Dinner Plans: Yopparai Sake Bar

June 26, 2012 | Homepage

Though yopparai means "drunkard" in Japanese, the atmosphere at a sake bar of the same name on the Lower East Side is anything but rowdy. In fact, the tiny space is accessible only by buzzer and seats just 30 at a time, so make sure to call ahead. The husband and wife owners encourage patrons to sit back, relax, and sip their sake slowly. And thimble-size cups force you to do just that. After you've thrown back ten fingers worth of sake, tuck into assorted sashimi and bowls of radish, squid, eel, and other seafood paired with delicious broths—in one case, made from the innards of the squid itself. For something more substantial and traditional, try the tofu or chicken over rice, strips of Washu beef, or marinated king salmon. With more than 50 types of sake at the bar, as well as three flavors of sake-topped shaved ice, and plenty of other culinary delights, you may lose track of time. 151 Rivington St., 212-777-7253; yopparainyc.com

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