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About SakaMai

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.

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Tasting Menu (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
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Romantic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (3)
Fun (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Yorkshire)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (London)·Dined 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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We went early for my husband’s birthday. It was comfortable, quiet, wonderful and interesting food! Great waiter and service. Probably nice do a light dinner too although we had some of the more rich options. Great Japanese whisky and Sake!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great creative cooking. Outstanding service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Was there on new year eve. Love the sushimi for two and the service is good, waiter got very good knowledge on how to recommend and serve. Love the egg on egg definitely the must order for everytime. Price is fair and food over all is worthy the price. The only problem is the neighbors table was really really loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent meal and the staff very friendly.

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

It’s a wonderful experience with my friends to celebrate Christmas holiday together in the SakaMai. Especially the EGG ON EGG ON EGG dish.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Love sakamai!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always, yet another stellar SakaMai experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food. Uni is delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great good, knowledgable service. The sashimi platter (for 1 to 3 people) was excellent, including an interesting take on oysters. Everything we ordered had unique flavors. Appetizers, sake and entrees totaled ~$60 per person

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 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 6, 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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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