Sakagura: A Japanese gem in Midtown East only two blocks away from Grand Central Terminal one way, and a few blocks away from the United Nations in another direction serving small plates (think Spanish “tapas”). My yoga-enthusiastic, BlackBerry-hating, want-to-turn-me-on-to-i-everything…including an iPhone-cousin joined me for dinner. She loved the place — of course, she did. I mean, it was only two weeks ago that I went here for the first time, and I could barely hold it together since then, desperate to return. Desperate. I was obsessing. (I tweeted enough times about the place.) By the way, we shared a couple of dishes. Only a couple. We wanted things for ourselves. A little territorial, perhaps, but sometimes this is necessary.
A few great things about this place:
- You don’t need to take out a personal loan or have a “special” American Express card to walk through the door.
- You don’t have inflated egos and attitudes being dished (no pun intended) to patrons left, right and center.
- The food is simply delicious — and you have lots to choose from. The menu is extensive.
Additional things to keep in mind:
- It can be tough to get a reservation — very tough. Be pleasant and maybe, just maybe, with a few calls, you will get lucky when someone cancels to be slotted in or when you show up as a “walk in”.
- You may order more than you need to — not necessarily a “negative” but if you’re on a budget, it can hurt at the end of the night.
- Just like any restaurant, even if you think you know, ask questions about how the food is prepared, and things that you don’t always think about like texture.