KANPAI NY A Celebration of Japanese Food, Drinks and Culture!
9 E 38 St., New York, NY 10016, 212-679-4040
Japas 38 is the largest and most popular of the three Japas locations in NY. It has a fun bar atmosphere in the main room, where eating and drinking are complimented by raucous karaoke singing, of course. They have thousands of songs to choose from, in both English and Japanese, and new songs are added monthly. And for those looking for a little more privacy, Japas has 12 private rooms on two floors to accommodate both small and large groups. The restaurant features a full menu of sushi and izakaya dishes (in association with East restaurant). Every Monday and Tuesday night, they have the "Karaoke Challenge" in which contestants are rated on their singing ability for a chance to win free drinks. Japas also has locations at 366 3rd Ave. and 253 W 55 St.
86 E 3 St., New York, NY 10003, 646-654-1122
Uminoie is an unexpected oasis in an otherwise grungy area of the East Village. The name is a Japanese word for casual beachside restaurants, and the funky island decor--including fishing nets on the walls--makes you feel like you're sitting in a beachside bar in the South Pacific. They serve a creative menu of Goto Island-inspired seafood dishes, including their signature Goto udon, which is handmade by the owner's father and comes in a flying fish broth. They also have a large bar in the front of the restaurant and the largest shochu list we've seen in NY (with over 50 shochu to choose from). The shochu is substantially discounted everyday during their Happy Hour (7:00 - 9:00 PM).
3 E 44 St., New York, NY 10017, 212-681-0001
Azusa is a comfortable and attractive multi-level favorite near Grand Central, known for good value and service (especially during lunch). It's popular among Japanese businessmen who frequent the always-packed bar near the entrance. The dining room features two private tatami rooms, which add to the authentic atmosphere. We like their udon and nabe, in particular, which makes it a good destination in the Fall and Winter.
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Featured Sake of the Month
Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto
Best of 2015: Best Junmai Kimoto Sake
The Seven Sake 2015
Kurosawa (Nagano) Est.1858
Smooth, medium-bodied, slightly earthy flavor with hints of brown sugar and pepper, made using the rare kimoto method, which produces rich flavor, slightly higher acidity, medium dry
Seimai Buai: 65%