Amazing service and delicious
Amazing service and delicious food. So happy to have this restaurant in our neighborhood!
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great sake bar for date nights
This restaurant was great. Our server was very nice and informative. The restaurant was busy but not overly packed so the vibe was nice. The food was awesome! The pork belly in the pork buns was super tender and very flavor full. The chilean sea bass was also amazing with the baby bock choy and umami glaze. They also had an extensive sake menu, which included sake flights so you can try different sakes for the night.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great cocktail menu. Perfect
Great cocktail menu. Perfect date spot. Not recommended for groups.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Egg on egg on egg
absolutely TOP food ad a great place for foodies. Egg on Egg on Egg... wow!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is a surprise
As mainly a saki tasting bar, the food was a surprise and a delight ....not to be missed is the foie gras egg custard ...
Don't bother with the mushroom rice which takes 50 mins to cook so we thought it would be v special instead of which it tasted rather bland and like a dry fat free risotto
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Sakamai to celebrate an anniversary and were glad we had a great experience. I heard that it was a new sake bar/restaurant so wanted to check it out. The staff was very attentive and the service quick. We didn't know which sake to choose and they gave us a generous sample of three different kinds, that they did not charge us for, to help make our decision. We mainly ordered from the starters/appetizers section of the menu, and were satisfied with every dish. Overall a great time and would highly recommend for dates or groups of friends catching up:)
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting Spin on Japanese Food
Wasn't too crowded on a Wednesday night but we were seated next to a group of three guys and I had to shout to make myself heard to my companion across the table.
The food is great. Egg on egg on egg (soft cooked scambled eggs, uni and caviar) was an outstanding blend of flavors and textures. The salad with blanched fava beans, snap peas, green beans, seared radicchio, endive and yellow squash dressed with truffles was a different take on salad that I'm going to try at home.
They offer flights of sake... I had the Spring Nama flight but not being much of a sake person, I couldn't tell the difference between the three.
Oh, and don't forget to try the dessert.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Japanese Noveau Fusion
This place is the real thing. From the moment you walk in you feel you are in the right place. Traditional Sake bottles tastefully displayed and the quiet greeting of the Japanese hostesses make you feel that you're going to experience something special. And, you will. The small dishes come one at time in an order that allows the blending of sake flavors to accentuate the palate for the perfect balance of tastes. It's not a sushi house, and they serve mostly cooked dishes, so don't arrive expecting raw fish. Come for the experience, and return time and time again.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back!
We had an amazing meal at SakaMai. The food and drinks exceeded our highest expectations, and no wonder. It turns out the owner is a friend of Chef Yamada at Brushstroke, and worked with him during the planning phases of SakaMai. Recommended dishes: Egg on Egg on Egg, Hamachi crudo, oyster trio, steak tartare with bone marrow, and the 35 day dry aged creekstone farms steak. The desserts are all very good, especially the olive oil gelato.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great staff, ...
Everything was amazing about this place. Don't go in the for a big meal with vegetarians, but still enough options to leave feeling satisfied. Portions are small, but quality of the food was TOPS. Go with a group and get EVERYTHING.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
this chef knows food
really a foodie paradise. every detail considered when making each and every dish. seems like the chef loved each dish that was sent out. impeccable and creative presentation. The waitresses were unbelievably knowledgeable, smart, efficient and fun. food was definitely special but at the same time a perfect place for an ordinary delicious night out. get the sake as well... well versed in all sakes, these waitresses will really help you navigate, esp if you are new to sake. or an expert for that matter.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place fills up quickly, so definitely make a reservation beforehand if you plan to show up after 7 even during the week. The menu is short but all top notch. I can't say enough good things about the Oyster Trio and Egg on Egg on Egg. Presentation is pretty elaborate here but not too over the top to the extent of pretension. Wait staffs were attentive, food and booze were fabulous. I highly recommend this place but be prepared that it will cost you quite a bit.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great sake selection
Their food menu is slightly limited side, but everything we tried was tasty. And, their strength is drink--great sake collection as well as cocktails. I will go back there soon....
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best in NY
Our server was extremely knowledgeable about both the beverages and the food. The host (who I believe was also the owner) was warm and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious. I could eat the egg on egg on egg every night. Also loved the oyster trio, each with a different topping that created a complex flavor. Sakamai is truly a hidden gem, and we will be back.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and drinks
Went for a birthday dinner - enjoyed both the food and the drinks
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious small plates
The best small plates were the lobster croquette, shabu sliders, and the Pork. We got to sit in the back which was kind of cool and a little quiter.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Japanese dishes but different!
Since it was the first time to try SakaMai, we tried to order many dishes as sampler. Renkon chips, Oyster trio, Eggs on eggs, Iberico Pork, Pork bun, Fried caramari, Harami and Steak etc. Everything was delicious and uniquely served. Especially my recommendation is Iberico pork and Egg on egg. I want to come back again to try some other dishes. Varous local beers and Sake from Japan are available but I wish they had regular Japanese beers as well.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great small plates
Each small plate and snack we ordered was fantastic. One note on the fried chicken - very tasty, but not exactly "fried" in the same way you would expect. Definitely go with the specialty cocktails. Service was top notch - friendly and attentive, but there is no A/C, so make sure you dress lightly in the summer.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Egg on egg on egg!!
If you go to Sakamai, you must try egg on egg on egg (sea urchin, caviar and scrambled egg). I recommend that you order the wild mushroom rice (it does take a long time; 50 mins or so but so worth it).
The service was fantastic and the food was delicious! I can't say this an affordable dining place but it is reasonable for the quality of food you're getting. I'll definitely be coming back
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food with Sake!
To begin with, they had exactly the cocktail I wanted - I asked if there was anything with Yuzu and Shiso combo. The waiter was actually surprised that they had never met a customer which I nailed the drink. I, too was happy that they had exactly I wanted! We were also very happy with the food that we had. Although the food is not the traditional Japanese cuisine, we were quite content with the contemporary style they served. I highly recommend this place for a couple, or a group of friends!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent. My friend and I genuinely enjoyed our meal here. Our server was exceptionally attentive and awesome! We were provided with great recommendations for the plates and beverages. As for the beverages, sake in particular; my friend was absolutely thrilled that his glass was filled to the brim! Big thumbs up! And our bites were delicious! The cream cheese anchovy had good depth, their spicy harami had great flavor with a good kick, the egg on egg on egg is a must try, and the roasted duck breast was phenomenal. I work a few stops away from this establishment. I shall definitely return sometime after a long day/evening and unwind here. There are other items I wish to taste! A neighborhood charm in LES.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh what a find!
Opted for ala carte instead of prix fixe. Sake flight is an excellent deal - $15 for 3 sake generous pours.
Egg on Egg on Egg - I had thought it would be too rich. It is, but not the gagging-kind of decadence.
House made tofu was the best tofu ever - if tofu tasted like that, more people would be eating it & not begrudgingly so.
We had all of the crudo - Madai was excellent. The oysters were excellent - my favorite was the yuzu foam.
We finished our meal with the wild mushroom rice. Very generous with mushrooms - it was excellent!
I thoroughly enjoy food where main ingredient is highlighted ever so gently , with the most minimal treatments of seasoning.
Beautiful space... beautiful food... beautiful experience.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is excellent! One of the best restaurant in NY (and I go out a lot for dinner!)
I like the low profile atmosphere, how to eat excellent food in a very normal little, casual restaurant. Nothing pretentious but clean and easy, LES atmosphere
We can even hear ourselves talking!
It is fusion food: japanese of course, mixed with spanish high level components.
The egg on egg on egg is amazing. Not a single dish was average.
Not cheap but totally worth!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
sit in the back room by the
sit in the back room by the fireplace if possible.
sachi was an excellent server and recommended 2 great sakes to go with our meal. really great experience overall.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food and service were amazing. Will definitely be back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
For Goodness Sake
Great sake list and knowledgeable staff. Not a lot of traditional Japanese food on the menu, mostly improvisations on traditional pieces but everything I had tasted good. The uni egg and caviar dish was very good.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chefs up to somethig...
At first impression, this place is unpresuming, looks like coolish sushi hangout for 20 somethings.... . But our first impression was wrong. There were some dishes that were not only very creative, but achieved flavour, texture and overall balance in a way very few dishes of the top sushi places in New York city are able to produce for 3 times the price. The egg on egg on egg was playful; the raw pieces of fish felt hours from the ocean and were garnished in such a delicately complimentary way to the flavor of the fish.... The octopus was a treat to go back for.....And the main dishes we had were also excellent. There were a few " misses", like the dumpling meat balls...which although not bad at all, seemed way bellow the rest of the meal.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM