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Sakamai – Lower East Side, NYC
A few years ago I, Luis, our friend Andrew Kogan and our coworker Andrea Tolentino went to a ramen demonstration ran by Sun Noodles at the International Culinary Institute in NYC. It was the best ramen we had all ever had in many ways – the complexity of the broths, the texture of the noodles and each one was topped with the perfect toppings. It seriously was an amazing experience.
I was so thrilled about the demonstration that I decided to take a selfie with the the guys who presented to us and prepared everything we ate. Then out of no where my friend/old co-worker Melissa Cordaro comments on my pic on IG (or was it Facebook? I can’t remember lol) how we know each other… and it turned out she had grown up with George Kao, the guy who presented the demonstration.
For the next two years the three of us tried to make plans for us all to have dinner together. We finally got together this past August at a Restaurant named Sakamai, an Izakaya and sake bar where George is the food and beverage director. I loved it so much that I went back again to take Luis for his birthday dinner; since he couldn’t make it to the first visit.
I have gone through the pics from both visits and selected what I think are the best ones. I hope to revisit and get some better photos for my post at some point, but I’ll let these pics do the talking for now. Please see descriptions in the captions of each picture below.
The décor in this restaurant is quite artfully selected and is a sight to be seen. One thing I have to mention that scored many brownie points from me is that they have lotion in the bathroom in addition to the hand soap. LOVE.
I can’t wait to go back to Sakamai and try some more dishes. I may want to do the chefs table here someday. I think they require a minimum of 6 people for this.
Sakamai is located at 157 Ludlow street @ Stanton St on the Lower East Side. You can contact them for reservations from 4-10 pm, or email them at email@example.com. For more information, visit their website at www.sakamai.com.
I am Visual/UX designer at B&H Photo Video by day, a yogini by morning and a foodie at all times. I love to eat, cook, spend time with my long time boyfriend & our 4 dogs, and travel as much as possible to see beautiful places and eat as much as possible. View all posts by Jaye Rose Lindner