The New York Times. December 12th, 2012. -- From the street, you’d never know it was there. And once you’re on the second floor, you may still have doubts.
Instead, there is a handsome, inviting Izakaya, or Japanese pub, with low lighting, dark, wooden floors, gleaming oak tables and a… display of sake bottles behind the bar that is so artful it looks like it belongs in a Soho boutique.
The specialty of Kirakuya is its small-brewery sakes; the roster features more than 100 of them. The smooth, dry Ikina Ona from the Ishikawa prefecture ($17 for a generous glass, goes well with the grilled eggplant and miso ($8); the warm bowl of burdock root with roasted sesame seeds and mayonnaise ($6); and the grilled yellowtail neck ($12).
This is a definitively a mellow retreat, and one that merits recommendations to friends and return visits of your own.Continued