I visited Zenkichi, the inconspicuous Williamsburg spot with no signage, and was impressed immediately. I waited for my friends in the gorgeous bamboo-covered waiting room that smelled like flowers… or fruit… or both. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I was into it. My group was seated upstairs in a candlelit wooden booth enclosed with a little curtain. I didn’t go there on a date, but next time I will because it was just that romantic.
So when you go after you read this, drink. sake. The extensive sake menu is a little overwhelming, but it’s categorized by the flavor that you’re looking for, which makes the choice a little easier. I wanted to order one of everything, but held back choosing a few items off the ala carte menu, including the Zenkichi Salad, the grilled Japanese eggplant, and the Grilled Fish of the Day, which was a salmon. I also tasted some of my friends’ picks, and highly recommend the Grilled Miso Oysters and the Potato Mochi. We finished with a walnut chocolate pudding, which was a little bit like the consistency of ice cream, except not as cold. (Does that make sense?)
Ok, so go make your reservation already. You’ll love it.