Kenka, what can I say about this place. Well I’ve been there 3 times now and each time I had a different experience and end up with 3 different opinions. My favorite place Japanese place for small plates and beer is just right next door (well okay more like 3 to 4 doors down), Oh! Taisho so I never really bother going to Kenka. First time I went, it was fine a bit crowded but expected at a place like this, the second time waited a long time for service and an hour later we found out the waiter forgot to put in our order so we just got up and walked out. That was in 2004, after 3 year-ish I come back with little expectations though it was a Tuesday night so didn’t expect anything too crazy. This time was better (maybe because the $1.50 pitcher of kirin and sapporo helped) and also with a big group of people to enjoy the beer and food. Service was quick and the food came rather quickly which was good since everybody was STARVING!! We got loads of food veggie gyozas, potato croquettes, agedashi-tofu, basket of fried chicken wings(pic), okonomiyaki, rice balls,kimchi with pork and grilled squid. None of the food weren’t exploding with flavors and nothing really stood out as WOW OMG FREAKIN GOOD everything was just…good/okay, though the fried chicken was good, crispy crunchy yet juicy in the inside. They give you some pink powder thing in a small plastic cup for the cotton candy machine outside the restaurant, I don’t eat cotton candy so that didn’t give me a plus. Also they offer an indoor garden like room for smokers to smoke so I guess thats a plus for smokers during winter. In the end, I wouldn’t mind going back but thats only if someone suggests it.
-Kenka 25 St.Marks Place, NYC
Posted by Donny