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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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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (8)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Fun (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious, quiet, sophisticated. Really nice vibe - I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was delicious. Delicate small plates. Nice seats.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was excellent as well as the service. Will definitely visit again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

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vip
·Dined on October 27, 2017

A warm, inviting, unpretentious small space with excellent food.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Words cannot explain how excellent the dining, food, and service we had that day! Great place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excelente calidad, aunque precio desproporcionado.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Beautiful presentation, very fresh sushi, very helpful staff and extremely authentic... highly recommended!

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Overrated food and expensive. The waitress barely cracked a smile. Place is cool and hidden which is a plus.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent as always. Love the seasonal fish and sake specials.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 11, 2017

My fav Japanese restaurant! Food was super delicious however AC didn't work!!!!! :-/ The service excellent!

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on June 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on June 17, 2017

Best experience ever. Amazing food.

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·Dined on May 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on May 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on May 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on May 8, 2017

Great atmosphere, authentic dining. Like going to Japan without the long flight!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on April 21, 2017

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?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on March 25, 2017

Worse than last time

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·Dined on March 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on March 18, 2017

Cozy, attentive and delicious! Perfect place for enjoying great food and company.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic
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·Dined on March 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on March 3, 2017

Excellent, authentic Japanese cuisine in a comfortable and casual, if somewhat crowded, space. A lovely restaurant.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great place, lots of interesting flavors. Everything is done thoughtfully

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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·Dined on January 9, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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vip
·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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·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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·Dined on December 21, 2016

Great food, great experience!

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