Incredible, every aspect
all staffs are very friendly and atmosphere is nice we can fee Japanese culture.
unfortunately, foods are not tasty and too salty.
I don't wanna back.
Unique, soulful and amazing as always! One of my all time favorites in NYC.
A small and cozy place with great food and atmosphere. We felt nostalgic about our times in Japan as we enjoyed the authentic Izakaya (Japanese bar) food and decor.
Most of the dishes we ordered as well as the sake were great.
A little surprise came with the bill... Now, we're not new to dinner bills in Manhattan and paid more in the past so I was expecting high toll to be paid but ~250$ for something you can get for 50$ in Japan is a little too much in my opinion.
But, anyway, the place left a great impression and we enjoyed the night a lot!
I definitely recommend the place. just be aware of the $$ factor.
Perfect. Great food. Delicious sake and incredible service. Felt like a family run business. They let us hang out eat and drink at our own pace and helped with the menu.
It was our first time there and we selected dishes from several categories on the menu - rice, meat, fish and vegetables. Each dish had freshly prepared ingredients and was tasty. The service was fine as was the sake recommended for the meal.
First challenge was getting in. Ring buzzer but nobody answer for a couple of minutes. Once buzzed in it is small but cozy. Creative design of seats with storage underneath. Food was of high quality but not in quantity. Food was reasonably priced. Only complaint was sake. My god that was expensive. Had a great time.
Some of the best and innovative while still staying authentic, small plates done Japanese style I've ever had the pleasure of having.
Go if you like excellent food, presented with art and tradition in mind, with a service staff that is beyond great.
Very accommodating, cozy Japanese izakaya fare. Some of the best uni in the city!
While the food is overall of good quality with an excellent selection of sake, Yopparai is way over priced and simply not worth the money for a casual night out.
Delicious, quiet, sophisticated. Really nice vibe - I would definitely recommend.
Everything was delicious. Delicate small plates. Nice seats.
Food was excellent as well as the service. Will definitely visit again.
Yopparai is our neighborhood gem! The food and service are always excellent. It's a short walk from our apartment so it's an easy choice when deciding what to eat for dinner. We had the oden (fish/yam cake, daikon, and tamago), washu beef teppanyaki, assorted sashimi with ikura and uni, Sapporos, and our favorite sake. Everything is so authentic and artfully crafted.
What a nice find. If you want good Japanese food - defined as “not sushi” - this is an excellent choice. Small, and I felt like I was back in Japan. Food is very well done, service perfect, and every one of four dishes ($65 total, no alcohol) was worth every bite. It’s not high-falutin' Japanese nouveau - it’s well-executed, quality Japanese fare. Get reservations; it holds 20 ppl +/-. Note: I photos done with my phone in ambient light, and I don't think they do justice to the awesomeness of the food.
A warm, inviting, unpretentious small space with excellent food.
This place has an extensive sake list which is amazing. The food was pretty solid too. A bit pricey but overall I was good & satisfied.
Seriously one of the top five meals of my life. From the narrow entryway and the train-compartment-like door to the narrow aisle with skinny booths under which you can store your outerwear in little cubbies, the ambience is fantastic. We had four different sakes, each of them the best sakes we've ever had. The tuna tartare was the best tuna tartare I've ever had. The ebi cake was flavorful and wonderful. We kept on saying to each other "turns out I've never had miso before...turns out I've never had tuna before." Great service.
Words cannot explain how excellent the dining, food, and service we had that day! Great place!
Excelente calidad, aunque precio desproporcionado.
Our amazing waitress recommended different sakes throughout our whole meal. She would explain where they’re from and how they’re made, which was very welcomed to us sake beginners.
Each dish is flavorful and beautifully presented. The pacing of the whole meal was perfect - each dish would come a little after we had finish the prior dish, giving us time to savor and sip.
My favorite moments were each time the wooden cover on the oden box was lifted. If only I could have a dashi, daikon, fish cake scented candle.
Long story short, an intimate and educational place to go for a food adventure!
Beautiful presentation, very fresh sushi, very helpful staff and extremely authentic... highly recommended!
A great Japanese food and sake bar. Lots of interesting and delicious food to choose from and lovely staff to teach you traditions of drinking and pouring the sake.
Overrated food and expensive. The waitress barely cracked a smile. Place is cool and hidden which is a plus.
Excellent as always. Love the seasonal fish and sake specials.
My fav Japanese restaurant! Food was super delicious however AC didn't work!!!!! :-/ The service excellent!
It remains THE izakaya to visit in NYC: outstandingly prepared food, with plenty of thought and style. Outstanding. Wonderful grilled items and the home-made tofu is exquisite!
Best experience ever. Amazing food.
I was missing oden since getting back from Japan so I searched for a spot in New York. Yopparai did not disappoint. It's small and dimly lit with great staff and a relaxed atmosphere. The sake list was excellent and the food was delicious. I had some of the oden items and then tried a few tofu and rice dishes as well.
The crowd was a mix of couples, business people and solo diners. I was with a friend this time but would definitely come back to grab a bite by myself in the future.
If you are a group larger than 2 people, confirm table or bar seating. Here aren't very many tables, and we were a party of 3 and it's hard to sit all in a line. We got into a little chat w the hostess bc there was an open table but she insisted we sit at the bar. It was packed and wasn't going to be very comfortable so we said we would leave and come back another time. She gave in and sat us at the table. In the end the food made up for the early rough start.
Excellent as always. A great place to bring guests who have never experienced authentic Japanese cuisine. The attention to detail is outstanding, and the space is very special.
Great atmosphere, authentic dining. Like going to Japan without the long flight!
The food has gone down standard significantly -- salty, heavy on sauce, non-fresh ingredient, mistakenly prepared. It was one of the best, and my favorite Japanese place in the city but this time, it's completely disappointed experience.
An excellent if upscale Izakaya. I was trying to impress an Japanese friend and it worked, she felt very at home. Not cheap but it's authentic and in new York so what would you expect?
Worse than last time
I'm a huge fan of the izakaya experience and Yopparai might be my favorite NYC izakaya. The food is simple, extremely well-executed and just amazing. The sake selection is diverse and well-presented by the educated staff. The service is excellent -- warm, efficient and courteous but with that rare ability to remain unobtrusive. The decor is tastefully modern and low-key and the ambiance is appropriate for a date or meal with friends and colleagues. Highly recommended!
Cozy, attentive and delicious! Perfect place for enjoying great food and company.
Dining at Yopparai was quite possibly the coziest dining experience I have ever had. The location is a bit obscure; the only signage leading to the restaurant is on the inner face of the left wall leading up a narrow entry stairway. The largely wooden interior imparts a certain warmth. It is a bit small, but does not feel cramped. All of the seating has built-in storage, precluding the need for guests to create a nest in the corner of their seat after removing all of their coats and bags. The food they serve is emblematic of Japanese comfort food; simple, unpretentious, clean, flavorful, subtle, and just filling enough that one does not get full before having a chance to sample a fair selection of their offerings. Their preparations do offer some additional refinements in comparison to the more typical Japanese hole-in-the-wall, adding a certain sophistication to the experience. Although they brand themselves as a sake bar, my friend and I are not partial to sake. Luckily, they had a couple types of Japanese craft beers available, which were excellent as well. Yopparai is an amazing place to spend an intimate evening with your partner or a couple of close friends.
Excellent, authentic Japanese cuisine in a comfortable and casual, if somewhat crowded, space. A lovely restaurant.