Feast on Japanese cuisine at NYC’s original sake lounge while enjoying pairings of premium sake poured by an expert.

SakaMai Restaurant

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What You'll Do

Often referred to as the Japanese "drink of the gods," sake's flavors, regions, and brewing traditions come to life in a private dinner with designated Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan. As chefs deliver each authentic Japanese course to the communal table, Timothy will pour and present a different premium or superpremium Japanese sake—all from breweries that he has personally visited or even worked at—and discuss its origins and characteristics. When dinner is complete, you'll depart with a traditional Japanese omiyage—or "small gift"—from one of the breweries showcased.

  • Paired Sake Dinner
    Savor Japanese cuisine paired with a variety of premium and superpremium sakes

  • Sake Education
    Learn about sake production, customs, and culture from Timothy, who's personally visited each of the breweries showcased—and even worked at some of them, too

  • Parting Gifts
    Depart with an omiyage from one of the featured breweries, as well as Timothy's notes describing each sake in detail

Each event is capped at 18 participants; each event requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Timothy Sullivan
Sake Samurai

In 2005, Timothy Sullivan discovered his liquid muse when he took his first sip of sake. Inspired, he started the first sake blog in the United States, UrbanSake.com, which became a leading resource for sake-related news, events, and education. Timothy became a Certified Sake Advisor through the Sake School of America, and the Japanese Sake Brewers Association named him a Sake Samurai for his work promoting the drink in the United States.


Scheduled Dates

  • Tuesday (6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.)
    November 12 | November 19
    December 3 | December 10


Where You'll Meet

Named for the rice used to brew sake, SakaMai is New York City's original dedicated sake lounge. Cast in a soft glow of candles and low-slung pendant lights, guests nestle in communal tables surrounded by brick walls, creating an atmosphere that the New York Times calls "a Japanese restaurant filtered through an American consciousness, respectful of tradition but not bound by it."


In a Nutshell

Designated Sake Samurai talks about the flavors, regions & brewing traditions of sake during a multicourse paired dinner at a communal table

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 6 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 21 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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