The most notable thing about the original Sakagura is its location - a big room in the basement of a normal-looking office building in Midtown. The new East Village outpost of this izakaya doesn’t have a particularly memorable space, but there are other reasons you should care about it. If you like sake (or are at least interested in finding out whether you like sake), they have a menu that looks like an over-achieving middle schooler’s social studies binder. And the Japanese small plates here, which range from sashimi to deep-fried chicken thigh to wagyu beef that you cook yourself on a hot stone, are very good. Order the $75 omakase if you want to try a bunch of different things, or share some sake and small plates at the bar as a low-commitment date move.
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High quality East Village omakase sushi for under $100, with a side of club music if you come on the weekend.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
This East Village Japanese restaurant specializes in shabu shabu and sukiyaki using high-quality beef.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.
Sushi Ishikawa is an omakase sushi restaurant on the Upper East Side where you can eat a high-end sushi meal for around $100.
Want to impress someone who loves Japanese food? Bring them to Kyo Ya. The unmarked subterranean restaurant is a unique and amazing place.
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Sake Bar Decibel
Sake Bar Decibel is a very cool sake bar in the East Village that’s good for a drink with one or two friends.
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