Yopparai

4.5
396 Reviews
$50 and over
Izakaya
Yopparai opened 10 years ago as an intimate Japanese sake bar and restaurant known for its wide variety of sake paired with traditional Japanese cuisine. After a long pandemic induced break, we are excited to reopen at a new location on the Lower East Side! We continue to serve menu favorites like homemade tofu, grilled meat/fish, and oden, while also adding new offerings like sushi and Japanese hot pot. We offer socially distanced indoor dining, as well as heated outdoor dining, both with a unique Japanese ambiance. We also offer counter seating where we serve a limited-availability sushi omakase course in addition to our full menu.

For special occasions, we recommend our sister restaurant, Yopparai Ronin, an omakase-only date night spot offering a multi-course menu in a beautiful Japanese setting. Please visit Yopparai Ronin's listing to book your date night.

* In accordance with NYC requirements, we now require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for guests dining indoors.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was disappointing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The tatami Mayte seating area is beautiful. The waitress will come and check on us frequently which seemed good, but then sometimes it felt to frequent. Overall service is good. They should have more options for tea, as currently only green tea as offered.

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ChristineC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

the portions were ridiculously small. we ordered the highly commented items, and the only dish that was worth its price tag was the pork belly hot pot. nonetheless, sushi was fresh and flavors were there.

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sushiluva
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience- nice sake list- chirashis were delicious as well as the rolls.

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GregC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food. Not a single dish that doesn’t impress and service is impeccable

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RACHAEL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, excellent. Wagyu tataki miso cod sushi... go and eat

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Butters
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Solid izakaya. Ambiance is perfect for the type of restaurant. Food quality is high, but not extraordinary. I can't say that any one thing in particular was the best I've ever had, but I didn't have any true complaints. Very satisfied and happy with it.

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vipStam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food is still outstanding. However, service at the new location was subpar.

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wonkifer
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Menu is too small. Not enough small dishes to include classics as well as seasonal items to meet the standard of a good izakaya. Servers don’t do Japanese style. Nice but not attentive. Not watching for hand signals or even filling glasses and changing small plates. Good was pretty good but more for generic diners who don’t really know Japanese food.

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GRCS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food are fresh but way overrated and overpriced. Sorry to say so but no remmemdation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Best restaurant in the city!

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JacqueO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had a great experience starting with the window-seat table, warm and friendly staff, and a solid meal. Great work team Yopparai!

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Lisa
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Tiny portion for the price we paid. Uni chirashi and chopped fatty tuna chirashi are not of good quality, fishy and not very fresh. Fudomaki is very cold. Only the chicken meatballs was tasty. The waitress didn’t know the menu very well, couldn’t answer the question.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food is definitely fresh, but

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KC64
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first time at Yopparai. The decor was attractive. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed the pork belly hot pot, amazing tofu appetizer, fatty blue fin tuna on rice, Wagu beef appetizer and the shrimp tempura hot dog. Each delicious. Portions are small plates so ordering several and sharing was fun. Great sake selections. We look forward to returning again!

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KenA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Yopparai provides a very nice ambiance with amazing food. Reasonable prices and great customer service. Would go back very soon.

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vipDinner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Menu a little slimmer than last visit, pre-covid, but still excellent quality and service!!

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Tiaotiao
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

serving portion is small but the food is good. recommend for parties no more than 3 people.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location and people

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!

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JulianC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, authentic experience. Would certainly come back again for a special occasion.

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vippecochan
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool "So Japan" decor, great izakaya food, sake, shochu, whiskey and lovely staff! I'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food , super friendly staff and enjoy the private Japanese booths, I really enjoyed the detailed attentiveness of the food & staff

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NewYorkerOmakase
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I was embarrassed to take a girl here on a first date. Yopparai is going down in quality and ambiance. There is nothing elegant about the way they are serving cocktails. They should put a bit more effort in this whole thing. Omakase is an experience and they are not doing anything to create a cool ambiance. Their old location was so much better. THis new place felt like a cheap dollar sushi restaurant. Not going back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience

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MichaelK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was slightly above average; the sashimi was all very good, uni and ikura probably the best thing we had. Otherwise the place was really overpriced for the quality of food. The place is kind of a confused Isakayi/sushi bar/wanna be kaiseki. Most places that combine so many styles of Japanese cuisine fall short in achieving anything noteworthy in any particular style in my experience. Service was really good, the servers were all overattentive, very considerate, cool ambiance as well, but generally not close to being worth it.

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vipZifoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This new location is bigger than the previous and the menu has changed a lot too.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, super authentic and the service was top notch. They were so patient with us in explaining every dish and made us laugh with their warm service. Loved everything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Omakase... absolutely wonderful and kind service

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vipEugeneZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

If you loved the old Yopparai, the new one is not for you. There is no ambience. Service is perfunctory and without humor. Dishes are not as good as they were around the corner. Just too damn bad.

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SamuelL
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small portions but really fantastic food--fresh and perfectly seasoned. Cocktails were great, chicken meatball a highlight

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vipRoman
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great atmosphere and service! Would definitely come back again!

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MatthewA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to come back. The food and service were absolutely outstanding.

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EricC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice staff, great drinks (though cocktail options are somewhat limited).
Lovely ambience.

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MiamiK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safety protocols were well followed. I reserved 2 seats in the bar, and we were sat apart from other groups. The food was without a doubt amazing! The servers were all very kind and friendly.

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ThomasM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yopparai of old has moved and changed their approach. Before it was more sedate and traditional Japanese Izakaya with emphasis on a wide variety of small dishes. Now it is a bit more youth-oriented with more American clientele. Fewer dishes but the quality is still very high.

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motif
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I loved the space/atmosphere/food at the previous location. The new location has still fine food, but I felt the service quality gets lower than before.

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chie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese fine Izakaya with attentive service. Individual Tatami seating fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Used to be a good place. Not good after covid reopen.

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vipChrisEatsinBos
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service- kind staff. Really enjoyed the food and would love to go back to try the sushi Omakase.

FAQs

Yopparai is rated 4.5 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.