Kajitsu

4.8
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Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--vegan Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. Please allow 2 - 3 hours for dining. 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.

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The Infatuation
8.4

Kajitsu in Murray Hill is such a special place that it deserves to be part of the conversation when it comes to essential New York restaurants.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food preparation was excellent but ingredients could have been more varied. The one off note was the gigantic bowl of udon in a thick gelatinous soup at the very end, which should have been half the size.

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CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional! Went for my husband's birthday dinner. Not loud or rushed, incredible 12-course omakaze that felt well worth the value. Think of it as dinner and entertainment tickets in one!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my second visit to Kajitsu. Thr atmosphere, food, and attitudes have lost the beautiful tension that I experienced before. They are cutting corners. The front counter has become a mere preparation table instead of the stage for the chef to demonstrate his final touch. The other cooks - uniforms were not starched, wrinkled, and slightly off white instead of prestine white uniform that I am accustomed to high end Japanese restaurants. The final green tea was prepared by wait staff instead of the chef, with awkward handling of equipment. Disappointing

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SK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a total fan of Kajitsu; it's just a wonderful place where kind people who care about food and other people work hard to make a wonderful experience for guests. Our host/server William went out of the way to make our evening special. The ambiance is quiet and calm and is conducive to savoring the subtleties and beauty of the food, which opens hearts and mind to meaningful (and playful) conversation. Kajitsu is a very special place and I hope to return for similar wonderful evening for many decades to come. Compliments to the chef, of course!

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience for us non-vegans and our stick vegan guest. Food was unbelievably Delicious and filling.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, so unique and creative! We both loved it and they had such exceptional service as well. Will definitely return !

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YF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Kajitsu maintains traditional Japanese delicate seasoning using common American veggies while adding some kick/twist to it.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Kajitsu! The staff were both professional and friendly, they provided a description of every dish and were ready to cater for our needs. We came to celebrate an anniversary and they made sure to have a special attention for that, which was lovely.

The decoration is minimal, the furniture is simple but everything is beautiful and peaceful. The excellent soundproofing and temperature control were especially nice.

Now for the most important: the food is, like one could expect, delicious. Lots of fresh and seasonal vegetables get the focus (we went in early March and had lots of broccoli, daikon raddish, peas, turnip, cabbage, favae beans). I have been to a couple gastronomic restaurants in the past but never experienced dishes were the central point was the taste and consistency of veggies. It was truly excellent (of course, no dish consisted of ONLY raw veggies). We also got to taste various kinds of tofu which was very interesting, especially since I had never had high quality tofu before.


Overall I would absolutely recommend Kajitsu for a great meal in a beautiful restaurant. To give an idea of the price, we ended up paying a little over $100 per person for dinner (before tip).

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

Unbelievable food!

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D
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quite expensive and quite exceptional vegetarian offering. Calm setting. Staff attentive. Descriptions of dishes are so hushed and reverent that they cannot be heard.

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved Kajitsu! Vegan omakase at its best. Every plate was delicious and beautiful. We did the sake pairing which was definitely worth it. What a wonderful experience! Thank you Kajitsu! Arigatōgozaimashita ❤️

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Extremely overpriced. Extremely for what you get. The service was amazing but the food was mediocre. Sake was very good. But still not worth the price.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once we entered, we were quickly seated and informed on which options we could choose for dinner. Afterwards, service was amazing. Before each dish, we were told the ingredients that were used and the way it was cooked. It was very informative. Due to the Zen Buddhism vegetarian style cooking, the atmosphere was Zen too. They really made it a wonderful day of celebration by giving us complementary dessert and sparkling wine.

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MN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I enjoyed our experience. I was so full though I felt I would pop. Definitely plan on a meal that lasts 2+ hours with all of the various courses served. I personally wish they would have reversed the order of the courses, as I enjoyed the later courses more than many of the earlier courses and yet by the time we got to the later courses, I was stuffed. I also figured out too late in the game that you can ask them to wrap up food you don't eat to take home. I would have done this more with many of the courses earlier on had I thought to ask. All in all quite a presentation! Super expensive though. When I evaluate the quality of the meal though, I'd expect to spend a fair amount. That said, I would have felt better if the total price had been $200 vs. $300 for 2 people, water, and a glass of wine.

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QB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific experience.
Highly recommend it to any food lovers!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My go-to place for Japanese vegetarian fare. Went with the full omakase and nothing was bad. Loved the sesame tofu monaka sandwich and the fried taro with truffles. They also have a nice sake collection. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Interesting dishes that are very eclectic and different. A lot of the dishes tasted very similar though which was disappointing. Overall, nice place but not worth the expensive price.

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M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our experience was awesome. We are not used this kind of approach:eating slowly and mindfully admiring tableware, food presentation and taste every single bit. We have to repeat.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and amazing food (I'm not vegetarian but did spend 2 years in Japan so appreciate your cuisine). Wonderful birthday treat to myself. Gochisosama!

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience in a Zen atmosphere.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kajitsu experience is one that I would recommend to anyone. This will go down as one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. The food is simply exquisite. The only thing I would say is that in the context of the overall philosophy, the portion sizes were a bit too large. We both felt that we had eaten too much by the end, but it was too good to not finish every bite!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was incredibly nice + professional as well as knowledgeable. We went for a birthday and had a great experience. Very pricey but worth it to pretend to be fancy for a night.

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a
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was quite possibly the best dining experience I have had in New York City. Beautiful, reverential atmosphere. Superb, cheerful, informative wait staff. The tasting menu was... incredible. Plant-based paradise.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exquisite.

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OS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. I have never endured such a unique dining experience. Everything felt intentional and well thought out. Plenty of local ingredients and absolutely everything was made in house. Dining was almost meditative. The chef deserves all the respect he can get.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our engagement at the restaurant at it was perfect.

Amazing service, staff were very friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable of the ingredients and the menu.

One of the best restaurants I've been to! Will definitely return!

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible restaurant. The food is of the highest quality. The flavors, textures and experiences are superb. A very special place, of the highest quality. Everything was perfect and nothing was lacking. I felt wonderful and lucky leaving there.

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t
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went for a birthday celebration. We arrived early and saw the waitstaff bowing and heard them chanting before the restaurant opened (viewed from the opposite side of the street through the second story window). That ceremonial care prepared us for the wonderfully choreographed evening of delicious surprises and complete codling. At first, the requirement that all diners order the same prix fixe meal was annoying but as the evening progressed, I understood the joy of receiving the same dish at the same time and discovering the subtle flavors at the same time with my friend. Dinner is long but we were prepared for that and the restaurant was kind enough to surprise me with a birthday surprise - I forgot I had mentioned it on my opentable reservation. At first I wished to hear the special playlist but ended up realizing that the dining experience was enhanced by the lovely silence.

Thank you so much for an evening which will stay with us for a very long time. Next time, we will sit at the counter to see the actual preparation of the dishes.

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ZB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a special occasion. Great food and the service was awesome. The menu changes every month, so no specific reviews of the food but imagine it is always excellent. Worth the price

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OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaaaazing restaurants

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GH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took the family to Kajitsu and a Broadway show for their Christmas present. Kajitsu was perfect: delicious, gorgeous food cooked and served by professionals.

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in all of NYC after living here for 17+ years. Chef Abe is remarkably talented.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was literally in tears the food was so beautiful and delicious. Japanese AND vegan- total heaven. Tea pairing was incredible. The ceramics used were so beautiful- all different.

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BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu is simply wonderful - each piece, from food itself to its representation, is a form of art. I feel truly aligned throughout the whole experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Art work both in the sense of taste and the presentation. You have a sake or tea pairing to choose with your menu.
The waiters are exceptionally knowledgeable and keep you in awe of culinary wonders on your plate.
They offer explanation of various dishes and drink you are enjoying. And please believe me - you are enjoying your meal.
It takes about 2 - 2.5h to delight in the chosen set and I can advise not to rush. It is a pleasure and you should take it slowly.
Seasonal menu, lovingly prepared and presented with care.
Bon appetite!

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RA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I wanted to love this restaurant, especially given the price. However, our meal took over 4 hours to complete, and there was a period of time that our proportionally large party of 5 was waiting for 30mins without food or drink.
The meal was insanely unique, however, jelly/gelatin was over-used throughout the tasting meal IMHO. In addition, small details like differences in serving plates, chopstick holders and bowls was strange (especially given that one of the mantras of this place is for each of its patrons to share the same dinning experience!). I mean that literally, because we all had to order the same tasting menu (regardless of how hungry we were individually). Overall, if I pay more than $300/person, including the sake pairing, I want to be able to leave saying "wow, I would definitely come back!" or "i can't wait to bring my friends here!". This restaurant made feel like New York google reviews cannot be trusted.

Overall, SUPER unique and interesting, but I could have had nearly a lifetime supply of Mamoun's for the same price.... I'd go for Mamoun's.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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CJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Third time here .. this time the meal felt quite heavy and not as fresh as it had been the other two times.

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

It was an amazing meal and experience. Food was outstanding and service was impeccable. Definitely worth it for special occasions.

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MY
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food in general did not taste good. I have a quite sensitive taste but some dishes were bland to me. Interestingly there was one specific dish that had such a strong taste that made me want to spit it out immidiately. I felt that it destroyed my tastebuds. The service was meh. Not Japanses waiters, if you are expecting. Did the tea pairing. Tea was great but it did not balance well with the meal. The theme of our meal was Daikon, but the food we had tasted pretty much just like Daikon. No matter it was served cold, boiled, or mixed with rice, it was Daikon. I would say some dishes tasted bad, and there was one dish that was tasty, not delicious though. It was napa cabbage with sesame paste, but you can never go wrong with a sweetened sesame paste. Matcha served at the end was really good. I liked it but the "sugar candy" was way way way way too sweet. It would be nice if you can switch it to sakura flavoured candy with ume inside.

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