None of them offer priority to existing customers. There are zillions of amazing restaurants in NY and Zinkichi doesn't deserve the business from people they think don't deserve their food.
A really unique romantic experience! – My husband surprised me by taking me here last night. We live nowhere near here but he insisted we had to drive to Williamsburg to this secret spot. Turns out it is a midnight jungle with bordello-like nooks and crannies and curtains that guarantee every seating is its own hideaway. As for the food, I was surprised how good it was. I normally eat sushi and sashimi when I do Japanese, so I'm a little rusty with yakitori (most closely translated as Japanese bar food). The editorial review that says 4 or 5 dishes is enough for 2 is wrong. We were only full after sharing 8 dishes between us (full disclosure- we were very hungry and I have a healthy appetite). Obviously, YMWV. The really great dishes included the tuna carpaccio, eel and cream cheese tempura, eggplant, pork kakuni, and salmon in dashi broth. The dishes that were less than spectacular were the black cod (overwhelmingly salty), tofu with scallops (completely bland), and mushrooms in bechamel sauce ( a little less bland than the tofu). We were very sad when we were too full for dessert, but we are definitely going back to try out the other dishes. The total bill was a reasonable $85 w/o sake.
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