Yopparai

4.8
317 reviews
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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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CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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m
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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f
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything is fabulous except a lady server is not nice.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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f
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Izakaya. Impeccable food, fantastic sake

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A
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

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.

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g
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, really delicious food and overall great experience.

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a few birthdays with delicious tastings and drinks

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

the dessert selection is limited

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MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in New York City - bar none. Unbelievable food, service and authenticity. So consistent every time I come here. The staff is unbelievable and the Sake list is one of the best in the country. Highly highly recommended!

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GD
Singapore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice little authentic space. Great food and great sake list. Great for a nice cosy dinner. Options to sit at the counter and enjoy watching the food prepared or little booths for two.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Place is nice, however food is salty, and after we order more food, after food is here, tell us there is seating limited, and we only have 10 more min. left It will be nice if you can tell me beofre we order more food. Will not go back again

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best. Pricey but worth it! Don't miss out on this gem!!!

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G
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The food didn't quite transport me back to Japan, and I don't think it could compete there, but the sake menu is lovingly constructed. Staff are wonderful. I'd probably end up a regular.

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place 😍

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m
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients.
Great waitresses that can offer suggestions pairing sake with the right dish.
Really good dining experience.

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YM
Dubai
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly staff. Some of the best Japanese food I’ve had outside of Japan. Very authentic.

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff went out of their way to insure that my large party was well taken care of, including pre-ordering the menu and giving superb service. The food is excellent - easily one of the best izakayas in NYC and the sake menu is extensive.

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PL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Closest experience you will get to actually being in Tokyo

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the intimate setting. The have an excellent sake selection available in carafe so you can try different sake with different dishes. Beautiful sashimi and try he duck barbecue!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very talented and knowledgable staff

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is that they tend to rush you along too much, the antithesis of what I thought an izakaya was supposed to be.

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C
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Def my favorite izakaya in the city. Very good food and place is very clean as well. Also a great place for eel dishes.

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a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A real, genuine Japanese Izakaya! Unlike many others, this one transports you to Osaka when you cross the door! Great food and Sake!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food, not inexpensive but well worth it. Good vegetarian options. Great signature cocktail. Quiet room is good for talking.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous to have a cozy lunch together

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GW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legitimately one of the best places you could choose to dine in NYC. From the moment you step inside, to the moment you leave, you will want for nothing. This is truly a special place!

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese restaurant in my area.
Food is great! Also they have over 90 different sake ! However It was little bit hot inside.

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C
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, great valued food. Izakaya feel and some really authentic Japanese comfort food that is hard to find elsewhere in the city. Everything tasted very good especially the eel sticky rise. Prob the best eel over rice I've ever gotten in New York. Only dish I wouldn't reorder again would be the grilled squid. The waitress did warn me that it would be a bit chewy and it was. Also the old-school shaved ice machine was great to watch. Definitely try to get counter seating.

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of my favorite izakayas in the city. Great food and intimate settings.

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HD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuine Japanese experience. Fantastic mini teppanyaki and sake.

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TH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a friend, his wife, and their two boys (ages 13 and 16). One boy didn't like anything, he's fussy so not entirely unexpected, but everyone else was very happy with every dish, and we are big foodies, traveling regular to Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Spain to dine at the best places we can find. Yopparai is not up to the better izakayas in Japan, but would definitely be middle of the pack and doing that in New York rather than Tokyo is a feat. Will be back.

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HF
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please do yourself a favor and order the Blue Fin Tasting. It was all amazing beyond worth the value. The extensive Sake menu has something for even the most unenthusiastic sake goer. The staff was amazing and the ambiance was traditional and 5-Star. Will return for another date night or special occassion.

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WL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, such a gem. Amazing Japanese food that remind me the experience in Japan!

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