They don’t serve sushi, and there’s no sitting at the counter to watch the chef work his magic. Instead, Zenkichi—a "modern Japanese brasserie"—serves small plates to the fashionable crowd in Williamsburg. Not that you get to see who else is eating; every party gets a private table hidden behind dark wood and red fabric or woven bamboo screens. Instrumental jazz plays in the background, while ultrapolite servers pop in to offer you the next course from either the eight-course omakase tasting menu or the à la carte options. It's unlikely you’ve tasted these Tokyo-style flavor combos before unless you’ve actually been to Tokyo (Camembert and shrimp corn tempura, anyone?). It’s all a bit mysterious, somewhat sexy and not that easy to find: Look for the unmarked wooden door near the end of 6th Street.

sweet seats

All tables are private and secluded behind bamboo or curtains. Couples get the small compartments; groups of up to 15 are ushered into larger ones.

chew on this

Now this is fun: You can press a button at one end of the table to summon your server.


Wed.–Sat. 6 PM–12 midnight; Sun. 5:30 PM–11:30 PM
closed Mon.–Tues.

price range

$9.50 (grilled chicken) to $48 (eight-course tasting menu)