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About 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.

211 East 43rd Street
Basement
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

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

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 953-7253

Website:
http://www.sakagura.com/

Catering:
N/A

Public Transit:
4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central Station

Additional:
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking

Special Events & Promotions:


Sakagura Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (18)
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Bar Seating (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Business Meals (15)
Casual (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Tapas (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

Service was great. Food was good but not amazing for the price. Sake was really good but pricey. Could probably find best value for the same price.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date
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food3
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·Dined 7 days ago

Love the food and sake at Sakagura! It was my boyfriend's birthday and we both had a blest !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was great yurika was terrific

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Sakagura is a gem. The food and service are authentic and delicious. Has yet to fail us. They did a great job of singing happy birthday to my daughter as well. Highly recommended

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great experience. Food was just ok, but the decor, service, and sake options were wonderful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I had the sashimi combination, which was good, but not exceptional. Service was inconsistent. The concept and food seemed unbalanced. Not sure I’d return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It remains my go-to place for the best non-sushi Japanese food in the city. The sake options are endless and of a very high caliber. Outstanding in all respects.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Sake was very good. Service needs more haste less speed. The food was mediocre. I will. Or give them another try. No reason to.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This place is great!! Went here for my husband`s birthday and we had a great time. Everything that our waitress had recommended is absolutely delicious. Will definitely come back again

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It is always good to come back to Sakagura. Amazing selection of sakes, great food and the decor feels like you’re in Japan! Love this place!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food at very competitive prices. Not easy to find both at the same place in NYC.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing Sake list. Fresh, fresh sashimi.
Grilled octopus was delicious. This Japanese Pub is definitely worth the trip to an underground space to enjoy one of NYCs more affordable, fresh and tasty menus.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful japanese izakaya fare and very intelligent & personal service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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....

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place for lunch! Was there and it was packed. hard to find as its in the basement. get their early if you want their lunch specials, which sell out

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Went to lunch with good variety of Japanese dishes with good soba for around $20 including tax and tips.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Consistently great Japanese food and the best sake list anywhere in NYC. A bargain at lunch with the "lunch sets" but beware of the evening menu which has no "sets." Dinner can become very expensive by ordering a large number of tiny dishes.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was bit loud and crowded but the ambiance of the place was good, also I really enjoyed the food but the portion I thought it was little less than I expected.

Overall, if you’re going for tasting food, I HIGHLY recommend it !

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Tapas, Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

it was good, it was good, it was good, itw as good

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food is great especially seasonal special

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Truly one of the great Japanese restaurants to be found in the U.S.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I absolutely love Sakagura! It is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. I definitely recommend this place and they have an excellent assortment of vegetarian and vegan options too to pair with their extensive sake options.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Their food is authentic Japanese and it reminded me of the time I lived in Japan. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This was our first time lunching at Sakagura and we were pleasantly surprised. We would not have found this restaurant unless we read the reviews on open table. It was located in the basement, a hidden gem for authentic Japanese food. The lunch special for the week goes very quickly, apparently on 30 serving and then no more, but for $12 you can not go wrong. Too bad we were too late ordering, but got something else and it was very fresh and tasty. Would definitely go back and try dinner when in NYC or even try and snag one of the daily lunch specials.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Terrible terrible service. The only time we saw a waitress was when she wanted to pour sake and get us to order more.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was my first experience at an authentic Japanese restaurant and I was very discounted, the server was very impatient with us and didn't give us much direction when we asked for help ordering, also it's so expensive for such little food that you feel like you spent a ton on just appetizer quantity food! I will hand it to them on their sake selection, that was the only thing on point!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

A lovely old-fashioned genuine japanese restaurant with a modern menu that has exquisite service. There specialty dishes pork belly and uni soba so fresh and delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Perfect for dinner late at night because they are open until 23:30, which is very helpful for crazy busy workers.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Absolutely marvelous for all. A real good experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Lunch special was a steal! Had the lunch special on Friday and it was awesome!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Feels like being back in Tokyo for a couple of hours! Amazing place.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

ALWAYS a delicious meal and ALWAYS worth trying new foods off the menu!
The Sake flights were also fun to incorporate into our dinner!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Definitely come here for dinner. This time I came for lunch and the menu selection was very disappointing.
I would come here for dinner anytime though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I went for a random midweek lunch, and was hoping to catch the sea urchin soba. Unfortunately, they did not have it yet (server says it becomes seasonal in late summer, to which I thought, isn't it late summer?) I got the Una Don instead, which had some grilled eel over rice with cold soba and a dipping sauce. Food was good, not super extraordinary, but if you're a fan of soba it's worth going to! (I have another favorite soba place, but the other one doesn't have eel.)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The unusual basement location takes you down to an authentic Japanese dinner experience in every sense - the décor, food, and extensive sake list. It was one of the best Japanese dinners I have ever had. It is a bit different from the usual such restaurants, in that a sushi menu was not standard, and many of the dishes were made more for sharing, like tapas. All in all a wonderful experience - I would definitely go back there when I am in Manhattan again.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Don't be discouraged by the off-putting descent into a random building's basement to reach Sakagura. Once you step into the actual restaurant, you'll feel like you just stepped into Japan somewhere.

Authentic dishes mixed in with a huge sake collection, you'll be happy you stumbled on this place! I'll be recommending Sakagura to all friends in NYC.

Also, the mochi selection for desert was excellent as were the ice creams.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A lovely dinner. Japanese tapas. Small dishes, each a joy to share - tiny surprises! Beautiful sake service, each different with gorgeous fresh flowers. Extraordinary sake list. Wonderful to be able to order Asahi and Sapporo on tap! The restaurant was gracious and accommodating when we needed to switch to an earlier reservation at the last minute.

Tags: Vegan, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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