great time as usual at SAKAGURA last night. fyi--it's a japanese izakaya which is basically a japanese tapas bar. no sushi mostly small cooked dishes, some sashimi and the biggest sake selection you've ever seen. you can get things here you normally cannot get in a typical japanese restaurant or a sushi bar. also, they often have sake tasting events.
so to share we had: maguru yamakake, which is raw tuna in yam puree; chikuzen ni, which is cooked winter vegetables pieces like yam and some other unknown tasty veggies; and uzaku, which is bbq eel with seaweed and cucumber. three dishes like this are plenty for two for a light meal.
we drank two rounds of sake in the wood masu, a namazake, which is a live, unpasteurized style, very flavorful; and for the second we split off on jumai (typical) and jizake (small distiller) styles. the sake menus do a great job of explaining the differing sake styles and regions and they have 200 sakes to choose from so have fun.
cost was $77.10 w/o tip. you can 'do' this place cheaper and still have fun -- its a must for japanese food fans especially as an izakaya is so unusual for the usa.
ps--for all you 40+ yr olds like us--nicest bathrooms in town, my wife said they have japanese toilets w/ heated seats and bidet!
it's real close to grand central i highly rec this place (its hidden in the basement of an office building but wow once you get in there its nice). check out that menu on their website linked below. pick up some of their green tea truffles pictured makes a nice gift treat ($6.50).