I discovered a Japanese gem in the Lower East Side and you need to check it out ASAP. In fact, I'll go with you, 'cause I want to try the entire menu. I went solo last night, and had a magical culinary adventure, but I wanted to eat more. Help me. Let's all go!
The place is called Sakamai, and their website says it's "New York City's First Dedicated Sake Lounge". They might have fabulous sake to choose from and great cocktails curated by Shingo Gokan of Angel's Share fame, but it's the food by Chef Takanori Akiyama that was my main focus last night.
Uni Crostini ($8) was an orgasm in my mouth. I'm in love with sea urchin, and here, it is torched and topped with Parmesan Reggiano flakes. Magical.
Summer Truffle & Market Vegetables ($12), fava and string beans, snap peas, yellow squash, radicchios, endives, and truffle soy vinaigrette, was a medley of awesomeness. Great punch, crunch, and snap. And anything "truffled" does a body good in my book. Sublime. A work of art.
Could I have multiple culinary orgasms in one meal? You bet. Another dish with sea urchin will do that for me. I'm that easy. You MUST try Sakamai's "Egg on Egg on Egg" dish ($18). Sea Urchin, white sturgeon caviar, bed of scrambled eggs. One little spoonful of this in your mouth, and you will cancel your internet porn subscription on the spot. This dish is amazing, magical, orgasmic, and ingenious. You'll never find sex this cheap. Order it.
"Southern" Fried Chicken Confit ($12), Miyazaki namban style, and smoked paprika tartar sauce is tasty as heck, although way too overdressed with that tartar sauce, but that chicken is tender as can be.
So get your culinary orgasms on at Sakamai, a true gem of a Japanese joint. You might not be as easy as me, but you'll still love every bite. A magical adventure awaits.
157 Ludlow St. (bet. Stanton and Rivington)
New York, NY 10002