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Sakamai

Sakamai

Sake Bar, Japanese Restaurant, and Gastropub$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    Josephine S.
    "Torched Uni Crostini"(6 Tips)
    Shelley C.
    "also try the ramen with bone marrow"(4 Tips)
    Kelsey✨
    "The octopus, mussels and wagyu hand roll are all really yummy"(6 Tips)
    Erica C.
    "Uni crostini, pork buns, egg on egg on egg, miso cod—all absolutely..."(3 Tips)
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  • debzheart icon on user image
    debzJanuary 6, 2013
    You MUST order the eggs on eggs on eggs - uni and white sturgeon caviar on a bed of scrambled eggs. One of the best things I've ever eaten. The steak for 2 is also delicious.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 7, 2013
    Quench your thirst with various sakes & Japanese brews. And, do not forget the "Egg on Egg on Egg", which fills a prickly sea urchin with white sturgeon caviar, Maine uni, and "classic scrambled egg" Read more
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    A wide array of drink options and stellar small plates can be found in an intimate atmosphere. Order the Egg on Egg on Egg, the Foie Gras Chawanmushi, and the Secreto Iberico Pork.
  • Shelley C.heart icon on user image
    Shelley ChenOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Egg on Egg on Egg is an obvious must, but also try the ramen with bone marrow and uni!
  • Erica C.heart icon on user image
    Erica ChoiMarch 15, 2014
    Uni crostini, pork buns, egg on egg on egg, miso cod—all absolutely perfect. The 'Canary' drink is a delicious piña colada with a twist.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Finally made it. Loved this place! My must eats: Torched Uni Crostini, Foie Gras Chawanmushi, Beef Tartare w Bone Marrow, Pork Bun & of course Egg on Egg on Egg, just get it trust me!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole ShwirtzMarch 30, 2014
    Each decadent bite of the Egg on Egg on Egg makes you feel like you want to eat one every night & go for another round in the morning. Read more about my quest for uni dishes at www.urchinsurchin.com
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 2, 2014
    The egg on egg on egg lives up to its hype despite the woefully small portion. Uni crostini was a close second. And the Kanaria cocktail- I could have subsisted off a pitcher of that alone. SO GOOD!
  • Sofia F.heart icon on user image
    Sofia FigueroaJuly 8, 2017
    Tasting menu has tons of variety. Pair with a carafe of summer snow sake, get beef tartare also if you're very hungry
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ChanApril 23, 2017
    Very intriguing and creative menu with a focus on uni and bone marrow. The dishes don't taste as special as they sound, but the uni mazemen and yaki burrata are worth getting. Food comes quickly.
  • Hannah H.
    Hannah HanNovember 12, 2014
    Egg on egg on egg, what a party in your mouth! Uni crostini and kakuni were very flavorful, melts in your mouth. Chicken nanban was not special. Don't skip the black sesame creme brulee!!
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 5, 2014
    Egg on egg on egg is where it's at; the lobster croquette, southern friend chicken confit and truffle rice pot are solid as well
  • Talia F.heart icon on user image
    Talia FisherOctober 17, 2015
    First Bloody Mary in the city that I can actually enjoy (and I love bloodys). The green tea soba noodle dish was the unexpectent hit. Loved the Arctic char ceviche and black sesame creme brûlée also!
  • Caroline S.heart icon on user image
    Caroline SchulweisFebruary 6, 2015
    Really liked the featured sake. Uni tostada, egg on egg on egg, and the grilled octopus were all delicious.
  • Monday L.heart icon on user image
    Monday LisaJune 9, 2015
    Start with an Ento cocktail and the uni crostini. Next, the seasonal vegetables (what is in this delicious drizzle?). End it all with the amazing mazemen. And a good night was had by all!
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    Kelsey✨March 24, 2018
    Good for groups! Order a handful of thing of the menu to share. The octopus, mussels and wagyu hand roll are all really yummy
  • Jessica K.heart icon on user image
    Jessica KFebruary 6, 2014
    Egg on egg on egg and lychee martini. Great service from bartender. Good atmosphere. I'm definitely returning here!
  • WEI W.heart icon on user image
    WEI WEIFebruary 9, 2016
    The tasting menu is not of large portion but so good! After finishing the last dessert, I feel if they served me the whole tasting menu again I would finish all in 10 minutes.
  • Ada C.heart icon on user image
    Ada ChanNovember 9, 2014
    Definitely get the egg on egg - you won't regret it (size IS a bit small though). The beef tartare is pretty yum too.
  • Anya
    AnyaMarch 7, 2016
    Cozy place, however when we got there they were out of many dishes! But overall was pretty good food! Try their Gelato,it's worth it !
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CastilloFebruary 24, 2018
    If you’re a party of 2 and looking for something a little more cozy, ask to sit in the back it’s quiet and has a fire place.
  • Sam H.heart icon on user image
    Sam HJuly 9, 2015
    Amazing food, lovely atmosphere. Great for date night. Egg on egg on egg and the ahi were my favorites.
  • Matty U.
    Matty UngerApril 14, 2014
    We came here the night we got engaged. We had a group of 15 people made up of family and friends. They put us up in the private group room for no extra charge. Take advantage of this!
  • Amy W.heart icon on user image
    Amy WangFebruary 13, 2015
    Egg on egg on egg!! And miso black cod! And the black sesame desert。have to drink their sake too!!
  • Igor L.heart icon on user image
    Igor LevitSeptember 14, 2014
    Egg on Egg on Egg totally lived up to the hype. Food very good overall, and a terrific selection of sake.
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezJanuary 12, 2019
    Small delicious plates. All the steaks were divine. Try the egg on egg on egg, wagyu beef and uni roll, filet mignon, pork steak
  • Jenny C.heart icon on user image
    Jenny CuiSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Egg on egg on egg is the best uni dish ever.
  • J R.
    J RoJanuary 7, 2013
    pass on the fried chicken. get the egg trio and 35 day aged steak. share everything and sit in the back next to the fireplace to impress your date :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 26, 2013
    A long and interesting sake menu with craft cocktails and smart, intricate small plates far beyond usual bar grub.
  • Kendra B.heart icon on user image
    Kendra BorowskiMay 18, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful cozy Japanese restaurant hidden on the LES with amazing food, cocktails, sake selection and service
  • Steve D.
    Steve DAugust 7, 2014
    Egg on egg on egg. Must try!
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah Judd WelchFebruary 22, 2013
    Pork belly buns, sea bass w/ bok choy and mushrooms, and black peppercorn ice cream. And, obviously, the egg on egg on egg.
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyApril 4, 2019
    Egg on egg on egg changed my life.
  • Irina B.heart icon on user image
    Irina BJanuary 22, 2017
    The ramen with bone marrow is beyond good, we ordered seconds 👌
  • Mark C.heart icon on user image
    Mark Chu-CarrollJanuary 6, 2016
    My favorite restaurant in NYC. The tsukune (chicken meatballs) are the best you'll ever taste.
  • Angela Isabelheart icon on user image
    Angela IsabelAugust 22, 2017
    Egg on egg on egg 🍳😍
  • Y. NEGi S.
    Y. NEGi SatoJanuary 26, 2013
    super great service and food. MUST tru Akane (cocktail). .. must !
  • Kat
    KatApril 25, 2013
    The "Canary" cocktail is a delicious take on a piña colada - so good that I had to order two! Great Japanese beer selection, also.
  • Sahil K.heart icon on user image
    Sahil KathawalaOctober 6, 2015
    Amazing food, try the chicken nanban and spicy tuna roll. Cool ambiance too
  • blukid
    blukidJuly 26, 2013
    Nice lounge atmosphere with a good selection of Sake along with well crafted cocktails.
  • Tian X.
    Tian XieFebruary 10, 2014
    Order the ento smoke cocktail. It has a truly distinct smell and there's else like it.
  • Corey R.
    Corey RobinsApril 12, 2013
    The egg on egg on egg is crazy decadent. And they will overpour your sake on purpose...ask them about it
  • R D.heart icon on user image
    R DMarch 5, 2014
    Come on Tuesdays and try the shochu! Limited happy hour Tuesdays from 7-9 with shochu master Stephen Lyman
  • Danwen
    DanwenJune 29, 2015
    There's nothing in here that isn't delicious. Plus the whiskey glass is fall proof.
  • Sunny L.
    Sunny LeeJanuary 16, 2013
    Must order: Akane (cocktail), uni crostini, chawan mushi!!!! #deliciousness
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RAugust 9, 2014
    Better for snacks and a drink than it is for dinner. Tsukune, madai sashimi. Canary cocktail. Avoid the "smoke" drink.
  • Rachel K.heart icon on user image
    Rachel KatzJune 26, 2015
    Wagyu and uni hand roll !
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LiaoJanuary 25, 2014
    Best asian food 2013 - ranked by opentable. Can't wait to try
  • Jason M.heart icon on user image
    Jason MarlowApril 28, 2014
    Really interesting and creative drink menu
  • Helena W.
    Helena WongJuly 14, 2013
    Egg on egg on egg. Oh and get yourself a clay pot! Mm Mm Mmmm
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