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Jan 4, 2014 01:16 PM

Sake in Boston

Who has the best retail selection of sake in the Greater Boston area? Preferably on the Cambridge side of the river (we're in Arlington).

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Blanchard's has a lot of selections we've enjoyed.

    1. Here's a link to a local blog with lots of information about sake. This link is just sake articles.

      When I was looking for a source for a sparking sake for a piece I was writing, Richard came through with a few suggestion right away, including where to buy them.


      1. The Urban Grape has a couple of things worth trying but i recommend a field trip to Sakaya in NYC and Hiroko will totally take care of your needs.

        1. Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill & Boston has a decent selection. You can also go to Reliable Market in Union Square, Somerville. Craft Beer Cellar (multiple locations) has about 8 Sakes, but they are good ones.

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          1. re: RichardPF

            Just to reiterate the note above: Reliable Market, the Korean grocer in Somerville's Union Square, has a surprisingly large selection of sakes (at least, compared to most liquor stores in the Cambridge/Somerville area). Their address is 45 Union Square, Somerville, MA.

            Here's a post with more info:

            1. re: huuvola

              I forgot about Reliable, and will third this, but they don't carry anything excellent. Good sake costs money most of the time. Reliable does have the big magnums of varying quality, which can make up for it, somewhat. Overall, Reliable is my favorite Korean grocer, and does okay with Japanese items.

          2. Cambridge Wine & Spirits in Fresh Pond (next to Whole Foods) has a huge selection of Sake.

            Craft Beer cellar as mentioned has a small but good selection, at least the one in Belmont did. The one near me (Westford) doesn't carry it, they are smaller and say they don't have the space. No idea which is the exception/rule, so you might call and check before going.