Hi-Collar

Hi-Collar

Coffee Shop, Sake Bar, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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    Harry T.
    "White sauce omurice is amazing here!"(11 Tips)
    Kayleigh H.
    "The experience is worth the wait, loved the hot cakes and coffee."(10 Tips)
    Cloria C.
    "Katsu sandwich is amazing"(9 Tips)
    Edward L.
    "Amazing siphon coffee, and great katzu sandwiches."(9 Tips)
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  • RCheart icon on user image
    RCFebruary 5, 2015
    Go twice because it's coffee bar by day and sake bar by night.The siphon coffee is amazing and the food at night is just awesome. Get the octopus and a bottle of sake. The presentation is extravagant.
  • Xinnieheart icon on user image
    XinnieAugust 18, 2017
    Everything here is so cute and unique. Japanese iced coffee is great! Omurice was yum. Hot cakes was phenomenal. We even get to to-go a katsu sandwich. Tots coming back when I'm in NY next.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJuly 5, 2016
    After choosing your coffee beans from a variety of regions, you get to choose your brewing method. Flash brewed is just one possibility for cold coffee and it's the boldest & intensely flavored. Read more
  • Mathew T.heart icon on user image
    Mathew TomAugust 2, 2018
    I've been here 4-5 times during the day and at night. During the day it is a coffeeshop and at night it is a sake bar. Excellent everytime. 10/10.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJuly 15, 2015
    Wow the omelette must be the tastiest, best textured omelette I've ever had. Japanese attention to detail is fantastic
  • scott ..heart icon on user image
    scott ...July 6, 2018
    If you're tired of the dull cold brew swill they serve at every other coffee shop, try the iced pour over or iced siphon coffee for a refreshing, delicious change.
  • Rachel W.heart icon on user image
    Rachel W.April 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Super friendly barkeeps that will eagerly help guide you through their encyclopedic menu of sake by the glass. They also have a Japanese HEATED TOILET SEAT. Wheeee!
  • Alexandra S.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra SmithMay 3, 2016
    I had the royal milk tea and it was incredible. My sister was obsessed with the sugar crystals. The music is so chill, so relaxing. I could have stayed for hours.
  • Bradley K.heart icon on user image
    Bradley KayFebruary 19, 2017
    Coffee bar in the day, sake bar at night. Tiny spot with great food throughout. Follow their call on your sake bottle and pick your preferred glassware then have a great night of conversation.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyApril 29, 2019
    Berkshire Pork Katsu Sando: Only 10 are made a day; “The tender Berkshire pork is panko-crusted and fried. It’s served with bulldog sauce [Japanese Worcestershire], side of pickles, and potato salad.
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily K.December 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    An elegant bar for adults. A quiet place for a contemplative drink, inspired by kissaten (old school Japanese coffee shops). Totally tucked away in the East Village, it makes for a great escape.
  • Catherine P.heart icon on user image
    Catherine PayantMarch 18, 2018
    Really cool coffee bar with an authentic Japanese flair! Amazing hotcakes - ask for them to put banana inside! 🍌 really good matcha as well!
  • Andrius R.heart icon on user image
    Andrius RomanovskisJanuary 7, 2017
    Most stylish Manhatan's coffee place with best brewed siphon style coffee. Go for Africa. A must visit place in NYC, because style and profesionalism equals Japan. And no espresso machine. Realy Hi.
  • Carl F.heart icon on user image
    Carl FigueiredoFebruary 25, 2015
    What a special place. Unlike any of the army of MacBook coffee shops in the City. Coffee is high-grade and artfully brewed. Definitely get a siphon coffee and spend the next 20 mins escaping.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YFebruary 23, 2014
    Gem of a coffee shop that really knows their stuff - pick from French Press, AeroPress or Siphon, and enjoy the show; grab a quick bite at Curry-Ya next door then end with coffee and dessert here!
  • Dana R.heart icon on user image
    Dana RosaOctober 9, 2016
    Tried the Omurice with Cream Sauce. Fluffy, perfectly seasoned egg, rice with just enough sauce to flavor without overpowering, and a delicate, yet rich cream sauce to finish. In a word, perfect.
  • That Food C.heart icon on user image
    Go on weekdays to avoid the que. Order fluffy omelette and hot cakes. Yum! The katzu sandwich was dry. Nice service and delicious coffee.
  • Luc D.heart icon on user image
    Luc DoanNovember 22, 2015
    Peculiarly good vibes here. Feels like you're part of an alternate universe Old Western themed anime. Have some coffee in the morning or some sake at night
  • Avneesh K.heart icon on user image
    Avneesh KohliDecember 30, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The hot cakes and siphon coffee are perfection
  • YC O.heart icon on user image
    YC OJanuary 12, 2014
    Cutest cafe in NYC! The Tokyo blend coffee is delicious and the food a great deal -- try the omurice for a different spin on brunch.
  • Gunnar A.heart icon on user image
    Gunnar AasenNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They serve a delicious katsu sandwich and excellent coffee at this slick Japanese cafe. It turns into a sake bar at night. Take a few minutes to enjoy the bathroom in the back.
  • Borys P.heart icon on user image
    Borys PierovNovember 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    One of few places. To get a syphon coffee. Not an outstandingly done but pretty solid and makes a breakfast here way more enjoyable!
  • noskosheart icon on user image
    noskosDecember 9, 2015
    This Japanese coffee shop -or should I say bar- is something else. Slow coffee is what they do and the syphon and hario where outstanding!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 20, 2014
    Cafe by day and sake bar by night. In the afternoons they serve lunch, including an impressive pork katsu and seasonally appropriate Japanese vegetables.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    Athough the Porto Rico coffee is authentically brutal, this Japanese-style East Village cafe provides a charming, slow-paced, lunch experience - everything is prepared with care. At night a sake bar.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarshallSeptember 18, 2015
    This place is f-ing rad. They nailed it on every front: feels like a 30s art-deco / Japanese sake bar along with since of the best syphon coffee I've ever had.
  • Alekseyheart icon on user image
    AlekseyAugust 30, 2015
    Stout float is awesome! Also try sandwiches and desserts here. Fishy rice cracker with gelato is also interesting.
  • Aleson H.heart icon on user image
    Aleson HoMay 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the cold brew and hot cakes! Try siphon coffee too. Great vibes from the decor. The place is tiny, but luckily, you can order coffee to go.
  • John S.
    John ShrimpMarch 17, 2018
    Hi-Collar in New York City is a daytime omurice, katsu sandwich coffee shop, and nighttime lively sake bar, inspired by the Japanese Jazz Age.
  • Hettonzoheart icon on user image
    HettonzoDecember 16, 2015
    Wow, this is such a different place for coffee. It's lovely, coffee is amazing and the staff is the best. We felt like in coffee heaven.
  • Reet
    ReetOctober 5, 2013
    Come in for a sake cocktail & snacks while waiting for a table @ Shabu Tatsu - the places are connected so let the restnt know and get collected for dinner instead of waiting in the cold!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Coffee is served alongside comfort fare like a Berkshire pork katsu or a tamago sandwich (Osaka's answer to egg salad). Read more
  • Max W.
    Max WendkosApril 28, 2019
    Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery, recommends the Berkshire Pork Katsu Sando.
  • Mitra S.heart icon on user image
    Mitra SalaselJanuary 9, 2016
    Tokyo blend siphon and Japanese hot cakes are worth the wait for a spot at the tiny bar
  • Christianna H.heart icon on user image
    Christianna HayMarch 3, 2019
    Really amazing everything! Note to other customers though: there are only 13 seats and this not a place for groups. Don't be rude and save a spot for a group in line; this isn't the right setting.
  • Linda S.heart icon on user image
    Linda SongMarch 20, 2017
    The only place in Manhattan that I've found serves omurice!! So fluffy and cute!
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyJanuary 8, 2019
    Come on a random weekday afternoon to avoid the absurd line. (It’s good, but not wait-in-line good.)
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardMarch 1, 2018
    Super interesting place. It is a japanese coffee house with excellent coffee. they also serve these cool japanese pancakes.
  • Javier R.heart icon on user image
    Javier RodriguezApril 28, 2019
    Carefully curated sake selection, interesting food, and super attentive and amazing staff
  • Esther J.heart icon on user image
    Esther JungJuly 23, 2015
    Got to try the siphon coffee! I am not a big coffee drinker but this place had a great coffee. One of best in the town.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoJanuary 31, 2017
    Great coffee in the day time and even better sake at night. Very hip decor - feels like a little shop in Tokyo.
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CastilloApril 13, 2018
    Describe what you like tp the bartender and he will pick what he thinks is bet for you. It's a great way to try something new.
  • Paul B.heart icon on user image
    Paul BrennerAugust 10, 2014
    Get here early! Everything is made with care and the utmost quality, but seats fill up fast and turn over slow.
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DJanuary 29, 2017
    Excellent coffee and a unique experience. Arrive just before 11 if you want a seat without a line.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanMarch 23, 2015
    They have the fancy Japanese toto toilet with the heated seat. Coffee is good too.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.January 19, 2022
    New location — not as fancy, but more room and the food is just as good as it used to be.
  • P Z.heart icon on user image
    P ZFebruary 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the sour umeshu variety!
  • Kevin W.heart icon on user image
    Kevin WangOctober 7, 2017
    Great specialty coffee during the day and cool 60s bar serving sake at night. Great service too.
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RobertsonApril 12, 2019
    Went on a date right when it (re)opened and had an absolute blast/the place to ourselves. Didn't love the fried chicken though
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonJuly 31, 2017
    The experience is worth the wait, loved the hot cakes and coffee.
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