Sakagura, a Japanese restaurant hidden in New York

Sakagura is a small Japanese restaurant in which you won’t even remember being in New York City. It is in an unusual place, lost underneath the streets of Midtown. It is a perfect restaurant for those who want to escape from NYC during a night.

History of Sakagura

The restaurant opened in 1996 with the aim of making saké known to New Yorkers. It is one of the best sake bars in the United States thanks to its menu with more than 200 references.

What is the decoration and atmosphere of the restaurant?

Sakagura deserves its nickname, “hidden Jewel” of New York. You will arrive at the address I indicate, and you will say: “Memo, you drank too much sake! There is no restaurant at this place. ” In addition, there may be construction work in this area, which does not seem to be a good plan at all.

Well, get to the entrance of the building. Tell the concierge that you want to access the restaurant. He will not be surprised, so continue down the long white corridor with paintings on the walls.

On the left, you will see an emergency exit, a sign with a Japanese inscription. You’re almost there!

Go down the stairs and prepare to find the hidden gem.

In a few steps, you will arrive in Tokyo, in the middle of New York.

The decoration is very neat, delicate, simple, 100% Japanese style. The light is dim for a totally Zen environment.

It is a true immersion in Japan, even the bathroom is traditional.

Many workers from the area have lunch at Sakagura, you can also see some couples out there. The atmosphere is very serene. The tumult of New York is forgotten.

What can you eat there?

The dishes are very typical and it’s what I liked the most.
The menu is written in Japanese with explanations in English and photographs.

The dishes are delicious, especially the pasta. I do not remember what we ate, but we all loved it.

You can ask for a tasting of saké. Certain dishes such as the “lunch testing course” are accompanied by sakés that combine perfectly with the food. Now, you can also go to the bar and order some drinks. Here you have the menu for lunch, dinner and sakés.

How much does it cost?

It is in the New York City price range. The food is traditional and with quality ingredients. There is a wide variety of dishes, salads, menus to share. We were 3 people and we spent $85 with drinks.

How is the service?

Perfect! They explained the different dishes with an approximate English, that is, don’t forget that now you’re in Japan: D

Where is Sakagura?

The restaurant is in the basement of a building not far from Grand Central in Midtown. I know there’s a bar in East Village, but I still do not know it.
Address: 211 E 43rd Street Basement Level New York, NY 1001


For those who are in New York and want to enjoy the multiculturalism of the city, I recommend that you go to Sakagura. The food is excellent and the trip to Japan is worth it.
Surprise your partner or friends with this unusual place in New York.


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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