Japanese lunch in Midtown NYC (Sakagura & Ippodo)

My mom loves everything Japanese. So on my day off, I took her out to eat lunch at Sakagura.

Sakagura
211 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017
b/t 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave

It certainly adds a sense of mystery having to walk into a mundane office building and directed to stairs that led to the basement.

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You walk into this small space that transports you to a street in Japan (or what you would imagine it to be like)

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Special of the day (Thursday) $11.50: Bara Chirashi Don / raw fish and dried squash over rice + hot/cold soba

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I opted for the “Lunch Tasting Course” $33, which includes:

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Sashimi / scallop was my favorite.

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Mini cold handmade soba / It tasted so fresh and had a hint of wasabi!

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Plus 3 main dishes on a 3 tiered stand.

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Tempura (shrimp, white fish and jalapeño)

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Grilled miso black cod.

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Beef fillet steak.

Everything was tasty and so fresh! My lunch tasting course also included a dessert, and my mom also ordered an additional sorbet:

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Lychee sorbet / my mom didn’t care for this because it was too syrupy tasting

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Sake panna cotta / I liked my dessert better…

With tax and tips, it came out to $60 for 2 people. Not bad for midtown lunch.

After that, we walked a few blocks to Ippodo. No, NOT Ippudo the ramen place.

Ippodo 
125 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016
b/t Park Ave & Lexington Ave

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Don’t be fooled by the tables in the back; that’s for the restaurant Kajitsu. Ippodo takes up the front where they serve matcha in front of you for you to take to-go…

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They have so many different green teas! I had the light matcha, usucha.

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They sell these too.

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They have stamp cards which I was very excited about… definitely coming back to try them all!

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