Never in my life did I think I would eat at a restaurant that has pornography on the menu. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
At Kenka, you get more than traditional Japanese food. You get an oddly erotic experience that my friend Christina described 1940s Japan pre-Westernization. If you’re offended by vaginas and penises, you shouldn’t eat here.
I can honestly say I’ve never been in any restaurant like this before, and it’s most definitely it’s own kind of experience. Aside from the eccentric decor, the food is worth going there for.
Okonomiyaki is the dish I ordered. This meal is a Japanese pancake with pork, squid and vegetables. My roommates Phuong and Christina told me this was a very traditional meal choice and the thing to get if you’re coming to a restaurant like Kenka. I really enjoyed the pancake texture and I overall thought the dish was flavorful. The BBQ flavor was a tad much and I would have liked it subdued a little. The flavors were overall good, though. The portion isn’t as big as what you would expect from most Asian restaurants in America, so it wasn’t an overwhelming amount. This entree only cost $5, an absurdly low price for any dinner entree regardless of it you live in New York City or not.
Each meal comes with mix to make cotton candy. A cotton candy machine is located right outside the restaurant, so you can make it on your way out. Although I don’t really like cotton candy, I had fun getting to make my own.
Kenka steers from the norm with it’s decor, but sticks with the traditional when it comes to Japanese cuisine. It’s not for the easily offended but it’s for anyone who enjoys authentic Japanese dishes.
Address: 25 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Phone number: 212-254-6363
Price: $ Cheap.
Hours: Mon-Thur 6 PM-2 AM; Fri-Sat 6 PM–4 AM; Sun 5 PM-1 AM
Atmosphere: Casual and very interesting – their decor is somewhat erotic.