my favorite hidaway
I would highly recommend the SAKAGURA restaurant.
The staff are nice and kind. We can be enjoyed high quality Japanese menu. That is worth the price.
My favorite for lunch is...
Una Don Set
[Broiled Eel Brushed with Original Teriyaki Sauce Served Atop a Bowl of Rice, with Soba Noodles (Hot or Cold)]
I thought it's tastier than I ate some eel donburis in Japan.
The location is at basement. The entrance is not big and not bright.
It's like a "hideaway"!!
Their restroom is the form of a SAKE barrel. It was one of the amazing thing for me in this restaurant.
a hidden treasure in a non-obvious location. you will not even notice the entrance unless you look closely.
the fare, presentation, varieties, and service are quintessentially outstanding. this is definitely a place to take a special date, try something new with foodies, dine for a birthday/special occasion or impress some out of towner buddies of yours. the dishes are smaller portioned, but it's meant to be shared/snacked on/etc. LUNCH TIME is a great affair- and definitely a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the food before bringing your favorite people over to this hidden oasis.
the black sesame creme brûlée and green tea truffles are a MUST.
I <3 Sushi
Totally worth the trip.
High quality sashimi with great service. Santa Barbara Uni tasted fresher than the ones we eat in Los Angeles. Toro was delicious & rest of the sushi was really fresh as well. Great value. Extrapolating, the other sushi/sashimi is probably amazing, can't wait to try the rest.
Their pork belly dish was to die for. Specials on their menu is highly recommended as its a unique dining experience. Udon is something you should consider trying since it's different than the usual udon.
Got lost for almost 45 min due to all the constructions on the street but it's definitely worth the foodie adventure trip to this restaurant.
Make sure to get a reservation if you can!
Bara Chirashi + Soba Lunch (Thursdays) at Sakagura sakagurany is such a great lunch special! // I like this bowl a tad better than the one at neighboring Soba Totto. Shout out to chubbychinesegirleats
A mesmerizing bowl of Uni Soba In Uni Broth at Sakagura sakagurany // only 7 bowls per day they say. Shout out to jeaniusnyc
NYC: Sakagura, a Japanese Lunch in Midtown East
I've been on a mission to try the lunch specials at Japanese restaurants in Midtown. Many restaurants have deals to lure in the business crowd so it's definitely worth taking advantage of, especially if they serve the same dishes for dinner, but at a slight discount!
The first one that I've been able to visit is Sakagura, a cute Japanese restaurant that's tucked in a basement under one of the many high-rises in Midtown East.
The bestie was in town so I took the afternoon off, and we got to share the Sakagura Lunch Tasting Course for $33. This is probably meant for one person, but we were pretty satisfied and full enough from sharing it.
It starts off with a sashimi appetizer of 4-5 kinds of fish. I was happy to see they served hotate which was just so fresh and sweet.
The main course features 3 dishes and a side of cold handmade soba. I loved that it came in a little tower since it made it feel a bit like tea-time, except this version is a million times more exciting to me.
The batter on the tempura is light, crispy and the oil tastes fresh (you know, like they didn't reuse the same oil for 15 years...). The grilled fish was perfectly grilled with just enough seasoning. Beef had a bit more sauce than I would prefer but overall a great lunch!
We ended with a dessert with THE BEST dessert - Black sesame creme brûlée with ice cream. Loved everything about this, the fragrant sesame pair with the extra piece of crunch on top. This is a must!
So recap: Sakagura is definitely a spot to hit up if you're in Midtown East looking for Japanese lunch specials. Looking through the menu, I would definitely come back to try some of their cheaper lunch sets (
I'm personally eyeing the $11.50 Thursday lunch special of Bara Chirashi Don. Mmmmm...
Come early with your whole party, wander through the lobby of the building and head towards the basement. Or you can just follow the Japanese business men and women straight to the restaurant.
Beers At Sakagura
Mr. T and I had an impromptu dinner the other night at Sakagura.
I had been dying for sushi and we decided to meet up and go to Sushi Yasuda right when it opened for dinner at 6:00.
I got there right at 6:00 and they were completely booked! No room at all!
I was so disappointed :(
I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. Even at 6:00 on a Friday night that place is hopping.
Luckily Sakagura had room at their bar so we hopped over there and had some small dishes.
The highlight of the meal for me was the beers we had- particularly the one Mr. T ordered.
This is the "Ginga Kogen" beer from Iwate, Japan.
This had a fantastic nutty, rich flavor. It was kind of like a Japanese Winter beer.
If they sold this in the stores I would definitely pick up a six pack.
My beer was really good as well but not so special.
I got the Soba Buckwheat Ale.
When I ordered it I didn't realize that it was a Rogue Brewing Company beer.
I love Rouge Beers but I was hoping to try something a little different. This I can find in my local bodega.
Oh well- It was nice but Mr. T's really stole the show.
However I love how the bottle is completely different than it normally is in the store. I kind of wanted to take it home.
Our dinner was very good as well. Th best dish being of course the Sakagura pork dish.
Insanely fatty, rich and salty- It was amazing.
Not exactly what i was hoping for but it did the job. Next time I'll plan my Yasuda outing a little bit better.
Check out this Tori Karaage (Fried Chicken) at Sakagura sakagurany
Check out this Buta Kakuni (Pork Belly) at Sakagura sakagurany
Check out this Black Sesame Crime Brle at Sakagura sakagurany
Check out this Gindara Yuan Yaki at Sakagura sakagurany
Check out this Maguro Tartare With Caviar at Sakagura sakagurany
Check out this Ika Shiokara (Salty Raw Squid In Squid Liver Marinade) at Sakagura sakagurany // had to try this cuz both cy_eats and mattbruck had it!
One of my favorite dishes in NYC. Check out this Onsen Tomago (Soft Boiled Egg with Sea Urchin & Salmon Roe in Cold Soup) at Sakagura sakagurany // want it on foodmento :)
Japanese Lunch at ”Sakagura” Midtown East
Oyakodon and Soba Lunch Set ♥♥♥1/2
Sakagura is located at basement of office building in Midtown East!!!!!
Kaisen Don and Soba Lunch Set ♥♥♥1/2
walking downstair of basement ....
then I found Sakagura! YAY
Sakagura has the most amazing gomaae ever. It is spinach covered in a sesame sauce. For many people who are on a diet and don't want to load up on carbs and sugar, this is definitely the place to go. The close second is the miso soup. The soup meshes well with the other food items. Whether you want take out or to eat in, this place is definitely where you want to be. The other customers are not rude,so you never have to worry about bad encounters. It is in a great location, so going at night is never a big deal. To top it off, the service is the best. If you are ever having difficulty choosing something to eat, the worker will sit down with you and make sure you are going to enjoy what you eat. They also have sushi books where they help you pick the right one.