an exquisite aesthetic experience - food that delighted all the senses, service that was attentive yet unobtrusive, a calm but not stilted environment ... we chose the $55 omakase menu - an elegant sufficiency for two not-starving people!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Finest Japanese shojin(vegan) food
This place must be the best vegan restaurant in the city...
I am Japanese and love this place so much.
I come here once in a while and theier food always surprised me with a delight!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was stellar! The flavor profile was tremendous! The price range for me is for super special occasions only, but those occasions it will be completely worth the price.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service is outstanding!
The service is outstanding! Beautifully simplistic decor. The food was an experience not to be missed, especially for a vegetarian or vegan! The flavors were surprisingly bland for my taste, however the food was beautiful and artfully creative.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
very unique meal
Don't be thrown off by the vegan menu. Kajitsu offers a memorable and unique meal. Neither me nor my husband ever thought about not having meat or dairy in the dishes. We had the Hana (8-course) menu, and every dish was complex and surprising and served on lovely dishes. I really enjoyed the vegetables with sesame wasabi sauce, and my husband loved the tofu ball soup with pumpkin fu. The service was careful and pleasant. Our server explained each dish (and what was edible and not on the plate), and we felt well cared for. It is clear the kitchen and staff strive to offer a one-of-a-kind meal and one you will be talking about for days afterwards. We still are! Highly recommended.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, service and presentation was suburb.
Sake pairing was exquisite
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A once in a lifetime experience
This was one of the most amazing dining experiences my daughter and I have ever had. The tradition behind this restaurant is incredible. The food was so beautifully served, have never tasted anything like this. Kanako, who was our server completed our experience. She was so sweet, explained everything in great deal, answered any question we presented to her. She really made the whole experience for us! We loved the quietness of the restaurant and the complete zen feeling behind it.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
My first visit but definitely not my last. A spare dining room with widely spaced tables that evoke memories of Chanterelle. Like Chanterelle, there is no adornment on the walls; the intent being that the art is on your plate and that nothing should distract you from focusing on the food and your companion. And the food is memorable. Small portions, beautifully presented by a caring, informed staff. If quantity is your goal then you may be disappointed. But if a unique and amazing variety of tastes and presentations that will leave you full is what you are seeking you will find it here. A gem. And they even provide bags at table for people's bags.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and super service
The food was great and the service was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in food
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A spiritually uplifting food experience. Each dish is a careful creation designed to tickle all the senses, and the palate especially. The service was careful, helpful and gracious. It was like being inside a work of art.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicate, thoughtful dishes
We thoroughly enjoyed our KAJITSU experience. Although apprehensive that we would be left craving more after the meal since it was vegetarian, we were left completely satiated - both on terms of taste and quantity of food. Delicious, delicate and beautifully prepared dishes rolled out from the kitchen. Reminded us about our trip to Kyoto a few years back. Absolutely delightful experience! Topped off with first class service.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect escape from the hectic city
Situated in midtown, Kajitsu was the perfect escape from hectic city life without having to actually leave the city. Shojin style is vegan, but you would never miss the absence of meat in this meal. My eating partner and I were completely stuffed, leaving absolutely no room for dessert. The smallest course is about $50, but paired with sake (which I completely recommend, ups the price by about $40. This is for a special occasion without a doubt. The food is really delicious though, very thoughtfully prepared and plated. The space is very Japanese, for those who have been there, the aesthetic of the room, cuisine and distinct wood (cedar?) scent makes you feel like you've been transported back there.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
My recent birthday marked
My recent birthday marked my very first Kajitsu experience. I ordered the "Hana" & sake pairing, while my guest ordered the "Kaze". The food was wonderful. I loved every dish, except one (Mushroom Casserole left something to be desired). Presentation was immaculate (favorite being Assortment of Seasonal Vegetables). Sake: exquisite tasting and expertly paired. Matcha topped off the meal beautifully. I will certainly be back!
Our server was lovely, attentive, and provided the utmost respectful service and dining experience. Jane was delightful.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
I am in town for business and this is the second time I am here! Wonderful food! Never thought that vegetarian food can be sooo delicious!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A total experience. It was like taking a trip to the most luxurious and civilized pocket of refined Japanese culture. Every taste sight sound and smell was elevating to the sense and spirit...I am not exaggerating. A rare treat. Very expensive but worth it. Took a friend for her birthday and it was very very special. I want to bring all the special people in my life there....Maybe not for everyone, but for people who appreciate refined and delicious cuisine, and don't need a steak....or for that Vegan in your life you want to treat....In any case this is clearly an art form for the owners, and everything was made from love.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best restaurant ever!
Their food is really unique. You can't find shojin cuisine anywhere else. Their service is also impeccable.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was truly a great experience for us. It was our 24th wedding anniversary, and it was a very special place to spend the evening there. We chose the larger menu and it was almost too many courses for us. We did not have sake but the food was excellent, incredibly simple and complex at the same time, a feast for the eyes and the palate. The ceramic dishes, the utensils, the furniture, all are exquisite, with a very minimal taste that we both enjoyed. Having lived in Japan myself, I appreciated this highly refined and sophisticated Japanese restaurant. It might be a bit austere or simple for some, but we enjoyed this peaceful and quiet atmosphere a lot, a rare find in this midtown busy area! Find yourself in ancient Kyoto for an evening.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food at High Art
It's impossible to fully understand Kajitsu without experiencing it for yourself, but suffice to say this is one of the most special dining experiences available in the U.S. Ignoring the fact that the restaurant is fully vegan, the food is amazing. You don't even miss the meat. The service is impeccable as is the new space. Take your favorite vegetarian. They will talk about it forever (and hopefully invite you for many return visits, wallet permitting).
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kaiseki Japanese cuisine
Fantastic cuisine, beautifully presented. A melange of tastes. All vegetarian. Stark Japanese decor, very relaxing and comfortable.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Japanese restaurant in NYC
Kajitsu is the best Japanese restaurant in NYC. If you know the real Japanese food in Japan, you love it. If you love clean food, you love it. If you love vegetable, you love it. They open lunch now, Kajitsu and Kokage(down stair), if you love fish, Kokage's lunch is the best, too!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food for adventurous eaters
The meal was delicious. Each course was beautifully presented and explained to us before we enjoyed it. This restaurant's menu should be approached with an adventurous, open attitude, so foodies will be very pleased. I was unable to try the sake pairings, but next time I go, I'll be sure to pay for this addition.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Showcasing kaiseki shojin cuisine, Kajitsu is outstanding for its attention to detail. The food is crafted with virtuosity. Equally impressive is the pottery, the sourcing, and the choreographed presentation.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of this world vegan but...
Got the 8 course tasting menu with sake pairings. Standouts included the wonderful tomato-fu in the first course (seriously, I'd eat a plate of it), the house made soba, and the morel mushrooms. The dishes were hearty and portions generous for a tasting. I found the pacing between courses to be off...the waiting became excruciating at times. The two dessert courses did not add much to the overall experience. I found myself wishing I had chosen the four course tasting because this is not the sort of place you want to be sitting around in for three hours (no background music, barebones decor). But the sake pairings were EXCELLENT. I seriously never tasted such great sake, each glass thoughtfully matched with it's course.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant - for vegetarians
Food is excellent, very well made, but, for us, only once, since we prefer meat and/or fish, which we knew were not served. We knew that Kajitsu used only other ingredients, and enjoyed trying it, but would not return solely for that reason. The chef is imaginative, all was very tasty.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious, unexpected flavors.
unusual and subtle but really, really delicious. I definitely would like to go back and would highly recommend. Big portions for a tasting menu. We were full with 5 course menu.
note for gluten intolerant people there is gluten in many parts of tasting menu that cannot be avoided.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday at Kajitsu
Our family of three celebrated my husband's 60th birthday at Kajitsu. It was a memorable experience, and perfect for a man
who prizes mindful eating in a serene environment. The food was seasonal, and artfully presented and all of us enjoyed
the "wow" factor of each course. My husband had the 8 course tasting, our 10 year old daughter and I had the four course.
It was sublime. Service was gracious, attentive and unobtrusive. We all loved having the frothy green matcha at the end of the meal; it was like a small wave cresting on an placid, tranquil lake.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
very helpful in accommodating
very helpful in accommodating a food allergy issue
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Japan in New York
The exquisitely beautiful dishes were feasts for both the eyes and the palate. Every plate combined a variety of complimentary tastes, colors and textures and the parade of courses was perfectly timed and judiciously balanced. This is the only Japanese restaurant at which I've dined where the quality of ingredients and creativity and artistry of the chef reminded me of the dinners at one of Japan's finest onsets.
Thank you Kajitsu! I look forward to returning.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was a skeptic about going to a vegan Japanese place, but was completely convinced. Edamame tempura - amazing. And the sake pairings were magnificent.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was beautiful, delicious, refined, and like nothing my husband and I had ever tasted. He is a devoted carnivore but the creativity and flavors blew him away! Just don't show up early: you won't be seated until your precise reservation time even if there are tables available.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing evening
As a vegetarian, I usually don't have many options when dining out, so whenever eating at a vegetation restaurant I am usually overwhelmed with choices. Kajitsu's 8 course pre-fixe Hana menu was out of this world amazing. Every course was exciting and creative. The staff was very professional and attentive, the presentation of dishes felt like theatre and they even noticed my fiancé was left handed and p,aced s dishes accordingly.
All in all an amazing meal and would definitely go back.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had as great a dining experience
I had as great a dining experience at the new location as in the East Village. I do miss the more intimate setting that was in the EV. We had the seasonal menu with the sake pairing and it was totally worth the high price tag. My only criticism would be is that the staff hovers over the table too much. We couldn't figure it out. They didn't need the table. They are too quick to be over to you. They need to let people sit and converse and have a relaxing meal. We felt like they were a bit too regimented. That said, I would go back in a heartbeat. The food is sublime and the staff, with that small flaw is close to flawless.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience
Went here for dinner recently and ordered the Hana menu. Among the standouts: The eggplant potage and the pumpkin-fu that was served as part of the Matsutake Takiawase (soup).
Thoroughly impressed by waitstaff, food, service, atmosphere -- even extending to the moment we were leaving and I didn't realize that my dress was caught in my leggings -- saved me from public embarrassment.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Kajitsu many times and we have amazing experiences each time. Seasonal inspiration and creativity by the executive chef is just incredible and because the menu changes every month, we always look forward to visiting there. I think cost performance is really good with the care and attention you taste in the food and the impeccable service.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am native Japanese, and
I am native Japanese, and travel back there very often. As soon as I walked in Kanjitsu, I felt so Japan. Décor, food, and service are all very authentic. We had Matsutake mushroom course menu for $100 per person, but this was a bargain comparing to the similar course in Japan. It was well worth for every dollar. Dishes are very delicate, and broth they use for many dishes are amazing. You can experience real Japan, without flying for 14 hours. Highly recommended.
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
excellent vegetarian dinner.
great vegetarian food experience. The taste, the concept, the presentation all together create a wonderful balance meal.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible preparation of Japanese specialties. Immaculate service. Incredible presentation. Delightful dishes with amazing flavors.
Kajitsu is a real treat. And an experience. Each dish more beautiful then the one before it and the sake pairing is the best I have ever tasted. The decor while austere is stunning and fitting for this restaurant who's food is inspired by monks food. The tables and chairs are so beautiful raw wood sanded to the finest grain. The detail given to the whole restaurant is outstanding and very very sophisticated.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique and unforgettable dinner
First time trying shojin cuisine, and we loved it! They were not only deliciouse but had a very pleasant, beautiful plate settings.
It is a good place for a family gathering and a nice place for dating as well.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The 8-course seasonal prix fixe menu may sound expensive at $100 but it is a relative bargain considering the quality of the ingredients, the care that goes into the preparation and the beauty of the presentation. As a Vegan there are few places I would rather be than here.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love love love this place!
We have been to Kajitsu many times and we still love this place! Cannot wait for our next visit!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
On our last night in city, my husband and I decided to try this restaurant next to our hotel. We had walked by it a few times and the atmosphere seemed appealing.The main dining room is beautiful and very zen.The service was outstanding. We took the 8 course meal and 2 waiters came to our table for each course to bring us our food at the same time. Because we did not know much about saké, we opted for the saké pairing and we were explained the subtle differences for each one. The food presentation was beautiful and very creative. Some people may be hesitant to try it because it is vegetarian but there were so many delicate flavors and textures to discover. This was definitely one of the highlights of our week in NYC. So happy we went.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very unique veg experience
Lovely place. Simple decor to say the least. Food very creative. Sake pairing highly suggested. But be prepared to drop a lot of cash. The 8-course Hana with sake pairing and tip came to about $375 for two. This now ranks as the most expensive dinner I have ever had. Would I do it again? No, but no regrets having one nice experience.
Reservations were easy, to make, by the way.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superbly prepared food and extremely attentive service.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kajitsu was an exquisite experience: the plain, stark room, wood tables, dark wood trays that the food was placed on, delicate water glasses and sake glasses, presentation of the food, and service. A number of the items in the vegetarian 8-course meal we had were new to us. They were all tasty and enjoyable, except for two items that I could have done without. The sake special (the less expensive one of the two specials offered) was the best sake I've ever had.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The small menu with sake pairing is a very nice way to discover the type of cuisine that they propose. It's already a lot of food and very different kinds of dishes. I was just a bit disappointed by the quality of the vegetables, which were not that tasty, but maybe it comes from the fact that we are in the US.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not your typical Japanese
I found this restaurant in the Michelin guide so had high expectations, and it didn't disappoint.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, even explaining the history and philosophy behind the cuisine.
We enjoyed an 8 course menu with sake matches. Each course was beautifully presented, explained by the server, and wonderfully diverse in flavor and texture.
The sake were equally as destinct and well matched and oh so good.
Overall it was a dining experience I'll remember and my partner, being vegetarian, is over the moon. Michelin quality restaurant and all dishes vegetarian? Who would have thought...
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very special experience
There isn't stuff on the walls at Kajitsu, and no background music playing. The walls are neutral, and table settings simple. If someone brings in a shopping bag it is politely placed inside a neutral colored bag, presumably to hide the store's name and brand. My parter and I chose the eight course dinner, and I did a three-sake sampler. Each course was beautiful, and even as a long-time vegetarian, I ate things I'd never tried before. If you want loud or trendy, this isn't the spot. We loved having time and quiet to savor each dish, and each other's company. Amazing dining experience like nowhere else!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kajitzu was all that reviews made it out to be. A simple elegant room, beautiful attentive service, exquisite unique food beautifully presented on dishes made exclusively for the restaurant in Japan. It is costly, but well worth it.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a fantastic meal at
We had a fantastic meal at Kajitsu. It's expensive but it felt worth it both in term of the food, the service and the overall feeling. Every detail is done beautifully but it didn't feel fussy. And the fact that it is vegetarian made it even more wonderful.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots of Mushrooms
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on Japanese cuisines. This reflects my personal taste only.
We went to Kajitsu for the novelty of it (Michelin-starred, vegetarian) and left feeling that we had probably experienced something special but not completely satisfying. The decor was plain, probably in keeping with the Buddhist spirit, felt more '70s America than traditional Japanese. The waitress was nice and knowledgeable. The food was elegantly presented, though not more so than in any other decent Japanese restaurant. Two or three dishes (out of nine) were really good and special; the rest were good but nothing out of ordinary. Overall, they use lots of mushrooms and pickled veggies but hardly any interesting use of other ingredients.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM