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KEY VISUAL

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KEY NOTES

Aged Sake Makes a Magical Date with the Creamy Flesh and Oily Flavor of Grilled Avocado

Rick Zouad
Rick Zouad
Sommelier
Avocado, without a doubt, is one of the toughest pairing with wine, but the aged style of Sake makes a phenomenal, eye-opening exception for everyone to sample. Thanks to its umami and complex, herbaceous flavors, the aged Sake has a touch of caramelized sweetness that balances the added kosher salt on the dish and gives it a harmonious, fruity flavor with notes of almonds. The herbaceous notes of aged Sake also harmonizes the sweetness of the avocado and brings deeper flavors of peppercorns backed with citrus. The Genshu “undiluted” style of this aged Sake is balancing the fatty proteins very well and helping to give the avocado a lasting, profound umami – a lingering, outstanding finish.

A Culinary Adventure in Pairing Grilled Avocado with Rich, Deep Aged Sake

John McCarthy
John McCarthy
Chef
While not something that one would think of intuitively, grilled avocado, glazed with soy and sprinkled with togarashi turned out to be an interesting pairing with the aged Sake. The soy glaze played well against the soy and umami notes of the Sake, while the togarashi and salt pulled notes of pepper. The grilling caramelized the flesh of the avocado and the caramel notes of the Sake enhanced this umami element. While the aged Sake was interesting, the sparkling Sake was a match made for brunch as the effervescence of the Sake lightened the deep, rich flavors of the grilled avocado.

THE RESTAURANTS

Where you can enjoy and Sake in
Izakaya MEW
Korean Town
Izakaya MEW
Japanese
Izakaya MEW located in Korea town, is a bustling, always crowded, late-night spot with a good variety of Japanese Izakaya favorites from yakitori to sushi, Nabe and more. Chef Kiyoshi Iwakiri and his team combines the flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine with the dynamic trends of New York’s food culture to suit a wide range of palates. The spartan, subterranean, a vintage-industrial interior, aims to create the authenticity of a a comfortable and lively pub-style atmosphere parallel to the izakayas found in Japan. They feature 5 different kinds of Sake on their menu which includes helpful sweet/dry & rich/light visuals to help guide your preference.
Autre Kyo Ya
East Village
Autre Kyo Ya
French Japanese
Autre Kyo Ya is the sister restaurant of Kyo Ya, (3-star NY Times & 1 Michelin star) which specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine with a la carte options and a chef's course. Executive Chef Shuji Furukawa presents quality interpretations of both classic French & Japanese cuisine. The wood-clad space features many nooks ideal for intimate conversation. For dining options it features a unique collection of Japanese dishes amped up with French influences and cooking techniques-think pâté de Campagne; a crispy cauliflower with spicy peanut sauce; and Berkshire pork belly Kamadaki rice pot in a garlic-ginger sauce. Some good sake pairing options that come to mind here are their fresh raw oysters and the yuzu salmon.
Covina
Flatiron
Covina
New American
Covina located in the Park South Hotel features pastas, pizza & Mediterranean food. However don't write off this as a run of the mill hotel restaurant as Covina is acclaimed chef Tim Cushman's (of O Ya, Hojoko...) vehicle to express his California roots and wanderings of his youth. Diverse fusion options - from lamb kofte to asparagus cacio e pepe to Hungarian fry bread topped with smoked salmon, charred broccolini with tonnato sauce dusted with nutritional yeast, and a cheeseburger with dashi pickles - are manifestations of Cushman's varied experiences. Part of a group of restaurants mainly focused on Japanese cuisine, they know good sake here and can present you with several good pairing options.
Method
Hell's Kitchen
Method
Japanese
Located in Hell's Kitchen, Method is the perfect spot for meeting business clients or blind dates. The trendy-modern gastropub boasts an adjacent sake bar where you can order light snacks. After a drink or two, if you're not feeling it, you'll have an exit strategy, but likely you'll stay based on the merits of the food alone. There are many food options that pair well with their Sake options - Sushi, tempura, noodle, and meat dishes as well as unique plates such home made smoked cheese, Shrimp and avocado tempura, and their one-of-a-kind Prosciutto Oshi (Pressed style sushi). Many dishes are Japanese-inspired tapas for sharing, but also available are more substantial options like tempura, veal harami skirt steak, duck and a daily sashimi special. They are also open for lunch.
HANJAN
Flatiron
HANJAN
Korean
Care for Sustainability and freshly-sourced ingredients are features that distinguish Hanjan. The bare wood dining room is a great place to enjoy a mix of traditional Korean cuisine as well as owner/chef Hooni Kim's modern takes on his cooking heritage. He knows his sake and serves several Junmai, Junmai Ginjo and Junmai daiginjo varieties. Fresh yakitori, pajeon (korean seafood pancakes) and mackerel are several good pairing possibilities at this cozy midtown establishment.
Cosme
Flatiron
Cosme
Contemporary Mexican
Cosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Cosme’s beverage program focuses on artisanal spirits and mirrors its cuisine, letting the high quality ingredients shine. For sake Cosme features three artistinal varieties: Ginga Junmai Daiginjo, Mana 1751 Tokubetsu Junmai Yamahai and Kanbara Koshu.
OSAMIL
Koren Town
OSAMIL
Korean
Heralded by Conde Nast as "Koreatown's cool kids hot spot", Osamil is a modern Korean gastropub located in the bustling heart of New York City's Koreatown. Owned by the same owners who also own sister restaurant NoMad, their eclectic menu ranges from Asian to American pub fare. The restaurant ambience is in abundance with dark woods, an open kitchen and an eye-catching full bar. They feature five different types of sake as well well as a large selection of Korean Soju. Of note for sake pairings, they feature avocado and cheese dishes that while not traditionally associated with sake, pair particularly well.
Izakaya NOMAD
Flatiron
Izakaya NOMAD
Japanese
In the heart of New York City's NoMad neighborhood, Izakaya NoMad is a gastropub and tapas restaurant serving dishes ranging from yakitori skewers to sashimi, tempura as well as an expansive menu including okonomiyaki, Nabe (hot pot) and ramen served after 10:00 pm. Like many Japanese Izakayas, kimchi is on the menu and certain dishes have a tinge of Korean flavors. A cozy long and narrow space, Izakaya NoMad features a long bar with a full view of the action in the kitchen, a community table and a section of booths. Mirroring their expansive menu is their large selection of sake that are a conspicuously incorporated with relaxing wood and bare concrete decor to create an authentic Izakaya vibe.
NONONO
Nomad
NONONO
Japanese
You'll say yes, yes, yes to NoNoNo, a new Yakitori hot spot in Nomad Yakitori - grilled chicken skewers - are featured at this roomy, multi-level culinary space with ample natural light and great ambiance. In addition to its traditional and nouveau skewers, the restaurant features three types of chicken-based ramen, karaage (Japanese fried chicken) as well as sashimi and sushi. Beyond chicken there are also good pescatarian/vegetarian options with their fish, scallop, shrimp, mushroom and tofu skewers as well as a delightful stewed tomato hitashi. For pairings, they have thirteen varieties of sake to select from (with the names translated into English for an insider's view). Shiso and basil are uniquely featured in two of their signature sake-based cocktails.
SOBA TOTTO
midtown
SOBA TOTTO
Japanese
Featuring one of the largest collections of sake to choose from, SOBA Totto, is a Japanese izakaya and a favorite of Japanese expats in NY. A wide and varied menu artfully served on beautiful Japanese pottery, includes, sashimi, tempura, yakitori skewers, karage, donburi and last but not least, their namesake soba noodles. For those wanting to try something new, they will customize a tasting course menu based on individual preferences and budgets. Their ample sake selection includes more than 70 different varieties and includes seasonal and competition-winning sakes. For the sake connoisseur this is the place to be.
TOMI JAZZ
midtown
TOMI JAZZ
Japanese
Featuring Jazz music 7 days a week, Tomi Jazz is features an eclectic variety of dishes that pair well with sake. Their Prosciutto and various cheese dishes are good bets to accompany sake and their avocado spaghetti is one of their most popular dishes. For something different, try their cod roe spaghetti, their wasabi Octopus or their spam rice ball. Their extensive sake menu features a scale of the dryness and richness of each brand. And don't forget that music and sake always pair well.
KANOYOAMA
East Village
KANOYOAMA
Japanese
"Zagat noted that ""Artfully arranged sushi, including varieties you don't often see, is the hook at this East Village Japanese adventure"". Indeed Kanoyama is the premier Japanese Restaurant awarded one Michelin star, providing the freshest sushi New York has to offer. Possessing an inviting ambience suitable for date night or any special occasion, they also have a convenient online ordering system for take out. Those choosing to dine in however, will be able to enjoy a wide variety of sake as diverse and flavorful as the fish they serve up."
WASAN
Brooklyn
WASAN
Japanese
The venerable NY Times praised their signature dish - the Uni Lover - as the sexiest food on earth. Wasan however offers much more than food sex appeal for those seeking something deeper than a one-night stand. Their guiding principle is to understand and adapt to the variability and seasonality of each ingredient and present it in its best light and optimized flavor on the day and season that it is served on your plate. Honed from years of experience, Wasan often goes beyond tradition to present food that is as beautiful as it is delicious. In addition to sushi, the restaurant features an expansive menu of Japanese favorites. Like their philosophy to food, they carefully assess the strengths of the differing vintages of sake and adapt the temperature and pairing to provide the best combination to spark joy on you palate.
Juban
Chelsea
Juban
Japanese inventive Izakaya
Juban is an inventive Izakaya dedicated to bringing wonder to the experience of Japanese cuisine in a local setting. With every meal designed for discovery, its creative spirit unfolds through community. Artful sushi, masterful seafood, elevated skewers, and neighborhood favorites are served family-style to celebrate sharing and connecting. At once serendipitous and soulful, its unique approach always serves the moment. Set in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district, Juban’s rich culture offers a convivial and inspired experience of authentic fare. Here, seasonal menus and artful murals converge—serving tradition with the wink of innovation.Juban offers a curated list of 45 sakes that emphasize the art of sake brewing. Their selection evolves as the seasons change with the passing of time. They specialize in premium jizake the highlight the most prominent prefectures for sake brewing.

BRANDS

Sake brands that go well with in London
BUNGOFUJI GENSYU
BUNGOFUJI GENSYU
Honjozo
19%
Fragrant, Fruity, Full body
ASO BREWERY CO.,Ltd
Shirayuki Edo Genroku (1703)
Shirayuki Edo Genroku (1703)
Junmai
18%
Sweet, devilishly delicious, buckets of umami
Konishi Brewing Co., Ltd.
http://www.konishi.co.jp/html/fujiyama/english/
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