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Posted by Anonymous on 11/19/2011
I have been to this restaurant several times. We usually get the Omakase the couple of times we have not, there was definitely some difficulty with volume. Servings are very small. But very tasty. Tako Wasabi: spicy raw octopus, my favorite! I feel like their miso is a little dense and their miso dishes suffer for it. But, my companion loves them. He also loves the Seafood Gratin. Seems more like a baked seafood mayo spread to me. Not a fan. But, their fish is always fresh and perfectly cooked. Fantastic Sake selection. Very little sushi which is disappointing. We love the intimate seating. The service just can't be beat. You never flag anyone down just push the button and the server appears. It is very expensive for not a lot of product but, the combination of the atmosphere, terrific service and quality make up for that. Worth experiencing at least once.
Posted by Jei on 05/10/2009
Took my boyfriend here for his 23 birthday. Loved the intimacy of the booths. We both ordered omakase (which is seasonal, so try to find out what's being served before you go). Delicious, well presented and prepared. Staff was friendly but respected our privacy. Recommended for a romantic, very intimate evening (don't go if you're uncomfortable staring at only your partner lol). Expensive but worth it if you understand and can discern quality food.
Posted by NYC Gal on 03/25/2009
Honestly? I am not sure what the hype is all about. Small portions, chicken felt half cooked, and a claustrophobic felling over all (booths are separated by curtains). We spent 3 hours there, and left hungry. Stopped to get some takeout on our way back. Overpriced too. If you are looking for an intimate evening in Williamsburg there are plenty of other, much better options.
Posted by Cormingio on 03/14/2009
I took my special eggy mcmuffin here for a spontaneous romantic dinner last weekend and we were both pleasantly surprised overall. The business has slowed down and so no reseveration was required. The atmosphere is pleasant and nicely lit but don't believe the hype about how "private" it is unless you consider a rickety window blind sufficient and because although you may not be able to see your fellow diners, you can certainly hear them. The tasting menu seems the way to go and was actually worth the 48 per person price tag. A variety of interesting and tasty dishes well presented and thought out. I would certainly recommend this unique experience for couples seeking a special night out but not the kind of place you would visit more than once a year... unless you are really into ninja lairs.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/09/2008
My boyfriend and I dined at Zenkichi for our anniversary, and it was amazing from the moment we stepped in the door. Even the waiting room set a zen-like ambience, and when we followed the host to our table it was like going through an elegant maze of stairs and black slatted wood (I'd have to agree with the other poster about the "ninja-lair" feel). A semi-opaque curtain closes you off from other diners and makes your space more intimate, and you can call the attentive and sweet waitresses with the press of a button. And the food, of course, was excellent. Our anniversary falls around Valentine's Day, so we ordered the special v-day tasting menu. It's definitely not cheap at $120 for 2 people, but I'd recommend it for a special night. The dishes were small but numerous and full of bold flavors. We were both stuffed, and we left feeling like we had not only 5-star food but an amazingly romantic time together as well.
Posted by Ciara on 04/07/2008
This restaurant has on eof the best decors I have ever seen, very nice place to take a date and very private. When we first got there my boyfriend and I were really excited until we got a glimpse of the very small menu. We ordered our food and it came out very quick but the food wasn't that great at all, in our eyes not worth the money. We both were very disappointed in the meal, think this restaurant would be a great place if they revamped the menu a bit.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2007
My wife and I decided to go to this restaurant after we saw some reviews. The atmosphere and our waitress was really good. Very private in a box seat, kind of like a secret hideout. Great selection of sake. However, I was totally disappointed by the food. We ordered a bunch of appetizers. They were really small and over priced. They were nothing special compared to other Japanese restaurant in the city. I remebered that I ordered Green Tea soba noodle at the end. Too sweet. I had one bite and sip the soup.