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KEY VISUAL

,SAKE,HARMONY
,SAKE,HARMONY

KEY NOTES

A Beautiful Pairing of Highly Aromatic Sake with the Richness and Texture of Sushi. Here, the Already Complex Sake Reaches New Dimensions

Jamie Goode
Jamie Goode
Wine Savant
The Sake has a wonderful aromatic quality with expressive, floral, nutty notes and a real harmony in the mouth. The sushi has a rich and broad texture from the fish, with some grainy notes from the rice, and a slight bite from the wasabi seasoning. The aromatic purity and freshness of the Sake counter the richness of the fish, and work in harmony with the grainy, savory notes of the rice. The whole pairing creates a wonderful synergy: the Sake seems more complex and compelling with the sushi, which is also enhanced by the pairing. In particular, the Sake seems much richer and complex when tasted with the sushi.

Sushi Meets Fruity, Clean and Balanced Sake to Elevate the Flesh of the Fish

Rick Zouad
Rick Zouad
Sommelier
Aromatic Sake has a nice, bright uncooked rice flavor. It starts smooth to the palate and has a medium-high acidity. It lingers and is perfectly soft water-brewed with notes of banana and melon. The mild acidity of the Sake works with the vinegared rice and hint of wasabi which tends to elevate flavors. It cuts through the iron flavor of the tuna and interacts with the fish oil to make the flesh of the fish melt in your mouth. With salmon, there is more harmony as the Sake brings forth the cherry notes of the salmon and balances the fish oil and flavors. This style of Sake is a must with sushi as it harmonizes the dish and balances the flavors.

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.
DANJI
Hell's Kitchen
DANJI
Korean
Of Danji, the esteemed New Yorker noted: Danji is neither orthodox ethnic nor smarty-pants fusion. It’s not K-town or Nobu. It’s comfortized Korean served in well-presented tapas portions, by friendly people, in a clean, well-lighted place with a well-tended bar.There are good sake options at Danji - Junmai, Junmai ginjo, Junmai Daiginjo, and even Nigori at this modern 36-seat tapas establishment in Midtwon where chef Hooni Kim fuses French techniques with Korean cuisine to develop unique dishes. Sustainability, healthy fare are hallmarks of owner/chef at Hooni Kim's establishments. For something new, try the bulgogi slider as a great option to enjoy with a glass of sake.
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.
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.
GEN
Lower East Side
GEN
Japanese
They take their sake very seriously at Gen. Each year as a sign of the mutual respect that exists between the suppliers and this most knowledgeable customer, more than 20 Sake Brewers make the pilgrimage from Japan to Brooklyn to make an in-person visit the small Izakaya. In all of New York, this is the place where you can get the most informed and varied choices of sake pairings. Be sure to arrive early as the place is always packed. For food they feature daily specials and an omakase sushi course. Additionally they have great appetizers like kinpira gobo, hijiki and agedashi tofu. From the kitchen they also serve native dishes such as chicken katsu, buta kakuni and the perfect midnight snack - ochazuke. Many other traditional Japanese crowd-pleasers such as tempura, gyoza, soba and udon noodles are also available to hit the spot.
YOPPARAI
Lower East Side
YOPPARAI
Japanese
Best described as a Japanese Speakeasy, don't be afraid to ring the buzzer as there's nothing nefarious going on at Yopparai. What lies beyond is a clandestine Izakaya (sake bar) hidden away in a former apartment that is a long, narrow, dim drinking and dining portal which will transport you to Japan as you surf the night waves for the evening. The spice of life is on the menu as you sample various small plates served by kimono-clad waitresses featuring the regional offerings throughout Japan. Two chefs will prepare dishes in an open kitchen fueling your anticipation and appetite. Sashimi, tofu, small salads, rice dishes and more are served with painstaking attention to detail. With a 2014 Michelin Guide recommendation. you’ll have a satisfying meal to accompany your sake buzz.
AZASU
Lower East Side
AZASU
Japanese
Azasu, a casual neighborhood Izakaya (Japanese Tavern) located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, likely holds New York's largest selection of cup sake (single serving size). For pairing they have a wide-variety of Izakaya favorites, however their signature dish - Chanko nabe (hot pot) - the dish traditionally served for sumo wrestlers in Japan - is their raison d'etre. Base broth options are akin to ramen but that's where the similarities end as the standard included ingredients are voluminous - Chicken & pork meatballs, Chicken thigh, Pork belly, Fish cake, Clams, Napa cabbage, Bean sprouts, Mushrooms, Carrots, Onion, Chives, Burdock root, Rice noodles, Deep fried, and regular tofu. As if that is not enough there are variations such as garlic paste available to suit any and all preferences. Minimum order is for 2 people so bring a few friends as nabe is meant to be shared. On a cold NY evening, Azasu is a the place to be where you can have a small nomikai sampling various cup sake over a steaming pot of hot Chanko Nabe.
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.
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."
SUSHI DAIZEN
Long Island City
SUSHI DAIZEN
Japanese
Possibly a former speakeasy, the nearly-hidden Sushi Daizen, is a place that you definitely won't want to miss. Located on Long Island City it is a local favorite that features a female/male sushi team - highly rare in this male-dominated profession. With a brick wall serving as a backdrop, the minimalist, contemporary setting features high-end sushi available as either an omakase fixed-price course or a la carte, all prepared right before your eyes. They feature a wide-variety of sake that can be paired and enjoyed thanks to the repeal of prohibition.
HIROHISA
SOHO
HIROHISA
Japanese
Celebrating its 5th year, Hirohisa has experienced a meteoric rise in the NY culinary scene. The recipient of a prestigious Michelin star for 3 consecutive years, chef Hirohisa Hayashi's imbues pride, love and longing for his idyllic rural hometown of Echizen in every dish he creates. The serene ambience is the perfect setting to take a break from the fast pace of urban life and enjoy his seven or nine-course tasting course tasting menu. Hirohisa features omakase kappo cuisine - an intimate experience emphasizing the proximity between the diner and the chef who is cutting and cooking the food using traditional Japanese methods. Chef Hayashi can recommend perfect pairings from his exclusive selection of sake including bottles from his own Fukui region.
Sushi YOU
midtown
Sushi YOU
Japanese
It's all about you at Sushi YOU. A cozy, brick and mortar location is the perfect backdrop to pull up a chair to the bar and unwind as the expert owner/chef prepares your meal in front of you. Sushi YOU offers a variety of experiences for all budgets - from those seeking a special occasion Omakase tasting meal to a more casual meal at a table. With a large selection of Sake from the various regions across Japan, their expert staff can advise on the optimum pairing for your meal. When you want creativity, quality and fun in one place, this small under-the-radar spot is where you want to be.
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.
SUSHIDEN - Madison Avenue
midtown
SUSHIDEN - Madison Avenue
Japanese
With a large footprint of restaurants in the various regions of Japan, Sushiden opened two New York locations more than 30 years ago (Madison Ave and on 6th). This New York mainstay favors seasonal ingredients as they prepare sushi with the philosophy of being in harmony with nature. Sushiden's work ethic draws on the Japanese virtues of generosity and doing one's best to make every guest experience an exceptional one. They offer a wide variety of sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, which can be paired with more than 20 different types of sake available by the glass, small or large bottles.
Sushi SASABUNE
Upper East Side
Sushi SASABUNE
Japanese
Sasabune is a Japanese, Sushi restaurant located on East 70th South in New York City. It has a quiet, understated ambiance where you can contemplate a fine sushi meal without the distraction of a loud celebration at the next table. Aiming to please the Japanese palate, California rolls and Spicy Tuna are verboten here. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the authentic food culture of Japan through the wide variety of nigiri sushi and sashimi. Or better yet, order the omakase (chef's choice) which consists of an array of fresh fish and shellfish hand picked and curated by the owner chef at the Fulton Market and experience something new.
Sushi NOZ
Upper East Side
Sushi NOZ
Japanese
Evoking an ancient Kyoto temple, this swank establishment seeks to transport you to another world, where the refinements of time and space are transformative and every moment is to be treasured. The décor emulates the Sukiya-style of architecture with its delicate artistry, multiple varieties of cedar. Respecting ancient tradition - no a single nail used in the traditional woodwork joinery. The centerpiece of the dining room features a 200-year-old Japanese Cypress wood sushi bar - the stage where the refined craftsmanship of sushi performance art is on display every night. Sushi Noz boasts 20 varieties of sake that complement their sushi and contribute to an overall aesthetic designed to evoke harmony and a sense of well-being.
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.
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
SAKURAMUROMACHI Junmai-Ginjo BIZEN-MABOROSHI
SAKURAMUROMACHI Junmai-Ginjo BIZEN-MABOROSHI
Junmai Ginjo
15.3%
Slightly dry, umami, slightly sweet fragrance, Fruity
MUROMACHI SHUZO CO.,LTD.
http://sakuramuromachi.co.jp/about/?en
NANBU BIJIN Tokubetsu Junmai
NANBU BIJIN Tokubetsu Junmai
Tokubetsu Junmai
15%
Fragrant, Clean, Fruty, Umami
NANBU BIJIN CO.,LTD.
https://www.nanbubijin.co.jp/en/
Seitoku Daiginjo
Seitoku Daiginjo
Daiginjo
15%
FRAGRANT, CLEAN, SOFT, EXQUISITE BALANCE
SEITOKU MEIJO CO.LTD
Junmaiginjo Hakatanomori
Junmaiginjo Hakatanomori
Junmai Ginjo
15%
Fruity, Fragrant
Kobayashi Syuzou Honten Co.,ltd
Dewazakura Dewa sansan
Dewazakura Dewa sansan
Junmai Ginjo
15%
Fruity, Crisp, Fresh, good acidity
DEWAZAKURA SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD
http://www.dewazakura.co.jp/en/
Kizakura Junmai Daiginjo S
Kizakura Junmai Daiginjo S
Junmai Daiginjo
16%
ASIAN PEAR AROMA, DRY ENTRY, SHORT FINISH WITH SLIGHT HINT OF SPICE
KIZAKURA
http://kizakura.co.jp/
Tedorigawa Kinka
Tedorigawa Kinka
Daiginjo
16-17%
clean taste, sweetness, fruitiness
Yoshida Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd.
http://tedorigawa.com/en/
Akashi-Tai Junmai Daiginjo Genshu
Akashi-Tai Junmai Daiginjo Genshu
Junmai Daiginjo
16%
full-bodied, elegant and aromatic aromas, a hint of minerality
Akashi Sake Brewery Co. Ltd
http://www.akashi-tai.com
Kagatsuru Junmai Ginjo
Kagatsuru Junmai Ginjo
Junmai Ginjo
15%
Fruity, Smooth, Fragrat, Little Sweet
Yachiya Brewing Co.,Ltd.
Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo
Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo
Junmai Ginjo
16%
Fruity, Clear, Dry
Saiya Shuzoten
http://www.yukinobousha.jp/english/index.htm
JUNMAI GINJYO NOBUNAGA NAMA GENSHU
JUNMAI GINJYO NOBUNAGA NAMA GENSHU
Junmai Ginjo
17-18%
Elegant, Fruity, Natural & Rich Flavor
Nihon-Izumi Brewery Co., Ltd.
Shichida Junmai Ginjo
Shichida Junmai Ginjo
Junmai Ginjo
16%
sweet aroma, refreshing acidity and a sweet, long finish with full of “Umami”
TENZAN SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD
http://www.tenzan.co.jp/en
Soryu Junmaidaiginjo
Soryu Junmaidaiginjo
Junmai Daiginjo
15%
Fruity, Apricot and honey, Clear
Chiyonokame Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Daiginjo Suirakuten
Daiginjo Suirakuten
Daiginjo
15.5%
fresh, light smooth, mild
Akita Shuzo CO.,LTD
Garyubai Junmai Ginjyo Muroka
Garyubai Junmai Ginjyo Muroka
Junmai Ginjo
16-17%
Fracrant, Fruity, Clear
SANWA SHUZOU CO,. Ltd.
Horin Junmai Daiginjo
Horin Junmai Daiginjo
Junmai Daiginjo
16%
Delicately fruity, well-balanced, smooth, clean finish
Gekkeikan Sake Co., Ltd.
http://www.gekkeikan-sake.com/
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