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About Yopparai

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.

151 Rivington St.
1st floor
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
between Clinton and Suffolk St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 777-7253

Website:
http://www.yopparainyc.com/

Public Transit:
F train to Delancey St, J/M/Z trains to Essex St,
B/D trains to Grand St.

Executive Chef:
Junya Miura

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking

Yopparai Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
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Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Took me back to evenings in Japan.. all that was missing was a heated toilet.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

simply outstanding small plates. Selection of the grilled items was extensive and prepared in a first-rate manner. Highly flavorful dishes - we had 9 and they are all excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Great food. Nice tiny place great for a date night other small group get together. Recommended.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Yopparai is a nice off the radar Japanese restaurant on the LES with great food at good prices. I have been looking for a place that reminds me of my time in Japan and this one comes pretty close.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2017

I always enjoy Yopparai. My best Japanese place in Manhattan.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Traditional Japanese food with an extensive sake menu and great recomendatiins from our waitress

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Great food, great experience!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2016

I always enjoy Yopparai. One of the best Japanese place in NYC.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2016

I had a great time at Yopparai - the food was delicious, the service impeccable. I will definitely come again and have already recommended to several friends. Get the steak and Udon noodles!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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 (東京)·Dined on November 26, 2016

本格的な和食居酒屋&日本酒がニューヨークに!
「東京に居るのでは無いか?」と錯覚してしまうくらい、良い意味で日本らしい居酒屋です。

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2016

This was a Japanese gem. Yopparai is an authentic izakaya that is a cut above most izakayas I have been to while living in Japan. I would only recommend this to my best friends, in order to keep this a hidden spot.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Hidden neighborhood gem. Low key but big flavors and tasty fare

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 7, 2016

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Horrible horrible service. By far the worst I've ever had in nyc.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Amazing Japanese foods and sake selection :-) Yopparai's Oden and Shiokara are the best in New York!!!!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Only problem was 2 people behind us swearing a lot in loud voices. The wait staff did nothing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Incredible meal and attentive, knowledgeable, unobtrusive service. We left dinner feeling calm and restored. Great date night :)

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Very traditional Japanese cuisine, would go again. Not suited for big crowds, table for 2 is perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Excellent food and service. We were a party of four celebrating my husband's birthday. I will recommend Yopparai to all of my friends, especially expat friends who lived in Tokyo like us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 19, 2016

Authentic and delicious Japanese cuisine served expertly by a gracious host.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 1, 2016

This is the second time I was there. The food and ambiance were both times were incredible, as was the service.

The friends I took were even talking about other people they have to take to try the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Incredible food. Great service. Like a cultural immersion to Japan.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2016

This is a small, half-hidden izakaya restaurant with great food, a quiet atmosphere, and very polite and friendly service. Order lots of small dishes (especially loved the kakuni, jidori tamago tojo, and chawanmushi) and some sake on the side.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Great sake list. Outstanding Japanese food. A must!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Amazing in every respect

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2016

Food was very good but not wonderful enough to justify the ridiculously expensive price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2016

The staff was amazing as well as the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Amazing. The food, the service, the vibe, everything is amazing. One of the best Japanese places in town

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Solid japanese food. The tofu and claypot eggs were excellent

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