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Jow (191) New York | April 22, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped by on way to Proletariat to grab my final sake style tick. Clean small store with 2 employees and they helped me find my Koshu. Its expensive but there seemed to be some more affordable bottles just not in style I wanted at time. Not much else to say if you want some sake and are near here you should stop in.
auerbrau (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | February 28, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I wanted to pick up a tick for my Genshu or Koshu rating, so I stopped in here to check out what they had. If youíve been watching Portlandia, it will makes sense when I call this 1 dude, 10 sakes. A tiny store, with an impeccable, yet expensive, selection. Both staff members were incredibly nice to me, talked to me about how koshu is rare, expensive and not in much demand and helped me pick out a genshu. Iím not sure I can really handle the prices on most of their sakes, but if Iím in need of some decent sake and Iím in NY, Iím sure Iíll be back.
puzzl (138) New York, New York | September 3, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
The best sake store in NYC and almost certainly one of the best in the country. The staff (which is only the two owners) have fantastic knowledge and will help you find whatever you desire. Pricey, of course, but sake always is.
theisti (633) Leawood, Kansas | April 1, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place was on the path of a beer walking tour I was doing of Manhattan, so I thought I would check it out. Immediate impressions are two: Spotless, and tiny. The display of the Sakes was really classy, and they did a great job educating and labeling all of the bottles. The guy working was really helpful, and was patient with my questions (I know more or less nothing about Sake). I assume this is an incredible selection, but donít really know. Neat place, if I am ever looking for Sake in Manhattan, I will certainly be back.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | November 28, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Tucked rather inconspicuously into small shop this quiet and serene place is nicely removed from the hectic pace of the city. Simple wooden walls nicely display more types of sake than I have ever seen in one place. Hiroko (one of the to owners) was the only one there when I came in. I ended up staying for about 45 minutes while I hunted for specific stuff and searched away relentlessly on my phone to find info about some of the sakes there. She was never pressuring but always made sure I knew I could ask her for info. And I did quite frequently. She was quite knowledgeable about all of the bottles I asked about. The reason I had to search so much on the phone was because a large number of the bottles there (or at least the ones I found myself interested in) were not on ratebeer yet. The bottle I finally settled on not only isnít on the site, but the maker of it isnít on the site. Turns out they get some things there that are apparently from very small places that donít have a large amount of output. They do have tastings in the store, but Iím not sure when those are. The way that the alcohol laws are in New York means that in order to sell sake you canít sell beer (sake is categorized with wine and liquor, which are separate from beer in NY), so there are no beers to purchase here. Solely sake and shochu, which is interesting given that with the license they need to sell sake and shochu they could easily sell other hard liquors, but they remain focused solely on sake and the direction of the store definitely seems to benefit from it.
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