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25 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7836
+1 212-254-6363
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good30%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“cotton candy” (7 reviews)
“grilled squid” (2 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian
25 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7836
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I've been living in ny for a couple of months and I have to tell you this was my best surprise so far :) We had a good meal for a reasonable price, the ambiance is very interesting and adds a lot of character to...More

Thank Natasha C
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Been a few months since I visited this upbeat place near NYU campus and boy! I was throughly pleased. The menu is elaborate, service is quick and food is eccentric, exciting and packed with a punch. While sticking to some conventions, Khemka also offers adventurous...More

Thank sukhmanis2017
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Really awesome authentic Japanese restaurant! From the menu, the chooses, the ingredients and the setting. Small portions and cheap prices make this dining experience very fun! Very real place not the "fancy" typical Japanese decor we're used to. Good for a small group of people...More

Thank Katia-spera
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...More

Thank Curt H
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
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...More

Thank ravnwing
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank brulesrules2014
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...More

1  Thank ChrisGW-London
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...More

Thank Stefano O
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...More

Thank T D
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$ 20
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
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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