A sake lounge and restaurant in the Lower East Side, Sakamai serves fantastic Japanese food, cocktails, and Japanese craft beer. It's the place you'll want to take guests or a date to when you're looking for a unique and cozy place.
When you sit down, instead of asking for drinks first, you MUST order this. The “Egg on egg on egg” is sea urchin, American sturgeon caviar over a bed of fluffy scrambled eggs. Not only is it beautiful in appearance, the combination of flavors and textures is phenomenal, sensory experience.
From left to right following the first photo is the uni crostini (torched uni with Parmeggiano Reggiano flakes), Foie Gras Chawan Mushi (with dashi glaze), Tasmanian Ocean Trout with a mushroom rice pot (this is part of a larger dish and a seasonal dessert. The trout dish was part of a larger dish or pot, and it takes 50 minutes to prep and cook. The Uonuma Koshihikari rice, ikura, mitsuba and Tokyo scallions were carefully taken from the original dish and intricately assembled into the smaller serving bowls seen above. I recommend that you try this dish if you enjoy a good fish and are looking for something on the more “traditional” Japanese side. We had a bottle of sake to go with our dinner. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the bottle that was kept on ice for us.
With most, if not all dishes, drink sake. Refer to the detailed guide for all tasting notes or ask the server for help with your taste profile and his/her recommended food pairings. The cocktails at Sakamai were created by mixing master Shingo Gokan from cocktail den Angel's Share in East Village. If you've been to Angel's Share before, you'll recognize the high-quality craftsmanship and refreshing taste of the cocktails here that are reminiscient of the ones at the popular Japanese speakeasy.
For my first complete meal here, there wasn't any part of dinner I didn't love. So if you enjoy Japanese cuisine and sake especially, then you’ll have a great time dining here as well. To find out how intriguing it really is, you'll have to go out and try it.
157 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002