Where to go for best selection of sake
- Yukari May 26, 2007 06:35 AM
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!
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.
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.