At Yopparai the focus is on sake, neatly served in traditional Japanese glassware with over 50 varieties of the alcohol that seem curated to educate newcomers. But it's the artfully crafted plates that have caught our eye. The dinner menu in this LES restaurant is blissfully unconcerned with tiptoeing around Western comfort zones, featuring Japanese soul food gems like "fluffy fish and yam cake," "pickled plum," and "salted squid guts." It's an ideal spot for tapas and drinks before dinner or to top off the night. Located on Rivington, steps from the Essex J, M stop, it's good for Brooklynites venturing into Manhattan.
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in New York, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.
We're certainly not forgoing classic wine, beer, or cocktail options when it comes to summer sipping, but we're also tossing back our fair share of chilled sake, especially after sake expert John Gauntner taught us how to drink the ...