Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
New York, NY 10017
Japanese, Izakaya, Soba
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
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please email email@example.com for high quality bento options, perfect for office lunch meetings.
4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central Station
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking
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Sakagura Ratings and Reviews
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....
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.
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.
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
We reserved Sakagura for the thanks giving dinner and we sat at the bar.
The food was ok but far from being the best Japanese restaurant I've been to. The dessert were nevertheless spectacular!
Service was a disappointment. The waitress seemed to be annoyed by us, she never smiled once throughout the dinner and when I asked for a suggestion for the sake, she just pored me a glass without giving any options. The restaurant has a very good reputation but I think it's now a little bit overrated since the staff seems to take it for granted.
What an incredible meal! The black cod was unforgettable. Each and evry thing we ordered was memorable and brought my experience of Japanese cuisine to new levels of appreciation and sheer enjoyment. The fluke sashimi! The shredded beef back ribs!
Our server guided us through three different beautiful carafes of sake. New appreciation for all things Japanese. Will be coming back!
I went for an important business meal and had reservations. It took 15 minutes to seat us. Then, we were seated in the corner of the back room facing a filthy exit door, even though there were attractive tables in the front. When I asked if we could sit there, I was told “those are for VIPs”. Don’t go unless you are a VIP.
Had the feel of an authentic Japanese restaurant, i.e., below street level, hidden in the basement of office building through a narrow hallway...
We like family style dining, i.e., a bunch of small plates in the middle that are shared, with each diner having their own plate and bowl of rice. However, we found portions very small, so for a party of five, you have to order two of every small plate. And little things, like a very small pickle sampler with 4 carrots (each about 1/4" thick), 4 daikon pickles (each about 1/4" thick), 4 small omeboshi; when we had a party of five. A more thoughtful restaurant would have included 5.
Food was very good, but we have had similar in other restaurants for half the price. So not great value for the money. However, for a business lunch that is expensed....
Feels like you've been transported to Japan! Great food! The service is very fast and efficient. The server was very nice. The highlight for us was the eggplant dish. There are a million sakes on the menu, and the server suggested one that I really enjoyed.
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