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“Sophisticated Japanese Dining”

EN Japanese Brasserie
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Ranked #1,750 of 14,396 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 7 December 2013

En Brasserie is a stalwart in the West Village whose facade has been unfairly obscured by scaffolding for a very long time. Getting past that, however, is more than worth it. This is a large space that manages to create multiple dining moments, from high tables in the bar near the front door, to a low bar around the open chefs kitchen, to tables. The ceilings are soaring but sensitive decor balance that for a truly delightful ambiance.

Food is served for sharing and the presentation is especially beautiful, even measured against typical Japanese standards.

Of course, the food matters even more, and meets the high standards of the decor. The Black Cod with miso was exceptional, though fish is cooked "rare," which should be factored into selections for diners who prefer fish cooked through. The Wagyu beef was exceptional, served in slender slices so tender they barely required chewing. The grilled chicken is served on a sizzling plate that filled the table with delicious aromas that encouraged appetites.

While not a sushi restaurant, per se, En Brasserie offers a well-prepared selection with truly fresh fish as sushi, sashimi or in rolls.

When available, try the salmon shoulder, flown in from Japan. It's a flavorful cut of fish not generally available in other restaurants.

The wine list is smallish but well selected.

Service was a little overly-attentive; staff repeatedly interrupted conversation to ask if they could clear plates. It became annoying.

En Brasserie isn't inexpensive; with drinks, wine and tips,more than $100 per person.

Reservations well in advance absolutely necessary.

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Thank Rosemary-NY
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

I loved this restaurant. It is slick and stylish while not being too formal. They also thought the place was too snobbish. To me, their Salmon & Tuna sashimis were excellent. They had fresh sea urchin sushi, which to me is an important part of any serious sushi experience. I also remember I loved a the fern salad. My friends didn't really like the atmosphere or the crab soup, which they say spoiled their appetite. That soup didn't appeal to me and I didn't taste it, so I can't comment.

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Thank Uberfluss
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

I was kind of floored by the size of the space, provided the neighborhood. It's over-the-top modern by design, but the sashimi was incredible and my friends all enjoyed what they ordered.

Thank Alex H
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Great personalized experience in the on elf the tatami room. We celebrated a friend's special birthday with great drinks and food. Tasting menu's are amazing!!

1  Thank CWS350
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

En Japanese Brasserie probably be one of the best Japanese restaurant I've been to. Enviroment is awsome, high ceiling, spacial space. Above all, food is really wonderful. Fresh sashima, variety sake selection and all sorts of other taste dishes. Love there tofu the best, homemade, served fresh, with specialize dipping, you will never forget the taste.

Have a private time with your other part, one will never regret the visit and taste.

Thank pegasusfym
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