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Jizake is no joke at the somewhat secret Sake Bar Kirakuya

27 Dec

Hidden on the second floor of a random building in K-town lies Sake Bar Kirakuya, which I’m told means “the place where people come and have a good time.” This is not your average East Village sake dive that stinks of fish. Upscale, sophisticated and intimate, Kirakuya offers a special collection of sake—jizake, actually—mostly limited editions from small companies that are not mass produced. Think beyond sushi and sashimi for food pairings (although both are available); the Japanese small plates here are light and affordable. But did I mention the sake? Each bottle has its own flavor and history that the sommelier can explain; he trained in Japan for five years before coming here. I also love that the owner is a solo businesswoman who can usually be found working the room. Definitely a place to bring out-of-towners to show them what makes this city so freakin’ awesome.