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Chiz and Tim: Your Walking Tour Guides!

Discover Sake in NYC!

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 3 hours, we’ll enjoy multiple sakes and outstanding appetizers at 3 fun sake bars, all within walking distance. Questions about our Sake Tour? Visit our FAQ or Contact Us. 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 us guide you to the very best sake and Japanese food available in New York City. Over the course of 3 hours, we will visit 3 fun sake establishments to enjoy an array of premium Japanese sake at each one. Besides the tasting flights, we’ll also have outstanding food geared to pair perfectly with sake.

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You’ll be guided by two sake samurais whose passion it is to share sake with you! Questions about our Sake Tour? Visit our FAQ or Contact Us.

Where will we go? We’ll start the evening at the elegant Sakamai (157 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002) for a special appetizer set and an outstanding and unique sake flight. Let us introduce you to this amazing sake restaurant. Next, we’ll move to Izakaya Juraku (121 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002). Here we will enjoy a flight of classic sakes and delicious izakaya style food. Our last stop will be Ronin Stones (69A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002) this under the radar spot is hidden and the type of small sake bar you find all over Japan. We’ll enjoy more sake and some skewers here!

Along with the sake and food, we’ll give you education on 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. Let’s have fun! NOTE: Ticket Price is all inclusive. Food, sake, tip, tax and education materials are all included.

Meet Your Guides!

Chizuko Niikawa
Sake Sommelier, Sake Samurai
Despite a successful career as a fashion designer in Tokyo, with a sake sommelier certification in hand, Chizuko Niikawa-Helton embarked upon a life in sake in New York City. Working from the ground up, her aptitude for sales and popularity with customers helped her to become New York's top female sake sommelier. In 2008, focused on developing independent sake events and sake sales techniques designed to make sake more fun, delicious and smart, she founded her own consulting company, Sake Discoveries, LLC. Focused on increasing sake fans nationwide, she consults with restaurants across the country to develop unique sake lists and staff training programs. She has served as a judge for the U.S. National Sake Appraisal and in 2012, was awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association.
  • President, Sake Discoveres, LLC
  • Certified Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute (SSI)
  • Board Member, SSI International
  • 2012 Sake Samurai, (Japan Sake Brewers Association)
*photo by Hirokazu Takayama
Timothy Sullivan
Sake Sommelier, Sake Samurai
With his first sip in 2005, Timothy Sullivan simply fell in love with premium Japanese sake. This inspired him to start the first sake blog in the United States: UrbanSake.com. His passion for sake has grown this site into America’s leading resource for sake related news, events and education. In 2007, the Japanese Sake Brewer’s Association awarded Sullivan the title of “Sake Samurai” in recognition of his work to promote sake outside of Japan. Currently, Timothy Sullivan works full time in the sake industry conducting sake seminars, educational tasting events and media outreach to introduce what the Japanese call ‘the drink of the gods’ to new fans in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Founder, UrbanSake.com. America’s first and most popular sake blog & education website
  • 2007 Sake Samurai (Japan Sake Brewer’s Association)
  • International Sake Sommelier (SSI/Sake School of America)
  • Advanced Sake Professional (Sake Education Council)
  • Instructor, Sake School of America
  • Official Brand Ambassador, Hakkaisan Sake Brewery