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25 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7836
+1 212-254-6363
18:00 - 04:00
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Sun - Thu 18:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 04:00
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Kenka is a cool and popular place with an authentic Japanese atmosphere and delicious Izakaya fare! Their sakes are wonderful too! Service is fast and friendly, and the place gets packed really fast! Get your name on the waitlist and be sure your entire party is present when they call your name (otherwise you won't be seated). The cotton candy... More 

Thank Curt H
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971 reviews
728 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 322 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.

Thank Tunaidi
Levittown, New York
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

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 

Thank brulesrules2014
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 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 

Thank ChrisGW-London
Paris, France
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80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

Thank Stefano O
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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175 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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 

Thank T D
1 review
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 

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 

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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 04:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village, which offers plenty of unique small businesses catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to wander up and down the streets searching for the newest hip spot, or an old-school favorite. In the center of the neighbourhood, Tompkins Square Park serves as a gathering point for the New Yorkers that call the East Village home. The people-watching here is hard to beat.
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