Great Sake. Great Food.

When served with food, sake tends to play a supportive role, bringing out the subtle flavors of the cuisine rather than drawing attention to itself. Possessing much less acidity than wines, sake creates nuances of complementarity, rather than the bold contrasts of flavor and texture frequently found in wine and food pairings.

Having evolved in tandem with Japanese cuisine for 1500 years, sake is a peerless companion to seafood dishes prepared in simple ways. In recent years many chefs have explored its versatility within other culinary styles which place a similar emphasis on fresh ingredients and natural flavors.

The restaurants listed below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal. The dishes they have prepared for The Joy of Sake show how great sake and great food work together.

Participating Restaurants

BAO 111
111 Avenue C
Phone: (212) 254-7773

Flavorful dishes for lovers of traditional Vietnamese cooking and those whose tastes embrace the exotic. Don't miss sake sommelier Chris Johnson's delicious infused sakes.

Bond Street
6 Bond Street
Phone: (212) 777-2500

A trendy downtown restaurant located in NOHO with a warm minimalist interior design and new Japanese cuisine with European and Asian influences.

296 Grand Street
Phone; 718 384-7770

Friendly, cozy Brooklyn sake spot with a hearty selection of tasty appetizers.

En Japanese Brasserie
535 Hudson Streeet
Phone: 212 647-9136

Izakaya favorites taken to the next level.

33 East 61st Street
Phone: (212) 813-1113

Geisha's refined and sensous menu by Chef Michael Vernon, in collaboration with Chef Eric Ripert, combines an Asian palette of flavors and classic French techniques.

822 Madison Ave.
Phone: (212) 988-7277

Contemporary kaiseki cuisine from chef Hitoshi Kagawa.

56 Third Avenue
Phone: 212 254-1959

French-inspired Japanese cuisine, together with shabu-shabu and steaks from the owner’s own butcher’shop.

62 Thomas Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 965-7777

Modern Japanese cuisine of exceptional quality presented with dramatic flair.

156 E. 45th St. (between Third and Lexington Aves.)
Phone: (212) 922-9788

Nouveau interpretations of "musubi," molded rice cones stuffed or topped with a variety of tasty ingredients.

205 East 45th Street
Phone: (212) 867-4200

Inventive takes on classic American and Japanese dishes from executive chef Johan Svensson and sushi chef Shigenori Tanaka.

211 East 43rd Street B1
Phone: (212) 953-7253

New York's–and maybe the world's–best sake bar, with over 200 sake labels, imaginative Japanese cuisine and monthly sake flight specials.

SushiSamba Park
245 Park Ave South
Phone: (212) 475-9377

SushiSamba 7
87 Seventh South
Phone: (212) 691-7885

Celebrating the culture and cuisine of Japan, Brazil & Peru.

15 E 15th St
Phone: (212) 647-1515

Suberbly nuanced French-American cuisine, with an occasional Japanese touch, from husband and wife team Chef Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky.

154 West 13th Street
Phone: 212 989-0421

Sophisticated Japanese-influenced creations served with flair and imagination.

50 Clinton Street
Phone: 212 477-2900

Horizon-expanding New American cuisine from chef Wylie Dufresne.

Woo Lae Oak
148 Mercer Street
Phone: 212 295-8200

Sleek Soho home of contemporary Korean cuisine in the U.S.


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