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25 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7836
+1 212-254-6363
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18:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 18:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 04:00
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Baltimore
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936 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Kenka serves up some pretty terrible food, especially when compared to restaurants within the East Village area. The long lines are definitely not worth it, unless all you're doing is drinking here. In that case, the beer options are a great value.

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Thank Tunaidi
Levittown, New York
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I've been coming to Kenka for years and it's always an interesting and enjoyable experience. The decor is... interesting. Part industrial, part 60s yakuza film chic. Outside is the traditional tanuki (this one with glowing red eyes) and the cotton candy machine that will become important later. Once you get inside, you have a loud, crazy space. This is not... More 

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Thank ravnwing
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Very fun izakaya experience. If you're looking for a good, cheap meal in a fun space with lots of wacky things on the walls, then please check out Kenka. We ordered tons of food and our bill was only around $50. The service and food were both good, and it was a really fun experience. Definitely worth checking out if... More 

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Curridabat, Costa Rica
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Last summer a friend took me to Kenka as a surprise due to my visit... and what a wonderful one! The place is great, all decorated with cool Japanese stuff and the food is amazing! The menu is simple but delicious and the size of the portions is perfect. At the end you receive a small cup with some candy... More 

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Thank stephko11
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by our hotel concierge, as somewhere she went regularly. This is totally different to any other NYC restaurant I have been to before. It seems like a very authentic Japanese restaurant. The menu is awesome and food is so good. This place takes some getting used to, there's lots going on but it's somewhere... More 

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Thank ChrisGW-London
Paris, France
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79 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

This is a fun place, with a very ironic decoration inspired to Japanese gangsters and Japanese porn, but has a very authentic Izakaya food (appetizers that accompany drinking sake or else). And at a very accessible price. If you do not mind fat pork, I recommend the kakuni. I enjoyed also the fish cheek grilled after being marinated in miso,... More 

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Thank Stefano O
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Dinner in East Village. This place is pretty unique - because the sign is in Japanese. The restaurant lay out is very japanese movie/ street-style, e.g. pictures of japanese actors and actresses, japanese video games, etc... Even the menu is fun and interesting (the first few pages are only pictures of japanese alcohol). Food is delicious and cheap. I can... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015 via mobile

The hostess decided to have my party of 5 wait for over an 1-1/2 for a table . Kept trying to skip us, despite us putting our name down on her list multiple times. Wouldn't bring a manager. Gave us a different excuse each time. "Card machine out of order, kitchen full, 20% added to bill, manager doesn't speak english,... More 

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Thank Latice S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Well if you are trying to impress your futures in laws with some nice Japanese food, think again. Awesome food but weird place ! ..... Good thing we were average sized individuals , heavy duty people will have serious issues at the tables. Then again Japanese people are tiny. Overall cool and weird atmosphere . Good beer prices. Oh and... More 

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Thank Paquita27
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

Well... Kenka was an interesting experience, a little to much porn for a place to eat! Staff were extremely rude to the point of ignoring half of us and delivered food to the wrong table, one girl in our group didn't even get any food she ordered! The Staff then had the cheek of trying to over charge us, dumped... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 02:00
Monday
18:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 02:00
Thursday
18:00 - 02:00
Friday
18:00 - 04:00
Saturday
18:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7836
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-254-6363

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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East Village
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