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SakaMai Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sakamai.com
  • Phone: (646) 590-0684
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Takanori Akiyama
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room
  • Catering: Please contact us for catering. Please visit sakamai.com/catering
    or email: jess@sakamai.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Mezzanine Capacity (private): 10 seated
    Salon Capacity (semi-private): 8 seated
    Main Bar Capacity: ~60 standing and sitting
    Dining Capacity: 24 seated
    Pour Bar Capacity: 30 standing and sitting
    Buyout Capacity: 120-150 standing and sitting
    Contact: jess@sakamai.com
  • Private Party Contact: Jess G (646) 590-0684
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact us for special events. Please visit sakamai.com/events or email: jess@sakamai.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanton
  • Public Transit: F/M/J/Z trains at the Delancey St / Essex St Station. M9, M14A, M15, M15 SBS
  • Parking: No
A word from SakaMai
SakaMai is New York City's first dedicated saké lounge, celebrating traditional Japanese beverages in the modern Lower East Side.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "If you're not sure if you love or even care about sake - this is the place to go. Great advice for the perfect paring of wonderful innovative food to sake will most likely make you a sake lover by the time you leave."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is just great. The ramen were toothsome, the egg on egg on egg was fought over, the wagyu rolls were stolen (by me). This is what New York is all about. Inventive cuisine that is delicious and not outrageously priced. The massive bonus came with sake pairings provided by the wait staff who were very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Really creative food. More than that, really nice guys."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Saw it on open table, decided to try. 3 of us, 6:45pm Sat nite, not super busy, nice decor and bar. Creative items, tried a handful of small plates and rice hot pot (with fish). All good, from plating to taste. Good spot if you are in the mood for fusion flare and not traditional japanese cuisine. Server very good, very helpful with menu and suggestions."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great service, nice subdued ambience, great Saké selection, knowledgeable staff. Some of the menu items could have been better. Fois gras dish was good, pork belly was delicious but a bit dry. Had the best Sake I have ever had. It was a nama Sake. Great complexity and flavor. I found prices very reasonable for the Sake and the plates I ordered."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I booked on open table and made a note that I was proposing to my girlfriend earlier in the day. The proposal plan did not work out so I had to do it at dinner. The staff noticed my girlfriend was not wearing a ring, so when she left the table for a moment they asked me how things went. I told them my new plan, and without me knowing, they were watching and brought sparkling sake over t the perfect time! Needless to say everything went perfect. Great food, got lucky with a private area in the lower back and amazing service. I'm from LA and wish SakaMai would open a location here!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • " Egg on egg on egg ftw. Had a number of dishes and super innovative! Home made tofu felt clean and silky, great accompaniments. Kanpachi was fresh and good. Foie gras chawanmushi really tasted like foie gras - I was initially very skeptical. Pork on barley/farro was an explosion of taste in my mouth. Scallops on risotto - scallops were very fresh, the use of black rice was different and very wholesome tasting, if you are into that. Only thing I did not like was sea bream which was kind of tough. The rice ball that it was on top of was kind of whatever. Black sesame creme brûlée was special and the custard was thick and black sesame-like. If you like black sesame, do yourself a favour and get it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My first experience drinking saki I do love wine and saki not a favorite. The portions were very small. Had to order many and an entree. Do not think I will return "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was really nice. Modern Japanese food very well done"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I'm absolutely one of the big fans of SakaMai! If you love sake, shochu, Japanese beer, and serious cocktails, SakaMai would be your place. Also, their food is amazing! Try their special ribeye steak and black truffle rice pot! Oh, and don't miss egg on egg on egg! Heaven!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Sakamai is lively, has a great atmosphere but yet is not too loud. Its a great place to hang with friends and every dish has interesting new tastes. Very creative and excellent food. A great new find!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Did not like the food at all. Seafood had a fishy smell which means it wasn't cooked properly or it wasn't fresh. Will not be returning here. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I have always loved the food and the personable staff here. Last weekend I came with a friend and found out they have new staff and the service was notably down-graded. When ordering we had asked them to pace our courses but all our dishes came together - aside from overcrowding we had to rush through all the hot dishes before they got cold. After ALL the courses arrived, our server then asked if we'd like them to slow down the pace - which felt like a joke. They also thought we ordered two other dishes which we never even considered having. On top of that, they were out of many items but the server never told us when he gave us the menu. The food was great - just wish we could have enjoyed it. We opted to go elsewhere for dessert."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This new take on Japanese cosine takes the best of contemporary American and French cosines to reinvent traditional Japanese dishes. The food is incredible and unique - nowhere in Manhattan will you find any dishes similar to what Sakamai has offer. The ambience is great and the service is also good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The foods were great, and the sake list was a decent list. But the overall the price was high."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Outstanding sake list. Fabulous and unusual cooking. Attentive and knowledgeable service. We sat in the back room beside the fireplace on a cold, dreary night and feasted on many small plates including the Egg on Egg on Egg, which could easily be served in a Michelin three star restaurant. Also highly recommended is the homemade tofu (we loved it so much we ordered two) and all the sashimi dishes. We preferred ordering small plates to ordering the prix fixe meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was mediocre at best. Way over priced. So disappointed."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very nice place. Attracted by its signature dish - egg on egg on egg. My girlfriend ordered the signature dish, but not that impressed to me. But the organic chicken dish I would highly recommend people to try. "
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Our waiter was outstanding, polite and really friendly. He took the time to give us a really personalized review when we asked him questions. We also got to do happy hour on Tuesday night, and Stephen Lyman introduced us to our first drink of Shōchū (an expert on the topic actually!). The food was also great- we did the tasting menu. Totally worth the money."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "No food here was ordinary... In a good way. I'm a picky eater, was a little nervous to try some of the food, but so happy I did. Everything was delicious, most notably the chicken. The rice pots were the icing on the cake and the desserts were fantastic. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great Sake list, and food is surprisingly good! Everything we had was very tasty; uni crostini, renkon chips, pork bun, and oyster rice (which takes 50 mins to prepare). The customer segment seems to be relatively young, such as college students, but the ambiance was not uncomfortable even for us. When the shochu that my husband ordered was gone, they made recommendation for substitute, and it was good. They seemed to be knowledgeable enough about sake and shochu."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My group of friends went for Japanese restaurant week however they did not offer any restaurant week specialties. We were quite disappointed as we were here for the specialties for Japan restaurant week and they only offered the their 'specialty' on their regular menu; Overall it's a great experience but I don't suggest going with a group of people as it is pricey."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Get the Egg on Egg on Egg! Uni, roe & eggs -- served in a sea urchin shell. Luscious and delicious! The food was definitely the star of the experience. We went in a group of 4 and decided to order various snacks, small plates and one main dish to share. Throughout dinner, we seemed to have 3 different servers & they weren't necessarily communicating, so we waited half an hour for beers and the timing of dishes being brought out for our group. The snacks and small plates were almost all very special - even the fried lotus chips had an interesting dusting of laver powder. Don't miss out on the Egg on Egg on Egg. I'd also recommend getting the homemade tofu, the menma (vegetables) , and even the kale salad was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Was there for Valentines day and had their prefix menu. Everything was perfectly prepared and was out of this world. This place is definitely a gem and would probably end up paying double as much in a more pretentious setting. Would definitely frequent more often."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There service was awful - had to wait 35 mins to get our drinks (no joke, I timed it) and the food took forever too! will not be recommending this place to anyone"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great small private space for a special occasion of 8-12 people. staff very accommodating and helpful"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "WE were pleasantly surprised by most of the dishes. However, when you factor in service it took away from the entire dining experience. The servers were slow, inattentive and unenthusiastic about making recommendations and aiding in our desire to consume beverages quickly and with our food.."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The good was fantastic at Sakamai! I especially enjoyed the hot pot dishes! They so have a great sake, beer and Japanese whisky list. Perfect for a date. Fun for a group."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Some great small plates but did not like the more expensive rice pot (large plate) we got- the trout and mushroom rice pot which was raved about on Yelp wasn't really great at all, and worst of all, the trout tasted so dry and flavorless! Would go once just for the fun ambience."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner here with my dad, though I think we over indulged! The drinks are great- unique and not light on the booze and masterfully shaken. The service is not only professional, but beautifully classy- my dad's drinks were poured from a gin glass with a giant ice cube in it through a cocktail strainer, The food, while a little rushed after repeated asking for it to slow down is nothing short of creative, inventive and delicious. The chawanmushi and egg on egg were at risk of being repetitive but were different and we loved everything we ate except the yuba dumplings- give it a pass, tastes like every other Chinese dumpling you'll ever eat. So good job guys! My dad was also pleased that the GM recognized him. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Everything was just delicious.This chef can really cook.Service was great and attended to all our needs without being overbearing.Cannot wait to go back!!!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "it was our first time dining at SakaMai and certainly not the last time. Food and service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "If you like trying different things come here- interesting food and drinks menu! Good service, intimate yet relaxed setting, great value!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I thought this was an amazing find. The sake was delicious and the bartender and waitress were both very knowledgeable and friendly. The food is delicious. I made another reservation to come here again within the same week. I love the sea urchin dish. The happy hour specials are very good."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "I had dinner at Sakamai with a friend of mine. I am a chef and she is a pastry chef. The servers were aloof. We had to flag them down for everything. The appetizers were just OK and too small for the price. The only thing that was great was the egg on egg on egg. It's scrambled egg with sea urchin and caviar(hard to go wrong there). The main course was a rice bowl with wild mushrooms, which was one of the worst entrees I have ever had. It was basically just a bowl of dry rice with a few mushrooms in it, and it cost us $30. We didn't bother with dessert. Overall it was way too expensive for what it was and the service was very poor."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Food and service were amazing. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013