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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.
New York, NY 10002
Contemporary Asian, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm-11:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us for catering. Please visit sakamai.com/catering
or email: email@example.com
F/M/J/Z trains at the Delancey St / Essex St Station. M9, M14A, M15, M15 SBS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Alice Chang: (844) 274-9214
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: email@example.com
SakaMai Ratings and Reviews
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!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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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