Tippsy’s Monthy Sake Subscription Boxes

Founder Genki Ito wants to eliminate intimidation and encourage education around the Japanese tipple

Two years ago, Genki Ito walked into an entrepreneur class called Technology Feasibility at the University of California (USC) as he worked on his MBA. For his final project, he developed the concept for an online platform to sell the largest selection of sake in the United States. The result is Tippsy Sake, a subscription service that not only delivers the Japanese tipple to your …

Echo Park’s New Sake Bar, Ototo

A minimal but warm space that aims to make the Japanese tipple more approachable

Ototo is a venture for chef Charles Namba and sommelier Courtney Kaplan (of Tsubaki next door) to share their joint passion for sake and food. While Namba helms the kitchen, Kaplan is sharing her extensive knowledge of sake—telling vivid stories of breweries throughout Japan—and recommending sakes to bar-goers, who range from rookies to experts. The food and sake at Ototo (and the pairings that occur) may …

NYC-Made West 32 Soju

A smooth take on the Korean alcohol

by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you’ll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The clear, simple liquor—akin to a less-alcoholic vodka—washes down the spicy dishes well, and it would be considered egregious to consume less than …