University City’s CoZara Decides it Wants to Test Your Liquor Tolerance

Photo by Kyle Born

Photo by Kyle Born

Adding the words “all you can drink” to a University City restaurant menu is a bold move, but CoZara is, if nothing else, a bold endeavor for chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka, who opened what was essentially the city’s first modern izakaya between two college campuses.

But yes, “all you can drink” are words that exist on CoZara’s menu now, and the deal is actually pretty solid.

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How to Super Bowl Like a Pro This Sunday

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Revolution Taco/Official

Maybe you’ve got the most incredible buffalo chicken dip recipe known to man, or maybe you enjoy grilling in the cold. Maybe you’re just some sort of crazed masochist who actually enjoys holing up in a kitchen while your friends and family have all of the fun without you. Sane people? They like to relax on Sundays — especially Super Bowl Sundays — and you can too if you let a bunch of these Philly pros do the work for you.

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Two More Beer Gardens For You To Visit This Weekend

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Seriously, I know that people like drinking outside and that, for years, we had to fight just to see one or two beer gardens open for the summer. But now it seems like these things are opening/popping up/changing location every weekend, and pretty soon we’re going to get to the point where there’s one on every block.

Not saying this is a bad thing, just… Man, how things have changed.

Anyway, there are two new beer gardens for you to explore this weekend. And the first one also comes with sushi.

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Summer Hamachi Dinners At CoZara

CoZara Hamachi Dinner

A summertime special, the Hamachi dinner is now on the menu at CoZara. The fish, prepared three ways by chef Phila Lorn and served family style, will feed 6-8 people and cost $250 (which seems pricey, sure, but works out to about $40 per person–which isn’t bad for a three-course dinner.)

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FlavorPrint: It’s Like Online Dating For Your Mouth

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Okay, so this is going to take a little bit of explaining.

You know how when you’re goofing around with something like Pandora and you put in, say, the Dropkick Murphys and the magical elves that live inside your iPhone build you an entire playlist of songs featuring bagpipes and lyrics about punching people in the face? FlavorPrint is like that. Kinda.

Or you know how when you’re filling out you 34th online dating profile and you explain to the computer how you’re looking for a good Christian girl, 18-34, who’s into sunsets, romantic comedies and hardcore BDSM? Yeah, FlavorPrint is like that, too.

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CoZara Rolls Out a Redo

Fat Pig Ramen at coZara, $8 at dinner.

Fat Pig Ramen at coZara, $8 at dinner.

When Hiroyuki Tanaka opened coZara in University City a year ago, more than a few people raised an eyebrow at the omission of sushi bar. After all, Tanaka’s Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Zama is one of Philadelphia’s go-to spots for sushi.

But now that coZara has reopened after a short closure to tweak the space, the lack of a sushi bar has been addressed. Installed right in front of the new entrance is an eight-seat sushi bar. Upstairs sees changes as well, with geisha images on the stairwell, and several changes to make the space feel more intimate. Bamboo stalks and rice paper obscure the view to outside, while dark curtains hide the outdoor deck.

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Open Stove XXXI: Putting Your Skills To The Test

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A battle between two masters of Japanese flavors, our 29th Open Stove was an epic that, despite physical challenges designed to irritate and confound the competitors, left spectators impressed. William Lindsay, sous chef at Morimoto (assisted by fellow sous Doug Allen), went head to head with Phila Lorn, sous chef at CoZara (assisted by Angelo LaBate, also of CoZara). Each team led off aggressively, plating heavy-duty amuses that left nobody wondering whether or not they were were playing to win…

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CoZara Celebrates Sake with Four-Course Dinner

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Drunken Zama sake

Looks like Japan celebrates made up food and drink holidays too. Tomorrow, October 1st is National Sake Day in Japan, so if you needed any more of an excuse to indulge in sushi or sake, here’s the go-ahead.

CoZara is hosting a four-course, $35 dinner from 5 p.m. until close in honor of the Japanese holiday. The University City izakaya will welcome Nanbu Bijin Sake to pair with the dishes. Nanbu Bijin is the company that produces Zama private label sake, “Drunken Zama.” 

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CoZara Serves Sushi Starting Today

CoZara, located at 33rd and Chestnut Streets on Drexel University’s campus has added a sushi, maki and sashimi menu available for lunch and dinner. The additions are a concession to the izakayas original concept. When CoZara opened, the restaurant focused on small plates, kushi, rice and noodle dishes. Chef/owner Zama Tanaka admitted, “once people hear that we serve Japanese food, they have been coming to us looking for sushi.”

Check out the full new menu below. But first, here’s a pretty picture of said sushi:

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Drexel Dragon Roll and the UPenn Roll.

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Summer Happy Hour at coZara

Bar at CoZara | Photo by Kyle Born

Bar at CoZara | Photo by Kyle Born

After Trey Popp’s review of CoZara, where the happy hour garnered the most compliments,  we wanted to check it out for ourselves. And oh yes, it is happy.

Not only does CoZara offer up a wide range of beer, wine, cocktails and sake for just $2, you can get $2 deals on their Japanese small plates as well.

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