6pm-8pm; In the sake taster's lounge-cocktails $8, sake flights (3 kinds of sake) $15, beer $6, shochu $6, complimentary order of lotus chips
F at Second Ave.; F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.
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This self-described “dedicated sake lounge” has an industrial, upscale aesthetic, with exposed brick, painted black accents, and a sparse bar. Sake arrives in a porcelain glass filled to the brim, with a plate underneath it to catch any runoff that can be slurped up at the end without judgment. Many of the cocktails are reinterpretations of standard drinks, and are mixed with both taste and presentation in mind. The Akane, a bloody Mary with dashi and truffle that is cited on the menu as the owner’s favorite, is light and intriguing, while the Kanaria—a pina colada made with sweet potato shochu, caramelized pineapple puree, and coconut espuma—is topped with a delicious mystery foam and a dash of cinnamon. The Manhattan-like Kuchiba has a wince-inducing bite, and its preparation involves the expert use of a blowtorch. Bargoers sit at long wooden benches on the main level, while a small upstairs area with a skylight is used mostly for private parties.Featured In Links
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