Downtempo hip-hop flowing from the speakers as sake and Sapporo flow from glasses gives Satsko a chilled-out vibe that makes it seem more like a friendly neighborhood local than a sake bar. The joint's few bar stools and four tables ensure an intimate night; the bar crew delivers sake by the lacquer box while the two-man kitchen prepares edibles from a short menu of Japanese favorites like beef or chicken curry and squid jerky with spicy mayo dip. Satsko's sake list covers its bases well and throws in a few surprises, like a junmai sake brewed in Hollister, California.
This charming sake bar provides a quiet haven for Alphabet City locals trapped between the ever-growing nightlife scenes of Avenues B and C. Not much bigger than the average studio apartment, Sake Bar Satsko has a comfortable, careworn style. Low-hanging beaded red lamps light the few tables and small bar area, while snapshots of smiling patrons paper the walls. Neighborhood regulars drop in to sample one of the 30 types of sake on offer (from $7 to $50 per serving), snack on dumplings and edamame or simply greet old friends. Colorful descriptions bring the sake menu to life, supplemented by solid recommendations from the friendly bar staff. The house cocktails are also a treat — for a new take on an old favorite, try the Saketini -- Amy Douthett
Bianca Caampued is a cofounder (along with Mallory Blair) of Small Girls PR, and she rocks out at Bianca Rocks Out. This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn't.
Sake Bar Satsko - "When anyone asks me what my favorite place in NYC is, I respond with Sake Bar Satsko within a blink of an eye. It's a small sake bar in the East Village on 7th Street between B & C. I think I relate to it because I too am small and cozy. The vibes are chill, but can also turn into a late-night dance party. You'd be surprised at the ways you'll find yourself moving in such a small space to get the party going. All the bartenders there are AMAZING, and because they're all incredible musicians, the bar has become one of those NYC 'must stop by' spots for bands on tour. You'll find the owner and the bar's namesake, Satsko, in the kitchen making the food herself, chatting it up with the regulars ... being my NYC mom (she's not really my mom, but she is the best). So many people frequent the place that there's been a very intense battle for mayorship on Foursquare. I'm there almost every night and am nowhere near stealing that title ... *sigh*. I guess you could say Satsko is like my Cheers, and if I'm ever having a terrible night all I have to do is stop by to make everything all better."