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SakaMai

4.7
340 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Asian
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Creative Japanese cuisine by internationally-celebrated chef, Takanori Akiyama. We also offer an extensive sake & shochu selection, rare Japanese whiskies, and original Japanese-inspired craft cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm-11:30pm
Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(646) 590-0684
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Takanori Akiyama
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, SakaMai can accommodate all your special event needs. Please contact us at reserve@sakamai.com for more information.
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Private party contact
Alice Chang: (844) 274-9214
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Catering
Please contact us for catering. Please visit sakamai.com/catering
or email: reserve@sakamai.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stanton
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Public transit
F/M/J/Z trains at the Delancey St / Essex St Station. M9, M14A, M15, M15 SBS
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Special events & promotions
Please contact us for special events. Please visit sakamai.com/events or email: reserve@sakamai.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 340 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Date- we were sitting by the corner next to the curtain. Our candle light was caught on the curtain. They had to throw water to take the fire out....

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food is more American than Japanese, service is good, price is fair. But, does not have coat check.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

It’s only few people on a Thursday night, quiet and quick

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

One of the worst experiences i had in NYC resturants. Asked if the chef could boil some plain ramen, the waiter said no. Askes if they had toothpicks, they gave us bamboo sticks for sliders, saying this was the only thing they had.
The food is mediocre at best, I have much better japanese food, especially sashimi, in Shanghai and tokyo. It was generally overpriced, though the plating was aesthetic. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great place! Definitely coming again.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We love sakamai and have been here a few times! The food, service and ambiance are amazing. The only complaint I have this past dining experience is when we ordered 1 carafe serving size of sake and when we ordered a second carafe serving, we were not offered if we want to upgrade to the bottle as promised at the beginning of the order.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

日本にいるような感じがするくらいクオリティが高く、お料理も丁寧で美味しかったです。

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I enjoyed a lovely meal with a friend at the bar at SakaMai. We started with the AMAZING egg on egg on egg (a sea urchin shell stuffed with delicate scrambled eggs, and topped with twin streaks of sea urchin roe and caviar.) I could eat several dozen more of these... We also shared the duck breast (delicious but teensy), the monkfish liver, the kara age (feather-light japanese fried chicken) and the beef tartare with marrow bones. We sampled a wide range of excellent sake as well, and a couple of excellent cocktails. Very peaceful atmosphere, nice decor, super clean, excellent friendly servers. Highly recommended!

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Horrible service
They don’t speak English
The dishes are awful, not at all Japanese food!!!
Not tasty , and very expensive
I don’t recommend this restaurant

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great service. Exciting dishes. Wonderful atmosphere. Great Sake selections.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Wonderful just wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious Japanese fusion dishes. Egg on Egg on Egg is my favorite. Amazing flavor!! Also recommend duck breast and pork steak! I believe all kinds of meat are cooked just perfectly!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Like SakaGura in midtown, this place is a high-end izakaya that specializes in sake. It's still worth going even if you're not into sake, but the sake menu is about a mile longer than the food menu, which is actually pretty thin. For an izakaya, I'd expect a few more "small bites" or shareable dishes - there are only about 6 of the former, and fewer of the latter. That said, the food they do have is pretty authentic and tasty, with some western fusion elements. My wife, who is from Japan, got the uni mazemen (it was the reason she wanted to go), which even she was surprised came with the marrow still in the bone, to be scooped out by the diner and mixed on the plate. This is a typical Japanese combination of ingredients but not typical Japanese presentation. I got the filet mignon, which was prepared simply but served with three sauces, two of which were Japanese (the third was jalapeno). It was very tender, though.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good food, on the expensive side! Cocktails are great, wine list could be better. Excellent restaurant Lower East side where we can hear each other!!!! 😊

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lovely restaurant with creative, delicious options. I have visited three times and never been disappointed. A little pricy, but very high quality.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

By far the best Sushi I have ever had!
Hamachi was awesome!!!
A MUST TRY!

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The uni not even fresh, and the truffle rice just gave us a little truffle

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This place has an amazing atmosphere and an out of this world food and service the A5 wagyu beef sandwich is like nothing else I've ever had and I'm always on a look out for A5 wagyu or Kobe beef and this is one of my top three places to have wagyu ,the chef really knows what he is doing and I can't wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Fantastic, purely fantastic

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was a great spot to have dinner with a few friends that were in from out of town! We absolutely loved the little secluded booth we had. The sake was delicious, and all the fish was as fresh as can be. Not to mention our server was friendly and very attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I love the food and the presentation. The service is very good and it’s not as noisy as most restaurants in NYC. You can actually have a nice conversation without speaking out loud.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I was served cold steak 😑

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The room that was booked was perfect. The service was great but the food, although very good, was not enough and a bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

really tasty food!Love the uni dishes very much. This is the first time that I think the sashimi is delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Awsome food and qualified staff. HIgh quality products such as food and saké.
Thx for the great night!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This is my second visit to SakaMai, and it remains one of the best restaurants I have eaten in the last 12 months.
The service is amazing, knowledgeable, not overbearing, and the food is unique, tasty, rich.
Umi and bone marrow aren't for everyone, but I do believe this can be a great introduction to these foods.
The charred Broccolini is to die for. I dream of it.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Uni dishes are fully recommend to all the people who willing to go to the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food. Loved the uni egg and uni ramen!!! Very good service and great plum wine! Definitely one of my favorite spots in New York City:)

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We really enjoyed our Valentine's tasting menu meal tonight. Beautiful, tasty food, great service from attentive knowledgable servers and a lovely ambience. Would highly recommend!!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I have eaten at SakaMai multiple times and going for the Valentine's dinner really kind of ruined it for me. The prix fix menu looked really good on paper, but each course was a disappointment. Additionally, the wait between servings was extremely long - at times as long as 45 mins. I don't think I will opt to visit her again.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I noted that it was a friend’s birthday, but unfortunately it wasn’t recognized at during dinner. but food was delicious, the waiter was super friendly and efficient. we had a great time there.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This place is simply terrific.
Great unique food made with love
If you like Japanese food and want something up market and great then this place is for you. The Bluefin Tuna roll is a must have so unique and delicious. The Saki selection is another worthy feature. All round a really great place for a meal or a drink for anyone who is a foodie

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall not as great as I thought. Food was good but didn't have that amazing taste I expected. Some of the food was so mild it was borderline bland. Very expensive, too. So it felt overpriced. The cocktail I had ("The Sakamai Punch") was very good. I would definitely return for the cocktails, however, the food was overpriced. Dessert was a redeeming item as well ("Mochi Parfait"). Service was attentive, however, one of our dishes was very very slow and when it arrived it was overcooked ("Wagyuu Hamburger Steak"). They claimed the delay was due to a ticketing issue in the back. We canceled the order and didn't want to wait another half hour for that one steak. Overall, my opinion is that it's overrated but not a bad place to try once for a special occasion. I would definitely return for drinks and dessert though.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Loved the food. A bit crowded and disorganized. Will be back.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Extensive sake selections. The truffle and uni rice is expensive $75 but delicious. The sashimi portions are on the smaller side. The cabbage salad was delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was great, I like “Egg on egg on egg” the most.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

amazing food! the octopus and the ramen are out of this world.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

I used to live in NYC and I came here to eat very often. I moved back to Chicago about half a year ago, but I really miss the food here, especially the amazing egg on egg on egg. I've been trying to find the similar thing in Chicago, but the only thing that came close is "egg on egg", omlete with caviar. So I flew back to NYC a few days ago to just revisit this lovely restaurant and I'm sure I overate that night. But it's just so worth it!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing food and ambiance. Service was basically absent. Constantly needed to look and ask repeatedly for anything.

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