For special occasions, we recommend our sister restaurant, Yopparai Ronin, an omakase-only date night spot offering a multi-course menu in a beautiful Japanese setting. Please visit Yopparai Ronin's listing to book your date night.
* In accordance with NYC requirements, we now require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for guests dining indoors.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Jyoya Nabe Pork Belly
Thin Sliced Pork Belly served with Vegetables and Mushrooms
Menu is too small. Not enough small dishes to include classics as well as seasonal items to meet the standard of a good izakaya. Servers don’t do Japanese style. Nice but not attentive. Not watching for hand signals or even filling glasses and changing small plates. Good was pretty good but more for generic diners who don’t really know Japanese food.
Food are fresh but way overrated and overpriced. Sorry to say so but no remmemdation.
Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Best restaurant in the city!
We had a great experience starting with the window-seat table, warm and friendly staff, and a solid meal. Great work team Yopparai!
Tiny portion for the price we paid. Uni chirashi and chopped fatty tuna chirashi are not of good quality, fishy and not very fresh. Fudomaki is very cold. Only the chicken meatballs was tasty. The waitress didn’t know the menu very well, couldn’t answer the question.
Food is definitely fresh, but
Our first time at Yopparai. The decor was attractive. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed the pork belly hot pot, amazing tofu appetizer, fatty blue fin tuna on rice, Wagu beef appetizer and the shrimp tempura hot dog. Each delicious. Portions are small plates so ordering several and sharing was fun. Great sake selections. We look forward to returning again!
Yopparai provides a very nice ambiance with amazing food. Reasonable prices and great customer service. Would go back very soon.
Menu a little slimmer than last visit, pre-covid, but still excellent quality and service!!
serving portion is small but the food is good. recommend for parties no more than 3 people.
Great food, great location and people
Incredible, authentic experience. Would certainly come back again for a special occasion.
Super cool "So Japan" decor, great izakaya food, sake, shochu, whiskey and lovely staff! I'll be back!
Delicious food , super friendly staff and enjoy the private Japanese booths, I really enjoyed the detailed attentiveness of the food & staff
I was embarrassed to take a girl here on a first date. Yopparai is going down in quality and ambiance. There is nothing elegant about the way they are serving cocktails. They should put a bit more effort in this whole thing. Omakase is an experience and they are not doing anything to create a cool ambiance. Their old location was so much better. THis new place felt like a cheap dollar sushi restaurant. Not going back again.
The food was slightly above average; the sashimi was all very good, uni and ikura probably the best thing we had. Otherwise the place was really overpriced for the quality of food. The place is kind of a confused Isakayi/sushi bar/wanna be kaiseki. Most places that combine so many styles of Japanese cuisine fall short in achieving anything noteworthy in any particular style in my experience. Service was really good, the servers were all overattentive, very considerate, cool ambiance as well, but generally not close to being worth it.
This new location is bigger than the previous and the menu has changed a lot too.
Food was incredible, super authentic and the service was top notch. They were so patient with us in explaining every dish and made us laugh with their warm service. Loved everything.
Had the Omakase... absolutely wonderful and kind service
If you loved the old Yopparai, the new one is not for you. There is no ambience. Service is perfunctory and without humor. Dishes are not as good as they were around the corner. Just too damn bad.
Small portions but really fantastic food--fresh and perfectly seasoned. Cocktails were great, chicken meatball a highlight
Awesome food, great atmosphere and service! Would definitely come back again!
Can’t wait to come back. The food and service were absolutely outstanding.
Great food, nice staff, great drinks (though cocktail options are somewhat limited).
Safety protocols were well followed. I reserved 2 seats in the bar, and we were sat apart from other groups. The food was without a doubt amazing! The servers were all very kind and friendly.
Yopparai of old has moved and changed their approach. Before it was more sedate and traditional Japanese Izakaya with emphasis on a wide variety of small dishes. Now it is a bit more youth-oriented with more American clientele. Fewer dishes but the quality is still very high.
I loved the space/atmosphere/food at the previous location. The new location has still fine food, but I felt the service quality gets lower than before.
Authentic Japanese fine Izakaya with attentive service. Individual Tatami seating fun.
Used to be a good place. Not good after covid reopen.
Excellent service- kind staff. Really enjoyed the food and would love to go back to try the sushi Omakase.
Pretty solid place, food is great, portions a little small but makes up in quality. Could have some cheaper sake's on the menu, everything seems >$100
Great food and great service in a nondescript sake bar. Excellent selection of sake and every dish we ordered was phenomenal!
Delicious food w beautiful presentation. Introduction to unfamiliar Japanese dishes w western influence. Courteous service. But bc of tight quarters there is a 2-2.5 hr time limit to your meal to fit in the next party.
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.
Yopparai is rated 4.5 stars by 389 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.