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Sake Hana

JAPANESE  SAKE BAR

265 E. 78th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Tel: 212-327-0582
Weekdays: 5pm-2am  Weekends: 5pm-3am

Don’t worry if you’re not a sake aficionado. Knowledgeable staff at Sake Hana will assist in choosing the right sake to accompany an assortment of Pan Asian tapas. Ideal for a blind date or any date for that matter, the ambiance at this cozy hole in the wall will keep you coming back with that special someone. Imagine exposed brick, polka dotted couches, fabric lantern hoods and candles burning at each table, all set to French lounge music. Events such as sake tasting also take place at this joint. Sake lectures are given by brewers from different companies to educate those interested. As sake is becoming a drink of choice, popular brands such as Dassai (Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Shichiken (Yamanashi Prefecture) are on the tips of tongues among regulars. As is the case with wine, Sake is produced regionally. Unless you’re an avid drinker it’s unlikely you can distinguish regions and brewer at the start. A regional menu with labels in color provides information on brewery and region with brief descriptions. For an overview, try the sake sampler with a choice of any 3-6-9 up to 50 different kinds. Don’t forget to check out seasonal sakes too!

Mango Tango

Eel, crab, cucumber, and tobiko (flying fish roe) roll wrapped in fresh mango ($12).

The most popular dish among Japanese customers  BEST 3!

(1)Curry Puffs ($8)
(2)Sizzling Sirloin Cubes ($11)
(3)Mango Tango ($12)