In a city with a plethora of late night eat options, I would say it is not always that easy to find the greasy Japanese food that hits the spot.
SakaMai in the LES has a few dishes that personally address my need after having a few drinks – hearty and saucy dishes – meant to coat the stomach from the pains of consuming too much.
Their eighteen spice curry was a draw just based on knowing that this dish is heavily spiced, which read to me as flavorful. The meat was tender, and there was a good amount of rice to offset the intense curry. All the components of the dish raised thumbs up in my book. After all, there’s nothing like some curry to warm the tummy up and spell comfort right?
It was hard to ignore this item on the menu – their uni and bone marrow mazemen. There were two fatty elements going on in this dish and managed to work together nicely. The bone marrow coated the noodles so the fatty texture was distributed throughout the noodles; the uni gave it a smooth umami ending flavor; lastly, the noodles were nicely cooked to an al dente texture. My recommendation is to share this dish with some others so that everyone can have a bite, at least.
If you’re ever in the LES area, I’d say SakaMai is worth checking out to satiate that last night craving. Don’t worry if you haven’t had enough to drink. They have an extensive sake and drinks menu as well. Either way, most likely your friends who are as drunk as you will thank you for bringing them here.
157 Ludlow Street (near Stanton St.)
New York, NY 10002