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Enough With the Wine and Cheese

Cocktail hour is a time to experiment.


From left, Sake Tarusake from Nara with sake kama kasuzuke (grilled salmon head marinated in filtered sake particles); Sake Yuzu Omoi from Kyoto with maguro tartar (fresh tuna, wasabi mayo, avocado-tomato jam).   

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.

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