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Sakagura Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sakagura.com
  • Email: info@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) 953-7253

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Traveled to Japan this year.. This was the 1st Japanese restaurant that measured up to the wonderful food I had in Japan."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A well managed sake list and great food (whenever I am missing Japan, this place hits the sport perfectly)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I keep coming to Sakagura because the food is great, the sake list is outstanding and the service is also excellent."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Most of the reviews talk about Sakagura having the best sushi ever. We think a better description would be Japanese "Tapas" since most of the "Hot" and "Cold" dishes resembled nothing akin to the rice-based sushi rolls or sashimi dishes most diners think of when the word "sushi" is used. Very inventive and delicious stuff here, so we were very pleased, but it was not what we were expecting. The sake menu is mind-numbingly extensive and spans all price ranges. If you love sake, this is your restaurant."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Really excellent food, we tried a large number of small plates, extremely memorable."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "So good. 3 favorites: Eggplant. Black cod. Tuna tartar."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "You go into a corporate lobby and down what looks like the janitor's stairs and then you step into Japan. It's a hidden gem with amazing Japanese food and unmatched Sake menu. Highly recommend for the adventurous lover of Japan."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "...without the 14-hour flight. Absolutely love this place. Wonderful for both lunch and dinner. Food is always wonderful, and I welcome the more traditional Japanese style!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner here - out of seven dishes only one was a bust. Lobby and stairway to the restaurant smell of stagnant water, but restaurant is pretty and has no basement odor."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Hidden under an office building near Grand Central you really feel like you are "in the know". Make everything you do Chef's choice, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Love Sakagura. Just wish it wasn't so hard to get reservations. If you do not appreciate seafood and fish in general, do not go. If you do, try things you normally don't and be surprised."
    Dined on 4/29/2013
  • "Through an anonymous Midtown East office building... down a concrete stairwell that looks like you're heading to a boiler room... through another door, and... you're in a cozy Japanese bistro with quietly efficient service, delicious (cooked, no sushi here) food, and a very impressive sake list, which you can experiment with via their 'pre-programmed' flights... It is very good, was a lot of fun, and my whole gang wants to go back next time we're in NYC."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "One of my very favarite Japanese restaurants in the city. Never disappoint me."
    Dined on 10/25/2013