5. Sakagura

This hidden gem can be found in the veiled basement of a Midtown office building. Accompanied by an extensive list of over 200 imported sakes (categorized by region), Sakagura offers guests a modest taste of traditional Japanese cuisine.

Diners can enjoy Japanese tapas-styled dishes like Uzaku, Maguro Tartar, and Tori Karaage within the restaurant’s covert dining space. Sakagura is especially known for its cheap and quickly sold out lunch menu and homemade desserts. This restaurant is the perfect location to enjoy a quiet, relaxed meal in one of New York’s most authentic (and discreet) Japanese locations.

Address: 211 E 43rd Street Basement Level, New York NY 10017