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Sakagura

4.5
4.5
612 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese

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.

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Menu

Appetizers

  • Assorted Sashimi*

    • Three kinds$18.00
    • Five kinds$28.00
  • Tempura Assortment

    • Shrimp Only$13.00
    • Shrimp & Vegetables$13.00
    • Vegetables Only$10.00
  • Kakiage Tempura$12.00

    Chopped Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

    • Gindara Yuan-yaki$10.00

      Grilled Fillet of Black Cod Steeped in Sweet Soy Sauce

      • Gomaae$5.00

        Sesame Spinach Dressed with Sesame Paste

        • Ohitashi$4.50

          Sesame Spinach Seasoned with Bonito Infused Soy Sauce

          • Kuro Edamame$6.00

            Boiled Young Soy Beans

            • Green Salad$3.50

              Served with Carrot Ginger Dressing

              • Fresh Tuna & Avocado Salad$7.00

                Fresh Tuna and Avocado Salad with Tosa Soy Dressing

                • Seaweed Salad$7.50

                  Choice of Dressing: Ponzu or Sesame

                  • Tofu Salad$7.00

                    Green Salad with Tofu Served with Chopped Tsa Tsai and Carrot Ginger Dressing

                    • Tsukune$7.00

                      Chicken Meat Balls with Original Teriyaki Sauce (4pcs)

                      • Sanma Onigiri$9.50

                        Cooked Rice Wrapped with Fillet of Pike Mackerel (3pcs)

                        • Onigiri (1pc)$3.00

                          Choices: Ume Plum (Vegetarian), Bonito Flakes , Salmon Roe , Salmon Flakes , Spicy Takana Leaves (Vegetarian), Spicy Codfish Roe

                          • Tofu Miso Soup$3.00

                            • Rice$2.00

                              Handmade Soba Noodles (Cold)

                              • Zaru$9.00

                                Plain Soba Noodles Served with Bonito Infused Soy Dipping Sauce

                                • Maguro Tororo$14.00

                                  Fresh Fillets of Tuna Sashimi Served with Grated Yam

                                  • Healthy Soba Salad$13.00

                                    Seaweed, Mixed Greens, Red Radish Tomato, Oba Leaf and Radish Sprouts Served Atop Soba with Sesame and Bonito Infused Soy Sauce

                                    • Tenzaru$16.00

                                      Served with Assorted Tempura (Shrimp, white fish, and vegetables)

                                      • Shrimp Tempura only$18.00

                                    Handmade Soba Noodles (Hot)

                                    • Kake Soba$9.00

                                      Plain Hot Soba Noodles Served with Spinach

                                      • Vegetable Soba$12.00

                                        Served with Shredded Burdock Roots, Carrots, Lotus Roots, Spinach, Onions and Shiitake Mushrooms

                                        • Tempura Soba$16.00

                                          Served with Assorted Tempura (Shrimp, white fish and vegetables)

                                          • Shrimp Tempura Only$18.50
                                        • Kamo Namban$14.50

                                          Served with Slices of Roasted Duck, Shiitake mushrooms and scallions

                                          • Kamo Curry Namban$15.50

                                            Slices of Roasted Duck Served with Bonito Infused Curry Soup

                                            Donburi (Bowls) & Soba Set

                                            • Oyako Don Set$13.50

                                              Chicken, Soft-Scrambled Eggs,and Sliced Onion and Dried Nori Seaweeds Served Atop a Bowl of Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                              • Ten Don Set$15.50

                                                Assorted Tempura (2 pieces of Shrimp, white fish and Vegetables) Served Atop a Bowl of Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                                • Shrimp Tempura Only*$17.50
                                                • Vegetable Tempura Only*$15.50
                                              • Ebiten Toji Don Set$18.00

                                                Shrimp Tempura with Soft-Scrambled Eggs Served Atop a Bowl of Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                                • Tekka Don Set$20.00

                                                  Fillets of Tuna Sashimi Served Atop a Bowl of Sushi Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                                  • Sake Ikura Don Set$19.00

                                                    Fillets of Salmon Sashimi and Salmon Roe steeped in Sweet Soy Sauce Served Atop a Bowl of Sushi Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                                    • Una Don Set$18.00

                                                      Broiled Eel Brushed with Original Teriyaki Sauce Served Atop a Bowl of Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                                      • Kaisen Don Set$22.00

                                                        Assortment of sliced Fresh Sashimi Served atop Sushi Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)

                                                        Donburi / Bowls

                                                        • Oyako Don$12.50

                                                          Chicken, Soft-Scrambled Eggs, Sliced Onion and Dried Nori Seaweeds Served Atop a Bowl of Rice

                                                          • Ten Don$14.50

                                                            Assorted Tempura (2 pieces of Shrimp, white fish and Vegetables) Served Atop a Bowl of Rice

                                                            • Shrimp Tempura Only$18.00
                                                            • Vegetable Tempura Only$14.50
                                                          • Sake Tekka "Half" Don$19.00

                                                            Fresh Salmon and Tuna Sashimi Served Atop Sushi Rice

                                                            • Ebiten Toji Don$17.00

                                                              Shrimp Tempura Topped with Soft-Scrambled Eggs Served Atop a Bowl of Rice

                                                              • Tekka Don$19.00

                                                                Fillets of Tuna Sashimi Served Atop a Bowl of Sushi Rice

                                                                • Sake Ikura Don$18.00

                                                                  Fillets of Salmon Sashimi and Salmon Roe steeped in Sweet Soy Sauce Served Atop a Bowl of Sushi Rice

                                                                  • Una Don$17.00

                                                                    Broiled Eel Brushed with Original Sweet Teriyaki Sauce Served Atop a Bowl of Rice

                                                                    • Kaisen Don$21.00

                                                                      Assorted Variety of sliced Fresh Sashimi Served atop of Sushi Rice

                                                                      Main

                                                                      • Sashimi Soba Gozen$22.00

                                                                        3 kinds of Fresh Sashimi, Seasonal Appetizers, Handmade Soba Noodles (Cold or Hot)

                                                                        • "Jewel" Oke Bento$22.00

                                                                          Assorted Appetizers, Kakiage Tempura, 5 kinds of Seasonal Sashimi, Grilled Tidbits and Mini Rice Balls

                                                                          • Sakagura Lunch Tasting Course$33.00

                                                                            Appetizers : 4 kinds of Seasonal Sashimi and Appetizer Assortment Main Dishes : Assortment Tempura (Shrimp, White Fish and Vegetable), Grilled Fish, Beef Fillet Steak, and Cold Handmade Soba (Small) Dessert : Choose one from our dessert list

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                                                                            What 612 people are saying

                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                            4.5
                                                                            4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                                            • 4.5Food
                                                                            • 4.2Service
                                                                            • 4.3Ambience
                                                                            • 4.1Value

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                                                                            1. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 27, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing food and sake

                                                                            2. JM

                                                                              JerseyMike

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 22, 2018

                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                              We live 100 miles from NYC and make a special trip at least twice a year to eat at Sakagura. The food is outstanding and the menu offerings are unique. The sake selection is second to none. I love that this restaurant is kind of a hidden gem and have no problem with making my reservations well in advance. I'm going to continue come back again and again!!

                                                                            3. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              2.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 20, 2018

                                                                              overall2food5service1ambience4

                                                                              Bar service was not attentive and very unhelpful with choosing sake (surprise in a place with so many choices..)

                                                                            4. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Chicago

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 12, 2018

                                                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                              Service was slower than I am used to.

                                                                            5. BB

                                                                              BBGuy

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              34 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              34 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 11, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Incredible flavor, excellent service, close your eyes and you’re in Tokyo. NYC Japanese gem.

                                                                            6. r

                                                                              rbgnyc

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              20 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              20 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2018

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                              When it was a find, and there were few decent izakaya around NYC, Sakagura was a standout. Now, it's got stiff competition from above and below and Sakagura is good but not great. The food is very standard and decent, but there are better places with better value. Still, the sake list is a good one, although they inexplicably leave helpful guidance out such as the sake meter value (SMV) or acidity. Still, the basement location and some of the decor make you feel as if you're in a Tokyo-like setting, but that may no longer be enough.

                                                                            7. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Greensboro

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 6, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Best restaurant in NYC for my taste. Small plates and Sake.

                                                                            8. LS

                                                                              LuisS

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 4, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great Ambience and great service. Quality food. Took my sister family and aunt here. Everyone loved the food and we stayed for dessert.

                                                                            9. c

                                                                              chuck250

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              29 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              29 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 3, 2018

                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                              Second time there. Celebrating birthday. Excellent food and overwhelming choice of saki. Has that authentic restaurant look (girlfriend spent time in Japan). Not too expensive if you don't drink too much saki. Wait staff extremely helpful. Read other reviews for food choices or just order what's in red - can't go wrong.

                                                                            10. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Chicago

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 2, 2018

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                              Very disappointed, we’ve been there before but the quality has changed, not as refined as we remembered. Everything was too salty and the presentation not inspiring. The seaweed salad was ou favorite usually and this time it was not as tasty, the beef was over cooked and way too salty. The cod was okay but too salty as well. Not the experience we were looking for.

                                                                            11. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on June 30, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great place

                                                                            12. f

                                                                              foodie001

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              50 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              3.0

                                                                              50 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 28, 2018

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                              The daily lunch specials are a great value for what you get. Anything else on the menu is another thing. I had the Kaisen don. Lots of rice with maybe 3 thin slices of fish, a cooked shrimp, raw scallop, ikura, comes with soba and pickles, for $23. I’m not sure that there was value for money there. The lunch special was the bara sushi with the soba, and pickles. The rice serving is a bit smaller which is fine. There are a lot of choices, but next time I’ll stick with the lunch special.

                                                                            13. A

                                                                              Amir

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 26, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Absolutely delicious Japanese cuisine and phenomenal service! Hard to get a reservation for the restaurant but it's well worth it 😇☺.

                                                                            14. TC

                                                                              TheCapitalGrille

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 26, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Greeted by name, speedy transition from entrance to table, delicious food that takes me right back to Tokyo, superb service by Marcia and her colleagues. This is my go-to restaurant for casual Japanese dining. Tenzaru is my favorite summer meal and this is just like my Japanese mother used to make. The tempura is delicately flaky and crunchy. The cold soba is has just the right mouth feel. I can't say enough good things about this wonderful establishment. I have been patronizing it for nearly 20 years.

                                                                            15. l

                                                                              lovingmama

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 20, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Cool, subterranean sake den that serves good food at lunchtime. Reasonably-priced Japanese w/ a selection of soba, donburi, and appetizers. Can’t go wrong. Feels like a secret hideaway.

                                                                            16. TC

                                                                              TradingCoyote

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              2.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 18, 2018

                                                                              overall2food3service2ambience2

                                                                              L’expérience a commencé par un mauvais accueil à la réception. Ensuite on nous a placé à une table dans le couloir proche de la porte de la cuisine alors qu’il y avait d’autres places. Les plats étaient sans goût et clairement pas à la hauteur de ce que l’on pouvait attendre d’un restaurant japonais aussi cher. Je n’y retournerai pas c’est sûr.

                                                                            17. K

                                                                              Kenchan

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 15, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              日本の居酒屋と殆ど同じレベルの料理が出て来ます。

                                                                            18. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on June 15, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Food was great. Good experience.

                                                                            19. TB

                                                                              TrimaineB

                                                                              Los Angeles

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on June 9, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Very good experience, high quality and authentic. Price point actually was not bad when you consider the value of what you get from having the experience at Sakagura. Will come again.

                                                                            20. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 8, 2018

                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                              great sake bar that stays true to its concept. bravo bon yagi!

                                                                            21. NR

                                                                              NneyaR

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              123 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              123 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 7, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Good food, great for a date. Will definitely go again.

                                                                            22. PA

                                                                              PAUL

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 5, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              We often get together at Sakagura because the food is creative and excellent, the sake list extensive, the service attentive and knowledgeable and the price very fair for high quality.

                                                                            23. A

                                                                              anonymousA

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 4, 2018

                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                              More high-end, but as someone's who's been to Japan, I was very happy with the quality and authenticity of the food. Extensive sake menu!

                                                                            24. VS

                                                                              VickyS

                                                                              Toronto

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 1, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Wonderful experience and super cool restaurant. Management even came to personally wish me a happy birthday. Food was fantastic.

                                                                            25. FM

                                                                              FreddyM

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 31, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great ambience, food was amazing! Very cool spot

                                                                            26. MP

                                                                              MrPharmacist

                                                                              New Orleans

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 23, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              What can I say? It's been here since the 1990s. Their bathrooms are giant sake vats. It's an institution!

                                                                            27. LE

                                                                              LENOU

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 14, 2018

                                                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                              unfortunately they offer a lunch menu with a very attractive price but only 100 menus are prepared, no more, if you are the 101, you have to choose Something more expensive.

                                                                            28. TC

                                                                              TomC

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 11, 2018

                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                              Great experience wait staff was very attentive. Waiter made recommendations and they were spot on. Sake recommendations were also exceptional!

                                                                            29. T

                                                                              Tigger

                                                                              Orange County

                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 10, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              You never disappoint at their food and service. We had a great lunch!

                                                                            30. CC

                                                                              CC57

                                                                              Los Angeles

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 9, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing how so many people find their way to this basement izakaya. There are so many sake and food selections. For four people we spent pretip $192: 4 beers, 1/2 bottle of sake, and 12 items. Every dish was prepared to perfection; authentic. Don’t miss ordering the ebi stick!

                                                                            31. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 7, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              I haven’t been in a real Japanese restaurant in many years since my favorite spot closed decades ago. Sake listing is to die for!

                                                                            32. SO

                                                                              SamO

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 7, 2018

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                              Nice selection of interesting foods. Was a little steamy downstairs. Probably better in a colder day.

                                                                            33. YE

                                                                              YummE

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 4, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service3ambience3

                                                                              Unbelievable food at normal prices, but the very expensive sake list makes dining there very pricey if you have more than a glass or two.

                                                                            34. TP

                                                                              TroyP

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Always very good and authentic food at Sakagura and the lunch special is a great deal.

                                                                            35. s

                                                                              singaporesling

                                                                              New England

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 30, 2018

                                                                              overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                              Guy who led us to our table was officious and unfriendly. We ordered two appetizers, and they were each only 3 spoonfuls, barely a taste for the four of us. Our sashimi moriawase was skimpy and had only one small helping of radish slivers. Most sashimi moriawase for 4 has many helpings of daikon. Compared to the moriawase which was served to the table next to us, the sashimi pieces were thin; the presentation was different and skimpy; the servings were generally surprisingly miniscule. We ended up having to order way more than at other Japanese restaurants.

                                                                            36. EP

                                                                              EfrainP

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 28, 2018

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Service was Tops

                                                                            37. KH

                                                                              KojiH

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              27 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              27 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 27, 2018

                                                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                              Overall the experience was pretty good despite of the slow service. Food was decent (I had tempura don) and the price was reasonable ($18?) for midtown. I would recommend for my friend.

                                                                            38. L

                                                                              Leandro

                                                                              Miami

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 27, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              A little piece of Tokyo in the middle of Manhattan. Simply outstanding.

                                                                            39. W

                                                                              Winterlight

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 26, 2018

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                              Not as great as I have expected based on the raving reviews. The best was the sea urchin noodle. Stay away from the specials which were mediocre and over priced. Stay with the classics.

                                                                            40. JG

                                                                              JodiG

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 23, 2018

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Fantastic food and sake selection! A hidden gem in the basement ...

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