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Sake Bar Hagi

152 W. 49th St. (Seventh Ave.) Send to Phone
212-764-8549 | Menu
A subterranean Japanese tapas bar hides in Times Square.
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Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly
Open late
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  • Dress code: Casual

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  • 4.5 star rating
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4.5 rating over 3 reviews

Sake Bar Hagi Restaurant Review

: Sandwiched among two mainstream Japanese restaurants, tiny, plain Sake Bar Hagi is a Tokyo-like sake bar sitting at the bottom of a flight of stairs where refrigerated cases of sake sit adjacent to waiting patrons. With a no-reservations policy, lines begin from the moment the bar opens until the wee hours. Tables of adventurous eaters select an array of small plates from a multi-page menu written largely in Japanese but with helpful photos. An extensive sake menu complements, offering sakes by the glass, can or bottle. Unusual dishes familiar to travelers to Japan include the richly smoky fried octopus balls (tako yaki) and dry shaved skate served with a mayonnaise much like Belgian frites. Seared bonito with a light ponzu sauce and topped with fried garlic is one of the few sushi-like choices. Eel tempura is sheer bliss, lightly fried without a hint of oil. Yellowtail collar is served hot with just the right amount of grated horseradish and salt. For heartier appetites, larger plates of pork belly, udon or okonomyaki, a Japanese omelet-pancake with seafood or pork, are very shareable as well. A blackboard listing of specials changes daily.

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