What could be better to start out Spring than a virtual trip to Okinawa? The beautiful islands in the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of Japan? Unfortunately for New Yorkers, since Suibi in Midtown East closed a few years back, Okinawan food is not easily available. Fortunately for New Yorkers, some Okinawa lovers have persisted and they have decided to put on an Okinawan festival.

It begins tonight (April 23rd) with food & drink at Samurai Mama in Williamsburg. Festivities continue on Wednesday evening (April 25th) at Bozu, also in Williamsburg.  For these two nights there will be Awamori available and Okinawan food specials. No RSVP needed. Just show up.

The fun moves to Manhattan on Thursday April 26th at Sing Sing Karaoke on St. Marks in the East Village. 6pm to 10pm there will be Okinawan home cooking and Okinawan pop song singing. For more details see the facebook page for the event. To RSVP please email

Finally, the festival ends on Saturday, April 28th with a traditional Okinawan meal, live Sanshin music, Orion beer, and an Awamori tasting. Our own Stephen Lyman will also be giving a short tutorial on Awamori to guests at this dinner. Awamori cocktails we helped develop will also be available to try!

Here are the details for Saturday:

Where: Uminoie – 86 East 3rd Street in the East Village.

When: Saturday, April 28th 5pm-7:30pm

Cost: $40/person includes tax & tip

We hope you can make it out for some Okinawamori!




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