Ohmatsuya serves the cuisine (and sake) of far-off Yamagata Prefecture -- but this is kyodo ryori refracted through a prism of urbane sophistication. It is quite feasible to order in ippin (a la carte) mode. But the English-language menu (quite understandably) steers those unfamiliar ...

Besides its repertoire of izakaya standards, Shinpachi has established a name on the strength of its seafood, much of which is trucked in from ports in Toyama Prefecture on the Sea of Japan. On any given day, there are likely to be dozen different ...

Any time of year this would be a wonderful setting for sampling sake that couldn't possibly be fresher. This cavernous chamber, which once housed huge sake vats, has been broken up into small dining spaces -- cozy alcoves upstairs for couples; long tables on ...

Unlike the sake list, the food menu has evolved over the years, blending basic izakaya staples with numerous touches of creative flair.

n terms of genre, Kinoji occupies that uniquely Japanese culinary territory that hovers somewhere between izakaya and ryoriya. If you want to take it slowly, you can drop in for a quiet evening sipping sake, beer or stronger spirits, while exploring the a la ...

Inevitably, your eyes will be drawn to the grill pit at the far end of the kitchen -- safely screened behind see-through plexiglass to avert any wayward sparks. Here, the resident grillmeister tends to his cuts of fish, chicken and vegetables. Instead of grilling ...

Review excerpt: Spacious, calm, stylish but casual, Know by Moto is nothing like a typical izakaya tavern, more a chic cafe devoted to high-end nihonshu.

Review excerpt: Besides the 11 taps of craft beer (plus one of generic Sapporo) and the considerable cellar of artisan nihonshu — 80-plus types, many of them limited edition or otherwise rarely available in the city — this branch of Bakushuan has a very ...

Review excerpt: The Hangar is a sleek little sake-specialist bar-turned-restaurant that seems to exemplify Japan’s reborn enthusiasm for its national tipple, nihonshu.

Review excerpt: Essentially, Kotaro is an izakaya, a tavern where sake and food share equal billing, and both are there to accompany conversation and relaxation at the end of the day. But don’t arrive expecting boisterous revelry and red-faced salarymen drinking cheap highballs. Here the ...

Galali neatly straddles the divide between the traditional izakaya and the modern dining bar. But the architecture and menu are unmistakably Japanese.

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