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Kajitsu

4.7
4.7
1178 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese

Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--Temple Kaiseki which is vegan a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. Please allow 2 - 3 hours for dining (10 - 12 courses). All of our dishes are prepared from fresh, seasonal vegetables, legumes, wild herbs, seeds and grains, chosen at the moment in the season that best reflects their flavor. At Kajitsu we make our delicious and wholesome dishes from high-quality ingredients prepared with traditional Japanese culinary techniques.
*Kajitsu policy states that each guest that is seated at a table/counter is required to order one full course menu. Please notify us in advance if any children will be joining your dinner party.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 228-4873

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hiroki Abe

  • Private party facilities

    Please call the restaurant for a large party (7 people and up)

  • Private party contact

    kajitsukokage@gmail.com: (212) 228-4873

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • Cross street

    Between Park Ave and Lexington Ave on 39th Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    42nd St. Grand Central Station (4,5,6,7,S)<br />42nd St. Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

Menu

Omakase Chef's Choice

$120

    Omakase

    Mixed Pairing (Tea and Sake) plus $75, Tea Pairing plus $53, Regular Sake Pairing plus $65, Premium Sake Pairing plus $120

    • Seasonal Starter

      Broccoli rabe, vinegared miso, mustard

      • Rice

        Daikon, wood ear mushroom, broccoli rabe

        • Soup

          Taro, red miso, mustard, sanshou

          • Mukouzuke

            Burdock root

            • Kuchidori

              Grilled sesame tofu monaka

              • Nimonowan

                Turnip, shiitake, namafu

                • Hassun

                  Soybean, carrot, shiitake, turnip, watermelon radish, brussels sprout, napa cabbage, celery, ginger, nama-fu, cauliflower, black soybean, strawberry, Chinese yam, leek, potato, arrowhead

                  • Grilled

                    Daikon, ponzu, scallion

                    • Fried

                      Potato, seasonal mushrooms, broccoli rabe

                      • Sugihassun

                        Ehoumaki, yubeshi, dried yuzu, white miso, walnuts

                        • Takiawase

                          Arugula, black trumpet, rikyuu-fu, carrot, white miso, kumquat oil

                          • Udon Noodle

                            Scallion, ginger

                            Additional Side Dishes

                            • Aburi-Age (Fried Tofu)

                              • Fermented Tofu$13.00

                                • Grilled Nama-Fu$9.00

                                  • Pickled Kelp with Sansho 120g$9.00

                                    • Take-Out Only$8.00

                                  Dessert

                                  by Phoebe Ogawa

                                  • Seasonal Fruit Jelly Assortment

                                    • Seasonal Wagashi

                                      Matcha Green Tea

                                      • Matcha by Ippodo Tea Company from Kyoto

                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                        What 1,178 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.7
                                        4.7 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.7Food
                                        • 4.8Service
                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                        • 4.4Value

                                        Noise • Moderate

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                                        1. MP

                                          MichaelP

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Fantastic outstanding food Clean design Love it đź’›

                                        2. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Munich

                                          4 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall2food4service2ambience3

                                          Good food but incredibly long wait times. Tiny bites between each wait, for a total of 3 hours. The chef needs assistance in the kitchen.

                                        3. SK

                                          SusanK

                                          San Francisco

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I live in Tokyo and love this restaurant when visiting NY. Second time and food is still creative and delicious. Welcome staff needs more training. Otherwise Japanese minimalist perfection.

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Orlando

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fantastic! Everything is perfect, especially in salad! I will look forward to the new seasonal menu!

                                        5. TP

                                          TeddyP

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          This restaurant is absolutely incredible. I love coming here and will keep coming back! One of the courses was a little too gooey and weird but otherwise...perfection. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

                                        6. M

                                          Miguel

                                          Baltimore

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing journey of perfect food and service

                                        7. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                                          Didn’t like food- vegetables didn’t taste nice, they don’t know where they are sourcing some vegetables from.

                                        8. AH

                                          AnneH

                                          Dallas

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          New flavors, relaxing environment, fresh and inventive flavors, respect food’s nature.

                                        9. TB

                                          ThomasB

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Best meal I've had in years. No frills, no nonsense.

                                        10. A

                                          Arden

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Was literally almost brought to tears by this meal. Magical.

                                        11. m

                                          matthew

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely incredible food and service. Of course expensive as it is a michelin starred restaurant, but worth every penny. Would definitely recommend

                                        12. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          San Francisco

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Kajitsu is just sublime. The food is carefully curated, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. As a longtime vegan, I cannot think of another dining experience that has been so lovely in its elevated presentation and execution.

                                        13. W

                                          Wookaniu

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          1.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall1food1service3ambience3

                                          Tasteless. Avoid. We visited Kajitsu encouraged by number of enthusiastic reviews and Michelin recommendation. How disappointing it was. The ten-course menu is a repeated combination of bamboo and asparagus. The served food either had no taste at all or rather an unpleasant one. In result I could not get through most of the courses. The main course deserves special attention: it was a mixture of steamed rice and bamboo and lacked both flavor and presentation. It could be only compared to the rice pulp sometimes recommended to stomach patients. As we happily approached the third course we started laughing at our own vanity, snobbery, and tendency to trust reviews blindly. We had hoped that maybe the desert section will change the course of these unfortunate events. Our hopes were blown away once we were served with something that looked like marinated plum and tasted like a reduction of the secondrate vinegar. Even matcha did not taste anything like in Japan. The staff is polite, but rather distant, which is understandable in a Japanese restaurant. Nevertheless, I could not help but wonder whether they are comfortable with pricey food they are serving there. Do not use the restroom. The smell is not encouraging. Of course, there were also some unquestionable benefits of this evening: it has been a long time since we had such a laugh at dinner. Besides the next day I felt quite featherlight and I did not feel like eating at all.

                                        14. g

                                          georgec

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          terrible. it was my fav but the quality of food has dropped to a level that is not acceptable. I can spend 20 dollar to get a much better meal

                                        15. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Beautiful experience , we really enjoyed our Food , maybe too many courses with bamboo from Japan , but it’s a very special seasonal item . Definitely recommended , can’t wait to go back

                                        16. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Another spectacular meal! If you haven’t been before you must go

                                        17. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                          overall2food2service1ambience3

                                          Overall experience was not as great as we thought.

                                        18. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                                          overall2food1service5ambience3

                                          I came to experience something amazing and was splurging and treating myself, but was very disappointed. I have no idea how this restaurant obtained a Michelin star as the food was very bland and without flavor. Out of the 10 course meal, there was only one course that made me smile and my taste buds happy.The rest, very very bland and had no flavor. What a waste of my time and money

                                        19. YS

                                          YukieS

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and service. It is pricey but worth it.

                                        20. AA

                                          AlexisA

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent food, intentional and thoughtful service at every step.

                                        21. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Tokyo

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great place to have a traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine, which is vegan menu as well

                                        22. AL

                                          AshleyL

                                          Vancouver

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Absolutely lovely. I'm not a vegetarian but that's beside the point when so many lovely dishes are presented to you; you can hardly keep track, and you certainly don't miss the meat. Course after course came, most exquisitely presented, all delicious, and all in keeping with the original tradition of the tea ceremony and the Kaiseki which developed from that. I believe most staff are bilingual, and were kind enough to let me try my best attempts at Japanese with them. I truly felt transported to Japan, at a time when its borders are solidly closed to tourists. Thanks!

                                        23. P

                                          Phasaki

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          A delicious vegan meal that was meticulously plated and carefully curated in respect to flavors, textures, and cooking methods. The amount of food was just right, and though both of us dining were omnivores, we weren’t left desiring any kind of non-vegan food to supplement the meal afterwards. The staff was attentive and polite.

                                        24. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything is perfect. My friend and I had a wonderful night there.

                                        25. C

                                          Cait

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Not since I dined with my family in a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto in 2019 have I enjoyed a meal as much The meal was truly memorable from the first bite to the last every course was delicious and appealed to all the senses Wonderful service and presentation Sadly we heard they are closing at end of Aug this year - a huge loss to NYC culinary adventures and for elevated vegan cuisine

                                        26. TM

                                          TomoM

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My favorite place !! A great food and nice quite restaurant which is very very rare in NYC.

                                        27. J

                                          Jack

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 4, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing experience, unlike any vegan fine dining experience I have had!

                                        28. SK

                                          SethK

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food was amazing, the concept is great. I have been doing an impromptu omakase crawl around the upper east side. It’s nice to find a place that is so high quality that it is on par with the omakase restaurant which focus on fish. At kajistu you can be an omnivore and never think about the fact that you haven’t had animal protein for the entire meal. The flavors that the chef puts onto each plate deliver a well rounded taste and sensation experience, which was enjoyed immensely. I especially loved the curry with udon.

                                        29. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 28, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The best vegan restaurant in NYC.

                                        30. m

                                          mmmm

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 24, 2022

                                          overall4food3service2ambience2

                                          The food was good. Seemed to have a lot of repeated same ingredients. Quality has gone down from several years ago. Our main server was very nice and professional. It used to be so much cleaner (bathroom), and the servers were trained better. On my way to bathroom, the downstairs servers slapped the "noren" on my face, not on purpose, but I'd let a customer go before you pass if I were a server there. Also, some of the sake glasses and dishes were wet when served. Food is still good, and fun, but these little things threw me off.

                                        31. P

                                          Pooja

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This meal is worth every penny (and it's a very pretty penny at that.) I came here for my 30th birthday with my boyfriend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We hardly looked at our phones, and before we knew it 2.5 hours had passed, and we were so full and happy. In terms of ambiance, the space is quiet, minimalist, and elevated. We were sat at a table, but there's an option to be seated at the counter to watch Chef Abe at work. Despite feeling so elevated, the vibe was warm and welcoming. There's is no music playing, so there's no shouting over anyone--you simply fill the air with your own conversation amidst the food being quietly explained to other guests. The waitstaff are so polite and well-spoken and don't pressure you into anything or make you feel judged for things like ordering a beer instead of the sake pairing. The food is another matter altogether. I never imagined I'd be able to experience a omakase, but this restaurant has made it come true in the most authentic way possible. There's no imitation meat or fish--it's all truly and purely vegetable based and it's a delight to eat. My boyfriend is not only an avid carnivore, but also a serious Japanophile, and he was thoroughly content and impressed with the food. We were both terrified that we would hate the food and be paying so much for a meal we didn't love, but I'm fairly certain that's impossible at this place. If you love Japanese food and the way they treat their ingredients with respect and care, you'll love every dish here, even if there are things here and there you don't love. It's 10 courses, and we were somehow stuffed by the 4th. But of course, we ate every one after that. All in all, please come to this wonderful restaurant. I was blown away and couldn't have dreamt a more perfect place to celebrate a new decade of life.

                                        32. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was excellent Atmosphere was great and quite Service was fantastic I am not a vegan but I like most of the food

                                        33. D

                                          Drew

                                          New York Area

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on March 19, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing experience. Amazing food, and perfect staff.

                                        34. AR

                                          AvaR

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on March 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The entire experience was just outstanding and one of the best tastings ive had around the world (i have noma as a benchmark). Highly recommend this for an ongoing tasting experience.

                                        35. N

                                          Nnnn

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 17, 2022

                                          overall4food2service4ambience5

                                          If you are looking for the authentic taste of Japanese food, this is not the place. However, the ambient and ceramic plates are beautiful and the staff are polite.

                                        36. LD

                                          LDYCC

                                          Washington DC

                                          4 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                                          There was a dish served I didn't quite expect at this place. It would have been ok if it was at a regular Japanese restaurant but not at a Shojin ryori restaurant. The atmosphere was very pleasant as usual.

                                        37. E

                                          Erfp79

                                          New York Area

                                          35 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          35 reviews

                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                          overall4food5service3ambience3

                                          The food is delicious and unique , and every dish a pleasure for both taste and presentation. The ambiance is a bit stark, but suitable to the experience. Two negatives: the bathroom my wife and I both used smelled FOUL, with a strongly unpleasant odor. The wastebasket was filled with discarded paper towels, indicating it hadn’t been cleaned in awhile. Also, our server was overly fussy: the chopsticks rest on a chopstick rest on the serving tray between courses. Mine were SLIGHTLY askew, and our sever reached down to align them more “perfectly”. Especially during this time of COVID, I found that to be very intrusive and overly OCD. Otherwise, Kajitsu is an experience not to be missed—a sensual treat for eyes and mouth.

                                        38. L

                                          Lemon

                                          New England

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on March 11, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent ambience and food! Their tea is also amazing. I would definitely go back to try their new menu next month.

                                        39. GF

                                          GlobalFoodieNYC

                                          New York Area

                                          25 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          25 reviews

                                          Dined on March 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Kajitsu offers Zen Shojin style exquisitely prepared and presented vegan dishes, omikase-style. There are about 10 small courses, offering the opportunity to try many different types of preparation and flavors. Expect to spend at least two hours enjoying the experience.

                                        40. CS

                                          ChrisS

                                          Raleigh

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 5, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Best dining experience ever. The food was amazing and unique. Highly recommend.

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Protective equipment

                                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                                          • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                        • Screening

                                          • Staff is vaccinated
                                          • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

                                        FAQs

                                        Kajitsu is rated 4.7 stars by 1178 OpenTable diners.

                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                        Booked 17 times today
                                        Google Map for Kajitsu

                                        125 East 39th Street New York, NY 10016

                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross street

                                          Between Park Ave and Lexington Ave on 39th Street

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Murray Hill

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Japanese, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bottle Service

                                        • Dining style

                                          Fine Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Business Casual

                                        • Parking details

                                          None

                                        • Public transit

                                          42nd St. Grand Central Station (4,5,6,7,S)42nd St. Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive chef

                                          Hiroki Abe

                                        • Additional

                                          Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

                                        • Phone number

                                          (212) 228-4873

                                        • Private party facilities

                                          Please call the restaurant for a large party (7 people and up)

                                        • Private party contact

                                          kajitsukokage@gmail.com: (212) 228-4873

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