Troy’s Little Rice Ball features namesake Japanese treats, more.
6 Franklin Place (corner of Fourth and Liberty streets) Troy
■ Phone: 518-953-0200
■ Web: thelittlericeball.com, Instagram: @thelittlericeballny
■ Hours: 4:30 to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.
■ Cost: Budget-friendly Japanese street food, $2.50 to $13. Soju-based cocktails, $10. Sake by the glass, can, bottle, $12 to $120.
■ Food: Modern twist on Japanese street food (onigiri, takoyaki, gyoza, street desserts). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
■ Drink: Mix of traditional sake and popular “new sake” (sparkling mango, cucumber sake), unpasteurized namazake and nigori. Handcrafted soju cocktails. Coffee, fruit teas, iced tea.
■ Ambiance: Casual, stylish corner bar with a cocktail crowd and frequent to-go orders. Counter service; all food orders are placed at the bar.
■ Noise level:
■ Good for: : Takeout, cocktails and light bites, dates, small groups, sidewalk dining. (Noise rating: 1— quiet; 2 — comfortable/conversational; 3 — loud; 4 — disruptive.)