By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
Sachi Asian Bistro is located on Second Ave between 38th and 39th Street. The restaurant is a solid four-star spot and is no stranger to the spotlight, as it has been featured everywhere from The New York Times to CBS’s Tony Tantillo’s “Dining Deals” segment. Nevertheless, this Murray Hill Asian fusion spot remains humble and affordable.
Sachi Asian Bistro serves lunch, dinner, and dessert and their menu includes dim sum, soup, salad, appetizers from tuna tataki to teriyaki octopus, main courses, and sushi.
I was dining in a larger group and decided to share with a friend. So, we ordered soup dumplings to start, followed by two special rolls: the Cube and Magic Roll. The Cube contained spicy tuna, eel, masago, and wasabi sauce, while Magic Roll contained eel, shrimp, spicy salmon, masago, crunch, wasabi mayo, scallion, and eel sauce.
Although the two rolls both had eel and masago, the flavor pairings were completely different. The Cube was slightly difficult to eat due to its shape, but was well worth it. I would absolutely order it again.
This actually goes for everything I ate here, including the Oink Oink Oink Fried Rice (black rice with pork belly, bacon, Chinese sausage, scallion, and egg) and the Dan Dan Duck Ramen (duck confit, tofu, egg, shiitake mushrooms, pickled chili, seaweed, and scallion).
The fried rice and ramen seemed to impress my friends quite a bit, so I had to give the two dishes a taste. It’s clear that Sachi knows noodles and fried rice as well as it knows sushi.
Sachi Asian Bistro serves wine, beer, sake, and cocktails, as well as soft drinks and tea. If it weren’t for plans to head to an open bar party after dinner, my friends and I would have likely done damage to the signature cocktail section, which boasts wildly interesting drinks like the Ginger Singapore Sling (London dry gin, cherry heering, house ginger syrup, fresh-pressed lime juice, and sparkling water), the Mekhong Martinez (Mekhong Thai sugar cane rum, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters), and the Velvet Slipper (vodka, fresh lychee puree, sherry, creme de cassis, fresh-pressed lemon juice, and lemon oils).
The menu also includes simpler twists, like the Jasmine Gin & Tonic (infused jasmine pearl tea, London dry gin, and tonic), but when I return to Sachi, I’ll be ordering the Thai Sidecar (Thai tea infused cognac, Cointreau, fresh-pressed lemon juice, and brown sugar). Instead, our table ordered a bottle of chilled sake, which you won’t find me complaining about.
The wait staff at Sachi Asian Bistro is extremely attentive and friendly. They are knowledgeable about the menu and accommodating to large groups. The space itself is beautiful, large, and hip, with dim lighting, and big leather booths. The restaurant boasts a full bar with plenty of seating and the walls are lined with minimalistic art.
All in all, Sachi is well deserving of its four stars. I’m surprised I’ve managed to stay under a rock long enough to not have heard about it sooner, but I won’t be shocked if this place quickly becomes impossible to get into.