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Yopparai

4.7
257 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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Yopparai is an intimate Japanese sake bar and restaurant featuring a wide variety of sake along with traditional foods and snacks that pair well with sake. With high-quality ingredients selected daily by our chefs, Yopparai offers fresh sashimi, seasonal vegetables, and an assortment of fish and meats prepared on our open grill.



With only 30 seats, we aim to bring a personal sake tasting experience to each of our guests. Allow one of our sommeliers to help you select a special sake, served at the ideal temperature, in our house collection of traditional Japanese glassware. Relax in our unique and inviting space, and enjoy the warmth and tradition of Japanese sake and dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 777-7253
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Junya Miura
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Clinton and Suffolk St
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Public transit
F train to Delancey St, J/M/Z trains to Essex St,
B/D trains to Grand St.
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking
What 257 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything was excellent, from the service to the food. The only drawback is that I wasn't full after a $200 bill (between two people). If you go without budget constraints, this isn't really a problem- just go expecting to order several items.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

What a SPECTACULAR dinner! It wasn’t just a dinner, it was a full experience. We sat in the best seats in the house, the counter seats right in the middle so we could watch all the chefs in action. Our server, Kimi, was so attentive and hospitable. We had a multitude of dishes in an intentional progression with paired sake. Very authentic and special!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food and very professional service for example with the Sake recommendations. Matsu was excellent, but the best was the eel with egg and veggies and more

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Incredible, every aspect

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

all staffs are very friendly and atmosphere is nice we can fee Japanese culture.
unfortunately, foods are not tasty and too salty.
I don't wanna back.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Unique, soulful and amazing as always! One of my all time favorites in NYC.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

overall great

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

A small and cozy place with great food and atmosphere. We felt nostalgic about our times in Japan as we enjoyed the authentic Izakaya (Japanese bar) food and decor.
Most of the dishes we ordered as well as the sake were great.
A little surprise came with the bill... Now, we're not new to dinner bills in Manhattan and paid more in the past so I was expecting high toll to be paid but ~250$ for something you can get for 50$ in Japan is a little too much in my opinion.
But, anyway, the place left a great impression and we enjoyed the night a lot!
I definitely recommend the place. just be aware of the $$ factor.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Perfect. Great food. Delicious sake and incredible service. Felt like a family run business. They let us hang out eat and drink at our own pace and helped with the menu.

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2017

It was our first time there and we selected dishes from several categories on the menu - rice, meat, fish and vegetables. Each dish had freshly prepared ingredients and was tasty. The service was fine as was the sake recommended for the meal.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2017

First challenge was getting in. Ring buzzer but nobody answer for a couple of minutes. Once buzzed in it is small but cozy. Creative design of seats with storage underneath. Food was of high quality but not in quantity. Food was reasonably priced. Only complaint was sake. My god that was expensive. Had a great time.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Some of the best and innovative while still staying authentic, small plates done Japanese style I've ever had the pleasure of having.
Go if you like excellent food, presented with art and tradition in mind, with a service staff that is beyond great.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Very accommodating, cozy Japanese izakaya fare. Some of the best uni in the city!

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2017

While the food is overall of good quality with an excellent selection of sake, Yopparai is way over priced and simply not worth the money for a casual night out.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Delicious, quiet, sophisticated. Really nice vibe - I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was delicious. Delicate small plates. Nice seats.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was excellent as well as the service. Will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Yopparai is our neighborhood gem! The food and service are always excellent. It's a short walk from our apartment so it's an easy choice when deciding what to eat for dinner. We had the oden (fish/yam cake, daikon, and tamago), washu beef teppanyaki, assorted sashimi with ikura and uni, Sapporos, and our favorite sake. Everything is so authentic and artfully crafted.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2017

What a nice find. If you want good Japanese food - defined as “not sushi” - this is an excellent choice. Small, and I felt like I was back in Japan. Food is very well done, service perfect, and every one of four dishes ($65 total, no alcohol) was worth every bite. It’s not high-falutin' Japanese nouveau - it’s well-executed, quality Japanese fare. Get reservations; it holds 20 ppl +/-. Note: I photos done with my phone in ambient light, and I don't think they do justice to the awesomeness of the food.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

A warm, inviting, unpretentious small space with excellent food.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

This place has an extensive sake list which is amazing. The food was pretty solid too. A bit pricey but overall I was good & satisfied.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Seriously one of the top five meals of my life. From the narrow entryway and the train-compartment-like door to the narrow aisle with skinny booths under which you can store your outerwear in little cubbies, the ambience is fantastic. We had four different sakes, each of them the best sakes we've ever had. The tuna tartare was the best tuna tartare I've ever had. The ebi cake was flavorful and wonderful. We kept on saying to each other "turns out I've never had miso before...turns out I've never had tuna before." Great service.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Words cannot explain how excellent the dining, food, and service we had that day! Great place!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Excelente calidad, aunque precio desproporcionado.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Our amazing waitress recommended different sakes throughout our whole meal. She would explain where they’re from and how they’re made, which was very welcomed to us sake beginners.

Each dish is flavorful and beautifully presented. The pacing of the whole meal was perfect - each dish would come a little after we had finish the prior dish, giving us time to savor and sip.

My favorite moments were each time the wooden cover on the oden box was lifted. If only I could have a dashi, daikon, fish cake scented candle.

Long story short, an intimate and educational place to go for a food adventure!

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Beautiful presentation, very fresh sushi, very helpful staff and extremely authentic... highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

A great Japanese food and sake bar. Lots of interesting and delicious food to choose from and lovely staff to teach you traditions of drinking and pouring the sake.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Overrated food and expensive. The waitress barely cracked a smile. Place is cool and hidden which is a plus.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent as always. Love the seasonal fish and sake specials.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2017

My fav Japanese restaurant! Food was super delicious however AC didn't work!!!!! :-/ The service excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2017

It remains THE izakaya to visit in NYC: outstandingly prepared food, with plenty of thought and style. Outstanding. Wonderful grilled items and the home-made tofu is exquisite!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Best experience ever. Amazing food.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

I was missing oden since getting back from Japan so I searched for a spot in New York. Yopparai did not disappoint. It's small and dimly lit with great staff and a relaxed atmosphere. The sake list was excellent and the food was delicious. I had some of the oden items and then tried a few tofu and rice dishes as well.
The crowd was a mix of couples, business people and solo diners. I was with a friend this time but would definitely come back to grab a bite by myself in the future.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

If you are a group larger than 2 people, confirm table or bar seating. Here aren't very many tables, and we were a party of 3 and it's hard to sit all in a line. We got into a little chat w the hostess bc there was an open table but she insisted we sit at the bar. It was packed and wasn't going to be very comfortable so we said we would leave and come back another time. She gave in and sat us at the table. In the end the food made up for the early rough start.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Excellent as always. A great place to bring guests who have never experienced authentic Japanese cuisine. The attention to detail is outstanding, and the space is very special.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Great atmosphere, authentic dining. Like going to Japan without the long flight!

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The food has gone down standard significantly -- salty, heavy on sauce, non-fresh ingredient, mistakenly prepared. It was one of the best, and my favorite Japanese place in the city but this time, it's completely disappointed experience.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

An excellent if upscale Izakaya. I was trying to impress an Japanese friend and it worked, she felt very at home. Not cheap but it's authentic and in new York so what would you expect?

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Worse than last time

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

I'm a huge fan of the izakaya experience and Yopparai might be my favorite NYC izakaya. The food is simple, extremely well-executed and just amazing. The sake selection is diverse and well-presented by the educated staff. The service is excellent -- warm, efficient and courteous but with that rare ability to remain unobtrusive. The decor is tastefully modern and low-key and the ambiance is appropriate for a date or meal with friends and colleagues. Highly recommended!

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