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85 Very Good

The waitstaff replenishes your box with rock-star panache at this dimly lit underground sake joint.

240 E. 9th St., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

Walk down a dingy flight of stairs to enter this low-lit, speakeasylike highlight of 9th Street’s pocket-sized Tokyo. The wait staff prowls about with rock-star panache, replenishing your box from a dazzling arsenal of sake. More than 80 rice wines of every conceivable price and type are warmed or chilled to intoxicating perfection, whether tossed down straight or sipped as a saketini. There’s also a selection of shochu, beer, and whiskey and a plucky menu featuring traditional Japanese snacks and soups; try okonomiyaki, the house-specialty pancake.

What you need to know


Noise LevelCivilized