Cagen

4.9
165 reviews
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Online reservations will placed on the table first if you would like to be sat at the counter please contact the restaurant or we will call to confirm..
Please be aware, If we do not get in direct contact with the guests, the reservation will remain at the table and we will not be able to guarantee counter seats.
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Chef Tomita's counter exclusively features Special sushi omakase, Seating times are 6 pm or 8:30pm ONLY. 16 pieces, $180 per person
The Counter Sushi omakase menu features fresh sushi, a noodle course at the end.

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KR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. Will be back again.

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e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time at Cagen! Highly recommended

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year dinner

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ME
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !!! Loved it

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

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

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J
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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PK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced. Insufficiently creative. Maki falling apart.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal

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M
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word - Awesome!

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H
London
102 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not good and rude front desk lady.

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Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

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.

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SM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very fresh! Too salty sometimes, prefer lighter flavor

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C
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday

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EY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great value omakase meal. fish is amazing. not your standard tuna rolls and spider rolls. truly artisinal sushi. Tomita-san is a genius

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SY
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience and the most delicious and fresh sashimi I have ever eaten. Would recommend time and again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was phenomenal, the fish some of the best I’ve ever had.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having omakase. Definitely set the bar high!

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with the Omakase dinner, the fish was absolutely amazing. Service was incredible- I highly recommend Cagen Omakase.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was fantastic. Amazing food and great service.

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m
Sacramento
80 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a unique Japanese omakase experience. I regret that I didn't take photos of the food and the picture that accompanied each service because we were served fish nigiri style that I had never heard of before and can't remember enough to do justice to here. Everything was amazing. Each course was served with full description of the fish and how the chief wanted it to be combined with a special sauce or dip. We sat a table even though the better experience is supposed to be with the chef at the counter. We were happy with our decision as we were served 4 or 5 pieces at a time an dwe had a full view of the chef. It looked like at the counter it was one piece at a time and a long wait between pieces. The dish was all fresh as it is flown daily from Japan. The nori is served as a sheet and one makes your own hand roll with it. it was the most flavorful nori I ever had ( and being from California, we eat a LOT of sushi hand rolls.) I also found the sake flight to be a very interesting selection with clear distinctions in the the three choices.

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LT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cagen. I like how the experience is all about the amazing food. It’s such a treat to eat here. I wish they would bring back the full omakase menu, rather than only offering a sushi omakase. Still, the toro roll is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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EL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cagen is the best authentic sushi you will find in nyc.

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