Kagurazaka: Sake bar
Otonari (Kagurazaka: Sake bar)
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Sat Sun 3-10:30) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

This tiny neighborhood sake bar has a small but well-chosen sake list, a limited menu of sake-focused snacks, friendly service and fairly tight seating. There's also a standing bar at the front of the shop that's convenient if you just want a quick drink on the way to somewhere else.

The sake selection covers some familiar names, so you won't feel overwhelmed when you first sit down, and some lesser-known labels, so you'll have new flavors to discover as you explore. There's a detailed English-language flavor-profile chart from which you can make informed selections, or at least use as a starting point when asking for recommendations.

Prosciutto and various other hams are a centerpiece of the food menu, which helpfully identifies a number of sakes that go well with cured meats. In addition to ham, the menu offers light snacks like cheese toast, anchovy toast, miso-pickled cream cheese, smoked oysters, duck tataki, and tempura-fried shrimp kakiage. The potato salad, livened up with crunchy pickles, is worth a try, and a nice match for the ham.

Sake is served in 90ml glasses, so you can try a few different types while you're here. Given the limited food menu and the cozy seating, Otonari may be best suited as a starting point for a bar-hopping tour of the neighborhood.

Shinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 5-35, Ootori Bldg B1F.
東京都新宿区神楽坂5-35 おおとりビル B1F
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