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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Zenkichi - Japanese Brasserie

I was recently invited to dinner in Williamsburg and given the choice between Thai at Sea or "dope" Japanese Brasserie. I chose the latter; I was really curious to know what a dope Japanese brasserie was. I took the L train to Bedford and some blocks later we came to bamboo lined walls marked only with a 77.

We walked in and were greeted by a slightly awkward hostess who called our waitress to accompany us  down a fabulous, dimly lit, bamboo lined, stone walk way to our semi-private two person L-shaped dining booth.  

We were presented with menus and the waitress rolled down our bamboo shade and disappeared. A buzzer button was in the corner for us to summon our waitress to take our order. The menu consists of the Chef's Tasting Omakase Menu or an A La Carte Menu. It also has an extensive Sake Menu. My dining companion was reluctant to go for the Omakase so we opted for the a la carte menu.

The menu consists of sharing plates of which we ordered:
  • Bottle of Sake
  • Chilled Edamame
  • Zenkicihi Salad
  • Washugyu Beef Tataki
  • Tuna Sashimi
  • Rocksalt Jidori Chicken
Everything was delicious.  If you have been meaning to get to Williamsburg Zenkichi is a great excuse. The place feels authentic and romantic because of a fantastic lighting scheme. I am definitely going to return for the Omakase menu and instead of arriving by subway I will arrive via the East River Ferry.

77 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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