Yopparai

Yopparai

Japanese Restaurant, Speakeasy, and Sake Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Bin Y.
    "Miso tripe, tsukune, any dishes with squid in it are all great!"(5 Tips)
    Josephine S.
    "Try the slimy bomb, rice ball, sashimi, any grilled veggies!"(7 Tips)
    Diana V.
    "great authentic Japanese food"(3 Tips)
    Allie .
    "Tsukune, Washu Gyu Teppanyaki"(2 Tips)
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  • Ignacio G.
    Matsu sashimi was great. Eel with egg and veggies is amazing! We didn’t know what sake we had to order and their reco was the perfect pairing for all the food. Smoked spicy cod roe is a must
  • Harrison J.
    Harrison JohnsonDecember 23, 2017
    Fantastic dinner. Ume chef's choice sashimi, 4 different fish, 4 pieces each + miso glaze rice cake, fried fish cake, tofu and egg, perfect amount for two.
  • Guy A.
    Guy AlmogNovember 19, 2017
    Food is amazing, great atmosphere and excellent service.
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerNovember 15, 2017
    smoked roe is so good
  • Angela L.
    Angela LiaoNovember 7, 2017
    Best fried chicken I've ever had in New York City.
  • Hande O.
    Hande OynarSeptember 13, 2017
    Daikon Radish Oden, Sea Urchin Sashimi, Ebi Shinzo - fluffy dumpling with cod and shrimp, Washu Gyu Beef, Miso Black Cod, Hotate Butter (Scallop) and Agedashi Mochi - for 2 people. all delicious👏🏼
  • Allie .
    Allie 🍃June 29, 2017
    Tsukune, Washu Gyu Teppanyaki
  • Jordi L.
    Jordi LlobetJune 6, 2017
    Amazing Japanese restaurant. Japanese barbecue is their speciality. They also have very very good sake. Don't bother about the deserts.
  • Katie H.
    Katie H.May 11, 2017
    Great range of sake and small plates. Best to pick a range of dishes to share, though the simmered clay bowls with a side of rice would make a good meal for one too.
  • Emily
    EmilyDecember 20, 2016
    I just love everything about this restaurant. All of their food is top-notch, fantastic sake, and great service. It's a small, intimate space that is perfect for date night.
  • Emily
    EmilyDecember 20, 2016
    Izakaya with high quality food and great sake. Fav sake here: Shiragiku Nigori, "White Chrysanthemum" unfiltered
  • Diana V.
    Diana VisserAugust 14, 2016
    Relaxed atmosphere, great authentic Japanese food, very nice sake cocktail!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJune 12, 2016
    Small cute japanese bar/restaurant. Only seats 24 so make reservations. Recommend the clay pot soft scrambled egg and fresh tofu, and shaved ice. Dont get the sansai rice bowl or yaki onigiri
  • Yan Long Z.
    Yan Long ZhangJune 12, 2016
    This place is more like three $$$ and the food takes a while to prepare. Brace yourselves.
  • Taisiia I.
    Taisiia I.March 15, 2016
    Super fresh sashimi. Delicious washu beef on a hot stone. One of the best quality Uni in the city!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisFebruary 14, 2016
    Great Uni dishes. The chicken meatball was also good. Extensive sake selection. Very cozy.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinJanuary 22, 2016
    The washu gyu teppanyaki was super good. Great sake selection as well.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanDecember 31, 2015
    Uni boat for the win
  • Sue L.
    Sue LeeDecember 15, 2015
    You have to get the tsukune. Everything I had was great, but it was my favorite dish.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinNovember 21, 2015
    A real Japanese izakaya, reminds me Tokyo!
  • Forrest S.
    Forrest ScofieldNovember 6, 2015
    Amazing sake selection 👌🏼
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaAugust 28, 2015
    Shave ice is like $10... Damn
  • Tina W.
    Tina WongJuly 15, 2015
    Under the radar Japanese izakaya. The sake menu is great and the food is amazing. It is a bit more expensive than what you get in St. Mark's but you are buying quality.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinJune 25, 2015
    Really thoughtful food. Chawanmushi is good, chilled in the summer. Unfortunately didn't have uni. Washu teppanyaki and sake pudding pretty amazing
  • Chao
    ChaoJune 11, 2015
    Good sake selection.
  • Jase E.
    Jase EngMarch 8, 2015
    A wide variety of sake options with descriptions. Food is impeccable, from grilled to raw. Hamachi Tataki, Ebi Shinjo, and Tori Tsukune were my favorite.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangMarch 2, 2015
    The beef tataki here is 'marble'less. Definitely get that. Portions are definitely small so order more dishes! Miso tripe, tsukune, any dishes with squid in it are all great! Definitely pair it w sake
  • Nicola
    NicolaFebruary 15, 2015
    Go for the fresh homemade tofu, the shrimp and cod dumpling in dashi, the pork belly and the grilled catch of the day, mine was squid (see pic). Great sake list! Worth the price.
  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 10, 2015
    Chilled tofu, rock shrimp and black cod dumplings, and the sashimi were all excellent! Can't wait to go back. Such great service and amazing quality food!
  • Christina W.
    Christina WDecember 31, 2014
    New favorite sake bar. Very authentic Japanese, from the service to the food. Get the oden assortment! Metaiko onigiri is also A+
  • Jack C.
    Jack ChuSeptember 17, 2014
    The udon is really delicious and also any dish with pork belly was also excellent. Grilled squid, not so much.
  • Naphat K.
    Naphat KijsamrejAugust 31, 2014
    Clay pot dishes are great here. We tried the Jidori Tamago Toji (chicken and meatball simmered in broth with egg) and my favorite was the earthy Kinoko Toban Yaki (mushrooms with miso and butter)
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AndrewAugust 13, 2014
    Very Japanese-ish place. If not very familiar with menu, do some research before...
  • Vishal G.
    Vishal GuptaMarch 7, 2014
    Get the Yuzu sake flavored slush.. Do it.
  • Christina U.
    Christina UoyFebruary 6, 2014
    Super authentic Japanese food
  • Shikhiu I.
    Shikhiu IngSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Sapporo is always so cold, so amazing
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseJuly 10, 2013
    Summer chawanmushi: ikura, uni and gold leaf - get all of the tuna, lots of sake, uni, porkbelly, ebi, hamachi, grilled sticky rice, everything. You will not be disappointed.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FMay 5, 2013
    Feld approved.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 22, 2013
    A tiny LES izakaya with small plates and an extraordinary sake ice cream.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BorovskyFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Order from the specials menu.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MJanuary 27, 2013
    The blue fin tuna sashimi tastes like the blood of a thousand virgins. Mmmmm.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherJuly 17, 2012
    Semi-secret sake bar / izakaya Read more
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WootenJune 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try salted salmon, tuna tartare, shabu shabu salad & meatballs. Wash everything with Dewazakura Dewasansan. Get dessert.
  • Ernest B.
    Ernest BuechelMay 27, 2012
    Too pricy. Sake excellent though.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableApril 30, 2012
    Start off with the Yopparai cocktail. Softly shaved ice, sparkling sake, yuzu juice and a Japanese yogurt drink form a slush of adult proportions. Read more
  • Bimini H.
    Bimini HayesApril 22, 2012
    had dinner here with my daughter, everything was really good, very fresh, great ambiance and excellent customer service. the desert was a revelation- crushed ice and plum wine- my favorite!!
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonApril 22, 2012
    Lovely and serene environment, though bit on pricey side. But I would go back! Try the slimy bomb, rice ball, sashimi, any grilled veggies!
  • Elena V.
    Elena V.March 26, 2012
    Avoid the Tsukune Melt- tastes like Lean Cuisine meatballs.
  • Neil V.
    Neil VogelMarch 18, 2012
    Eat everything
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganFebruary 23, 2012
    Try some izakaya dishes and sake!
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