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Restaurant review: EN Japanese Brasserie - West Village, Manhattan

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435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

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CUISINE: Japanese

HOURS: Open Everyday; Lunch: Mon - Fri 12pm - 2pm,

Dinner: Fri and Sat - 5:30 to 11:30pm, Sun - Thurs 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Brunch - Sat and Sun 11:00AM - 2:30PM

SERVICE: Chivalrous, complaisant staff

ATMOSPHERE: Modern contemporary twist on traditional Japanese decor, tranquil spacious venue

RECOMMENDED: Handmade scoop soft tofu, Kyoto-style Hijiki appetizer, Black sesame ice cream

MUST ORDER: Kurobuta Kakuni

LUNCH PRICES: Appetizers $6 to $18, Entrees $15 to $32

New York City Restaurant Week Menu Available; 3 course lunch $25 & 3 course dinner $38

Owners Reika and Jesse Alexander brings Izakaya, pub style dining to the West Village of Manhattan in the name of EN Japanese Brasserie. This modern elegant, all Japanese inspired and imported d├ęcor provides the perfect ambiance of pub style folksy dining.

Start with the artisan handmade scoop soft tofu that is handmade 6 times throughout a night. The Berkshire pork belly marinated in sansho miso broth is the perfect fusion of flavors. This delicate piece of meat is slow cooked to the ideal texture of tenderness.The hint of spicy mustard adds a modern twist to a classic Japanese-Asian dish.

EN's Japanese version of Black Angus steak, Grilled Washugyu came from Lindsay Ranch, Oregon. Dipping the beef slices into the light ponzu citrus soy sauce gives the beef a refreshing tangy flavor.

Dessert order the savory and rich black sesame ice cream with light chunks of sesame apparent in every bite.

Article & Photos by: Judy C. Yang and Peshean Zhang

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