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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.
New York, NY 10002
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
between Clinton and Suffolk St
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
F train to Delancey St, J/M/Z trains to Essex St,
B/D trains to Grand St.
Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking
Yopparai Ratings and Reviews
Amazing. The food came out very quickly, the seating was not at all cramped, it was fairly quiet yet still full (which is amazing these days), and our waitress always made sure to answer all our questions. And the presentation for all the food was done very, very, very well.
I can't recommend this place enough. For a first date it's a bit much, but for an anniversary or valentines day or anything like that, this is a very good candidate.
I have high expectation b4 I go. But the restaurant is very small. The 5 ppl next to us was very loud with their conversation. Im not sure they were drunk or NOT! The sake selection have a lot of choice but pretty pricey! This is a sake bar restaurant but NOT really for sushi or sashimi. OverAll, it's NOT too bad but NOT good neither!
As someone from Japan, I prefer this type of dining rather than a sushi bar, which the pace is different and a bit fast for my regular dining preference. This is now a Michelin recommended restaurant (yet to be starred) and I'm not surprised at all.
They never disappoint. Their dishes have the quality, attention to detail, care, and quiet sophistication. Nothing is flashy - the food, the ppl, the decor. They let their food speak for itself.
I still appreciate the 2-person benches at the bar. They do have a couple of bigger tables. But this place is for quiet conversations over excellent food. No loud groups.
My ONLY negative comment is that their drink menu is only sake, a few beers, and one sake cocktail. I'm waiting for them to add some wines, please!
This small and unassuming sake bar served wonderful food and sake. We had sashimi which was very fresh and melted in your mouth. We were given seaweed paper in a box with charcoal to keep it crisp; they have wonderful touches to the presentation of their food.
This cozy izakaya (Japanese sake-bar) with an extensive menu of mostly small plates is a great find. My companion and I were greeted and seated right away at the time of our reservation (we sat at a 2 person table, but about half of the seating is at the long bar counter). The service was attentive and helpful, the small plates were excellently prepared and tasty, and the atmosphere was quiet enough for conversation. We will be returning!
Although there are 2 tables toward the back of the restaurant (seating 4 persons each in close proximity), there is limited seating otherwise for groups.
Super cool place, friendly staff, sublime food, excellent saki and a general great experience. Kinda Japanese tapas, or bill d as a Japanese gastro-pub, the menu is best enjoy d as a progressive meal and food comes out across the evening, sashimi is great, but I enjoy the hot items - pork belly in miso broth is phenomenal, the wagu beef dishes - and there are a few - are definitely nommy. Chose the dish that is served on a leaf being heated below by a burner - raw quails egg on top, when mixed-in gives the, already spectacular, sauce a glistening luster that coats your tongue. Got to give a resounding shout out to the ice cold draft Sapporo in the chilled glasses. Great all around experience
I went to Yopparai with a group of 8 friends and we were seated in the back at a large table. We shared a bunch of small plates and had some wonderful sake. Thick cut Washu beef tongue was a highlight, as were the homemade tofu and Seiro Meshi with sea eel. Our server was friendly, knowledgable, and able to recommend 2 fantastic sakes. Will definitely return.
A truly special place. A place that cares. A place that makes everything on its own including fresh Tofu, a unique shumai, its own Ponzu sauce . Attention to detail. All with high touch yet Lower East side unpretentiousness. A place to go when you want to ell someone they are special to you. Its a small space make reservations.
The best Japanese isakaya place I ate at in long time. Everything was superb: from the hot towel on arrival to the service and the great choice of sake. The dishes were amazing, especially the chawanmushi: cold custard (with shrimp and salmon roe) and the seiro meshi (to die for).
It felt like being in a secret place... having to ring to be buzzed in! I have already recommended the place to two New Yorkers and I will be back when I am next in NYC.
This is a very high quality, upscale Izakaya. I'm from Japan, and this has been one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in NYC. Their attention to detail and efforts to maintain high quality food and service have not changed. I also love the very cozy ambiance. Their main seatings are for 2 ppl (2 person benches at the bar or small tables for 2).
They have a decent sake list and a couple of beer options. Besides those, they only have one sake cocktail. The only negative is that they have no wine. I wish I could get wine by the glass!
First time to visit Yopparai. It is a lovely Izakaya in a compact space with a diverse menu and an excellent sake list. Cold beer on draft as well. The dishes were very good and the service was excellent. We were seated quickly. The skewers were delicious as were the agedashi tofu, kakuni, and the Kurobuta Tamago Toji. Also, one of the few Izakayas were you can find Oden. Hope to try the sashimi next time.
Had a girl's night out and we ordered a bottle of Sake with traditional Japanese sides. The list of Sake is amazing and staff has great knowledge. Good Sake with good prices.
Food is also very good. goes well with sake. there was this special grilled whole fish was amazing! We sat at the bar table it's very comfy without any interruption like ppl walking into you..etc.
Overall it's a very good experience.
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