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First published: March 12, 2018

KEY VISUAL

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KEY NOTES

Blue Cheese, with its Intense Flavor, is so Hard to Match, But the Intensity, Sweetness and Complexity of Aged Sake Does a Fine Job

Jamie Goode
Jamie Goode
Wine Savant
The best match for the aged Sake is with the Stilton, a blue cheese. The aged Sake is very strongly flavored, with aromas of nuts, old furniture, spice, roasted meat and a sweetly fruity, textured, slightly raisiny palate. The complexity and harmony matches the spicy bite and creaminess of the blue cheese so well. This is a very hard match, but the richness and savory complexity of this aged Sake does a great job. It's not overwhelmed, but it occupies a different flavor space to the blue cheese, and so isn't in competition. The sweetness of the Sake also matches well, in analogy with the famous pairing of Port and Stilton.

Aged Sake Paired with Blue Cheeses is the Perfect Marriage for Mouth-Watering Decadence

John McCarthy
John McCarthy
Chef
The Sake presents amazing caramelized notes with a rich, umami-laden finish. To pair it with Danish blue cheese or Stilton blue cheese is a magical journey through umami, saltiness, sweetness, milkiness and a myriad of other flavors. Not only could the Sake be used to cook with, but incorporating some of it into honey would also make it a delicious accompaniment to blue cheese. Other cheeses, such as cheddars or brie, would also benefit from richer Sake in the yamahai or kimoto categories.

THE RESTAURANTS

Where you can enjoy and Sake in
Bar MOGA
West Village
Bar MOGA
Japanese
Moga is a 1920s themed cocktail bar named for Japan’s equivalent of the flapper, called “moga” or “modern girls." The low-lit sophisticated bar features yōshoku cuisine, that is to say Japanized versions of comfort food popular in the West. Some great food options include Omurice (fried chicken & rice Omelette in a delicious sauce), seasonal sashimi, 4-cheese gratin, curry doria (a curry rice gratin) and a few other unexpected yoshoku classics all of which go well with sake.
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.
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.
Dark Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar
Upper West Side
Dark Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar
American
Dark Bullet at 154 W 72nd St is a bar that features one of the best new pairings that are emerging - that is to say it is billed as an Oyster and Sake bar. Beyond Sake and oysters you can also get drinks featuring shochu and beer. Food-wise there are other great pub food options available for those who don't favor the pearl-bearing mollusc. Good news for late-night diners - their kitchen is open till midnight. Don't be fooled by the place's laid back vibe as a typical American bar (with free pool tables) as the seafood at this place is on par with the highest quality found at much more expensive, top shelf restaurants.
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.
SOOGIL
East Village
SOOGIL
Korean
At Soogil, chef Soogil combines the ingredients and flavors of his native South Korea with techniques he learned from years of French culinary training and experience as a chef at acclaimed restaurant Daniel. French touches or no, the menu reads familiar to anyone acquainted with Korean food. There are glass noodles with oyster mushrooms, a pan-fried mung-bean-sprout pancake, pork belly with little kimchi rolls that are wrapped around crunchy radish, and a spicy soft tofu with seafood. The space feels low-key yet elegant, with a low-lying bar, a relatively spacious communal table, and a handful of smaller tables. Soogil proudly serves two top sake brands - a Junmai Ginjo from Yamagata and a Junmai Daiginjo from Niigata.
Benemon
East Village
Benemon
Japanese
Located on E 4th St, Benemon's namesake refers to a ronin who eschewed conformity and proudly stuck to his guns (or swords) long after it fell out of fashion and caused a village scandal when he married for true love outside his social class. Like their namesake, Benmon proudly honors traditions to serve classics such as donburi, but also takes bold riffs on Japanese comfort food - e.g., Edamame Peperoncino, build into a smoky Salty Pork Belly. Dishes are artfully served on the local pottery of David S. Moldover. Various types of sake are available for pairing as you contemplate another era in the warm brick and wood environment.
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.
JUKAI
midtown
JUKAI
Japanese
Established in 1968, Jukai is a Tokyo-style Bistro tucked just below street level on East 53rd Street. With the sounds of jazz in the background, it's an intimate space evoking the charm and authenticity of a Tokyo 'best-kept secret' dining establishment. Owner-chef Hirofumi Watanabe's subtle updates on the classics, from Shabu-shabu, Wagyu steaks, to hand-made pickles, lamb chops and beef carpaccio, are all served with the finest attention to detail. Sommelier and co-owner Ikuyo Watanabe is well-qualified to offer you the absolute best sake pairing from one of the 15 selections that she has chosen from the best Sake Breweries in Japan.

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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