Sakagura

★★★★★
  • 211 E 43rd St

    New York, NY 10017

    Cross street: nr. Third Ave.

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  • 212-953-7253

About Sakagura

Hours
Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2:20pm and 6pm-midnight; Sat, 6pm-1am; Sun, 6pm-11pm

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Great food but be extremely cautious about the wine (they don't serve wine but call and ask if you want to bring your own wine).

Love the food but the staff was contradictory about the wine policy. We called before about the cork fee (as

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★★★★★

Great food but be extremely cautious about the wine (they don't serve wine but call and ask if you want to bring your own wine).

Love the food but the staff was contradictory about the wine policy. We called before about the cork fee (as

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This place is fantastic. Tucked away in the basement of a corporate building in Midtown East, Sakagura offers delicious and fresh Japanese fare along with an extensive Sake list. One thing to note - they do not serve any traditional red

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★★★★★

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This place is fantastic. Tucked away in the basement of a corporate building in Midtown East, Sakagura offers delicious and fresh Japanese fare along with an extensive Sake list. One thing to note - they do not serve any traditional red

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My boyfriend surprised me with a lovely trip to Sakagura on Valentine's Day, and I was definitely impressed. The food is not sushi, but rather, the Japanese version of tapas--small plates of exquisite food. I have eaten a lot of great and not-so-super Japanese meals over the years, and this was definitely a memorable dining experience. The lobster in white miso sauce, a V-day special I believe, was fantastic. The sake was also quite great.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend surprised me with a lovely trip to Sakagura on Valentine's Day, and I was definitely impressed. The food is not sushi, but rather, the Japanese version of tapas--small plates of exquisite food. I have eaten a lot of great and not-so-super Japanese meals over the years, and this was definitely a memorable dining experience. The lobster in white miso sauce, a V-day special I believe, was fantastic. The sake was also quite great.

Pros: Wonderful food, large space for Japanese place, yet romantic

Cons: None, really--except the portions are rather petite

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Loved everything about the place, including the hard to find location.
What on earth is up with the staff? Not the friendly Japanese style hospitality one would expect...

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★★★★☆

Loved everything about the place, including the hard to find location.
What on earth is up with the staff? Not the friendly Japanese style hospitality one would expect...

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great hidden gem! I was expecting a dark, dreary place but low and behold it was like I was in Japan. We came to have drinks. The sake was so smooth and tasted even better with the homemade

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★★★★☆

great hidden gem! I was expecting a dark, dreary place but low and behold it was like I was in Japan. We came to have drinks. The sake was so smooth and tasted even better with the homemade

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I was a little weary at first because to get to the restaurant, you need to go into an office building and then down the stairs toward the basement level. Upon entering the building, the security guard was standing there making out with his girlfriend. Not that it had anything to do with the restaurant but it gave me a bad impression. After entering the restaurant, I felt better. The decor is very cute and everyone is very polite and friendly. It is a tapas type place and it is usually shared among those sitting at the table. I have been here twice and I have not been disappointed yet. Everything I ordered was pretty good. Some better then others but nothing that I disliked. It is expensive considering the portions are very small. They are also known for their sake, and they have a huge selection to choose from. I would definitely recommend this place, it has delicious food and great service.

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★★★★★

I was a little weary at first because to get to the restaurant, you need to go into an office building and then down the stairs toward the basement level. Upon entering the building, the security guard was standing there making out with his girlfriend. Not that it had anything to do with the restaurant but it gave me a bad impression. After entering the restaurant, I felt better. The decor is very cute and everyone is very polite and friendly. It is a tapas type place and it is usually shared among those sitting at the table. I have been here twice and I have not been disappointed yet. Everything I ordered was pretty good. Some better then others but nothing that I disliked. It is expensive considering the portions are very small. They are also known for their sake, and they have a huge selection to choose from. I would definitely recommend this place, it has delicious food and great service.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: None

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The uni pasta is out of this world. I've been to this place numerous times and everytime before I go, I call to make sure that they have fresh uni. Even if you don't get the uni pasta dish, try the uni anyway. You'll be shocked how fresh and delicious it is.

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★★★★★

The uni pasta is out of this world. I've been to this place numerous times and everytime before I go, I call to make sure that they have fresh uni. Even if you don't get the uni pasta dish, try the uni anyway. You'll be shocked how fresh and delicious it is.

Pros: The freshest UNI

Cons: none

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The selection of nihonshu (sake) at Sakagura is amazing. I think there were over 200 on the menu. They carry all the super premium labels, as well as some very good but obscure ones.

The food is not bad either, but it's about what you'd expect for the price. I only order a la carte. Japanese dinner combos aren't my thing. The fresh/raw items are so-so, but dessert was surprisingly good.

I defintely recommend this place if you are in the mood for sake.

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★★★★☆

The selection of nihonshu (sake) at Sakagura is amazing. I think there were over 200 on the menu. They carry all the super premium labels, as well as some very good but obscure ones.

The food is not bad either, but it's about what you'd expect for the price. I only order a la carte. Japanese dinner combos aren't my thing. The fresh/raw items are so-so, but dessert was surprisingly good.

I defintely recommend this place if you are in the mood for sake.

Pros: Best selection of sake in NYC, knowledgable and professional service

Cons: Raw menu items are sub par

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I had to try the place after seeing Tony Bourdain feature it on "No Reservations". My wife and I dropped in on a Saturday evening, and after a 10-minute wait, got seats at the bar. We know nothing about sake, but took our chances on a couple of different ones at the mid-price level. We ordered some different appetizers and they were delicious ... particularly the spicy roe. This place is amazing. You can live in New York all your life and never know places like this exist. It's half the fun to walk into the lobby of this generic Midtown office block, walk down the stairs that look like your heading to the loading dock, and then walk into Sakagura. You have left New York and are now in Japan! I have two things on my to-do list. 1. Either do some sake research, or get a dining companion who knows his/her way around a sake munu. 2. Go back to Sakagura when I've done number 1.

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★★★★★

I had to try the place after seeing Tony Bourdain feature it on "No Reservations". My wife and I dropped in on a Saturday evening, and after a 10-minute wait, got seats at the bar. We know nothing about sake, but took our chances on a couple of different ones at the mid-price level. We ordered some different appetizers and they were delicious ... particularly the spicy roe. This place is amazing. You can live in New York all your life and never know places like this exist. It's half the fun to walk into the lobby of this generic Midtown office block, walk down the stairs that look like your heading to the loading dock, and then walk into Sakagura. You have left New York and are now in Japan! I have two things on my to-do list. 1. Either do some sake research, or get a dining companion who knows his/her way around a sake munu. 2. Go back to Sakagura when I've done number 1.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Noned

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.My husband and I ate at Sakagura yesterday before a show. When they called in the afternoon to confirm, we informed them about the show. We would only have 45 minutes to eat. The caller said they would try their best. After we were seated at the bar, the waitress said she knew we had to rush and she would try her best to get us out of there on time.

The dishes we ordered were delicious. The staff was friendly. The atmosphere is unique. It made us feel we were in Japan.

They got us out on time. It was a good experience

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★★★★★

.My husband and I ate at Sakagura yesterday before a show. When they called in the afternoon to confirm, we informed them about the show. We would only have 45 minutes to eat. The caller said they would try their best. After we were seated at the bar, the waitress said she knew we had to rush and she would try her best to get us out of there on time.

The dishes we ordered were delicious. The staff was friendly. The atmosphere is unique. It made us feel we were in Japan.

They got us out on time. It was a good experience

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To find a restaurant that carries over 400 sakes in Tokyo is a rarity. To find one in Manhattan is just mind-boggling.
This place is great! It's like a little hidden Sake / Pub where you go down this staircase, through some bamboo fenced up broiler room and into what I like to call Shangri-La.
I'll say it again,400 different sake to choose from.

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★★★★★

To find a restaurant that carries over 400 sakes in Tokyo is a rarity. To find one in Manhattan is just mind-boggling.
This place is great! It's like a little hidden Sake / Pub where you go down this staircase, through some bamboo fenced up broiler room and into what I like to call Shangri-La.
I'll say it again,400 different sake to choose from.

Pros: Nothing else like it

Cons: Nothing else like it

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My brother and I dined on a Sunday night. We had reservations for 7:30 but it was nearly empty when we arrived so we opted to eat at the bar. When we left at 9:30 there wasn't an open table. Fortunaltely, bro had eaten here several times before and had a few favorites dishes to suggest from the menu. I am not initiated to Japanese food beyond the average sushi bar, so I was a litlle overwhelmed by the food and sake menus. Our waitress/bartender was very knowledgable and offered several choices of sake in prices ranging from $6 to $23 a glass. We eached tried several of the less expensive suggestions. We had several different dishes including chicken meatballs, steak, root vegetables, sushi, and our favorite, beef tongue (doubled-up on this one!) If you don't go crazy on expensive sake, the tariff is quite reasonable. I'll definitely return with my wife!

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★★★★★

My brother and I dined on a Sunday night. We had reservations for 7:30 but it was nearly empty when we arrived so we opted to eat at the bar. When we left at 9:30 there wasn't an open table. Fortunaltely, bro had eaten here several times before and had a few favorites dishes to suggest from the menu. I am not initiated to Japanese food beyond the average sushi bar, so I was a litlle overwhelmed by the food and sake menus. Our waitress/bartender was very knowledgable and offered several choices of sake in prices ranging from $6 to $23 a glass. We eached tried several of the less expensive suggestions. We had several different dishes including chicken meatballs, steak, root vegetables, sushi, and our favorite, beef tongue (doubled-up on this one!) If you don't go crazy on expensive sake, the tariff is quite reasonable. I'll definitely return with my wife!

Pros: Attentive service, professional, authentic ambience.

Cons: Menu can be a little overpowering to the un-initiated.

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loved this restaurant. Good atmosphere. good food. great service clean nice good best sushi bet sashimi loved it

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★★★★★

loved this restaurant. Good atmosphere. good food. great service clean nice good best sushi bet sashimi loved it

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I'll assume you know about the "discreet location", but the food is not conventional Japanese. There's a large choice of tapas style dishes so this is a good place for "snacks" but one can easily make a meal of it too, as we did. The food quality ranges from good to excellent, and should provide choices for even those looking for more conventional food. After reading reviews here, I was bracing myself for a hefty bill, especially knowing what some upscale Japanese restaurants can charge in Manhattan, but it's actually quite reasonable. Despite being in midtown, the place didn't really start filling up until after 7pm, and when we left it was packed so you may want to make a resv'n as it looks like even the bar seating was reserved. Net-net, I'd go again.

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★★★★★

I'll assume you know about the "discreet location", but the food is not conventional Japanese. There's a large choice of tapas style dishes so this is a good place for "snacks" but one can easily make a meal of it too, as we did. The food quality ranges from good to excellent, and should provide choices for even those looking for more conventional food. After reading reviews here, I was bracing myself for a hefty bill, especially knowing what some upscale Japanese restaurants can charge in Manhattan, but it's actually quite reasonable. Despite being in midtown, the place didn't really start filling up until after 7pm, and when we left it was packed so you may want to make a resv'n as it looks like even the bar seating was reserved. Net-net, I'd go again.

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I was actually in this building with my husband when I saw the sign for a Japanese restaurant I am not into the raw food but my husband is. We had a delightful dinner and my husband was very pleased with the service. He thought it was a strange location, in the basement, but the food and atmosphere was great. We will stop by when we are in the area again.

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★★★★★

I was actually in this building with my husband when I saw the sign for a Japanese restaurant I am not into the raw food but my husband is. We had a delightful dinner and my husband was very pleased with the service. He thought it was a strange location, in the basement, but the food and atmosphere was great. We will stop by when we are in the area again.

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This is one of my fav Japanese restaurants in NYC. It was a hidden gem for a while but ever since they got on open table it's been hard to get in without a reservation.

It's still a must try if you haven't tried it yet. My favorite dish is the Sake Ikura Don...

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★★★★★

This is one of my fav Japanese restaurants in NYC. It was a hidden gem for a while but ever since they got on open table it's been hard to get in without a reservation.

It's still a must try if you haven't tried it yet. My favorite dish is the Sake Ikura Don...

Pros: Fresh Food, Small Plates Good For Sharing

Cons: Hard To Get In Without A Reservation

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This is the place we dine with my husband's Japanese family on special occasions. It is truly authentic, and as such, you MUST allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours or so for your meal... it is meant to be a slow-paced, relaxing, enjoyable experience, and not a place to go wolf down some chow. Try the beef negimaki, the abalone sashimi, and the black sesame creme brule for desert! Even simple, homey food like karaage and agedashi tofu are elevated to a fine art. The service is attentive and knowledgeable; you will be pampered by some of the best waitstaff in New York City, in my humble opinion. It is not cheap, and it is not fast food, but I promise one of the best dining experiences you've ever had. We are loyal customers!

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★★★★★

This is the place we dine with my husband's Japanese family on special occasions. It is truly authentic, and as such, you MUST allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours or so for your meal... it is meant to be a slow-paced, relaxing, enjoyable experience, and not a place to go wolf down some chow. Try the beef negimaki, the abalone sashimi, and the black sesame creme brule for desert! Even simple, homey food like karaage and agedashi tofu are elevated to a fine art. The service is attentive and knowledgeable; you will be pampered by some of the best waitstaff in New York City, in my humble opinion. It is not cheap, and it is not fast food, but I promise one of the best dining experiences you've ever had. We are loyal customers!

Pros: perfection!

Cons: your wallet will feel lighter when you exit

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I went for Sake and loved the food and ambience! Staff was extremely nice and patient! Food was really reasonable and excellent! Would defiantly recommend!

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★★★★★

I went for Sake and loved the food and ambience! Staff was extremely nice and patient! Food was really reasonable and excellent! Would defiantly recommend!

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my friends and i went for their wide selection of sakes and fell in love with not only that but also the food. when it came to the service, it was like being back in tokyo. the soft-spoken staffpeople are patient and knowledgeable, explaining each dish (and at times how to eat it) as it was placed in front of us. most of the food comes in smaller portions (asian tapas-style) which is a perfect way to enjoy all of the delicious dishes they have on their menu. this is definitely the kind of place i would go to impress a date or client.

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★★★★★

my friends and i went for their wide selection of sakes and fell in love with not only that but also the food. when it came to the service, it was like being back in tokyo. the soft-spoken staffpeople are patient and knowledgeable, explaining each dish (and at times how to eat it) as it was placed in front of us. most of the food comes in smaller portions (asian tapas-style) which is a perfect way to enjoy all of the delicious dishes they have on their menu. this is definitely the kind of place i would go to impress a date or client.

Pros: Good food and drink, romantic and upscale, staff very polite

Cons: On the pricey side

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We love this place and are now regulars. Never have the same sake twice, try the chicken meatballs, blackened cod, and riceballs. If you are more daring, there are a vast number of dishes with squid, octopus, and other creatures with many legs. There is something for everyone here. Even if you don't think you love Japanese, you will find something delicious on their menu.

Service varies depending on whose section your seated in, but the atmosphere is unique and soothing, the food is always excellent, and we always have a wonderful time here.

Plus, if they ever make a mistake or if it's a holiday, they usually throw in a little dessert sake on the house.

This is one of our favorite places in New York

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★★★★★

We love this place and are now regulars. Never have the same sake twice, try the chicken meatballs, blackened cod, and riceballs. If you are more daring, there are a vast number of dishes with squid, octopus, and other creatures with many legs. There is something for everyone here. Even if you don't think you love Japanese, you will find something delicious on their menu.

Service varies depending on whose section your seated in, but the atmosphere is unique and soothing, the food is always excellent, and we always have a wonderful time here.

Plus, if they ever make a mistake or if it's a holiday, they usually throw in a little dessert sake on the house.

This is one of our favorite places in New York

Pros: great food, extensive sake menu, great atmosphere

Cons: Sometimes slower service, but it's worth waiting for!

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Great expectations and was not disappointed; truly one of the city's best secrets. The food was amazing, with the specials menu shining.

Excellent service, waiter brought complimentary tastes of different sakes when challenged for something unusual and the food arrived promptly as we finished each set of dishes. This isn't a place to go for a quick bite, but rather a pleasantly paced evening - we spent 2.5 hrs. Dishes are small at ~$10 each, and sake can get expensive.

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★★★★★

Great expectations and was not disappointed; truly one of the city's best secrets. The food was amazing, with the specials menu shining.

Excellent service, waiter brought complimentary tastes of different sakes when challenged for something unusual and the food arrived promptly as we finished each set of dishes. This isn't a place to go for a quick bite, but rather a pleasantly paced evening - we spent 2.5 hrs. Dishes are small at ~$10 each, and sake can get expensive.

Pros: Food, Service, Sake options

Cons: Price, reservations req'd

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The food was good, the sake was great, but the service was BAD....
It takes us 2 1/2 hour before we can have our main dish, all the dishes was serve one after another and we were so hungry. It wasn't that busy, its a week night.
suggestion, eat some thing before you go or else you will be starving to death.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was good, the sake was great, but the service was BAD....
It takes us 2 1/2 hour before we can have our main dish, all the dishes was serve one after another and we were so hungry. It wasn't that busy, its a week night.
suggestion, eat some thing before you go or else you will be starving to death.

Pros: good sake

Cons: Slow serving food

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Really a memorable evening! Went as a group of four and split several dishes, each one topped the next! Beautiful evening, great dishes which for me were very experiemental as I'm not very accquainted with true Japanese cuisine, however I sat along some some old pros who found each bite just as inviting! Plus the sake menu is very descriptive and helpful as are the servers! For a couple hours we were convinced we stepped out of New York and into Japan!

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★★★★★

Really a memorable evening! Went as a group of four and split several dishes, each one topped the next! Beautiful evening, great dishes which for me were very experiemental as I'm not very accquainted with true Japanese cuisine, however I sat along some some old pros who found each bite just as inviting! Plus the sake menu is very descriptive and helpful as are the servers! For a couple hours we were convinced we stepped out of New York and into Japan!

Pros: Atmosphere, Food!!, Unordinary!

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If you are from Japan or have been to Japan you would know what I'm talking about. 5 of the dishes my friend I shared were not Americanized in anyway. More importantly a lot of the diners were either Japanese or Americans who came with their Japanese friends. That says a lot about Sakagura's authenticity.
DO NOT skip the desserts! Mark my words. Desserts for 2 is a really good deal. They're desserts are same as the ones from "Cha-an" near St. Marks and that place is really famous for its delish desserts. Though desserts are more fusion, I honestly don't think people would truely appreciate authentic Japanese desserts and thus think that carrying fusionized desserts is a good idea.

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★★★★★

If you are from Japan or have been to Japan you would know what I'm talking about. 5 of the dishes my friend I shared were not Americanized in anyway. More importantly a lot of the diners were either Japanese or Americans who came with their Japanese friends. That says a lot about Sakagura's authenticity.
DO NOT skip the desserts! Mark my words. Desserts for 2 is a really good deal. They're desserts are same as the ones from "Cha-an" near St. Marks and that place is really famous for its delish desserts. Though desserts are more fusion, I honestly don't think people would truely appreciate authentic Japanese desserts and thus think that carrying fusionized desserts is a good idea.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Price, but worth it

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Not your average sushi joint. They have specials that you won't find on the menus of most Japanese restaurants. Been there twice, and I've learned to try at least two kinds of sake when I'm there. I definitely recommend getting a hot sake and a cold one. It's hard to find (great way to act like a hot shot on a first date) and the decor is awesome (dark but you can still see everything).

Side note: they have one of those futuristic toilets from Japan. Be careful what buttons you press.

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★★★★★

Not your average sushi joint. They have specials that you won't find on the menus of most Japanese restaurants. Been there twice, and I've learned to try at least two kinds of sake when I'm there. I definitely recommend getting a hot sake and a cold one. It's hard to find (great way to act like a hot shot on a first date) and the decor is awesome (dark but you can still see everything).

Side note: they have one of those futuristic toilets from Japan. Be careful what buttons you press.

Pros: Best sake, Excellent food, Good atmosphere

Cons: Pricey

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Sakagura is an very unusual place. I cannot state with certainty that it is authentic, but it certainly is unlike any other Japanese restaurant in New York. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. The bartenders are very friendly. We asked for help picking out Sake, and the bartender gave us a free tasting. Be careful when deciding on a bottle Sake as some are very expensive. The food is very good, but the portions are tapas-sized. The veal tongue is outstanding as is the cod. The duck, filet mignon, monkfish liver are also quite good. The tea is nothing special, but people don't come here for tea. When making a reservation, if you don't specify that you want a table, you may be seated at the bar. However, eating at the bar here is a pleasant experience. The prices can get high, as the portions are small.

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★★★★★

Sakagura is an very unusual place. I cannot state with certainty that it is authentic, but it certainly is unlike any other Japanese restaurant in New York. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. The bartenders are very friendly. We asked for help picking out Sake, and the bartender gave us a free tasting. Be careful when deciding on a bottle Sake as some are very expensive. The food is very good, but the portions are tapas-sized. The veal tongue is outstanding as is the cod. The duck, filet mignon, monkfish liver are also quite good. The tea is nothing special, but people don't come here for tea. When making a reservation, if you don't specify that you want a table, you may be seated at the bar. However, eating at the bar here is a pleasant experience. The prices can get high, as the portions are small.

Pros: Food/Drink, Decor, Service

Cons: Price

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very unnoticeable entrance, hidden and beautiful decor. small appetizer portions but large variety of appetizer dishes and good special entrees. desserts very good. buying the chocolate truffles came in nice packaging.

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★★★★★

very unnoticeable entrance, hidden and beautiful decor. small appetizer portions but large variety of appetizer dishes and good special entrees. desserts very good. buying the chocolate truffles came in nice packaging.

Pros: good for date, good food variety, great atmostphere

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Went here for the first time last week and had a fabulous time. The portion size / price combo makes it expensive if you're really hungry, but we went for a late dinner. This is perfect place if you basically want to nibble some delicious treats while taking full advantage of the sake options. I will be going back. The tuna tartare was my favorite dish of the night.

Oh, and the chocolate souffle was definitely the best dessert (we tried almost all of them).

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★★★★★

Went here for the first time last week and had a fabulous time. The portion size / price combo makes it expensive if you're really hungry, but we went for a late dinner. This is perfect place if you basically want to nibble some delicious treats while taking full advantage of the sake options. I will be going back. The tuna tartare was my favorite dish of the night.

Oh, and the chocolate souffle was definitely the best dessert (we tried almost all of them).

Pros: excellent service, great food, low key atmosphere

Cons: expensive

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Too bad I'm not a drinker because that seems to be the best part of Sakagura. As my friends enjoyed the delicious sake from the blue bottle, I pondered over the so-so food. Although the eggplant 3 miso dish was not bad, I've had better at Taste of Tokyo. The age-tofu (deepfried) was not cooked all the way through. The baked fish smelled fishy(in a bad way), cold spinach with sesame was okay and so was the cubed steak with dikon oroshi. The food was just... okay. For dessert, I had the black sesame creme brulee topped with black sesame ice cream. Friends had coffee jelly w/ice cream, green tea truffles, chocolate souffle, and one ice cream dish that tasted like royal milk tea (this was the unanimous favorite). Yummm!!! I suggest eating somewhere else and stopping by Sakagura afterwards for the great sake selection and fantastic, creative desserts.

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★★★★☆

Too bad I'm not a drinker because that seems to be the best part of Sakagura. As my friends enjoyed the delicious sake from the blue bottle, I pondered over the so-so food. Although the eggplant 3 miso dish was not bad, I've had better at Taste of Tokyo. The age-tofu (deepfried) was not cooked all the way through. The baked fish smelled fishy(in a bad way), cold spinach with sesame was okay and so was the cubed steak with dikon oroshi. The food was just... okay. For dessert, I had the black sesame creme brulee topped with black sesame ice cream. Friends had coffee jelly w/ice cream, green tea truffles, chocolate souffle, and one ice cream dish that tasted like royal milk tea (this was the unanimous favorite). Yummm!!! I suggest eating somewhere else and stopping by Sakagura afterwards for the great sake selection and fantastic, creative desserts.

Pros: sake, desserts, comfortable ambience

Cons: food, no green tea

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This is truly a hidden secret....I mean so hidden that this place has no outdoor signs. It's actually in a basement level of an office building. So you're probably going "ew" right about now. Oh, you have no idea what you're missing. One of the few AUTHENTIC Japanese spots in New York City, Sakagura boasts tasty Japanese cuisine with *200+* variations of sake. Damn. Be warned, this is the kind of place you run up a bill and you have NO idea how it happened because you're just having too much fun. GREAT food, GREAT drinks. A very smooth atmosphere and the most unique bathrooms you've EVER seen. Extra props to the hostesses who were extremely kind to our party. A 5 star experience all the way.

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★★★★★

This is truly a hidden secret....I mean so hidden that this place has no outdoor signs. It's actually in a basement level of an office building. So you're probably going "ew" right about now. Oh, you have no idea what you're missing. One of the few AUTHENTIC Japanese spots in New York City, Sakagura boasts tasty Japanese cuisine with *200+* variations of sake. Damn. Be warned, this is the kind of place you run up a bill and you have NO idea how it happened because you're just having too much fun. GREAT food, GREAT drinks. A very smooth atmosphere and the most unique bathrooms you've EVER seen. Extra props to the hostesses who were extremely kind to our party. A 5 star experience all the way.

Pros: Authentic Japanese, Huge Sake selection, Wonderful staff

Cons: Hard to find, Needs reservations, Billsrun up VERY fast

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For awhile, this was my favorite restaurant-- I was coming here twice a week (or at least once a week). I've known about this place for about 3 years, and it's now popular (thanks to opentable and the 6/06 new york times review). Sakagura is truly a treasure-- the cooked food is *really* good but the portions are *really* small (note, however, the sashimi is only mediocre to above average). If they happen to have soba on their special menu, definitely get that, as their soba is even better than sobaya. Generally, I get one or two "big dishes" such as the sake oyako don (raw salmon and salmon roe over rice-- ask for extra wasabi!) or the udon. Don't forget the desserts, hand crafted by their very own pastry chef-- she is truly top notch. my favorite dessert is seasonal- the sweet potato with ice cream and some crunchy stuff in it. Of course, like its namesake, definitely try the sake. they have 200 sakes by the glass, and my favorite is the very reasonable sato no homare (pride of the village) for a mere $68 a bottle!

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★★★★★

For awhile, this was my favorite restaurant-- I was coming here twice a week (or at least once a week). I've known about this place for about 3 years, and it's now popular (thanks to opentable and the 6/06 new york times review). Sakagura is truly a treasure-- the cooked food is *really* good but the portions are *really* small (note, however, the sashimi is only mediocre to above average). If they happen to have soba on their special menu, definitely get that, as their soba is even better than sobaya. Generally, I get one or two "big dishes" such as the sake oyako don (raw salmon and salmon roe over rice-- ask for extra wasabi!) or the udon. Don't forget the desserts, hand crafted by their very own pastry chef-- she is truly top notch. my favorite dessert is seasonal- the sweet potato with ice cream and some crunchy stuff in it. Of course, like its namesake, definitely try the sake. they have 200 sakes by the glass, and my favorite is the very reasonable sato no homare (pride of the village) for a mere $68 a bottle!

Pros: great food, amazing sake selection

Cons: small dishes, mediocre sashimi

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Defniitely one of the most amazing Japanese restaurants NYC has to offer. The Izakaya style menu is truly amazing and partners wonderfully with the excellent sake selection. The staff there is very friendly and offers great advice on Sake / food paring, should you have any questions. The price is a little high - but well worth it. I've never needed to make reservation when I go, and was always seated within a reasonable amoutn of time.

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★★★★★

Defniitely one of the most amazing Japanese restaurants NYC has to offer. The Izakaya style menu is truly amazing and partners wonderfully with the excellent sake selection. The staff there is very friendly and offers great advice on Sake / food paring, should you have any questions. The price is a little high - but well worth it. I've never needed to make reservation when I go, and was always seated within a reasonable amoutn of time.

Pros: great food, great service, great atmosphere

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The food and ambiance here are wonderful. The small dishes were beautifully prepared and presented -- especially good were the yuba dumplings and the shrimp balls wrapped in almonds. Our server was really knowledgable about sake, and guided us to two delicious ones. The one problem is that for three hungry people, ordering lots of little dishes soon mounted up to a lot more than we were expecting to spend, so bring lots of cash or your credit card.

2
★★★★☆

The food and ambiance here are wonderful. The small dishes were beautifully prepared and presented -- especially good were the yuba dumplings and the shrimp balls wrapped in almonds. Our server was really knowledgable about sake, and guided us to two delicious ones. The one problem is that for three hungry people, ordering lots of little dishes soon mounted up to a lot more than we were expecting to spend, so bring lots of cash or your credit card.

Pros: great decor, good service

Cons: expensive

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This place is really hidden. The decor is cozy and comfy. Saki heaven I'd like to call this place, a place where u can enjoy the great selection of saki's and enjoy lil tapa dishes to go with your saki. The food is wonderful, japanese style fried chicken, grilled squid, toro to die for and shrimp rolls are just a few great things here. The only downside was the service was slow and our waitress kept forgetting to bring our drinks. Other then that this is a place to visit if you want to have a great time! enjoy!

2
★★★★★

This place is really hidden. The decor is cozy and comfy. Saki heaven I'd like to call this place, a place where u can enjoy the great selection of saki's and enjoy lil tapa dishes to go with your saki. The food is wonderful, japanese style fried chicken, grilled squid, toro to die for and shrimp rolls are just a few great things here. The only downside was the service was slow and our waitress kept forgetting to bring our drinks. Other then that this is a place to visit if you want to have a great time! enjoy!

Cons: slow service

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i live in the area and was totally stoked to discover this place. tucked away in the basement of an office bldg on a street loaded w/ parking garages and car rentals, this is a real find. don't let the stark lobby and shady stairwell discourage you. once you enter you'll find sakagura to be a sanctuary. good food and a wide variety of sake. the sake menu is mostly in japanese, but the friendly & unpretentious staff will help out.

2
★★★★★

i live in the area and was totally stoked to discover this place. tucked away in the basement of an office bldg on a street loaded w/ parking garages and car rentals, this is a real find. don't let the stark lobby and shady stairwell discourage you. once you enter you'll find sakagura to be a sanctuary. good food and a wide variety of sake. the sake menu is mostly in japanese, but the friendly & unpretentious staff will help out.

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A friend and I went to Sakagura after a concert, and were blown away by the authentic izakaya atmosphere, tasty food and mind-boggling sake selection. The whole experience -- including the warm, helpful service -- made me feel like I was in Tokyo again. My only regret is that we didn't make reservations -- we waited 10 minutes to be seated, but I've been told the wait is often much longer. It can get pricey, but ordering a bunch of tapas and splitting them up helps reduce the cost a bit.

2
★★★★★

A friend and I went to Sakagura after a concert, and were blown away by the authentic izakaya atmosphere, tasty food and mind-boggling sake selection. The whole experience -- including the warm, helpful service -- made me feel like I was in Tokyo again. My only regret is that we didn't make reservations -- we waited 10 minutes to be seated, but I've been told the wait is often much longer. It can get pricey, but ordering a bunch of tapas and splitting them up helps reduce the cost a bit.

Pros: sake selection, delicious food, great service

Cons: a bit hard to find, need reservations

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If you want to try Japanese, pleeease!!! do not go to Benihana, do not order Tempra, do not believe Teriyaki is the Japanese food. Go to a place like this and order what Japanese are ordering. Yes, I am Japanese from Japan. Don't know what "Izakaya" is? Go and see. It works pretty much similar to a Tapas bar. It is best to go with few people and order many appetizer dishes.

2
★★★★☆

If you want to try Japanese, pleeease!!! do not go to Benihana, do not order Tempra, do not believe Teriyaki is the Japanese food. Go to a place like this and order what Japanese are ordering. Yes, I am Japanese from Japan. Don't know what "Izakaya" is? Go and see. It works pretty much similar to a Tapas bar. It is best to go with few people and order many appetizer dishes.

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I love it that this place is located in the basement of non-descriptive office building. Once you passed the harsh fluorescent light in the lobby, and walked downstairs, it's a totally different world. Staff is always courteous and knowledgeable so you don't need to be a sake expert! Food is also EXCELLENT!!! It is best you call ahead and make a reservation.

2
★★★★★

I love it that this place is located in the basement of non-descriptive office building. Once you passed the harsh fluorescent light in the lobby, and walked downstairs, it's a totally different world. Staff is always courteous and knowledgeable so you don't need to be a sake expert! Food is also EXCELLENT!!! It is best you call ahead and make a reservation.

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New Yorkers tend to believe all Japanese eat is sushi. Sakagura offers almost no raw fish items, but instead, dishes that Japanese enjoy back home. The enormous selection of sake along with explanation amazed me every time I visit. Words got around - it used to be a hidden treasure of Japanese bar scene. Well, I cannot blame anyone. It is trendy and clean like any Japanese sake bar in Tokyo!

2
★★★★☆

New Yorkers tend to believe all Japanese eat is sushi. Sakagura offers almost no raw fish items, but instead, dishes that Japanese enjoy back home. The enormous selection of sake along with explanation amazed me every time I visit. Words got around - it used to be a hidden treasure of Japanese bar scene. Well, I cannot blame anyone. It is trendy and clean like any Japanese sake bar in Tokyo!

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If you want to immerse yourself in sake, this is the place. I love their special tasting nights, which offer the chance to sample excellent, fragrant sakes from dozens of Japanese breweries.

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★★★★★

If you want to immerse yourself in sake, this is the place. I love their special tasting nights, which offer the chance to sample excellent, fragrant sakes from dozens of Japanese breweries.

 

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