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
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
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.
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.
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."