Sakagura

Sakagura

Sake Bar and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Turtle Bay, New York
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    Lauren S.
    "... fried chicken, and black sesame creme brulee!"(7 Tips)
    Dina
    "Great, authentic Japanese food."(7 Tips)
    PureWow
    "down to the basement of a Midtown office building and you’ll"(5 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "lunchtime trip to Japan and order the Lunch Tasting Course"(4 Tips)
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  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 18, 2018
    This hidden gem can be found in basement of a Midtown office building. Their extensive list of 200+ imported sakes (categorized by region) offers guests a modest taste of traditional Japanese cuisine. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • Mark K.heart icon on user image
    Mark KupasrimonkolMarch 23, 2015
    Great date spot. Great food. Finish the meal with uni soba. Eat it lady and the tramp-style and marry that girl. (Cc: my wife). Unrelated, the sake barrel bathrooms have awesome Japanese toilets.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    Go down to the basement of a Midtown office building and you’ll enter a top Japanese spot, featuring some of the best sake in the city. Try the lunch tasting course to sample a little of everything. Read more
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    My new $11.50 lunch special faves w/ a side of hot or cold soba & pickles: Kaki Fry Don (fried oysters & tar-tar sauce w/ cabbage over rice) & Tataki Don (scrambled egg & minced chicken over rice)
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SchneebergerApril 14, 2019
    Everything. From the sake, to the environment to the food. Specially if you are a uni addict get the unisoba. Best cold unisoba in the city by far!
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SchneebergerDecember 23, 2018
    If you have in your mind to eat izakaya and drink amazing sakes at a very decent price do not think it twice, this is the place to be. Unisoba is a must!
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan McKeeFebruary 20, 2018
    Asian tapas with a reasonable price tag in a divey place. Sake program is great, and you can go for a taster if you’re a sake newb. Grilled squid, pork belly and any noodle dish are musts.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinAugust 31, 2022
    Amazing authentic japanese. Delicious cloud sake 14, toro, uni, miso cod, and tofu. Black sesame and yuzo mochi. Expensive but good!
  • Mike t.heart icon on user image
    Mike the ElderJanuary 2, 2019
    One of the beat izakayas in the city. If you’re into Sake you’re in for a ride. Friendly service in a room that takes you back to Japan. Food is yummy. Kampai!
  • Renaud #.heart icon on user image
    Renaud #July 24, 2017
    Skip the appetizers, order some grilled meats or black cod, and sake. We enjoyed the Miyazaki beef cooked on hot stone 👍🏻
  • Kyulee S.heart icon on user image
    Kyulee SeoSeptember 26, 2016
    You must get there early to have a chance for their specials, and don't skip out on their girly cocktails!! They are really special and yummy!!!
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    This "hidden in the office basement" restaurant serves an excellent array of sake and spirits, as well as Japanese bites. The buta kakuni (pork belly) and chicken karaage are standout plates.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussFebruary 4, 2019
    Good luck finding the place. Amazing and affordable sake menu. Food menu is delicious Japanese tapas but all over the place price wise. Skip the stone cooked beef, indulge in noodles and sashimi.
  • Sung H.heart icon on user image
    Sung HwangFebruary 14, 2016
    Never failed to please. Authentic hidden gem found 5 years ago and still a regular. Must get onsen tamago (for uni lovers), hirame ponzu, gyusuji miso nikomi among many dishes you can get.
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezMarch 8, 2022
    Great sake selection to pair up with some good food. The Japanese village ambiance certainly adds to the charm of the place. My only gripe was the emperor tea flan dessert
  • Kateheart icon on user image
    KateDecember 28, 2023
    Came for lunch - had the half udon, chawan mushi, and hamachi sashimi. All were delicious and would love to come again soon!
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If ur in a hurry, Sakagura's "Kiosk"-lobby level-sells their signatures in bentos & bowls for less: grilled cod w/ asstd veggies; mixed veggie curry w/ beef; soba salad; chirashi; rice balls, etc.
  • Jonathan S.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan SnookJuly 16, 2018
    Had the lunch tasting menu with sake pairing. Wonderfully tasty sake. Sashimi, soba, tempura was fantastic. Could've skipped the beef. Black sesame ice cream was perfect.
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiDecember 8, 2016
    Chill, delicious Izakaya spot with great selection of drinks and small plates. Three people for food and drink ended up $260
  • Eric T.heart icon on user image
    Eric TashDecember 14, 2014
    Come with a group. It's akin to Japanese tapas so the plates are small. Everything we ordered was superb and I highly recommend getting a bottle of saki for the table!
  • Roula H.heart icon on user image
    Roula HannaSeptember 25, 2016
    Ah-mazing food....had many plates including the wagyu beef hot stone, the fluke sashimi which were delicious. Try the drop sake tasting.
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimJanuary 15, 2012
    Mid 2.7: If you like Izakaya style Sake bars, then this is probably the best place in NY. It's a bit hard to find though as you have to walk through an office building to get there, but it's worth it! Read more
  • Chenyuheart icon on user image
    ChenyuDecember 28, 2012
    Love the coffee jelly - great dessert for those who prefer less sweet desser. Black sesame brûlée is a must-have!
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 9/2-10/3/14. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy! =)
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AngelinoJanuary 15, 2015
    Gem in the city.Food is out of this world.Fun drinks available with top notch service.And the best in Japanese desserts to date.Really fun to try and find too!😍
  • Mary P.
    Mary PhamAugust 27, 2014
    Come for lunch if possible. Great food and affordable prices! Otherwise dinner is always great, too (just much more $$$$). Onsen tamago is a must for you umami lovers.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeOctober 3, 2015
    Like being transported to Tokyo at this hidden gem. The taro and vegetable tempura and egg custard with shrimp and chicken were highlights.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    A secret restaurant hidden inside the basement of an office building. Great, authentic Japanese food. Everything is delicious. Extensive sake list. Reservations essential.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 3/3-3/28/14. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy! =)
  • ninaheart icon on user image
    ninaSeptember 7, 2012
    This charming izakaya is hidden in the basement of an office building. Dinner is great, order anything! And save room for black sesame creme brulee.
  • Hannah H.
    Hannah HanNovember 19, 2014
    Seems like the chef changed since 2-3 yrs ago, the food definitely tasted different although still decent. Daikon salad, onsen tamago, kakuni, black sesame creme brulee are my all time faves.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterApril 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 4/7-5/2/14. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm). Enjoy! =)
  • R K.heart icon on user image
    R KMay 12, 2014
    Walking into Sakagura, hidden deep in the basement of a midtown office building, is like walking into a dream. The food is unbelievable: try everything, drink liberally, and stay late.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 1/6-1/31/14. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy! =)
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 11/4-11/29/13. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy! =)
  • Haneen 💍heart icon on user image
    Haneen 💍December 4, 2018
    Nice hide-away japanese restaurant. Very nice hosts and great service. Food is Tapas style! Eggplant with three types of Miso 🤤🤤
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 9/3-9/27/13. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy! =)
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 daily specials from 7/1-8/02/13. *Changes monthly. They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy!;)
  • Chloe M.heart icon on user image
    Chloe MaDecember 4, 2013
    This hidden restaurant is one of the most authentic Japanese food in the city! Get the seaweed salad, Gyutan Yawaraka Ni (beef tongue) and sea salt chocolate sorbet!
  • Lillian C.heart icon on user image
    Lillian CheungMarch 12, 2015
    All around really solid Japanese food 👌🇯🇵 love the black sesame creme brûlée and chocolate soufflé desserts, but the soy sauce ice cream is kinda weird
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    New $11.50 M-F lunch specials (1/4-2/1/13. *Changes monthly). They have limited quantities so get there early (before 12pm to be safe). Enjoy!;)
  • Mihnea M.
    Mihnea MiculescuMay 3, 2011
    Step 1: order sake (just ask the waiter to recommend something). Step 2: Definitely get some Stewed Diced Pork. Step 3: For desert, go for the Black Sesame Creme Brulee. Step 4: Now you can die happy.
  • Amy R.heart icon on user image
    Amy RobertsonMarch 21, 2016
    Enter through the office building. Walk past the front desk and take stairway F downstairs. Hidden and worth the journey
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley ChenOctober 17, 2014
    So many types of sake, good food too! It's downstairs in an office building but it's not hard to find.
  • Sandra L.
    Sandra LloydAugust 20, 2010
    Great for lunch. Great for dinner. Great desserts. Really fresh, good quality food. Best lunch deal around. This is one of my favorite restaurants, hands down.
  • Alice A.heart icon on user image
    Alice AlyssJuly 18, 2015
    Nice food nice environment. The beef stew is the best, each chunk of beef is packed with flavour.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Try one of the daily lunch specials, which are made in limited quantities of 30 orders or less. Diners with room for dessert may want black sesame crème brulee or coffee Jell-O. Read more
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 2, 2011
    Amazing sake selection and the authentic food is great for a quick, casual lunch. We recommend the onsen tomago, sakagura special, and black sesame ice cream.
  • Claude H.heart icon on user image
    Claude HarrisonSeptember 6, 2014
    Get a real NYC experience. Back of the building, down industrial looking steps, past the eerily lit janitor's closet... yeah, that's it. Sakagura. Not a sushi bar. Izakaya; and it is phenomenal.
  • Chenyuheart icon on user image
    ChenyuJanuary 9, 2013
    Try the Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg Custard)/ Dried Scallop/ Mushroom/ Ginko Nut/ Shrimp/ Chive - This warm soup is a must-try ( if you don't have seafood allergy )
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