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SakaMai

157 Ludlow St. , New York, NY 10002 40.721023 -73.98818
nr. Stanton St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-590-0684 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Gastropub, Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

sakamai.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, 5:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.; F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.; J, Z at Bowery

Prices

$12-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Family Style
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Nestled among the legions of Lower East Side’s dive bars overflowing with cheap beer and eats, the self-proclaimed Japanese “gastro lounge” adds a level of refinement and sake expertise to the nightlife-loving neighborhood. With candles perched atop square dining tables and exposed-brick walls, the space has an aura of elegance. Helmed by a team that includes a sake sommelier, an award-winning mixologist, and an executive chef who hails from a lineage of Japanese sushi experts, the dimly lit lounge is an upscale Americanized twist on an izakaya. You can kick back a few glasses of boutique Japanese liquor while snacking on everything from braised veal cheek to black cod with miso. The “Egg on Egg on Egg” is a luxe meal with sea urchin and caviar topped over scrambled eggs. Western-inspired dishes include roasted bone marrow, steak tartare, and “chicken nanban,” a Southern fried confit. Customers can opt to sit at nine seats available at the mixologist lounge, feast at communal tables by the bar, or sit in the twenty-seat dining area. For those looking for a more private experience, a room with a fireplace and three tables exists in the back of the restaurant as a special “sake salon.” This is a great option for late-night dining—and flirting.

Recommended Dishes

Uni crostini, $8; Egg on Egg on Egg, $18; roasted bone marrow & steak tartare, $18

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