Archive for January, 2008

Special Hakkaisan Tasting…Wednesday, 1/30/08

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Interrupt your regular routine this chilly last week inJanuary with something that is certain to brighten it considerably…a special tasting of a selection of sake from the esteemed Hakkaisan brewery in Niigata.

We are honored and delighted to be visited by Hakkaisan’s Ms. Kuniko Kurosawa this Wednesday evening, January 30 from 5 -7PM when she will be pouring their “Eight Peaks” Honjozo, Ginjo, and Junmai Ginjo (as well as a mysterious “surprise” sake).

We apologize for the last minute notice, but knew that you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Kurosawa-san and taste some of these prized nihon-shu from one of Japan’s most highly regarded breweries! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening here at SAKAYA!



324 E. 9th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues, closer to 2nd)

NYC 10003


SAKAYA’s Super Bowl Selections

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Instead of the usual beer, chips, and pizza, shake up your Super Bowl Party by serving a new brew…sake! Sake may be for sumo you say, but the Super Bowl? Of course! Wine-not! After all, there’s an historical association between Rice and the Super Bowl going back to the days of Jerry and the 49ers. (Ouch! Sorry about that!)

Here’s our recommended game plan…

Kickoff with a light, easy (as in Eli) Miyasaka Yawaraka Junmai with a bowl of boiled sea salt-dusted edamame.

If you’re a Brady fan, you may want to go with the clean, heroic notes of Sougen “Pride of the Samurai” Junmai along with some micro-waved frozen shumai and/or gyoza.

Warm up for the Second Half with some warmed up sake like Kamoizumi Shusen “Three Dots” Tokubetsu Junmai or Tengumai Junmai Yamahai. These are perfect with smoked, rich, robust dishes…think sausages of any sort or a hearty lamb or beef stew.

Or, maybe you just bring out the big guns for your feast with one (or more) of our 1.8 liter ishoubin of food friendly sake Otokoyama “Man’s Mountain” Tokubetsu Junmai or Okunomatsu Ginjo.

Whatever your Super Bowl plans might be, come visit us at SAKAYA for some ideas to put a new spin on the menu (and what to drink with it) for this year’s game.



324 E. 9th Street (near 2nd Avenue between 1st and 2nd)

NYC 10003


Special Kikusui Tasting on January 22, 08

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Visitors to SAKAYA may be familiar with Kikusui “Chrysanthemum Mist” Junmai Ginjo from Niigata, the beautiful, compact sake in the distinctive ice blue bottle. It has been a favorite of many customers (and us too) since we opened.

We learned today that Mr. Daisuke Takazawa, the President of Kikusui brewery would be in town and are honored to have him and his associate Mr. Endo Takeshi joining us to conduct a special tasting of his sake tomorrow evening, January 22 from 6 to 8PM.

Please join us for this special event!