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aburiya kinnosuke or sakagura?

thew Jan 21, 2010 09:48 AM

i'm going to the japan society tomorrow for a film and figured i might as well get all thematic and grab some food to match after - i've wanted to try both these places - any opinions?

aburiya kinnosuke is on e 45th
sakagura is on e 43rd

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    cimui Jan 21, 2010 01:41 PM

    The food is better at Aburiya; the sake is much better at Sakagura. If you drink enough, you'll think the food is better there, too.

    Atm. if very different. Aburiya is brightly lit, more restauranty in feel. Sakagura is dark and sort of feels like the (fairly nice-looking) hole in the ground it is.

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    1. re: cimui
      Silverjay Jan 22, 2010 08:28 AM

      Strongly disagree. Aburiya Kinnosuke is a decent catch-all, robatayaki place with a broad menu of standards- including seasonal and special items. But Sakagura is much more seasonally driven, focused "ryouri"/ cuisine restaurant. I would go to Aburiya with colleagues, but Sakagura with friends.

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        cimui Jan 22, 2010 11:47 AM

        I strongly disagree with you (as usual). To each her own.

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          bearmi Jan 23, 2010 11:53 AM

          How about the prices? Are they about the same in terms of cost? I am too lazy to look them up on-line...

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          gutsofsteel Jan 22, 2010 11:49 AM

          Completely agree. Aburiya is a fine place, but the food is nothing special. Sakagura has much better food. And the atmosphere is so much nicer and more interesting.

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        Lau Jan 21, 2010 12:39 PM

        btw if you do get into sakagura, make sure to try their desserts, their pastry chef is excellent and seemingly unknown for some reason

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          gutsofsteel Jan 21, 2010 12:32 PM

          I prefer Sakagura. Nicer atmosphere, better food.

          1. E Eto Jan 21, 2010 12:16 PM

            Go to the place you can get in to. You might have to wait if you're just walking in, especially on a Friday. A reservation is prudent in either case.

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              Lau Jan 21, 2010 12:31 PM

              yah agreed with E Eto, you're likely going to have trouble getting in if you're with a big group, if you're with a smaller group you're best off trying to make a res if you can't try to walk on at an odd hour

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