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Honmura An

In New York City, we have more opportunities sip Japanese sake than maybe just about anywhere outside Japan. On the one hand, this may very well be the reason I have never been able to find the money for a down-payment for a condo. On the…
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Tsukasabotan: A Space Odyssey

Sake Captain's Log, Stardate 1215.6 -- I was recently invited to join some friends at awesome Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St btw 2nd and 3rd Ave 212-327-0582) to try Tsukasabotan "Space Sake". Sake from outer space? Well, not exactly... It's actually…
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Secret Santa Sake

Every year, my office partakes in the age old tradition of "secret santa". Everyone gets a name at random of someone in the department and has to buy them a $10 gift which are exchanged at the holiday luncheon. Now, the operable word here…
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Hagi Heaven

I've been on the lookout for a sake bar that could become my "Cheers". You know - "where they they always know your name..." Sake Bar Hagi has been on the short list since our first visit last September and a recent trip there made Hagi's…
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Life is Short: Eat Dessert First

I first heard of Kyotofu back in October when they provided yummy tofu desserts for a Landmark Sake Seminar. They were a few weeks away from opening at that point, but I made a note to visit when I got the chance. That chance arrived when…
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Secret Password: Tsukushi

I always had a feeling that there were japanese bars and restaurants out there that were hidden speakeasy type places that you had to know a friend of a friend to learn the Japanese password and find their secret location. My recent trip…
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Here’s Lookin’ at You: Zenkichi

The first review I read about the new Williamsburg restaurant Zenkichi called it a "funhouse". I was a little bit puzzled bu this until I went my self and Scott and I were shown to our table. It seems the designer thought that it would be…
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Totto Take Me Away!

I live in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and I really love my neighborhood. I love it so much I live and work here. It's honestly one of my true luxuries that I can walk just a few blocks to work. I know those 3 blocks between my apartment…
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Niigata Nocturne

Toshi over at innovative Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St. Bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.) surprised me again with a notice about a "late night" sake tasting. The timing was definitely off-hours being 11pm to 1am but it was a really fun idea! I've often been…