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SakaMai

4.5
4.5
337 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Asian
Creative Japanese cuisine by internationally-celebrated chef, Takanori Akiyama. We also offer an extensive sake & shochu selection, rare Japanese whiskies, and original Japanese-inspired craft cocktails.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm-11:30pm Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (646) 590-0684

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Takanori Akiyama

  • Catering

    Please contact us for catering. Please visit sakamai.com/catering<br />or email: reserve@sakamai.com

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, SakaMai can accommodate all your special event needs. Please contact us at reserve@sakamai.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Alice Chang: (844) 274-9214

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Stanton

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    F/M/J/Z trains at the Delancey St / Essex St Station. M9, M14A, M15, M15 SBS

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 337 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. S

    Sat0707

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food amazing!!!! Service was also great!!
  2. AF

    AbeF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! The egg on egg on egg was amazing and the wagyu sandwich melts in your mouth!
  3. M

    Michael

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    After we ordered they told us they ran out of RICE! Of all things in a Japanese restaurant! 😂😂😂
  4. DL

    DhimiterL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, the staff was super helpful and friendly. The food was to die for.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2018

    overall1food5service3ambience2
    Date- we were sitting by the corner next to the curtain. Our candle light was caught on the curtain. They had to throw water to take the fire out....
  6. E

    Ezio

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food is more American than Japanese, service is good, price is fair. But, does not have coat check.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It’s only few people on a Thursday night, quiet and quick
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    One of the worst experiences i had in NYC resturants. Asked if the chef could boil some plain ramen, the waiter said no. Askes if they had toothpicks, they gave us bamboo sticks for sliders, saying this was the only thing they had. The food is mediocre at best, I have much better japanese food, especially sashimi, in Shanghai and tokyo. It was generally overpriced, though the plating was aesthetic. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Definitely coming again.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We love sakamai and have been here a few times! The food, service and ambiance are amazing. The only complaint I have this past dining experience is when we ordered 1 carafe serving size of sake and when we ordered a second carafe serving, we were not offered if we want to upgrade to the bottle as promised at the beginning of the order.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    日本にいるような感じがするくらいクオリティが高く、お料理も丁寧で美味しかったです。
  12. NB

    NessaB

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed a lovely meal with a friend at the bar at SakaMai. We started with the AMAZING egg on egg on egg (a sea urchin shell stuffed with delicate scrambled eggs, and topped with twin streaks of sea urchin roe and caviar.) I could eat several dozen more of these... We also shared the duck breast (delicious but teensy), the monkfish liver, the kara age (feather-light japanese fried chicken) and the beef tartare with marrow bones. We sampled a wide range of excellent sake as well, and a couple of excellent cocktails. Very peaceful atmosphere, nice decor, super clean, excellent friendly servers. Highly recommended!
  13. KA

    KADOCHV

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service They don’t speak English The dishes are awful, not at all Japanese food!!! Not tasty , and very expensive I don’t recommend this restaurant
  14. RS

    RyokoS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Exciting dishes. Wonderful atmosphere. Great Sake selections.
  15. f

    flyinhawaiian

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful just wonderful.
  16. C

    Cynthia

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Japanese fusion dishes. Egg on Egg on Egg is my favorite. Amazing flavor!! Also recommend duck breast and pork steak! I believe all kinds of meat are cooked just perfectly!
  17. J

    Jeff

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Like SakaGura in midtown, this place is a high-end izakaya that specializes in sake. It's still worth going even if you're not into sake, but the sake menu is about a mile longer than the food menu, which is actually pretty thin. For an izakaya, I'd expect a few more "small bites" or shareable dishes - there are only about 6 of the former, and fewer of the latter. That said, the food they do have is pretty authentic and tasty, with some western fusion elements. My wife, who is from Japan, got the uni mazemen (it was the reason she wanted to go), which even she was surprised came with the marrow still in the bone, to be scooped out by the diner and mixed on the plate. This is a typical Japanese combination of ingredients but not typical Japanese presentation. I got the filet mignon, which was prepared simply but served with three sauces, two of which were Japanese (the third was jalapeno). It was very tender, though.
  18. EN

    EveNYC

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good food, on the expensive side! Cocktails are great, wine list could be better. Excellent restaurant Lower East side where we can hear each other!!!! 😊
  19. RW

    RebeccaW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with creative, delicious options. I have visited three times and never been disappointed. A little pricy, but very high quality.
  20. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best Sushi I have ever had! Hamachi was awesome!!! A MUST TRY!
  21. A

    Aaron

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    The uni not even fresh, and the truffle rice just gave us a little truffle
  22. Y

    Yeser

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has an amazing atmosphere and an out of this world food and service the A5 wagyu beef sandwich is like nothing else I've ever had and I'm always on a look out for A5 wagyu or Kobe beef and this is one of my top three places to have wagyu ,the chef really knows what he is doing and I can't wait to go back again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, purely fantastic
  24. EW

    ElizabethW

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great spot to have dinner with a few friends that were in from out of town! We absolutely loved the little secluded booth we had. The sake was delicious, and all the fish was as fresh as can be. Not to mention our server was friendly and very attentive.
  25. JJ

    JJlovesNY

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants!!!!!!
  26. LG

    LanG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    I love the food and the presentation. The service is very good and it’s not as noisy as most restaurants in NYC. You can actually have a nice conversation without speaking out loud.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I was served cold steak 😑
  28. m

    marcelaf

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The room that was booked was perfect. The service was great but the food, although very good, was not enough and a bit pricey.
  29. YA

    YaAnnie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    really tasty food!Love the uni dishes very much. This is the first time that I think the sashimi is delicious!
  30. AL

    ALEXG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awsome food and qualified staff. HIgh quality products such as food and saké. Thx for the great night!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second visit to SakaMai, and it remains one of the best restaurants I have eaten in the last 12 months. The service is amazing, knowledgeable, not overbearing, and the food is unique, tasty, rich. Umi and bone marrow aren't for everyone, but I do believe this can be a great introduction to these foods. The charred Broccolini is to die for. I dream of it.
  32. YA

    YaAnnie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Uni dishes are fully recommend to all the people who willing to go to the restaurant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Loved the uni egg and uni ramen!!! Very good service and great plum wine! Definitely one of my favorite spots in New York City:)
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our Valentine's tasting menu meal tonight. Beautiful, tasty food, great service from attentive knowledgable servers and a lovely ambience. Would highly recommend!!
  35. M

    M100

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    I have eaten at SakaMai multiple times and going for the Valentine's dinner really kind of ruined it for me. The prix fix menu looked really good on paper, but each course was a disappointment. Additionally, the wait between servings was extremely long - at times as long as 45 mins. I don't think I will opt to visit her again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I noted that it was a friend’s birthday, but unfortunately it wasn’t recognized at during dinner. but food was delicious, the waiter was super friendly and efficient. we had a great time there.
  37. NC

    NickC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This place is simply terrific. Great unique food made with love If you like Japanese food and want something up market and great then this place is for you. The Bluefin Tuna roll is a must have so unique and delicious. The Saki selection is another worthy feature. All round a really great place for a meal or a drink for anyone who is a foodie
  38. E

    Eric

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall not as great as I thought. Food was good but didn't have that amazing taste I expected. Some of the food was so mild it was borderline bland. Very expensive, too. So it felt overpriced. The cocktail I had ("The Sakamai Punch") was very good. I would definitely return for the cocktails, however, the food was overpriced. Dessert was a redeeming item as well ("Mochi Parfait"). Service was attentive, however, one of our dishes was very very slow and when it arrived it was overcooked ("Wagyuu Hamburger Steak"). They claimed the delay was due to a ticketing issue in the back. We canceled the order and didn't want to wait another half hour for that one steak. Overall, my opinion is that it's overrated but not a bad place to try once for a special occasion. I would definitely return for drinks and dessert though.
  39. L

    Layla777

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved the food. A bit crowded and disorganized. Will be back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Extensive sake selections. The truffle and uni rice is expensive $75 but delicious. The sashimi portions are on the smaller side. The cabbage salad was delicious.

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SakaMai is rated 4.5 stars by 337 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stanton

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm-11:30pm Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    F/M/J/Z trains at the Delancey St / Essex St Station. M9, M14A, M15, M15 SBS

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Takanori Akiyama

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (646) 590-0684

  • Catering

    Please contact us for catering. Please visit sakamai.com/catering<br />or email: reserve@sakamai.com

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, SakaMai can accommodate all your special event needs. Please contact us at reserve@sakamai.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Alice Chang: (844) 274-9214

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