Hi, my name is Timothy Sullivan. I’m a Sake Samurai and run a sake website called UrbanSake.com but I’m also proud to be a Hakkaisan Sake Brand Ammbassador.
I recently took a three day tour of some amazing restaurants, shops and hotspots in New York City to explore places where you can enjoy Hakkaisan Sake. If you’re in New York for a few days or a long weekend, you can use this as a guide to some of the best sake venues in the City! On day Day Two of my tour, let’s visit Sakaya, 15 East, Tori Shin and Tomi Jazz!
324 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003
Our first stop on Day 2 of our Hakkaisan Tour of New York is Sakaya. New York’s first and only all-sake shop just celebrated it’s 5 year anniversary and has been supplying sake to thirsty New Yorkers non-stop since then. Sakaya carries our Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo and our Hakkaian Ginjo in two sizes: both the 720ml and the 1.8 liter. Stop in anytime and Rick or Hiroko, the fantastic shop owners can point you right to the Hakkaisan. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to get emails about their free tastings, too!
15 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003
15 East is one of the most elegant sushi restaurant in New York. The interior is sleek and subtle and the sushi is sublime. Sake Sommelier Hiromi Kiyama recommends Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo by the glass to pair with Sushi chef Masato Shimizu’s delicious Omekase menu. If anything would convince me more, that Hakkaisan is a perfect pairing for Sushi, 15 East does it right.
1193 1st Ave
New York, NY 10065
If you like chicken, you have to explore Yakitori, a traditional preparation, grilled on a skewer. In New York, a wonderful place to experience yakitori is at Tori Shin. On the sake front, our Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo is available by the bottle and is a wonderful pairing with the flavors of smokey chicken! Tori Shin also grills up some amazing vegetables. I enjoyed potatoes and asparagus. Say Cheers with Hakkaisan!
239 East 53rd Street, Lower Level
New York, NY 10022
Tomi Jazz is a wonderful late night hideaway where you can enjoy some great music while sipping on Hakkaisan Sake – it’s a little slice of heaven! Starting with drinks, you can order Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo or you can enjoy a bottle of Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai. The jazz music is a wonderful way to experience some true New York city atmosphere with some sake. You can also get rice dishes, noodle dishes and small plates to enjoy with Hakkaisan. Music, food and sake together can make some magic!
Click here for Hakkaisan in New York: day 1.
Click here for Hakkaisan in New York: day 3.