Love this place. The falafel sandwich has a bit too much cabbage for my taste so ask for it without or get the bomb diggity - Mixed Falafel Platter with a whole wheat pita. It comes with a sampling of all of their falafel flavors and 2 types of amazing sauce. This is one of my favorite things. If you have 2 people in your party, get one platter and order 1 extra pita (it's a bit much for 1 person), and enjoy!
When reflecting back at my first En JP Brasserie experience, the word which comes to mind is 'surprising'. I was first shocked by the quality of the sushi which was very fresh and I had to order more after 'testing the waters' as I often do. The second shocker of the evening was how much food comes with the set meal. Holy moly! We were both stuffed and in fact, it's probably the only time I would say it was too much food for a Prix fixe. The final shock of the evening came when the bill arrived. I think it was around $280 for 2 people. I don't mind spending when I expect it, but in this case, things add up fast. I will definitely eat there again and be a little more conservative with the supplemental prix fixe menu ordering which I tend to do at most restaurants.
Went to Takashi with my roommate and another friend with no expectations. It's open until midnight on Friday and Saturday which is awesome. Upon entering I noticed, most of the servers (and clientele) were not Japanese. This is usually a bit of a red flag for me, but I figured I'm in New York so probably not a reflection of the quality of food (it wasn't at all). We were seated fairly promptly and the two other guys with me told me to order for everyone. Ah! the pressure! Now this is not a traditional Japanese menu for the most part. Smokey Beef Flavored Popcorn? check! Fioe Gras Stuffed Mini Kobe Burger with Chocolate BBQ Sauce? Yup! (me WTF???) But I like turning traditional on it's head when it works. I didn't go crazy this time being my maiden voyage, but seriously going back over the menu makes me want to go back and try more.
It was 11pm so I ordered fairly conservatively -
Stewed Beef Tendon Casserole - pretty damn good Niku-Uni (Kobe tartar on shiso leaf topped with sea urchin and fresh wasabi) MORE PLEASE. Then some standard yaki-niku: Kalbi, Some "Toro Kalbi"?, Rosu (ribeye)
and 3 large Hitachino Beers to wash it all down with.
We thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes and the one guy who wasn't hungry to begin with ended up eating a full meal.
One of my favorite destinations in NYC. The wait can be quite bad some nights, but I always have an excellent time. Recommend the Jekyll and Hyde (whiskey drink) and the lobster 'sliders'. Great staff as well!