Sakagura
Sakagura

Sakagura

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sakagura.com/
  • Phone: 2129537253x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Yasuhiro Honma
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant
  • Catering: N/A
  • Private Party Facilities: For private parties - minimum 25 people, for half the room - minimum of 15 people. Entire restaurant can be rented as well.  Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kazuya Saito 212-953-7253x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central Station
  • Parking: No
A word from Sakagura
According to Zagat, Suckers for sake swoon over the "hidden jewel" near Grand Central offering a "mind boggling" selection of rice wine "categorized by region", as well as an "understated, quiet" setting reminiscent of a "private club"; those in the know say it's "secret location" (in the basement of an office building) make it better.
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Sakagura reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)special occasion (30)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (24)romantic (19)late-night find (15)good for groups (10)notable wine list (9)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fine dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tuna tartare was the best of all the 5 dishes we ordered. I would come back for it alone and the sake that was $20.00/ glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One of my favorite authentic Japanese restaurants. Salmon collar and Gindara are fish-lovers' dream. Topped off a great dinner with black sesame creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "hole in the wall"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Little Japanese restaurant not easily found by walkers by. Fantastic food with a very authentic feel and incredible sake list. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Lunch
    MikeR500
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been to Sakagura many times for dinner and have always found it quite good...the food, service and sake. However, lunch was a huge disappointment. The service was exceptionally slow. It took 45 minutes to get a bowl of Oyakudon (which is insane). Thus, a 1 hour lunch turned into 1 hour and 30 minutes. It was also very noisy and hard to find a waiter. While I might go back for dinner, there are many better, faster and more quiet lunch options for Japanese food in midtown Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • traveler
    EnTravels
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Good food and traditional authentic Japanese food. You felt like you were transported to Japan for a couple of hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basement Dining Elegance
    KOWthoughts
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The only thing I didn't like was that they never had two dishes we wanted, but the ones we ordered were AMAZING!!! Fresh, flavorful food... You literally taste all the ingredients working together blissfully in your mouth! And lest I forget everybody "Sake"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Maria
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Amazing dinner.. We had a blast! Food is delicious and they have the best sake list I've ever seen in my life.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every dish was delicious!
    zootoo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great service, very hopeful with recommending a sake in the huge selection. Food was very tasty, will definitely come back to eat here if we are in town again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect night out
    Caitlin
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by a website that suggested places to eat within walking distance of Grand Central Station. You'd be unlikely to find it on your own, since it's hidden away in a basement without too much obvious signage pointing the way there. The ambience was lovely, the service was exemplary, and the food was unbelievably good. Between my husband and I, we sampled the tofu salad, shredded beef ribs, udon noodles, dumplings, ice cream, and panna cotta. You even get a complementary, palate-cleansing cup of green tea after the meal. To make things even better, the prices were incredibly reasonable. If I lived in New York, I would be a regular here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sake and Japanese magic
    sakenewbie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great place for sake. Don't know anything about sake, but the friendly staff helped out with good suggestions. Sake can be really good if you get what you like. Food is great and comes in portions meant for sharing. The venue is a bit hard to find, located in the basement, but the atmosphere is genuine and Japanese. Great place overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Japanese food oitside Tokyo
    ssiv
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Amazing genuine Japanese restaurant. great food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, authentic izakaya!
    jdromano2
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After living in rural Japan, it has been hard to find places that make authentic Japanese food other than just sushi. Sakagura does a good job replicating the feel of izakayas in japan, with a great selection of dishes using authentic, fresh ingredients. A bit expensive, considering the size of the dishes, but worth the cash for an occasional treat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome and Authentic Japanese Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Try the lunch tasting lunch, love the sashimis Excellent and Juicy Salmoon Tuna and Scallop. The dessert is impressive. Price is Ok for this location and food quality. Very authentic Japanese food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, but a little noisy
    sucresevilla
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Descubrí Sakagura hace más de dos años, en mi primera visitaba NYC, y ya me pareció delicioso en todos los aspectos...desde su acceso, escondido en los bajos de un edificio, hasta su decoración y ambiente... y, por supuesto, la comida y la gran carta de sakes... la única sugerencia que haría es el ruido...la gente habla demasiado alto...por favor, ponfan algún cartel que diga que se hable bajito...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like Kyoto
    reganclem
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    As someone who has traveled to Japan, it's nice to know there's a place in NYC that can bring me back there on occassion. The service is what you would expect from a typical Japanese place, I just wish they were a little quicker during the lunch rush. The food was delicious, especially the hot soba and sake don. The pickles they serve with it are good, but it'd be nice if they had a little more variety. Everything considered, I will definitely be back for another lunch soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very courteous reception... and accommodating. Thanks to the hostesses
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious food terrible service.
    Bacchus5
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Lovely food, especially tuna, eel, cod, and eggplant. The squid was chewy. The potato donut which was bland even with salt. The saki selection is wonderful. This was my first time and the service was awful. My water glass was empty for 30 min. We ordered saki 3 times before it came. It was too warm and I felt overheated. I will try again but if serviceis bad again I will not return or recommend. It was an uneven experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime!
    Weekenders
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Best soba, best dessert, one of the best Japanese restaurants we have ever dined in, and we are fussy diners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious quiet lunch
    Gr8Food
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Although the whole restaurant was packed, my friends and I enjoyed a quiet meal with very attentive waiters. The food was divine and the bathroom was super techie and interesting. Thank you for a one a kind experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table space is not enough
    lovebigblockVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We sit on the bench style table. But there was a panel over the head at the end of the table. My guest can not sit at the end of the table. Space is not enough for us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 Stars for the food!!
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a gem in NYC!! It is traditional Japanese. Not a sushi restaurant, only hot and cold dishes that are beautifully prepared and with deliscious flavors. It is down below a building with a not so pleasant stairwell, but don't be fooled. The decor is traditional and casual and the service is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    A variety of very good food for a person who prefers to try new and different things. Fantastic sake bar!! Loved the experience and hope I visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • timeless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    ...there's a reason this basement sake bar is always full! given the food and the atmosphere, you could be in tokyo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    ReikiHelpsVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We've been there several times. The food was excellent the first time and just as excellent the last time we went. Just make a reservation - go there - and enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great selection of sake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great selection of sake from all regions of Japan and staff that are helpful to make the right choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must know Japanese food
    Marlarachel
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    There were no sushi options. Food was very odd. Not my speed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Local muy bien ambientado , incluso los baños con su inodoro cleaning, la comida riquísima y muy amables , quisimos cambiar la reserva con solo 24 h de antelación y no hubo ningún problema . Volvería encantada , lo recomiendo como muy buen japonés .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    slightly above average midtown east japanese price with a huge price tag. too expansive for what they offer. we need a real japanese restaurant in the area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels Like Being in Japan
    sweetooth
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I went for lunch with a friend and had the Tuesday special: whitebait over rice with hot soba noodles, pickles, and tea. I had never had whitebait and did not know what to expect. The fish had a lovely salty, briny taste and the rice was cooked perfectly. The soba was nice and chewy and was served in a flavorful broth. The pickles were excellent as always. I was quite full afterward and had spent $11 or so - what I could easily have spent on a mediocre sandwich elsewhere. You can't have a quick lunch here, but if you have time for a special treat, I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing Japanese experience
    ad34
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food is delicious and come as Japanese tapas. It is a very good price/quality ratio. The service is perfect. The atmosphere is calm and relax.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for great time
    ichigo
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We really enjoyed the quality of cuisine and the service, thanks. Our customer was so satisfied, and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Sakagura reviews archive.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Best Japanese we've had since we stayed at a ryokan in Tokyo. Menu has many different cold and hot items available. Staff is very pleasant and helpful. Green tea ice cream is very subtle and delicious. Kind of tricky to find in the basement, but well worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare Find
    HungrytigerVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Sakagura has a delicious assortment of cold and hot small plates, most of which you are unlikely to find in any other Japanese restaurant in New York. Hidden in the basement of an office building, it is a rare find indeed. The sake selection is also incredible as are the desserts.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Origional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was very different! we went as a group of girls, it was difficult to find a menu online to check over to see if we would have liked anything. We liked most of our dishes but it was not sushi which is what we thought and it was very particular kinds of food. The service was okay the staff was not all too friendly and being that the food is so particular it woul dhave been nice to have a friendly server explain some of the dishes maybe recommend some that are popular? Also there is no alcohol other than a LARGE sake list plum wine and beer which we drank none of the above!
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  • Traveled to Japan this year..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Traveled to Japan this year.. This was the 1st Japanese restaurant that measured up to the wonderful food I had in Japan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lively sake spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    A well managed sake list and great food (whenever I am missing Japan, this place hits the sport perfectly)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Japanese Gem Under Basement
    Kaizora
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food and sake are top quality. Love their pork belly special, sake oyako don, and their other small dishes. Everything is traditional Japanese and service is amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with reasonable prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I keep coming to Sakagura because the food is great, the sake list is outstanding and the service is also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sake ever had
    Nilgo
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Had dinner last Saturday at the Sakagura. We had no problem in finding the restaurant. All the dishes were excellent( carpaccio, gindara, nasu dengaku, jidori shioyaki) Very friendly waitress and the sake she suggested was the best we ever had! Highly recommend to all Japanese food lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suddenly, Tokyo
    Ryan
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I've told all of my friends about the "Secret Japanese Restaurant" by Grand Central, but nothing prepares anyone for walking past the security guard in an East Midtown tower, going down the maintenance stairs to the basement, and apparently going through a wormhole to emerge on the other side of the planet in a Tokyo izakaya. Izakayas are to Japan what pubs are to Britain, and Sakagura brings legit izakaya fare up to the discriminating standards of NYC foodies. I have yet to be less than enamored with a single dish on the menu. My Jewish boyfriend tried my braised pork belly, loved it, and ordered his own; enough said. Ask the knowledgeable waiters and bartenders to introduce you to your new favorite sake, like my Matsu no Midori.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.