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May 26, 2007 06:35 AM

Where to go for best selection of sake

I have been in Tokyo for the last five years and am out of the loop in Manhattan. Would like to do a nihonshu (sake) tasting with a friend in the city. Where to go? Ideally looking for someplace that serves it by the glass and has a wide selection including nigorizake, junmai, ginjo, and daiginjo. Ideally some sparkling sake as well. Arigato in advance!

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  1. While I've never been, I've heard from many sources that Sakagura has an excellent selection. I've been wanting to go for a while, so if you go let us know how it is.

    For something a little more low key I had an excellent time at the tiny bar at Kasadela. The bartender/manager was very helpful and talkative about their selection. There's another little izakaya in the e. village on 9th btw. 2nd & 3rd (name esacpes me but it was right near Otafuku and underground). They had a good selection in an interesting atomosphere.

    There are lots of other izakaya-type places in the city that others can point out to you. A lot are in midtown but I'm only familiar with the ones I listed above.

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    1. re: mikka

      The izakaya next to Otafuku is Decibel -- very cute and cozy and with a relatively large selection of sake and bar snacks. It does get very crowded.

      1. re: olia

        I second Decibel. A great selection of sake choices and interesting snacks. Very casual and always busy on the weekends. There's often a wait in the small entrance area from Thursday to Sunday in the evenings.

    2. sakagura,,,,, they have over 200 sake choices,,and often do tastings,,, thats your best bet

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      1. re: burp

        Thanks! Great ideas here. Domo arigato gozaimasu.


        Check this link out from not that long ago.

        One other name to put in the mix - Sake Bar Hagi, W49th Street.

        At each of the places I mention, you should find each of the styles+grades you mention and you should also be able to find a decent selection of namazakes at some of the places.