The Joy of Sake!

The Joy of Sake will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. This is the world’s largest sake festival outside Japan, and is an event any sake lover should not miss. The Joy of Sake will feature nearly 400 premium sakes for sampling plus dishes from some of New York’s top Asian restaurants, including Ivan Ramen, Momofuku Ssam Bar and Sen Sakana!

Each year, The Joy of Sake offers sake aficionados the opportunity to try premium daiginjo, ginjo and junmai sakes. These are very special and all unique in different ways. The lineup is large, including gold and silver award-winners from the annual U.S. National Sake Appraisal. The event is also the only chance to taste 217 sakes not otherwise available in the U.S. 

New York has a pretty diverse sake scene, but being able to try others that you can’t currently get here in the USA is a great opportunity! Sake pairs well with food, so while sipping you can also enjoy appetizers from 16 restaurants that will reflect the theme “From Kaiseki to Izakaya,” highlighting cooking styles from rustic to refined. Dishes will include SakaMai’s Dry-aged Duck Breast with pickled garlic puree, Momofuku Ssam Bar’s Gochu-glazed Pork Ribs with cucumber pickles, and Gaijin’s luxurious Uni Ikura rice bowl.

Participating restaurants this year include: 15 East, Aburiya Kinnosuke, Bond Street, OKA, En Japanese Brasserie, Gaijin, Hibino, INSA, Ivan Ramen, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Sakagura, SakaMai, Sen Sakana, SushiSamba, Yopparai and Zuma.

Tickets are $110.00, which to try this many different types of sakes as well as pair-able food options… is a steal if you ask me! HERE you can get your tickets to next Wednesday’s Joy of Sake event.

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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