Thursday, September 18, 2014




The Altman Building
(135 W. 18th Street)


$105 per person
($115 at the door)


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Premium ginjo and daiginjo sakes first started appearing on Manhattan restaurant menus around fifteen years ago. New Yorkers eagerly embraced the new arrivals and sake imports into the city have grown by leaps and bounds ever since.

The Joy of Sake debuted in New York in 2004 and will be held this year at The Altman Building in Chelsea. This premier venue features 14-ft. ceilings, wood floors, ambient lighting and nearly 15,000 sq. ft of event space. The No. 1 Subway's 18th Street station is no more than fifty yards from the building's entrance.

This once-a-year event features the world's finest sakes in peak condition and the best in traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. Over 300 premium sakes will be available for tasting, along with appetizers by 15 of New York's finest restaurants. Tickets are available on-line.


Sake tastes wonderful with a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The restaurants below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2013, and the appetizers they served, are listed below.

15 East

15 East 15th Street
Phone: (212) 647-0015
Featured Dish: Monkfish Foie Gras with Smoked Salmon Roe


50 Clinton Street
Phone: (212) 477-2900
Featured Dish: Edamame Gazpacho, Tofu, Pomegranate, Pickled Ramp

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 Second Avenue
Phone: (212) 254-3500
Featured Dish: Smoked Liver Mousse—Currant, Maitake, Purslane

Bond Street

6 Bond Street
Phone: (212) 777-2500
Featured Dish: Daiginjo Zuke, Seared Salmon Belly, Temari Zushi, Serrano Soy


30 Hudson Street
Phone: (212) 791-3771
Featured Dish: Black Truffle "Chawan-Mushi" Egg Custard


355 W 16th Street
Phone: (212) 929-5800
Featured Dish: Mangalitsa Pork Macaron, Foie Gras, Umeshu, Shiso

En Japanese Brasserie

435 Hudson Street
Phone: (212) 647-9196
Featured Dish: Maguro Nakaochi (Tuna Rib Tartare)

Aburiya Kinnosuke

213 East 45th Street
Phone: (212) 867-5454
Featured Dish:
1. Deep Fried Zuwai Crab Cream Croquette
2. Seared Fatty Salmon Sashimi Marinated with Soy & Konbu Seaweed


211 East 43rd Street, B1
Phone: (212) 953-7253
Featured Dish: Shrimp in Dashi-Infused Aspic


87 Seventh Avenue South
Phone: (212) 691-7885
Featured Dish: Kani Taquitos with Snow Crab,Tomatillo Sauce, Romaine, Red Radish


157 Ludlow Street
Phone: (347) 338-8879
Featured Dish: Temari Sushi—Tasmanian Ocean Trout, Caviar Rouge, Miso-Marinated Cream Cheese


333 Henry Street, Brooklyn
Phone: (718) 260-8052
Featured Dish:
1. Scallop with Saikyo Miso
2. Nagaimo Yam with Red Miso

Samurai Mama

205 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Phone: (718) 599-6161
Featured Dish: Ikura Caesar Salad


277 Church Street
Phone: (212) 965-0200
Featured Dish: Roast Duck with Melon Pickled in Sake Lees

Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto

Pop-Up Restaurant
Featured Dish: Fresh USDA Prime Ground Beef Chuck Patty Topped with Secret Sauce and Market Veggies Sandwiched between Fresh Ramen Noodle Buns

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