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211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

(212) 953-7253

Today: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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General Info
Founded in 1996, Sakagura is one of the leading sake bars in the United States. It offers more than 200 different kinds of sakes, tapas-style dishes and homemade desserts. Its menu includes roasted duck, fried rice, appetizers, salads, soups, noodles, omelets, chicken meatballs, mashed potatoes, fried shrimp rolls, minced pork dumplings, chopped tuna and shrimp, and grilled fish and beef fillet steaks. The restaurant also serves various vegetarian flavors. Sakagura s dessert menu includes a variety of ice cream. It serves various traditional Japanese dishes for guests. In addition, the restaurant organizes various fundraising and promotional events. Sakagura is located in New York City.

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Payment method
mastercard, discover, amex, visa
Price Range
Midtown Manhattan, Turtle Bay, Midtown East
Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Bars, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Good For Groups: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
be extremely cautious about the wine

Great food but be extremely cautious about the wine (they don't serve wine but call and ask if you want to bring your own wine).

Love the food but the staff was contradictory about the wine policy. We called before about the cork fee (as they don't serve wine) and was told 20 dollars per bottle. When we got to the restaurant, we were told that the bottle was bigger so they need to charge 50 bucks. We asked for 40 bucks (it's a bigger bottle, equals to 2 small bottles) and got an illogical answer - ""we are a sake and beer restaurant, we can't open a wine bottle). How ridiculous it is

Yes, it's Japanese, but it doesn't mean they need to learn how to be customer friendly.



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Provided by Citysearch - 
Top Notch Japanese....If you can find it.

This place is fantastic. Tucked away in the basement of a corporate building in Midtown East, Sakagura offers delicious and fresh Japanese fare along with an extensive Sake list. One thing to note - they do not serve any traditional red or white wines. Sake and beer only. Works for me but may not for some.

Menu offers a variety of fish, noodle, meat and poultry options. Favorites include the Chilled Duck, Fluke Carpaccio, Filet Mignon cooked on a hot stone, Tofu salad, grilled Yellowtail Head and I can go on forever.

Ambience is nice but nothing out of this world (you are in a basement after all). All in all the service is terrific and friendly and tihs place is definitely worth checking out. Note - it can be hard to get in. Reservations recommended although you can walk in but might have to wait a good 45 minutes to sit down. It's that good and has built a loyal following among its customers



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic, Unexpected Fare

My boyfriend surprised me with a lovely trip to Sakagura on Valentine's Day, and I was definitely impressed. The food is not sushi, but rather, the Japanese version of tapas--small plates of exquisite food. I have eaten a lot of great and not-so-super Japanese meals over the years, and this was definitely a memorable dining experience. The lobster in white miso sauce, a V-day special I believe, was fantastic. The sake was also quite great.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great everything except the staff

Loved everything about the place, including the hard to find location.
What on earth is up with the staff? Not the friendly Japanese style hospitality one would expect...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious Japanese Food!

I was a little weary at first because to get to the restaurant, you need to go into an office building and then down the stairs toward the basement level. Upon entering the building, the security guard was standing there making out with his girlfriend. Not that it had anything to do with the restaurant but it gave me a bad impression. After entering the restaurant, I felt better. The decor is very cute and everyone is very polite and friendly. It is a tapas type place and it is usually shared among those sitting at the table. I have been here twice and I have not been disappointed yet. Everything I ordered was pretty good. Some better then others but nothing that I disliked. It is expensive considering the portions are very small. They are also known for their sake, and they have a huge selection to choose from. I would definitely recommend this place, it has delicious food and great service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Can't get better than this place.

The uni pasta is out of this world. I've been to this place numerous times and everytime before I go, I call to make sure that they have fresh uni. Even if you don't get the uni pasta dish, try the uni anyway. You'll be shocked how fresh and delicious it is.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best selection of nihonshu (sake) this side of the Pacific

The selection of nihonshu (sake) at Sakagura is amazing. I think there were over 200 on the menu. They carry all the super premium labels, as well as some very good but obscure ones.

The food is not bad either, but it's about what you'd expect for the price. I only order a la carte. Japanese dinner combos aren't my thing. The fresh/raw items are so-so, but dessert was surprisingly good.

I defintely recommend this place if you are in the mood for sake.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Japanese New Yorkers appear to be keeping this place a secret !!

I had to try the place after seeing Tony Bourdain feature it on ""No Reservations"". My wife and I dropped in on a Saturday evening, and after a 10-minute wait, got seats at the bar. We know nothing about sake, but took our chances on a couple of different ones at the mid-price level. We ordered some different appetizers and they were delicious ... particularly the spicy roe. This place is amazing. You can live in New York all your life and never know places like this exist. It's half the fun to walk into the lobby of this generic Midtown office block, walk down the stairs that look like your heading to the loading dock, and then walk into Sakagura. You have left New York and are now in Japan! I have two things on my to-do list. 1. Either do some sake research, or get a dining companion who knows his/her way around a sake munu. 2. Go back to Sakagura when I've done number 1.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food & great experience

.My husband and I ate at Sakagura yesterday before a show. When they called in the afternoon to confirm, we informed them about the show. We would only have 45 minutes to eat. The caller said they would try their best. After we were seated at the bar, the waitress said she knew we had to rush and she would try her best to get us out of there on time.

The dishes we ordered were delicious. The staff was friendly. The atmosphere is unique. It made us feel we were in Japan.

They got us out on time. It was a good experience



Provided by Citysearch - 
More than 400 sakes

To find a restaurant that carries over 400 sakes in Tokyo is a rarity. To find one in Manhattan is just mind-boggling.
This place is great! It's like a little hidden Sake / Pub where you go down this staircase, through some bamboo fenced up broiler room and into what I like to call Shangri-La.
I'll say it again,400 different sake to choose from.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bring a knowledgable friend to maximize the experience

My brother and I dined on a Sunday night. We had reservations for 7:30 but it was nearly empty when we arrived so we opted to eat at the bar. When we left at 9:30 there wasn't an open table. Fortunaltely, bro had eaten here several times before and had a few favorites dishes to suggest from the menu. I am not initiated to Japanese food beyond the average sushi bar, so I was a litlle overwhelmed by the food and sake menus. Our waitress/bartender was very knowledgable and offered several choices of sake in prices ranging from $6 to $23 a glass. We eached tried several of the less expensive suggestions. We had several different dishes including chicken meatballs, steak, root vegetables, sushi, and our favorite, beef tongue (doubled-up on this one!) If you don't go crazy on expensive sake, the tariff is quite reasonable. I'll definitely return with my wife!



Provided by Citysearch - 
great place loved it

loved this restaurant. Good atmosphere. good food. great service clean nice good best sushi bet sashimi loved it



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very good and different food in a hidden spot

I'll assume you know about the ""discreet location"", but the food is not conventional Japanese. There's a large choice of tapas style dishes so this is a good place for ""snacks"" but one can easily make a meal of it too, as we did. The food quality ranges from good to excellent, and should provide choices for even those looking for more conventional food. After reading reviews here, I was bracing myself for a hefty bill, especially knowing what some upscale Japanese restaurants can charge in Manhattan, but it's actually quite reasonable. Despite being in midtown, the place didn't really start filling up until after 7pm, and when we left it was packed so you may want to make a resv'n as it looks like even the bar seating was reserved. Net-net, I'd go again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Good

I was actually in this building with my husband when I saw the sign for a Japanese restaurant I am not into the raw food but my husband is. We had a delightful dinner and my husband was very pleased with the service. He thought it was a strange location, in the basement, but the food and atmosphere was great. We will stop by when we are in the area again.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This is one of my fav Japanese restaurants in NYC. It was a hidden gem for a while but ever since they got on open table it's been hard to get in without a reservation.

It's still a must try if you haven't tried it yet. My favorite dish is the Sake Ikura Don...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best, Most Authentic Japanese Food in New York

This is the place we dine with my husband's Japanese family on special occasions. It is truly authentic, and as such, you MUST allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours or so for your meal... it is meant to be a slow-paced, relaxing, enjoyable experience, and not a place to go wolf down some chow. Try the beef negimaki, the abalone sashimi, and the black sesame creme brule for desert! Even simple, homey food like karaage and agedashi tofu are elevated to a fine art. The service is attentive and knowledgeable; you will be pampered by some of the best waitstaff in New York City, in my humble opinion. It is not cheap, and it is not fast food, but I promise one of the best dining experiences you've ever had. We are loyal customers!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Japanese!

I went for Sake and loved the food and ambience! Staff was extremely nice and patient! Food was really reasonable and excellent! Would defiantly recommend!



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great sake and food

my friends and i went for their wide selection of sakes and fell in love with not only that but also the food. when it came to the service, it was like being back in tokyo. the soft-spoken staffpeople are patient and knowledgeable, explaining each dish (and at times how to eat it) as it was placed in front of us. most of the food comes in smaller portions (asian tapas-style) which is a perfect way to enjoy all of the delicious dishes they have on their menu. this is definitely the kind of place i would go to impress a date or client.

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful food, great night out!

We love this place and are now regulars. Never have the same sake twice, try the chicken meatballs, blackened cod, and riceballs. If you are more daring, there are a vast number of dishes with squid, octopus, and other creatures with many legs. There is something for everyone here. Even if you don't think you love Japanese, you will find something delicious on their menu.

Service varies depending on whose section your seated in, but the atmosphere is unique and soothing, the food is always excellent, and we always have a wonderful time here.

Plus, if they ever make a mistake or if it's a holiday, they usually throw in a little dessert sake on the house.

This is one of our favorite places in New York