Cagen

4.6
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174 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese

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We will be serving sashimi and hot plates, Prix Fixe Menus, Kaiseki, Sushi specials
Cagen Sake Bar, we have turned a new page and we have switched our concept to a Sake Bar, with small plates.
no reservations all walk ins.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND IF YOU MAKE A RESERVATION THROUGH OPENTABLE. YOU ARE MAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE BACK PRIVATE COUNTER SUSHI OMAKASE $180 PER PERSON
THANK YOU
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sun 5:45 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 358-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Ave and Ave A
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dining experience. The food was excellent and beautifully prepared by a true master sushi chef. Would highly recommend this restaurantTo anyone looking for an intimate and exceptional sushi dining experience.

OT
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Authentic omakase experience! There are also a lot of rare sushi pieces that you won’t find elsewhere in NYC. Very tasty and feels like a lovely sushi-ya in Tokyo. Would be back again for sure!

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences of my life. Food was extraordinary and fresh. The Chef was amazing and professional. Every piece of food was outstanding.

NY
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef was fantastic and the food was amazing, I would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cagen was a great experience! It was easy to interact with the chefs and the other diners at the counter were friendly, too. There will be no more omakase starting 7/21, but instead on 7/23 there is sake tasting and tapas!!!

HM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome omakase, Japanese fish mostly. Splurge on the counter, rather than the table.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It just doesn’t get better. Our happy place!

EL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best sushi in nyc

KR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our evening at Cagen was unbelievable. We sat at the counter and enjoyed Chef Tomita's masterful work. The variety and the service were incredible. I couldn't find a complaint if I tried.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. Will be back again.

e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No brainer experience if you want to splurge! Simple presentation and intense freshness of each dish were off the charts...

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I don't know why people rave about this place. My expectation was not met. Food was ok and service did not meet the price.

Y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent.
Very quiet and reserved atmosphere
Excellent pieces.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best sushi restaurant in NYC in my mind. Great value for money. Fantastic.

NY
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

This was our fifth time visiting Cagen and unfortunately the hype that they've lost a step is very true. The sushi is less creative, the sobe courses are gone, no dessert included, and add-ons have gone way up in price.

Sorry to see this happen. This was once one of our top restaurants, now it's just a good, expensive place.

OT
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef sources species of fish from japan that most other places don't which makes him and his restaurant stand out, IMO!
Plus chef perfectly prepares his omakase in a very zen like casual setting. Everything was delicious!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time at Cagen! Highly recommended

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year dinner

ME
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular sushi. I think 16 courses, fish flown in from Japan, at least 12 of them varieties I had never eaten or even heard of before. Wonderful service, including waitress who was very knowledgeable about the sakes they had available.

8:30 pm seating; only 4 of us at sushi bar with the chef. He is not “chatty”, but was very nice and with a good sense of humor, answering questions and accepting praise.

The best sushi experience we have had, including at a Michelin one star restaurant in Tokyo. We will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We made reservations to celebrate the holidays and make the occasion special w friends as we were all flying in from different states. We paid more money to sit at the sushi bar ($160.00) for the omakase tasting menu. The head chef barely spoke or made any effort to engage with the 4 of us BUT more than willing to do so for the Japanese couple to my right. Towards the end of the tasting I asked a question about the sushi which he responded then made a condescending remark about us in Japanese to the couple to my right. Unfortunately for him someone in my group is part Japanese and understood what he was saying. Bottom line, food was decent, wait staff decent, ambiance so-so with overall experience poor. I would highly recommend Sushi Nakazawa or Sushi Yasuda at a lower price, better food, better ambiance and better overall experience.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi and most intimate experience. The chef/owner makes the food and sitting at the sushi bar is a must. Headed back in 3 days. Love it!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !!! Loved it

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Great food.
Atmosphere very very austere
Joyless
But best sushi ever
Very quiet

J
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Cagen. They didn’t miss a beat. Professional service yet friendly. Attentive but not smothering. Fish and meat were amazing and the perfect temperature. Would highly recommend Cagen to those who want the best service and cuisine.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience and amazing food! For the price it can’t be beat.

PK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Overpriced. Insufficiently creative. Maki falling apart.

A
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best omakase experience in nyc. It’s not nobu or bond st., so get that out of your head. This is attentive, conscious, very special experience (we ate at the sushi bar so extra experience watching each piece being prepared). Sushi chef also made time for conversation pertaining to what she was preparing, which enhanced our experience. Oh, and as far as the quality of the fish- off the charts.

OR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary experience, bordering on the religious. Such a joy to watch the chef prepare each puece of sushi for our omakase. Sitting at the sushi bar is a must.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal

M
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Favorite omakase in town. A lot of pieces for the price. Make sure to arrive early to be seated with Chef Tomita.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word - Awesome!

H
London
107 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

素材が悪くそれをごまかすため霜降りや酢で〆たりしてます。また締まった魚をごまかすため一貫に薄く切ったネタを2枚重ねて出されます。
お店も以前のKajituの居抜きそのままで全くお金かけてません。ミシュランの迷レストランの代表みたいなお店です!ぜったいくべきでないお店です!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not good and rude front desk lady.

OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Bad place with bad smell bad taste bad decoration super high prices and the chairs are not comfortable, it’s a scam. 230 usd each and it wasn’t surprising.

SM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful sushi
Chef very talented
Chef a bit too quiet- could not tell if limited English or not interested in talking

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a bunch of times. Sushi bar is a must! Keep it coming.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very fresh! Too salty sometimes, prefer lighter flavor

C
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite sushi joints in the city. Given how other sushi joints in the city are, easily $ 250+ pp Cagen's $160 pp is a very good deal since the the type of fish and quality is not short of any other more expensive places. The whole omakase definitely fills you too. After sushi you do get a bowl of home-made soba which is excellent along with desert.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday

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