Loved it! Staff filled with
Loved it! Staff filled with good advice. Sake top line, food authentic & beautifully presented.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Always a good time. Great
Always a good time. Great for catching up with a few friends but better for a romantic night out.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
As soon as you walk into this
As soon as you walk into this restaurant, you feel like you have found a piece of Japan in the middle of manhattan! They have created an amazing menu and dining experience that puts your mind and taste buds as if you have taken a plane to Tokyo! We especially love sitting in front of the grill bar window watching the chef seamlessly create these amazing delicious food as well as watch all the amazing dishes that are passing through from the kitchen. Must go! Great for a small gathering of 4 people or a romantic get away or two girl friends who want to experience a night in Japan!!!
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Exceptionally authentic Japanese
Exceptionally authentic Japanese food, creatively prepared with quality ingredients. The tsukune chicken skewers were a little bland, but that's my only quibble. Toro sashimi was excellent, as was chawanmushi. Atmosphere was little bit rowdy, but we are told that Friday/Saturday nights are like that, while mid-week is more subdued and relaxed. We'll definitely be back.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best new sake spot in NYC!
I love love love this place!!! Great food, great sake list and great people!
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Parada obligada en NY
Yopparai es un Sake Bar que con toda franqueza es simplemente una joya. Mi esposo y yo amamos la comida japonesa y siempre durante nuestros viajes buscamos el mejor resta japones... en Nueva York puede resultar dificilisimo escoger entre tanta oferta, pero definitivamente con Yopparai nos sacamos la loteria. La carta la cambian constantemente, es decir, el chef presenta en el menú exactamente lo que se encontró en el mercado ese día. Una recomendación? ponganse en las manos del chef! el los va a consentir y a darles lo más maravilloso que hayan jamás comido. Eso si, no vayan por rollos, sushis nigiris y demás NO HAY!!! y por supuesto NO HACEN FALTA!! si eres amante de la comida japonesa no te lo puedes perder!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I marked notable wine list
I marked notable wine list but in reality there is no wine list but rather a remarkable Sake list with very different Sakes from all across Japan. The restaurant specializes also in food to accompany Sake and is therefore especially recommend to all who are interested in this genuine Japanese taste.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
yopparai is amazing
I have had many Japanese meals but Yopparai is fantastic for the combination of food quality, care and service in a traditional sake bar casual setting. Go there!
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I expected it to be great, but it was even better. You walk up a set of steps then have to ring a doorbell to get it- very exclusive feeling. Then you snuggle up in a booth or at the bar in such cool benches and let the very nice servers help you pick dishes. VERY interesting and authentic Japanese food. Get a suggestion from the sake sommelier for drinks. Really unique and beautiful experience! We ordered so so so much food- we thought the bill would be outrageous but it was totally affordable!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food - chawamushi and satdine sheets definitely hit the high note. Service was a bit all over the place - 2 sometimes 3 waiters served us sometimes brining 3-4 dishes out of time and sometimes 1 in 20 min. Place is expensive
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I came here to celebrate my 3 year anniversary and I am so glad I did. Food was absolutely phenomenal! I don't eat meat and still thought the food was delicious even if it is a yakatori. Raw fish was very fresh but I thought the stars of the show were the rice and soup dishes. If you are feeling adventurous, get the slimy bomb. Don't pass up their wonderful sake list as well! Also, don't be afraid to ask if they have other sakes off-menu; they will help you find something you like! Try their sake cocktail if you like fruity drinks.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food Unusual Format
Eat for three hours
Lots of small courses to share
Great variety and usual menu choices
Love the tapa style presentation
Only works in small groups
Unusual speak easy atmosphere
Will go again
Knowledge of various sakis was exceptional
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unusual food experience
a narrow restaurant located in the lower east side. The service is caring and excellent. sit at the bar on very comfortable seats or at small tables. The food is unusual in taste and texture. if you are craving a food adventure then try this place .pickled vegetables too salty. delicious creamy soufflé egg in a broth served in a cup. Lots of soy sauce based broths. sashimi was good. oden (street food in japan)very unusual. Japanese yam and white fish made into a smooth light airy concoction . Tasty and strange as were the other oden dishes. Crispy grilled rice cake very good. I enjoyed the experience in a taste texture adventure but delicious? No. Unusual and tasty? Yes.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a special dining experience, with a unique feel.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Much is said about this place.
Much is said about this place. Small, authentic homemade Japanese food, with a lot of seasonal delights. You can judge by the menu that not a lot is being carried elsewhere. Downside is that it REALLY is salty - from BBQs to pickles - and portions are very small, by the standards of many Japanese places in NYC. That said, it's typical izakaya food well suited for sake drinking. Location is kinda off, but it is worth a visit if you are tired of the typical east village/midtown east scene.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
special experience, great food
The sake and food menu are wonderful, but the kind owners and ambiance make it even more special. Great, laid-back atmosphere with impeccable Japanese design elements. Went to celebrate a birthday and it was memorable. Enjoyed the grilled tongue, agedashi mochi, and anago-omelette dish especially, but there are lots of accessible (less adventurous) dishes that are equally delicious. Highly recommend!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Authentic Sushi
If you are looking for a small whole in the wall, authentic sushi spot, this is for you. Need to make a reservation before. Small portions.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE best Izakaya
This place is THE best Izakaya in NY now. High end Izakaya (High end dises in Izakaya style). Superb service. Friendly itself.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
enjoyed the ambiance
Being with my GF and sitting side by side w her on a barseat height soft bench at the bar was sweet. the ambiance was intimate and which encourages you to leisurely try different dishes. Dishes, while small, were delicately constructed and served. Service was attentive, and views of an active, bustling interior were entertaining. The dishes we ordered were not adventurous, so can't comment on that. But I enjoyed the pork belly egg rice dish, and the cocktails.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best izakaya in the city
I adore this place! We ordered daikon salad, sardine sheet, uni sashimi (from Cali), otoro sashimi, Shiokara (homemade salted squid gut), oden , anago (sea eel) and egg in clay pot, finishing up with yuzu flavored sake shaved ice and spicy plum wine on the house (Thank you, Gaku san!). Everything was very oyishi! What made our experience a A+ is the service and the people here. Since it was not super busy, we got chance to chat with the owner, Gaku san, a Tokyo native. He made us felt like we were having drinks at a friend's apartment! And we share the same passion for oden served in the 7/11 in Tokyo :)
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
it was my second time there and loved it again! the service is great and it is intimate and enjoyable. sake is wonderful and food is tasty. all a success! they took care of my friend for her bday which was also appreciated!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a treat!
I love this concept. Food was interesting and good. Sake selection excellent. We'll be back. Loved the intimate setting. LAF UTAH
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mind blowing uni
It's so authentic Japanese that half the food on the menu I never heard of before. (And I am not talking about chicken teriyaki or udon). Super authentic with unbelievable flavors. I had the rice cake with sea urchin. And the large sushi I platter. The sushimi prices were small but so exotic and supper fresh
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Discovered this place searching online. Everything was great. The menu was very different not your typical place at all. I ordered hamachi tataki, beef tongue, uni squid, uni grilled rice and ikura don. Everything was really good .The beef tongue was a bit on the tough side cause they slice it thicker than how I usually get it. The server took it of my bill and purposely made me another one to see if it's better. It was still a bit tough cause in use to paper thin, but the fact that they tried blow me away. The chef also bOught over some special sake. It's been a while to see that trying to please service. Great place! There was other stuff I wanted to try but they were out. I wil go back for sure!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible food, average service
Food was on point. Service made me feel less than as when I asked for a recommendation i was met with " well most american's enjoy..". I came to Yopparai to eat like the Japanese if i wanted a california roll I'd go to an all you can eat sushi place.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small Restaurant with authentic
Small Restaurant with authentic Japanese food. Not your typical sushi place. Instead they offer a variety of Japanese dishes. Most tables are for two people and there is only one table for a larger group. Service was friendly and helpful. Some dishes are a bit pricey, for example $16 for basically steamed tofu (although it was served in a lovely wooden box).
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Real Thing!
So many Japanese restaurants in the USA are poor imitations of the real thing.
Not Yopparai....it was the real deal.
Trust me....I lived in Japan for 25 years and I know what I'm talking about.
Excellent food, presentation, ambience, and sake list is top notch.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM