A Restaurant That Means 'Drunkard' in Japanese, Plus A Bank-Turned-Speakeasy
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With a name that means “drunkard” in Japanese, you know the folks at Yopparai aren’t messing around when it comes to sake at this izakaya. Food plays a supporting role to the well-curated sake list, with helpful tasting notes annotating the menu pages. That said, the small plates and rustic snacks—like deep-fried shrimp, Karaage fried chicken, and marinated king salmon—come highly recommended.
Then, introduce a little secrecy to your night and head to Garfunkel’s, a classic speakeasy on the second floor of the Burgary. Originally Garfunkel & Tauster, a private bank that turned out to be a criminal operation, Garfunkel’s retains the history and excitement of its namesake with a nightly-changing vault passkey required for entry. Once you’ve made your way through the bank vault doors, you’ll enjoy cocktails crafted by Lucinda Sterling of Little Branch fame. For something different, come during afternoon high tea, offered Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Do make sure to grab a reservation online.
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