IF you live in New York City and you love sushi, chances are very high you’ve discovered Kanoyama Sushi Restaurant. Scott introduced me to this place on Superbowl Sunday several years ago. As you may know, this is the one evening of the year when you can really have your pick of restaurants. While the world was enjoying the Superbowl halftime show, I was enjoying the spectacular sushi.
Kanoyama suddenly became even more crowded when the NYTimes’ Frank Bruni singled it out as a destination for the “Affordable Luxury” of sushi. Um, thanks Frank…
I’ve loved this restaurant ever since that first superbowl sunday! But what’s the big news on the block? Well, Kanoyama has expanded next door and opened a new sake bar in the east village. Whoa, that IS big news!
Behold, Kanoyama Sake Bar (175 2nd Ave @11th St. 212-777-5266). Our friend Kiyoe-san is behind the bar and helping dole out the nihonshu. If you stop by, please tell her that UrbanSake.com sent you!
The sake list is solid and well thought out. Take a look at the Kanoyama Sake List as per their website.
In addition to sake, they also offer oysters! um, yum, right? right. On my first visit to this new sake bar, I ordered a dear favorite of mine – the Kikusui Funaguchi in a can. It’s a genshu, nama, and honjozo… and a linchpin in anyone’s ‘get drunk quick scheme’. I find it utterly delightful and it’s a fruity way to wind down an evening. I actually had it instead of dessert!
So give Kanoyama Sake bar a try. Besides Funaguchi – they have many wonderful sakes to explore. I’m excited to see where this favorite sushi bar goes with it’s sake! All I can say is bottoms up and best of luck Kanoyama – Kanpai!