Enough With the Wine and Cheese
Cocktail hour is a time to experiment.
Pairing No. 1
Jizake + Japanese Tapas
The word jizake refers to small-batch regional or local Japanese sake. Keita Akaboshi, the sommelier at Sake Bar Kirakuya (2 W. 32nd St., nr. Fifth Ave., second fl.; 212-695-7272), makes his recommendations from a list of nearly 150 types of jizakeómost of which are premium limited-edition bottles, each with its own flavor and history. For the pairing hour, skip the expected sushi and sashimi platters in favor of Japanese small plates. Servers wear kimonos upon request, and traditional enka vocalists are available for hire. From $62 per person.
From the Summer 2012 New York Wedding Guide