Hagi Sake Bar – Midtown Times Square NY
152 W 49th St
Times Square / Midtown New York
212 764 8549
Hagi is located in the basement just a few steps away from the 49th St Uptown N/R entrance. Be wary however, Hagi has one of those classic NY difficult to find / mysterious underground â€œillegal gambling-brothel â€“massage parlour-speakeasyâ€œ feeling entrances – I love it! On the block youâ€™ll find several Neon Signs in Japanese competing for your attention, but just stay to the right and make a sharp right down the flight of smoky stairs for Hagi. Once inside, youâ€™ll find a very lively bar and grill that is open for your pleasure till as late as 3AM. Like Bon Chon Chicken, Hagi is a bar (extensive Sake selection) with a great menu. You can order Sushi, Noodles and a great assortment of grilled bar meats including beef, chicken skin, and gizzards. The chicken skin skewers were pretty good. We also tried the Hamachi Kama or Yellowtail Collarbone. They donâ€™t include the dipping sauce here but they grill the Hamachi with coarse salt and there is a slight glaze so I suspect itâ€™s been marinated to a degree. The taste is incredible â€“ so simple yet powerful in every way imaginable. If you have an appetite, Iâ€™d recommend the seafood yaki soba plate which has a combination of shrimp, squid, and clams over a ramen style pasta. Itâ€™s served with an alfredo cream sauce. See you down in the basement!