It looks like the Lower East Side is getting a new spot to sip sake.
Azasu, a new project at by Yopparai owners Gaku and Christy Shibata, will be a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant with a focus on making sake and the drinking culture of Japan accessible to everyone.
“It’s meant for groups,” Christy, who along with Gaku is a sake sommelier, told the Village Voice’s Fork in The Road, “Or it’s a place you can come after work for a beer and snacks without committing to a full dinner.”
With a handful of communal tables, Azasu will also offer Japanese fried foods like gyoza dumplings as well as a variety of sandwiches including ham katsu and panko-crusted meatballs, all made to pair will the Japanese beers and sake offerings.
Azasu – set to debut on May 4 – will also serve shochu cocktails, including one poured from a slushie machine. Hello, summer![Village Voice – Fork in The Road]