Traditional cuisine offers a delicious way to encounter some of the basic foundations of other cultures and lick them without fear of reprisal. Introduce your mouth to foreign fare with today's deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Japanese cuisine at EN Japanese Brasserie, located in the West Village.
EN's izakaya dining brings the tapas-style menus of rustic Japan 119º14' around the globular orb to NYC, featuring undeniably fresh ingredients such as authentic wagyu beef from Kagoshima, live eels from Shizuoka, and house-made tofu and sauces. Appoint your face ambassador to Kyoto with an o-banzai appetizer of buta bara to renkon no kinpira, braised, thin-sliced pork belly with lotus root ($6, or $15 for three). Bean fanatics will frolic with delight among the hills of EN's handmade tofu, pressed nightly in-house; try the goma dofu age dashi for confirmation (sesame-seasoned tofu lightly fried in savory, house-made dashi broth with a variety of Japanese mushrooms, $13). Fish gets no fresher than EN's unagino shirayaki, eel flown from Japan daily and grilled in traditional fashion ($30). For fare that flies itself, opt for a sautéed Hudson valley duck breast, crisped to crispiness and served with grated daikon in ponzu sauce ($22), or enhance a dining experience with the interactive kuroge washugyu yaki shabu, thinly sliced Japanese Black Angus short ribs served with a hot stone for grilling ($35).
EN's chic, modern interior preserves the casual dining atmosphere of its izakaya roots while adding an upscale, modern Tokyo twist. The high ceilings and oversized windows vault diners into a cathedral of flavors, while minimalist cinderblock walls reveal recessed panels of intricately carved Japanese woodworking. Tables are tucked away in intimate corners and lined up with walls, while the communal dining counters and long dining bar made of Japanese pine act as the centerpiece of the culinary picture.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only. Reservations are required.
- All the tofu I sampled was good, but the most interesting was the yuba sashimi, composed of cool, milky strips of freshly made yuba compressed into squares and served with a mound of shaved radish and a single shiso leaf. – Adam Platt, New York
- Really great Japanese with an airy atmosphere, excellent and extensive sake list – RC1493916, Zagat
- They had "eel" on the menu and the waitress claimed it is flown in daily from Japan. I asked if it was flown here alive or frozen. She went back to the kitchen, and brought out a foot long, living, slimy, eel and let us touch it. It was pretty incredible. 10 minutes later we were eating it, and it was the best eel I've ever had – Steve M., Yelp
- The seabass was delicious and the garlic fried rice to die for. Also a great list of sake. I enjoyed our time at this restaurant and plan on returning. – An OpenTable user who dined on 6/3/2010