Sake lovers, rejoice because the Joy of Sake has finally returned to NYC after a three-year pandemic hiatus. Taking place on August 4th, this year will mark the largest sake celebration in NYC’s history, with a record 576 competition-level sakes available to taste.
15 of New York’s top restaurants will be serving sake-inspired appetizers, with newcomers such as Kissaki, Sarashina Horii and Towa creating buzz. Returning favorites include Sakagura, En Japanese Brasserie, Insa, Sen Sakana, Zuma, Bond Street and more.
The Joy of Sake boasts a successful 21 years of celebrating the ancient art of sake brewing, including premium sake styles in the daiginjo, ginjo and junmai categories. Over 300 of the sakes are not otherwise available in the U.S., making this event a can’t-miss for every sake-savant. Prior to the event, sakes are judged by the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, which conducts a rigorous blind tasting by 10 judges from the U.S. and Japan, and awarded silver and gold awards. The Joy of Sake will take place this Thursday from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 W. 18th Street. Tickets are available here.