Restaurants, Japanese Williamsburg
4 out of 5 stars

Noirish lighting, narrow passageways lined by trompe l’oeil mirrors that turn a small bamboo garden into a forest, seemingly endless twists and turns—you’re right to wonder just where you’re headed when the host at Zenkichi leads you to your table. Fortunately, the quixotic journey, which begins at a concealed entrance, has a happy ending. The destination is a private booth—complete with tatami shades—that is your intimate dining alcove. When you’re ready to choose from the sake and small-plate izakaya (that’s Japanese pub grub) menus, simply press a button at the edge of the table. It summons the server, who promptly appears as if from out of the ether. The whole experience is confounding, in a good way, and in perhaps the most surprising twist, the transporting setting doesn’t outshine the equally enchanting food.


Venue name: Zenkichi
Address: 77 North 6th St
Cross street: at Wythe Ave
Opening hours: Wed–Sat 6pm–midnight; Sun 5:30–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Average small plate: $9. MC, V
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