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“You have to be there early - No Reservations”
Review of Sake Bar Hagi

Sake Bar Hagi
Ranked #1,838 of 13,684 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Midtown
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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221 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“You have to be there early - No Reservations”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Sake Bar opens at 5:30pm, if you're late - you will have to queue up. The restaurant has only 50 seats and they fill up quickly. The food menu is extensive, so is the Sake menu. We enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner and the value for money is excellent.

Visited June 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Jacksonville, Florida
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“First Dinner in NYC”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place is so freakin' good! It was our first night in NYC and wanted some good food. We walked here in the snow and couldn't have been more pleased! Our server was very friendly and informative. He offered us a tasting of sakes and gave us his personal recommendations on the menu. Everything we had was delicious. You have to get the Wasabi Pork Dumplings and the bacon wrapped asparagus! We must have ordered 6 orders of the dumplings! You won't go wrong if you come here! We will recommend this place to others traveling in NYC and will definitely come back on our next trip!

  • Visited March 2013
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Japanese Bar Food”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

Just off Times Square this small basement sake bar offers a wide range of Japanese bar snacks as well as plenty of upscale sakes (also wine and beer if you must). We dropped in early one evening and just managed to get the last two free seats in the place, which probably holls no more than 30 to 40 people. We weren't there for dinner but to try some different sakes, washed down by what could be described as Japanese tapas, including grilled squid, various types of fish (not sushi) and kimchee (yes I know it's Korean but a lot of Japanese restaurants serve it). The place was crowded, lively and by the time we left there was a line up to get in. The overall experience felt like a quick trip to Tokyo - loads of fun!

Visited March 2013
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South Carolina
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103 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Best Wasabi Dumplings”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

I love this place, it is a People Watchers Heaven. It also has fantastic food for a very reasonable price. Do not leave until you have had at least one order of the Wasabi Dumplings, you will be in for a palate tantalizing treat. It is a little hard to find and late night you will have a bit of a wait. Do not settle for the restaurant Topside, the real deal is in the basement.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank KanoSouthCarolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great find!!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

We were sent here from a friend that used to live in the city and after doing some research found it recommended by Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. He grew up in New York so I trust his judgement. From the sidewalk there are two doors right next to each other. Pick the one in the left that goes down a flight if stairs. Write your name and phone number on the list (although when we were there they said their phone wasnt working and to stick around). They had every table filled up around eight on a Sunday night. We waited about twenty minutes. Bring cash. For three people we ordered tuna sashimi, pork dumplings, pork belly and bean sprouts (omg so good), tempura shrimp, sweet fatty pork and a glass of sake for 35 dollars!! Great value. It's definitely a local secret. I'm pretty sure we were the only tourists there. Since it is so busy, waiters tend to run around, but they are very knowledgable.

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Thank Stella0101
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