Getting to Know Sake on an Everyday Basis

Posted April 30, 2018 4:26 p.m. EDT

Masaharu Morimoto, the chef and restaurateur, wants to see more Japanese cooking at home in America. To his line of cookbooks, knives, grapeseed oils and beer, he has added sake. “Sake is not easy to understand,” he said. “I’m making it easy.” His new sake for everyday drinking, Easy Cup, is a junmai premium sake made from highly polished rice by Gekkeikan, a centuries-old Japanese company. It’s straightforward, mellow and somewhat floral, making it a fine starter sake and excellent to serve chilled with seafood. It comes in a convenient, picnic-ready resealable glass jar at a modest price: Easy Cup Sake, $19.99 for five 7.1-ounce jars, Grand Cru Wine & Spirits, 570 11th Ave. (43rd Street), 646-682-9278,

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