Zenkichi: A Personal Favorite

Ah, Zenkichi. If you’re looking for an intimate setting with excellent Japanese food, attentive service (there’s a buzzer to ring your server), and amazing ambience then this is where I recommend you go during your stay in NYC. 

First off, the interior is incredible. The outside is a wooden facade. Situated next to it is the attached bar, Bar Akariba, where you can order the full a la carte menu and a wide array of sake, beer, wine, and cocktails. (Be advised it is cash only on the bar side but your check can be transferred to Zenkichi). 

When you enter it’s like an intimate “noir vibe”. Candles light the staircase up to a dining room with private tables outfitted with drop down curtains to ensure privacy. Mirrors line the dimly lit halls to give the space an incredible feel. 
I won’t ramble on for much longer about this gem of a restaurant, but I will highlight the shareable portion of udon with bonito-dashi and poached egg, the grilled rice ball with cod roe mayonnaise on top (almost broiled looking – so good!). Everything on the menu that I have tried so far has not disappointed, be it earlier in the service or close to closing. 

To sum it all up, check out the Japanese Brasserie in Williamsburg with a group or on a date – it’s sure to impress! 

7 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Open for dinner 7 days a week.

– Mon-Sat: 6pm – Midnight

(Last call 11:00pm)

– Sun: 5:30pm – 11:30pm

(Last call 10:30pm)


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