Compared to the coverage wine and beer get in the mainstream media, sake coverage often trails far behind. Every once in a while, though, sake gets its moment to shine. According to headquarter’s scientific calculations, sake mentions in the media are on a permanent upswing.

Case in point is the latest travel feature in the New York Times featuring a listing of sake bars of New York. In an article entitled “You Can Have Your Rice and Drink It, Too“, Reporter Seth Kugel outlines the sakes bars of note in the Big Apple. He features such hotspots and Sakagura, Decibel, Kasadela and Satsko’s. Now, if you’re a veteran NYC sake hound like myself, this is far from earth shattering news, however, for folks just getting into the Gotham sake scene, Seth’s recommendations are spot on. You could say they are all “required drinking” for first year students majoring in NYC Sake Studies.

I’m most happy that Seth didn’t divulge one of my very favorite hidden sake bar gems: Sake Bar Hagi’s!! That place is crowded enough. I guess I just divulged my favorite hidden sake bar gem… but that’s just between us, ok?

After you read the Times article and you want to kick it up a notch and discover more about sake in New York, check out our Interactive Sake Guide to New York City. With a little hard work and lots of field study research, you’ll be at the head of the New York City Sake class in no time.

7 replies
  1. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Of course I’ll take you to Hagi’s! I don’t think it will impress a sophisticated Tokyo Gal like yourself, tho! Whoa, I cannot wait to hit some of your favorite sake bars!!!!!

    chat with you soon,

  2. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Hi SushiNorth!
    Thanks for your comment. Great to hear from you again. I Appreciate you letting us in on other hidden sake gems in the city! Kyo-ya and Sake Hana are favorites! Kamui Den is also a treasure… you can save so much when you B.Y.O.S.!

    Take care,

  3. Melinda
    Melinda says:

    But surely, you’ll take me there one day, right? Sake sibs have no secrets!

    Looking forward to taking you to Buri and Kuri, one of the cutest sake bars in Tokyo!

  4. SushiNorth
    SushiNorth says:

    Not sure how I missed that NYT article, thanks for letting us know about it!
    I’ve a few other “favorites” that, like Hagi, I’m loathe to divulge but which I’m sure your audience will enjoy…
    Kyo-Ya (pricey but good)
    Sake Hana
    Izakaya Ten

    What might also be good is a list of BYO japanese places (like Cube 63 or Kamui Den) where one can bring a bottle… or hold a tasting 🙂

  5. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Hi Christine! Thanks for stopping by. Thanks, too for spreading the good word on Sake in Philly! I’ll be sure to stop by one of your restaurants next time I am in the area!


  6. Christine Olmsted
    Christine Olmsted says:

    I work for a small independant restaurant group near Philadelphia that serves sake at all of it’s properties. I have had the pleasure of exposing many suburbanites to this wonderful stuff and turning them into converts. If you are in the Philadelphia area please check out one of our properties and enjoy some sake. http://WWW.WINSIGNATURERESTAURANTS.COM

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