A while ago, we all went out for Cheese's birthday. He picked Kenka which is a good place for large groups with lots of small plates to share. So we looked over the vast menu (with pictures so there was no language barrier) and ordered away.
For the more adventurous, this is tako wasabi (raw octopus with wasabi - $3.50). Chewy pieces of octopus with a big punch of wasabi flavor. I've had this dish elsewhere before and it was better prepared elsewhere.
Overall, I enjoyed Kenka. It's not the best food for Japanese food on St. Marks but it does provide a good atmosphere for loud hungry groups. I'd go back especially to watch someone do the jumbo curry challenge. That's 4 lbs of curry and rice which needs to be eaten within 20 minutes. And my friend did it in 12.5 minutes. It was disgusting.
25 St Marks Place
New York, NY 10003