used to be a much nicer low key high quality place. They seated us and when we did not order fast enough told us the time limit on our uncomfortable bar seats. when we wanted the check we had to hunt them down even though we got a stern warning we had to leave we could not pay. The food was OK but nothing special and it was crazy loud and the attitude made me feel stupid for paying a lot of $$ to sit in a tiny box full of loud people who had too much saki.
Great service, food, and ambiance. Unique experience.
The portions are very small and the service is a little pushy - you can’t really enjoy your meal and experience because waiters come all the time forcing to order meal, to bring dessert menu even when you didn’t finish eating yet... also about the food, I was expecting a lot more.
Yopparai is our go-to for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The service is impeccable, the sake list is extensive, and the food is incredible. Go to Yopparai!
An amazing Japanese tasting menu with all the sake you can handle. Food was excellent, staff was friendly and helpful with explanations and suggestions. Counter seating was great, and gives you a chance to see the chefs put their impressive knife skills to work. Would definitely eat here again, and would recommend to anyone looking to splurge on a tasty tour of Japanese cuisine.
Loved our experience at Yopparai! The staff was incredibly friendly and food was fantastic.
A very special place. Food was so good, although a little expensive, and the service was fantastic.
Only decent Izakaya in the city
I love this place. Authentic Japanese feeling. Delicious small plates. I came here with my boyfriend for our six month anniversary. I’ve been here a few times now. Consistent. Comforting. Relaxed. I have everlasting memories of their grilled squid.
Absolutely delicious! The ebi (raw shrimp) special was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten this year. Can’t wait to go back.
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. If Yopparai was a rock band it would be Radiohead. Definitely not Coldplay.
I was hoping for an authentic Japanese Izakaya and Yopparai did not disappoint me. Their sake is a little more expensive side but their food is very tasty and I really enjoyed the whole experience.
Excellent Japanese soul food.
Nice traditional atmosphere with very goo quality food
Very cute. Not good for groups. Great service. Lovely staff. Must get the oden and the tsukune. Super flavorful and tasty. Leave some room for shaved ice!
Yopparai is hands-down, one of the best izakayas in NYC. Always consistently excellent. I've had almost every single dish they offer and all of them were delicious and on-point. The staff is amazing as well!
Cozy restaurant with authentic Japanese izakaya food. The chicken meatball and other dishes are of much higher quality than typical izakaya. The sake selection is amazing. Service is impeccable. It's a little hidden which is also a great thing 'cause it feels like a special club. Must go!
Service was rushed. The table next to us experienced superior hospitality... Please work on that and be more “present” whenever possible.
Very special hidden place and service exceptional. Food was delicious!
Unique and wonderful
Excellent food and service. One of the few “real” Japanese restaurants in NYC.
wonderful nice service and incredible quality food! very authentic japanese! try the cod and the grill vegetable!
The food and service were top notch. Wide assortment of sakes, along with some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Delicious sashimi, and the cooked dishes were outstanding. Highly recommend!
one of the best izakaya restaurants in NYC.
meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, noodle choices served in small plates, and a great selection of sake and beer
not a cheap meal but worthwhile
Food is superb. Cod is softly melting in mouth. Homemade tofu matches well with sauce. Chicken meatball is a little too salty. Washu beef could be more tender - takes longer than 2 mins to make it easy to chew. Service is a little lacking - no water refill - due to probably lack of staff. Although, appreciate the flexibility of letting us in well in advance of our booked time. Overall, a cute tasty restaurant with cozy ambiance.
Great food, service, everything! Will be back soon :)
Absolutely fantastic experience! Staff is well-informed and food is outstanding. Will be back!
Awesome food and service
Very authentic food and service
An outstanding dinner! Thank you
Incredible food, and much more interesting selections of small plates than the typical Japanese fare in NY. Beautiful and understated decor, attentive staff, great music playing (small group 50s jazz, not too loud) in the background, amazing selection of sakes. Expensive, but worth it.
Wonderful staff with amazing food. I felt like I was back in Tokyo.
The house made grilled Mochi is phenomenal- a must order. The shave ice from the Victorian era machine is fun and more flavorful than you’d think.
Delicious food and very good drink that you can enjoy the night.
Such a nice and helpful hostess/ server. Recommend this experience
Excellent dinner with many Japanese dishes that are harder to find in the city. The counter seating is perfect for a date, and don't miss the kakigori!
A really wonderful, well-run izakaya that includes all the dishes you really want and avoids those that are just, well, wrong!
The food was amazing but the portions were small. It was a great experience.
just like being in Japan...great hidden gem. Food is super delicious and sake choices excellent. you can't have a bad time here....service could not be sweeter!!
This becomes my routine once a month to go to Yoparai to have a meal. The food and service really make me feel comfortable and satisfying. And I recommend the dessert kakikori to everyone. It worth your try.