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NYC Sake Walking Tour

NYC Sake Walking Tour

Tuesday, June 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

SakaMai – 157 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)

Admission: $160

Join Sake Samurais Chizuko Niikawa-Helton and Timothy Sullivan on a private sake walking tour on the Lower East Side of New York City. Over the course of three hours, two sake samurais, whose passion it is to share sake, will guide participants to three fun sake bars, all within walking distance. Participants will enjoy an array of premium Japanese sake and outstanding food geared to pair perfectly with sake.

New York City is one of the most dynamic markets for sake in the world. If you are lucky enough to visit or live here, you have access to a world-class selection of sake bars and restaurants. If the world of sake seems strange or too foreign, let Niikawa-Helton and Sullivan show you the very best sake and Japanese food available in New York City.


157 Ludlow Street
The evening will begin at this elegant sake restaurant for a special appetizer set and an outstanding and unique sake flight.

Izakaya Juraku
121 Ludlow St
Next, the tour will move to Izakaya Juraku. Here the group will enjoy a flight of classic sakes and delicious izakaya-style food.

Ronin Stones
69A Clinton Street
The last stop will be Ronin Stones. This under-the-radar spot is hidden and the type of small sake bar you’ll find all over Japan. Enjoy more sake and some skewers here!

Along with the sake and food, Niikawa-Helton and Sullivan will give you education about each sake and pairing as well as detailed information on the breweries. You’ll also get your own Sake Tasting Notebook to use on the tour.

As New York’s top female sake sommelier, Niikawa-Helton founded her own sake consulting company, Sake Discoveries, LLC, in 2008. She consults restaurants nationwide, helping to develop sake programs and to train staff, and she hosts sake events. Sullivan works full time as a sake instructor, conducting sake seminars and educational tasting events around the world. The founder of the sake blog, Sullivan is also the Official Brand Ambassador of Hakkaisan Sake Brewery. (Shameless plug: Sullivan is also the subject of the latest episode of The Big Root, a podcast co-produced and co-hosted by the author.)

For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit the Sake Journeys website.