Oysters are a notoriously secretive shellfish, hiding even grains of sand beneath obfuscating layers of pearlescent build-up. Make this mysterious mollusk's acquaintance with today's Groupon: for $20 you get $40 worth of oysters, sake, and Japanese fare from Bar Akariba in Brooklyn.
Bar Akariba combines fresh seafood and sippable spirits in an intimate dining experience. The menu at this sophisticated shellfishery features three to six rotating varieties of oysters daily, all seasonally sourced from locally grown fisheries and high-end western growers. The restaurant has previously offered approachable bivalves such as buttery kumamotos from Oregon ($3.25 each), firm blue points from New York ($2.50 each), mild Washingtonian hama hamas ($2.50 each), and the feared but misunderstood pacific godzilla ($6.25 each). Diners are requested to order oysters by the half dozen, without mixing and matching. Those with unshelled tastes may partake of more traditional dishes such as tako wasabi, wasabi-cured octopus ($5.50), or maguro carpaccio, medium tuna sashimi in green yuzu-pepper sauce ($13.95), providing palates a more flavorful awakening than a chocolate-dipped alarm clock. Piquant platefuls may be paired with libations from the extensive sake menu, featuring more than 30 labels from different Japanese regions and vintages. Dare to pronounce a glass of desirable Kokuryu Gohyaku Mangoku Junmai Ginjo sake ($13), or inspire taste buds to wax nostalgic with a glass of Hana-Hato Kijo-shu sake aged 10 years ($10). Bar Akariba also serves original cocktails, a few select bottles of wine, and various homemade desserts to delectably round out meals.
Located through sister-restaurant Zenkichi, this sleekly chic eatery serves up its elegant oceanic delicacies in an intimate atmosphere. The serene space is illuminated with the glow of flickering candles and warmed with the timbre of soft jazz, creating a smooth ambience for an intimate evening date or swank shucking marathon.
- The retaurant [sic] feels cozy and would be great for a date. The staff is really friendly and helpful. – jack c., Yelp, 2/13/11
- Drink it down and you'll taste the exquisite flavors of the ocean in their most pure state: flavorful dashi broth and briny oyster and uni combine as though your mouth is swimming in a tide pool. – Renata E., Yelp, 9/21/10