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Eat Some Bull Penis at Kenka

Updated: Jun 05, 2016 13:02
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This originally appeared in Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in New York.

Oh Kenka…Kenka…Kenka…Kenka. You are one of the weirdest fucking places I’ve ever eaten in my entire life and for that, I salute you. I’m literally sitting here in front of my computer trying to find the proper words with which to describe you and the only thing that keeps popping into my head is “bull penis”. Yes, bull penis. You sell bull penis. To be eaten. By people. For $5.50 a pop. And yet there is more to your menu than just penises, squid beaks and cow tongues; there’s also the drawing of a guy sticking a revolver up the ass of a bound half-naked chick.

Nice loincloth dude

While I’ll admit that I am just pointing out some of your more…er, colorful qualities, it must be noted that everything on your menu is amazingly cheap. Most of your food (including your far more normal dishes) rings in at around the $5-$7 range and you sell beers for $1.50 each or $8 a pitcher. That my friend is beautiful; almost as beautiful as the scores of vintage bondage porn posters that line your sacred walls or the rules written on the bottom of your menu saying “No fighting, masturbating, having sex or drugs. You will be ejected.” Kenka, you’re my kind of place and I just wanted to say thanks for the cotton candy that you give out at the end of the meal; it helps to get rid of the lingering bull cock taste.

P.S For those interested I think Kenka is only written in Japanese on the outside sign, which can make it harder to find when searching for it.

25 St. Mark’s Pl. btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves.
[East Village]


This weird ass photo of a guy with the bull penis is from eater

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.


  1. Naomi Edelson
    February 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Bull penis? There is certified bull penis being sold one block away from me and I didn’t know it?

    Now I know where to take CJ for Valentines day 🙂

  2. Bay City News
    February 5, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I always figured you were a bull penis fan

  3. satosan
    January 17, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Kenka in japanese means “to fight”. So i see that the decor is according to the name.

    ……….tho the bull penis……

    We don’t eat bull penis….

    eventhough fish sperm is normally eaten…..