Nearby points of interest
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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.
New York, NY 10017
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
4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central Station
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking
Special Events & Promotions:
Sakagura Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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