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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
8:30 PM
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Sakagura

4.6
553 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Izakaya, Soba
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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
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Phone number
(212) 953-7253
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kozo Morohashi
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Catering
Please email info@kioskukiosku.com for high quality bento options, perfect for office lunch meetings.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
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Public transit
4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central Station
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Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking
What 553 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hannah (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Their service and food was perfect‼︎
But the table was a bit small.
I liked the ambiance of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Very unique and fun experience! Tucked away in a basement, we enjoyed our date night. Service was great, food was authentic, and overall an amazing experience.

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GeorgeS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderfully authentic and excellent value. Attentive service. The next best thing to hopping a plane to Tokyo.

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vipKfoodie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I asked from recommendation for sake. We loved the sampler sake where we could try variety of medium-dry sake among three of us. As always food was great, I highly recommend beef tataki, black cod, cold udon :)

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FCPaschoal (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

GREAT JAPANESE FOOD AND SERVICE IN AN EXQUISITE UNDERGROUND SET UP

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Interesting setting (in an office building basement)....but very cool inside. Food was just delicious and the sake list is impressive.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Authentic setting, menu/dishes. Service staff’s English is below sufficient. No uni available and do not allow take out a salmon sashimi-order for my friend, which is odd! Maybe will give the dinner menu a try

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vipFoodieForLife (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was amazing. Every dish was unique and delicious. Sakagura is one of the most authentic and amazing Japanese restaurants In NYC.

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vipOsmanC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Best Japanese fusion in town without doubt!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

First time trying sake seriously. Great service by our waiter and fantastic recommendation of sake. Definitely will go again in a special occasion.

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Brendapie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

My third visit, and it has been excellent every time. Love the authentic cuisine and opportunity to try things unavailable elsewhere. This time there were three special fish dishes available, fish that is usually available only in Japan.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I am 39.5 weeks pregnant and we decided to have a nice date night out before the baby arrives. Everything was spectacular. We were seated right away at a table that perfectly accommodated us and my full size belly.
Service was outstanding from start to finish and our food was delicious and impeccably timed.
Can’t wait to go back!

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vipFred (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Very affordable Japanese food with great service and an extensive Sake selection. Unlikely spot in the basement of a midtown building.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good and the food and service was excellent. Will definitely return.

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vipJasper (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

The food is consistently good. The space, in a basement, is a bit grim. The front staff are unnecessarily rigid and un-accommodating. They won't seat incomplete parties even when the restaurant is half empty. They seem to go out of their way to select undesirable tables when others are available.
I've resigned myself to putting up with the schtick, but it grows old....

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vipJC11 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service and food as always. Been eating here almost every month since discovering this place last year, and will definitely be coming back!

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Chewster (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

As a person who has experience true, authentic Japanese food-- this place was very good. The sake selection was impressive. Food was pretty good. Service was good.

Only bad thing about Sakagura-- super expensive for authentic Japanese food, however I guess that was to be expected since it is right in the middle of the city.

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BellaB (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

We had read about this restaurant in a NYC newspaper guide and it was recommend by a local as a hidden gem. It definitely is hidden well and it is a nice little place in terms of decor and ambience but the portion sizes are very very very small, hence the 'tapas' label that came with the recommendation so we went to dinner expecting smaller portions but not that small. The quality of food was good but in terms of value for money I think in NYC there must be better experiences.

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vipJulie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious!!

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vipalan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Best Japanese restaurant in NY
Pricey but worth it

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

food is fresh and delicious

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vipFoodie2015 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

This remains my go-to in NYC for sake. It's not a sushi restaurant but has outstanding warm stews and grilled items - all 100% Japanese in authenticity. But the sake is why you are there: the best of the best breweries are shown at Sakagura. Not to be missed.

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Debbie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Great chocolate souffle, still good food, and service, before provided hot-towels, no more.

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vipOliver (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Most reliable Japanese lunch spot in the neighborhood

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

good: waiters were very nice
bad: bathroom lines

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Really nice place with wonderful food and staff. Extensive menu, great noodles. Both of us enjoyed It! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Fantastic experience. We ordered daikon radish salad, salmon and sea urchin sashimi, and beef on hot stone. Everything tastes fantastic. Sake was very good too. Only wish the server had asked us if we prefer our sake warm or cold. That would be more authentically Japanese

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Incredibly great!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

This was my favorite restaurant when I lived here 10yrs ago. It's still as fantastic as I remember.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Great sake list. Really feels like you’re in a Japanese setting. Food was great, but portions are small to keep that in mind!

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