Billing themselves as one of the top sake bars in the nation, I can definitely say that Sakagura not only has one of the top sake selections in NYC, they also go out of their way to maximize your enjoyment and appreciation of this often misunderstood libation. If you have trouble picking from their over 600 bottles stored in their 35 foot sake refrigerator, don’t worry, every server is a certified Sake Advisor trained to help you explore the different varieties backing them up with paring recommendations.
You’ll learn that different sake flavors are enhanced by temperature, hence the popularized hot and cold servings, and 4 different types of glasses are used on purpose: The Riedels’ are known to enhance the aroma, Champagne glasses give the drink a refreshing edge, balloon glasses accentuate sweetness, while the sherry glasses showcase the more delicate flavors of mellower sakes.
Serving utensils like the Tokkuri (carafe), Ochoko (small sake glasses), and “Masu”, square decorative wooden boxes, all help you experience the full ritual as practiced in Japan. Even if you consider yourself a sake pro, avail yourself of this expertise because new sakes come into production every few minutes worldwide always giving you something new to try!