43 W. 32nd St., Hotel Standard 1F, (bet. 5th Ave. & Broadway), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-563-1500 | Mon-Sat: 5 pm-2 am, Sun: 5 pm-1 am
The newly renovated Hotel Standard in bustling Koreatown is the home of The East Sake Bar. Serving authentic izakaya dishes with no frills, this modern Japanese pub attracts info-savvy millennials who love gathering. Manager Rie Nakajima helped establish the menu and says, “Our food is not the kind of arranged Japanese cuisine that is trending these days. Our dishes are truly authentic, and that’s what I wanted to offer our customers.” Try Yakitori Moriawase (assorted yakitori grilled skewers) and Sashimi Moriawase (assorted sashimi) to sample their flavors, which are also perfect group dinners. Ms. Nakajima recommends light and dry sake, such as Shin, Matsu no Midori, and Shichida, for pairing with these dishes. Other hit dishes are Chicken Karaage, Japanese-style deep-fried chicken, and Takoyaki, octopus pancake balls, and they can be nicely paired with refreshing types of shochu such as Fukiagegura, Yoshiroku and Sudachi Chu. Menu items change every four months according to seasonal harvests, but their wide selections of sake and shochu are always in supply for perfect pairings. Currently, The East Sake Bar offers a Happy Hour from 5-7 pm on weekdays, during which diners can enjoy a glass of beer for $4 and sake for $7.
The carefully curated tapas is truly authentic Japanese izakaya dishes that are regularly enjoyed in Japan. Yakitori Moriawase which comes with an assortment of five grilled skewers is a sure hit when paired with sake.
Hot and creamy batter pops out when biting into crusty Takoyaki. Be careful not to burn your mouth.
The modern interior designed with reclaimed wood is urban chic.
3 Best Sellers
Sashimi Moriawase $32
Mini Chirashi $18
Chicken Karaage $8