New York – meet your new favorite collection of sake and shochu. This Tribeca bar has an impressive array of the imported liquor alongside plenty of delicious Japanese whiskeys and craft beers.Over the years, we’ve gotten acquainted with the likes of many a distinct alcoholic beverage. (Perhaps some regrettably so in our younger years.) But there are some fine spirits we’ve intended to get better acquainted with for some time now, and Shigure is much obliged to come to our aid. New York – meet your new favorite collection of sake and shochu. This Tribeca bar has an impressive array of the imported liquor alongside plenty of delicious Japanese whiskeys and craft beers.
First things first, start the relationship off right. Choose a region from the map on the wall and travel Japan by the glassful. Not only are the bartenders here the happiest and most knowledgeable of tour guides, but the sake and shochu are divvied up by origin – the makings of a bona fide libation adventure if we ever heard one. For a truly unique experience, we’ll be sipping the Ayanami cocktail, an exceptional mix of Kinmiya shochu, red shiso liqueur, key lime and a touch of yuzu. (We’ll be honest, we drank it so quickly, we valiantly ordered a second.) No matter the beverage, drinks here should never go without a side of Shigure’s legendary fried chicken. It's marinated in fermented rice and sea salt to create a juicy perfection in the final fried bird. For lighter pickin's, the Hirame Usutsukuri, a thinly-sliced, fresh sashimi, is a great go-to for hungry sake fans. Yep, it's looking like this new relationship is going to be very long term. Domo arigato, Shigure!
Fried chicken, $8 single, $12 double
Hirame Usutsukuri, $13
Draft beer, $7 per glass
Sake, $9 and up
Shochu, $8 and up
The Ayanami, $13
Monday – Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.