Tokyo-born Gaku Shibata and his wife, Christy, open this upscale izakaya designed by Richard Bloch (Masa, 15 East). The 30-seat space is decorated with two-seat mahogany benches, antique carved-wood sake signs, and the couple's personal collection of porcelain, glass and pewter sake ware. Choose from 50 bottles for pairing with traditional bites, including yakitori, soba noodles, robata-grilled Wagyu and sashimi from local sources and Tokyo's renowned Tsukiji Fish Market.
151 Rivington St
|Cross street:||between Clinton and Suffolk Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue, Wed 6pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 6pm–2am; Sun 6–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts|
|Price:||Average small plate: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|