Coffee and lunch spot by day and sake bar by night, Hi-Collar is just one of the many Japanese establishments in NYC owned by Bon Yagi, who is also Japanese. Located in the East Village, Hi-Collar occupies a narrow space where the only seating is the dozen-or-so stools that line the long, brass-countered bar. The bar shelf/wall is designed with sliding doors that remind me of Japanese screen doors, creating some mystery around what could be behind them. Hi-Collar offers an extensive selection of sake, and the bartender will always offer a couple of suggestions if you’re feeling curious or lost.
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