Yopparai

4.6
383 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 are proud to introduce our new sister restaurant, Yopparai Ronin, an omakase-only date night spot offering a multi-course menu in a beautiful Japanese setting. Please visit the separate Yopparai Ronin listing to book your date night.

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
What 383 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KC64
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
29 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
2 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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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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RomanK
New York Area
1 review
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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chies
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.

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AkshayD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty solid place, food is great, portions a little small but makes up in quality. Could have some cheaper sake's on the menu, everything seems >$100

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vipMarianA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service in a nondescript sake bar. Excellent selection of sake and every dish we ordered was phenomenal!

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Grrrlchk
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food w beautiful presentation. Introduction to unfamiliar Japanese dishes w western influence. Courteous service. But bc of tight quarters there is a 2-2.5 hr time limit to your meal to fit in the next party.

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HungryR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

used to be a much nicer low key high quality place. They seated us and when we did not order fast enough told us the time limit on our uncomfortable bar seats. when we wanted the check we had to hunt them down even though we got a stern warning we had to leave we could not pay. The food was OK but nothing special and it was crazy loud and the attitude made me feel stupid for paying a lot of $$ to sit in a tiny box full of loud people who had too much saki.

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JenniferB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance. Unique experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The portions are very small and the service is a little pushy - you can’t really enjoy your meal and experience because waiters come all the time forcing to order meal, to bring dessert menu even when you didn’t finish eating yet... also about the food, I was expecting a lot more.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yopparai is our go-to for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The service is impeccable, the sake list is extensive, and the food is incredible. Go to Yopparai!

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TimN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing Japanese tasting menu with all the sake you can handle. Food was excellent, staff was friendly and helpful with explanations and suggestions. Counter seating was great, and gives you a chance to see the chefs put their impressive knife skills to work. Would definitely eat here again, and would recommend to anyone looking to splurge on a tasty tour of Japanese cuisine.

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jfood23
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Yopparai! The staff was incredibly friendly and food was fantastic.

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vipLouie
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place. Food was so good, although a little expensive, and the service was fantastic.

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ViniciusP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only decent Izakaya in the city

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KristinaK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Authentic Japanese feeling. Delicious small plates. I came here with my boyfriend for our six month anniversary. I’ve been here a few times now. Consistent. Comforting. Relaxed. I have everlasting memories of their grilled squid.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! The ebi (raw shrimp) special was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten this year. Can’t wait to go back.

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PatrickO
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. If Yopparai was a rock band it would be Radiohead. Definitely not Coldplay.

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CSuzuki
London
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was hoping for an authentic Japanese Izakaya and Yopparai did not disappoint me. Their sake is a little more expensive side but their food is very tasty and I really enjoyed the whole experience.

FAQs

Yopparai is rated 4.6 stars by 383 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.