Where to Eat Right Now: Zenkichi

22 Apr

Japanese Eggplant

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.

Grilled Salmon

Chocolate Walnut Pudding

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