Yopparai

4.8
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Izakaya
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.

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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty solid place, food is great, portions a little small but makes up in quality. Could have some cheaper sake's on the menu, everything seems >$100

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service in a nondescript sake bar. Excellent selection of sake and every dish we ordered was phenomenal!

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food w beautiful presentation. Introduction to unfamiliar Japanese dishes w western influence. Courteous service. But bc of tight quarters there is a 2-2.5 hr time limit to your meal to fit in the next party.

HR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

used to be a much nicer low key high quality place. They seated us and when we did not order fast enough told us the time limit on our uncomfortable bar seats. when we wanted the check we had to hunt them down even though we got a stern warning we had to leave we could not pay. The food was OK but nothing special and it was crazy loud and the attitude made me feel stupid for paying a lot of $$ to sit in a tiny box full of loud people who had too much saki.

JB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance. Unique experience.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The portions are very small and the service is a little pushy - you can’t really enjoy your meal and experience because waiters come all the time forcing to order meal, to bring dessert menu even when you didn’t finish eating yet... also about the food, I was expecting a lot more.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yopparai is our go-to for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The service is impeccable, the sake list is extensive, and the food is incredible. Go to Yopparai!

TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing Japanese tasting menu with all the sake you can handle. Food was excellent, staff was friendly and helpful with explanations and suggestions. Counter seating was great, and gives you a chance to see the chefs put their impressive knife skills to work. Would definitely eat here again, and would recommend to anyone looking to splurge on a tasty tour of Japanese cuisine.

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Yopparai! The staff was incredibly friendly and food was fantastic.

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place. Food was so good, although a little expensive, and the service was fantastic.

VP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only decent Izakaya in the city

KK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Authentic Japanese feeling. Delicious small plates. I came here with my boyfriend for our six month anniversary. I’ve been here a few times now. Consistent. Comforting. Relaxed. I have everlasting memories of their grilled squid.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! The ebi (raw shrimp) special was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten this year. Can’t wait to go back.

PO
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. If Yopparai was a rock band it would be Radiohead. Definitely not Coldplay.

CS
London
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was hoping for an authentic Japanese Izakaya and Yopparai did not disappoint me. Their sake is a little more expensive side but their food is very tasty and I really enjoyed the whole experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Japanese soul food.

WB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice traditional atmosphere with very goo quality food

OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cute. Not good for groups. Great service. Lovely staff. Must get the oden and the tsukune. Super flavorful and tasty. Leave some room for shaved ice!

GG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yopparai is hands-down, one of the best izakayas in NYC. Always consistently excellent. I've had almost every single dish they offer and all of them were delicious and on-point. The staff is amazing as well!

SZ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy restaurant with authentic Japanese izakaya food. The chicken meatball and other dishes are of much higher quality than typical izakaya. The sake selection is amazing. Service is impeccable. It's a little hidden which is also a great thing 'cause it feels like a special club. Must go!

GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was rushed. The table next to us experienced superior hospitality... Please work on that and be more “present” whenever possible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special hidden place and service exceptional. Food was delicious!

O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and wonderful

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. One of the few “real” Japanese restaurants in NYC.

AP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

wonderful nice service and incredible quality food! very authentic japanese! try the cod and the grill vegetable!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were top notch. Wide assortment of sakes, along with some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Delicious sashimi, and the cooked dishes were outstanding. Highly recommend!

s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

one of the best izakaya restaurants in NYC.

meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, noodle choices served in small plates, and a great selection of sake and beer

not a cheap meal but worthwhile

JJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is superb. Cod is softly melting in mouth. Homemade tofu matches well with sauce. Chicken meatball is a little too salty. Washu beef could be more tender - takes longer than 2 mins to make it easy to chew. Service is a little lacking - no water refill - due to probably lack of staff. Although, appreciate the flexibility of letting us in well in advance of our booked time. Overall, a cute tasty restaurant with cozy ambiance.

LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, everything! Will be back soon :)

OT
New York Area
1 review