Pics: Sakagura…Round 2…Yes, I went back again, and I’ll keep going back. So there.

Sakagura: A Japanese restaurant, a gem of a place in Midtown Manhattan

Sakagura: A Japanese restaurant, a gem of a place in Midtown Manhattan

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.

Sakagura: Design Elements

Sakagura: Design Elements

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.
Assortment of Seaweed Topped with a choice of Citrus Vinaigarette

Assortment of Seaweed Topped with a choice of Sesame Dressing

One of the specials of the day...Oysters -- which were HUGE.

One of the specials of the day…Oysters — which were HUGE.

I'm not sure if they were grilled or baked, but they were topped w/crumbs and packed with flavor!

I’m not sure if they were grilled or baked, but they were packed with flavor!

Mashed Potatoes Coated in Sweet Donut Batter and Fried...I'm addicted!

Mashed Potatoes Coated in Sweet Donut Batter and Fried…I’m addicted!

When you break them open, the soft texture is just the beginning of an unusually delicious treat.

Break open, and the soft texture is just the beginning of an unusually delicious treat.

Forgot the name of this, but it was fried pork. My cousin was too full to finish.

Forgot the name of this, but it was fried pork. My cousin was too full to finish.

Deep fried Shrimp Roll with "Nori" Seaweed and Oba Leaf Served w/Miso Sauce

Deep fried Shrimp Roll with “Nori” Seaweed and Oba Leaf Served w/Miso Sauce

Stewed Diced Pork...If you're a pork lover, then it appears to be extremely popular here.

Stewed Diced Pork…If you’re a pork lover, then it appears to be extremely popular.

Sakagura is big on sake...very big. If you can handle it, they have it here.

At Sakagura, they’re big on sake…very big. If you can handle it, they have it here.

Get ready for dessert!  You're going to salivate when you see this stuff.

Get ready for dessert! You’re going to drool when you see this stuff.

This was mine...All mine.

This was mine…All mine!  Eeek!  Chocolate Souffle with Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce

I poured the raspberry sauce over the chocolate souffle, took a bite and almost fainted.

I poured the raspberry sauce over the chocolate souffle, took a bite and almost fainted.

My cousin went with something "normal"...why?

My cousin went with something “normal”…why?  Young people. Where’s the adventure?

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4 thoughts on “Pics: Sakagura…Round 2…Yes, I went back again, and I’ll keep going back. So there.

    • Oh, good! LOL I’m loving this place. But, so many restaurants to choose from, I need to find others I love just as much or even more that dishes out authentic Japanese cuisine — not “fusion”. This totally kills my midsection!

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