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About SakaMai

Creative Japanese-fusion cuisine by internationally-celebrated chef, Takanori Akiyama. We also offer an extensive sake & shochu selection, rare Japanese whiskies, and original Japanese-inspired craft cocktails.

157 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm-11:30pm
Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

Cross Street:
Stanton

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 590-0684

Website:
http://www.sakamai.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for catering. Please visit sakamai.com/catering
or email: reserve@sakamai.com

Public Transit:
F/M/J/Z trains at the Delancey St / Essex St Station. M9, M14A, M15, M15 SBS

Executive Chef:
Takanori Akiyama

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.

Private Party Contact:
Alice Chang: (844) 274-9214

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact us for special events. Please visit sakamai.com/events or email: reserve@sakamai.com

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Details
Sun 11:30AM - 12:00PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM

Mon - Sat 6:00PM - 6:00PM

SakaMai Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
Special Occasion (8)
Casual (7)
Cozy (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tapas (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

This restaurant is overrated. The food is not bad and the service nice but it is simply overrated.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We both had the chef’s tasting menu with the sake pairing. Fantastic meal and just the correct amount of food to enjoy every course. I will be back soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

There was a great bar scene on a Tuesday night and perhaps it was because it was oyster night! Arrivng at 6:00 pm for our birthday dinner, we sat in the back where it was very quiet. We each ordered the Tasting Menu for $65 each and the selections were great--sashimi, salad, egg on egg, grilled octopus, duck breast, and a mochi dessert. We felt quite full by the time the duck breast arrived. If you wanted saki tasting to be added , it was $35 per person.
I heard from friends that their cocktail drinks are great! I would not hesitate to return to Sakamai for another meal!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Can not rave about how much we loved SakaMai. Egg on Egg on Egg a must have. All dishes were a 10/10. My 3rd time there, my friends first time there. Will be going back ASAP.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

If you like uni, you will love this place. Their mazemen is amazing. The egg^3 tastes very good but feels skimpy on the uni given the price (maybe it's the caviar?). The octopus is outstanding. One of the specials of the day, the madai age, is very good as well. We are seafood lovers and ordered accordingly and were very happy with everything, but they also have a whole section for steak if you're a meat person.

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

Individually the dishes were all very good, especially the aged duck. The sauce complementing the fried chicken was outstanding! Both our cocktails were interesting and delicious. Definitely will come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

While we love the ambiance and all the uni dishes were delicious, we had a stomach run the next day. We suspect it was the potato with cheese and some fishy paste.

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

Love love love this place! Best value for money in the city!

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I reserved a table for 5 and we had the tasting menu which included
a tasting version of:
egg on egg on egg - my favorite dish... I wish I had more!
Grilled little gem lettuce
sashimi - salmon and tuna
grilled octopus
Dry-Aged Duck
and dessert which was amazing but cant remember what it was called. It had cereal at the bottom and pieces of mochi

Because there were three guys who tend to eat a lot, the tasting menu wasn't quite enough for us so I ordered a few extra items for the table to share-
Shishito Peppers- great to have as an pre-app
Uni Mazemen- I would come back for this!!
Bone-in Strip loin steak- Tasty!

We also ordered the dreamy sake and went well with everything we ate. It was the perfect amount of food for us and every dish was delicious. I would certainly come back but would consider ordering a la carte for myself as the portions are bigger and I like to eat!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The reservation was for 9pm but did not get seated until 9:40pm.
The entire duration of the 40 mins the hostess and manager were very misleading in terms of time estimate and the reason for the delay.
Even after being seated the wait staff was absent for 10-15 minutes prior to taking our order.
This delay pushed the meal later in to the evening and at the tail end of our meal we tried to order tea but was informed that they stopped serving tea for the night as they were closing up.
They did attempt to make up for the poor experience by giving us complimentary desserts but that too was only offered when we asked them directly about it which is in poor taste.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Though service started out well, it got harder to reach our waiter's attention by the end of the night. However, in terms of the food, everything we ordered was DELICIOUS. I am definitely going back. Faves were the egg on egg on egg (worth it esp if you love eggs + uni), karage chicken, the duck, the tofu and salmon roe (the combination of the two were perfectly balanced), and the hamburger steak. We ordered more than this but those were the standpoints and there was NOTHING a group of 8 of us didn't enjoy. Great for group dining so you can share as much as possible. Happy hour drinks from 6-8 can only be ordered at the bar but you can bring it to your table!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Tapas, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was really authentic and delicious! One of the best japanese restaurants in town! I would recommend this place as the perfect date spot

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Nice service and food is super creative, tasty and fun. Always love their tasting menu. Cannot go there and not have the egg on egg on egg. But the octopus was great too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, People Watching, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

SakaMai started out pretty strong while the restaurant was basically empty. Service good; orders filled and delivered promptly; drinks refilled just when we were ready. Once it filled up the service deteriorated a lot culminating in our having to ask repeatedly for the last item we ordered - the pork belly sliders. The server did not find out what was the holdup and eventually we decided to just skip it. Never got an explanation for that failure. The restaurant advises ordering like you order tapas- two or three for each person. But it appears that the kitchen can't handle that. Kitchen needs an expediter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Everything was delicious! The prices could be a touch lower though.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Cocktails, sake & service were great but food is uneven. Anything with uni is fantastic and the raw fish selections are what they should be- fresh and flavorful. However, other dishes are very hit or miss. The cabbage salad was great and as described but, for example, the kobe curry was actually a large mound of rice with a curry sauce. No discernible kobe beef. Our waiter explained it was ground (more like a tiny amount pureed) into the sauce. No hint of kobe and certainly not worth $19.00. Other dishes were similar. I wish the obviously talented kitchen applied the same careful and creative hand with their non sushi and uni dishes and were more forthcoming with their descriptions of menu items.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This was my third visits in as many months. Enjoyed the food and the hospitality every time. It is fast turning into my favorite fusion restaurants. There is one nit I need to pick with this most recent visit - The Beef Curry and Rice dish that was listed in the "Meat" category during the first two visits had been elevated to "Special" as Wagu Curry. It still tasted good but gone were any appreciable pieces of beef. It is now essentially curry rice with beef flavor. I would appreciate it if you would consider adding the tender beef chunks back to the dish and return it to the meat category. The beef does not need to be Wagu quality to lend flavor and texture to the dish. In fact I felt the curry flavor had overpowered the delicate beefiness of the Wagu. Thank you very much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food and service were fantastic! The only complaint was the AC (and lighting in our area) shorted out when we were there so it got hot and had emergency lights on. Hoping this was a one off incident, but the food was delicious and the staff were so nice!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Cool ambiance, good food, nice staff. Uni ramen dish is to die for; wagyu steak was notable; egg on egg on egg was bomb. Check it out!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I went here for dinner late Saturday night, the kitchen closes at 11:15 pm so we were able to order right before. Next time I am definitely going earlier as the food was amazing. Best sashimi I have had in ages, the cucumber salad was great as well. I definitely recommend this place, a bit on the pricier side for LES but well worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

SakaMai was quite empty when we got there, and our server hovered over our table, presumably because she had nothing else to do. Servers watching from a few feet away and swooping in the instant you're done with a dish makes for an uncomfortable, rushed eating experience. The food was good but very pricey for the portion - when they say small plates, they really mean small; we left feeling full but still somewhat dissatisfied. Overall, the food was well-prepared but the excessively attentive servers and tiny portion sizes make SakaMai not worth a revisit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

SakaMai has a really wonderful and surprising menu. The food was delicious--we had two dishes involving bone marrow, which was amazing. Highly recommend the steak tartare.

The cocktails were delicious but small -- big ice cubes in small glasses.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Take bad dates here

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Tucked in an old building ion the East Village, and not much to look at from the outside, SakaMai really deserves a visit. Inside it is cozy, with very good and attentive service. The food is vary creative, delicious and fuses authentic Japanese cuisine with Western features. The place has an excellent Sake selection.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Absolutely scrumptious dinner thanks to the good recommendations from our server. I normally don't eat more than a bite or two of steak tartare but I easily ate ALL of the one SakaMai serves. The best I have ever had! We had also shared a delicious salad with noodles, corn and avocado that was equally unusual and delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Loved everything about this place! High end quality, spactacular flavors, great friendly service and unique overall experince!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Long been a neighborhood favorite of mine (I live down Stanton), but I brought a date here for the first time the other night and it was a hit. The cocktails are top notch and well put together, the sake list is easy to navigate for novices but still robust (and reasonably priced), my date's eyes lit up at the steak tartar (best item on the menu), the cucumber salad is crisp and delicious, the grilled octopus was perfect, and the seasonal sushi rolls get gobbled up. Black creme brûlée is one of my favorite desserts in town, and my date agreed, it also went perfectly with the sherry-like after dinner sake. Cool, relaxed environment with black, hard surfaces, brass on and over the bar, deep cut 50s and 60s jazz and R&B on the stereo, and quiet enough for a conversation but also lively. Can't ask for a better date spot or a place to treat yourself on a Sunday afternoon.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Tapas, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I don't write reviews, but my experience at SakaMai was truly exceptional. The food was fantastic, the ambiance was perfect for a date, and the staff was engaged and friendly. If you are looking for a new place to try, this is it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Incredible food and impeccable service. The wagyu and uni roll was phenomenal and the beef tartar had a nice balance of hot (from the bone marrow) and cold (from the tartar) and was extremely decadent. Highly recommend this place for fans of Izakaya and interesting Japanese cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Surprised that this place wasn't busier. Food was excellent. I enjoyed spicy cucumbers, broccolini, steak tar tar. Staff very helpful with dish knowledge and Sake knowledge. Great lighting and décor. Loved it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We started with the sashimi platter which was fresh and fantastic and moved through all their veggie side dishes and on to lots of other great tastes...all supported by a fantastic sake menu and really good service. What a nice place to hang out with friends you like a lot.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Good food and good service. The uni with black truffle with mushroom rice is a MUST try.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Loved the food. It was sooooo good! We had the tasting menu and every dish was a winner. We added the uni mazman and the curry beef and the chef added them seamlessly to the progression. Can't wait to come back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food is extraordinary. Prices are more extraordinary. Service was a bit too attentive. A must for foodies but not for someone looking for lots of food at a good value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Every dish we had was amazing. The uni ramen was a standout. Very rich and totally yummy. Great service and ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Ahhhhhh everything about this place was amazing! The sake, the food, the service, the ambiance. I had absolutely no complaints. And when we got the check and split it four ways, it came out to 40-something bucks per person!!! We all ate til fill, and shared a carafe of sake, and I cannot believe how affordable it was. Definitely come with a group, though, because you will want to share to get the full experience. I will go here every time I visit New York!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

I gat $65 special. It was very nice . I would like to go again!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

First impressions: quaint, nice finishes, small bar, sorta upscale.

Pacing was a little too fast, granted our reservation was at 9:30pm. I bough this to the attention of the person that came up to ask how "everything" was and he didn't have a response. I felt rushed and it's a pity because the food appeared to be good.

My guest inquired about the available tequila from the bar and we did not recognize the brand. The guy from the bar should have brought the bottle or explain where it's from, etc.

All in all, the server was pleasant, food presentation was great and the quality of food was also excellent.

Pointers, if your market target are the foodies and those who dine to have a full experience, please hone up on polishing your staff. Attention to details could help.

Service could have been better.

Good luck and I hope to see you soon again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Ive been here twice and food and service never fails. A little pricey and portions smalls but taste is excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Favourite restaurant in NYC! Every dish is on point and sashimi is fresh. Unpretentious place with such nice and attentive staff. Highly recommend!

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