12/07/2012 09:37:00 AM

SakaMai, a Japanese "Gastro-Lounge," Will Bring Sake and Whiskey to Ludlow

Lower East Side boozing will get a needed dose of class next week when SakaMai soft-opens on Ludlow Street. The "Japanese gastro-lounge," as it's been dubbed, will specialize in sake, shochu, and those increasingly trendy Japanese whiskeys and beer. To take the edge off the Yamazaki, there'll be a brief, luxurious food menu offering the likes of uni with scrambled eggs and caviar, bone marrow, or Brussels sprouts dressed in miso and Stilton. Best of all, foodwise, we've heard a whisper that Tokyo ramen master Ivan Orkin - whose impending NYC noodle shop is beyond highly anticipated - might pop up on the premises.

NYC-based design firm HomePolish has created a series of intimate spaces for the 100-person venue, with both a Japanese and gritty Lower East Side aesthetic. There's a 40-seat lounge area with communal tables, six-spot "chef's mezzanine" and 10-person private room. The bar will be open every evening, and late-night from Monday to Saturday (though it's closed for a private party this coming Wednesday). See the food menu below.

Sample Dishes:
Uni Scrambled Egg with Sturgeon Caviar
Matcha Macaron with Foie Gras Butter Cream
Mini Uni Sandwich
Fried Chicken Confit with Yuzu Kosho Yogurt Sauce
Miso Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Blue Stilton
Red Wine and Miso Braised Pork Belly Kakuni with Mascarpone
Roasted Bone Marrow with Filet Mignon Tataki and Sansho Butter Toast
Crispy Maitake Mushroom Salad with Homemade Duck Bacon and Baby Arugula
Dry-Aged Bone-In Rib-Eye Steak with a Trio of Dipping Sauces

The Details: 157 Ludlow St., 646-590-0684


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