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Sakagura Details

  • 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) 953-7253

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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Good food and traditional authentic Japanese food. You felt like you were transported to Japan for a couple of hours."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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""
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Amazing dinner.. We had a blast! Food is delicious and they have the best sake list I've ever seen in my life."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Amazing genuine Japanese restaurant. great food and service"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Very courteous reception... and accommodating. Thanks to the hostesses"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best soba, best dessert, one of the best Japanese restaurants we have ever dined in, and we are fussy diners."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "...there's a reason this basement sake bar is always full! given the food and the atmosphere, you could be in tokyo"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great selection of sake from all regions of Japan and staff that are helpful to make the right choices"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "There were no sushi options. Food was very odd. Not my speed. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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 . "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the quality of cuisine and the service, thanks. Our customer was so satisfied, and we had a great time."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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
  • "Really excellent food, we tried a large number of small plates, extremely memorable."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "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
  • "So good. 3 favorites: Eggplant. Black cod. Tuna tartar."
    Dined on 2/4/2014