Yopparai

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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.
Venue name: Yopparai
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Address: 151 Rivington St
New York

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
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