Stumbled upon an outstanding, basement level Sake bar on E9th Street, between 2nd and 3rd. The street is host to numerous Japanese restaurants, and this one is a little tough to find - you descend a flight of metal exterior stairs and have to ring the bell - its marked at street level by a small wooden sign that says, as you might expect "Sake Bar".
I am no Sake connosieur, and a menu of 100+ skaes can be intimidating, but the staff is happy to help. We ended up with an interesting flight of Sakes, some fresh and wonderful endaname, and a bowl of crisp pickled garlic cloves.
Its a very lively place, with a fun crowd.