Sakaya, which means "sake shop" in Japanese, is a small, elegantly designed shop in New York City's East Village. It's just a few minutes walk from many of the popular izakayas and ramen shops in the neighborhood. The extensive selection of sake (nihon-shu) is curated by a husband and wife team - Hiroko Furukowa & Rick Smith. Their tastes are impeccable and their weekend sake tastings are a "must try" event when in the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon.
I don't drink a lot of sake (nihon-shu), but when I do I tend to stumble into some amazing flavors and mouthfeels. Sake intimidates me the way French wines intimidate me. There are just too many things to learn about this delicious rice based drink. It can also get pretty spendy compared to shochu where the most expensive bottle currently imported to the U.S. will cost around $125 in a restaurant.