Yopparai

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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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Japanese soul food.

WB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice traditional atmosphere with very goo quality food

OT
New York Area
70 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
18 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
6 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
12 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

JS
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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience! Staff is well-informed and food is outstanding. Will be back!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic food and service

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding dinner! Thank you

R
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Amazing

JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, and much more interesting selections of small plates than the typical Japanese fare in NY. Beautiful and understated decor, attentive staff, great music playing (small group 50s jazz, not too loud) in the background, amazing selection of sakes. Expensive, but worth it.

l
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful staff with amazing food. I felt like I was back in Tokyo.
The house made grilled Mochi is phenomenal- a must order. The shave ice from the Victorian era machine is fun and more flavorful than you’d think.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very good drink that you can enjoy the night.

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice and helpful hostess/ server. Recommend this experience

MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner with many Japanese dishes that are harder to find in the city. The counter seating is perfect for a date, and don't miss the kakigori!

EL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really wonderful, well-run izakaya that includes all the dishes you really want and avoids those that are just, well, wrong!

CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing but the portions were small. It was a great experience.

m
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just like being in Japan...great hidden gem. Food is super delicious and sake choices excellent. you can't have a bad time here....service could not be sweeter!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This becomes my routine once a month to go to Yoparai to have a meal. The food and service really make me feel comfortable and satisfying. And I recommend the dessert kakikori to everyone. It worth your try.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve had two wonderful meals here! I love the uni dishes.

CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food prepared with the highest ingredients in an atmosphere perfect for laid back conversation.

f
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest japanese restaurants in NY for great sake and awesome izakaya food. Highly recommend

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything is fabulous except a lady server is not nice.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, perfect service. All the food we ate are delicious. Will eat again soon.

f
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Izakaya. Impeccable food, fantastic sake

A
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yopparai is an excellent way to experience an izakaya here in NYC, though admittedly a more expensive one than you'd get in Japan. The quality of the food is fantastic, and the service is stellar. The ebi, chawanmushi, chicken meatball, sashimi, and tuna with radish are all incredible. Sake is pricey but interesting and wide-ranging.

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food. Terrible service. Only lasting due ti good chefs they have, but i would fire some service staff if the owner wants to take this restaurant to next level.

g
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, really delicious food and overall great experience.

DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a few birthdays with delicious tastings and drinks

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

the dessert selection is limited