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User Reviews (4 Reviews)
- SakaguraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
It is not exactly easy to define what Sakagura is. As its Japanese name suggested, their specialty is sake. It is an excellent sake bar that offers a wide range of premium quality sake. That is not the only thing Sakagura excels at. The food here is not shy at all in comparison to their sake selection. Lunch format is similar to a teishoku-ya, the focus is business set lunch. They also have a very competitively priced daily lunch special. Dinner format is izakaya style, mainly small dishes to go with your sake.
I came here for lunch. Ordered the chef tasting lunch menu and yakizakana gozen (grilled fish lunch set). The preparation and presentation are very authentic. This place reminded me so much of Tokyo I almost forgot I was in the heart of NYC. The food was good. I was most impressed with their handmade soba. The texture is quite perfect. Both hot and cold style were excellent. Their tsukemono and sunomono (pickled/seasoned vegetable side dishes) are great as well. Their homemade desserts looked really amazing and I had a hard time picking. Black sesame creme brulee was my first choice but unfortunately they ran out that day. Ordered chocolate souffle and sake manju instead and was not disappointed. The souffle was one of the nicer ones I have had. The chocolate flavor is rich but not overly sweet. Sake Manju was lovely. Their homemade ice cream has good creamy texture but the sorbet is a bit too icy.
The ambiance is quite formal. The restaurant definitely tailored towards the business crowd. Tables fill up really fast since this is a local's favorite. Reservation is almost a must. Lastly, do not expect to find sushi here just because it is a Japanese restaurant.
- SakaguraApr 25, 2013
Delicious Japanese izakaya tucked into the basement of a midtown building. Dishes were overall pretty good - standouts included the tori meatballs and the chocolate souffle, along with the nasu dengaku. Friends also enjoyed the sake selection and the pork belly. Great Japanese food for New York City, but I've had better izakaya food in California and Japan.
- SakaguraAug 20, 2012
Discretely hidden away in the basement of an office-building in the vicinity of Grand Central, you'll be pleasantly surprised at both the atmosphere and the food. While it's certainly not cheap ($$$$), it's well-worth it for the experience, service and Saki selection!
- SakaguraJul 04, 2012
Sakagura is an izakaya in the basement of an apartment complex across the street from Yasuda. This restaurant is very much hidden and quite possibly the best izakaya I've eaten at in the US. Everything was a hit at this restaurant, the pork belly and lobster/uni friend rice were particularly memorable. The atmosphere is very laid back and a great place just to eat with a friend or even to impress a date.