Sakagura
Sakagura

Sakagura

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sakagura.com/
  • Phone: (212) 953-7253
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Sakagura reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)special occasion (30)great for lunch (29)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (20)romantic (18)late-night find (15)good for groups (13)hot spot (13)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Sakagura
    Maya
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Hidden Gem. The food is outstanding authentic Japanese. You won't find commercialized sushi here. Small plates of the most delectable Japanese food combinations. Service was pretty good. The waiter could have been a little more attentive and helpful. Regardless the food saved him. ; )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Tokyo side street getaway in NYC.
    humphreycVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    This tucked away and hidden restaurant feels like a top secret location only for people who are 'in the know and connected'. The food and sake selection are top notch to go with the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Came here for my girlfriends 30th birthday. We had a great time. Everything we ordered was great! Ambiance was really nice, food and sake selection was good. We enjoyed it and they brought out candles and wrote happy birthday on our dessert plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for Japanese small plates
    jezza
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great place to go and/or to bring visitors. Food is excellent, with an amazing choice of Sake. Highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    danm
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Sakagura is a hidden gem in the vastness of mediocrity that is Midtown East's dining scene. The saki menu is exquisite and the Japanese tapa-style dishes are both well prepared. I highly recommend the restaurant for those seeking an authentic Tokyo experience in Midtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TheBakery
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Located on the basement without windows this traditional japanese restaurant (not for sushi) ist a hidden spot. The experience was unique and the sake list is remarkable. Overall a very good restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It was my boyfriend's birthday. This was our first time at sakagura and it was great especially the sake menu to choose from. We will definitely be going there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Jenn
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Love this tucked away place for an excellent lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated, perhaps
    911GT3
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I maybe too critical for this joint as my being a Japanese. There's nothing special for this restaurant in regard to the food. Most recently I went for a lunch with friends from different countries. I ordered Tenzaru, a combination of some tempura and a cold buckwheat noodle. The noodle was dried up and tasteless. Tempura was so-so. The restaurant will not allow you to wait your friends to come at your table. You have to wait your partner(s) to arrive at the entrance. I don't like it as I feel humiliated.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We love this place and find the food so delicious! unbelievably deeeelicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once...is enough.
    ATXfoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Very cool restaurant with interesting locale in a lower basement. You feel like finding the building super on the way to the entrance. However, our service was terrible, even though our waiter was fun and likable...just not there or attentive most the time. The pace and time between courses was interminable and random. As for the food...the seafood was very fresh, but if you are looking for the usual sushi garnished with wasabe and soy...forget it. This is the real (Japanese) deal. You get it as presented, no doctoring allowed. While I liked many of the items, the fluke, the roe, etc...there were also some real flavor duds. And, in my 30 years of eating sushi, this the first time in my life the best pieces served were the cooked red meats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Enjoyed finding this place. Didn't know it was there but its obvious many folks do. Food and service was great. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish I Knew More
    IronChefScottish
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Outstand preparation and service. Recommendations from the waiter were spot-on and fit our tastes perfectly. Menu can be difficult to follow or understand. May be easier for those who read Japanese. Overall excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tamale
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The waiters constantly kept asking us if we were done when we were clearly still eating. While the food was excellend, I am not sure I would return for this reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding sushi
    tdeedee
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always have an amazing meal here. Come with an appetite and get the tasting menu. Hostesses can be a bit curt and borderline rude but the lunch time rush is overwhelming so perhaps that's why.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1Chance
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was fantastic and the staff eas extremly gracious. The manager who gretted us actually kne the date I made our dining reservation and he had 2 choice seats at the bar recerved for us per my reservation request. An xcellent Japanese dinning experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice entrance, poor entrees
    Lucky4242
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The space is great but the entrees were over-priced and reminiscent of Romanian food. Very expensive for food that had no Japanese authenticity and was low on quality. Sake is very expensive. Apertisers were decent, desert was good but shame about the mains and value for money
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  • Hidden gem in mid-town
    ItwasokVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hidden away from hustle and bustle, this place is in the basement. The food is amazing, great variety, deserts are made at the restaurant and artistically presented. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who needs wine when you have sake.
    Bates
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There isn't much that needs to be said about this place. The food is nothing short of amazing, the staff is helpful courteous even if our waiter flat out told me I wouldn't like the natto ( he was shocked when he saw me enjoying it immensely) and the sake list is extensive. The setting is gorgeous and that includes the funky designed bathrooms. Prices are modest for a place of such caliber but be warned that getting a reservation isn't the easiest unless you are a night eater, 10 pm and later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, OK Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Sakagura serves amazing Japanese cuisine with an excellent Sake list for a knowledgable palate. The service was not as great. When we arrived, our Open Table reservation was 'lost'. The hostess was apologetic and we got seated 15 minutes later, after demanding to know what happened and seeing bigger tables (we were 3) seated before us. Management stepped in a table was 'miraculously' found. I would go there again for the food, knowing that the service would leave us wanting for better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    Patlq
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was my 4th time having dinner at sakagura. It still surprised me. Very nicely presented dishes. Very elaborated but simple at the same time. Delicious flavours. Great service. Helpful, knowledgable and nice. Also great atmosphere. Would highly recommend this place. Not cheap but also inexpensive if you value good quality food. Immense sake menu too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing spot!
    Wan2mik
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great restaurant, a little bit hard to find, but really good food, nice ambiance and wide variety of Sake ! We will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dinner
    Luvfood
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GGL0904
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "hole in the wall"
    Chloesm
    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
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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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Finding the restaurant was difficult because the sign from the street was very small and upon entering the building, the instructions from the doorman/security officer was not very clear.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every dish was delicious!
    zootooVIP
    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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 167 reviews are from the Sakagura reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Helpful Waiter
    MikeA
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Waiter was very helpful selecting saki. Many small plates. Wonderful taste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic