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Kajitsu, New York, NY
Kajitsu, New York, NY
Kajitsu, New York, NY
Kajitsu, New York, NY
Kajitsu, New York, NY

Kajitsu

4.9
4.9
1222 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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

What 1,222 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

1,191 Reviews
  1. amcvegan

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The best meal I've had in my life since becoming vegan. So sad to have only discovered this place as it plans to come to a close.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true shame this place is closing

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  3. Epicurienne

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best authentic Japanese Kaiseki cuisine in NY. It is so pity that the restaurant is closing soon. Thank you for all the fantastic cuisine and time you brought to us.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The price point is outstanding. I am not a vegan but this place was amazing.

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  5. Anonymous

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary!

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  6. Tony

    New York City

    362 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    362 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There were about ten courses on the tasting fine dining menu. We were looking forward to seeing how good vegan cooking could get. Unfortunately, if this as good as it gets, we will never join the ranks of veganhood. For the most part the cooking was bland. The food was brown with no attention given to color or even flavor. The dishes were nicely presented but disappointing once you bit into them. Service was fine, though it was hard to understand what was being said. The servers rushed through the ingredients with their heavy Japanese accents. A slower, more thoughtful and caring presentation would have been in order. We paid about $200 per person with tax and tip. This included wine.

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  7. PAYPei

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful as always. We went to celebrate my friend’s birthday and to enjoy the experience one last time before it closes. We will miss this quiet retreat and hope to see the team again.

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  8. leseynooy

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food - August monthly omakase menu was excellent. Very seasonal and refreshing. I will miss this restaurant when it closes in September. The service is always top notch and love the attentiveness of all staff, servers, and the chef.

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  9. Stephanie

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best restaurant on the planet - I’m serious

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    another exceptional meal at Kajitsu. this place is one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed.

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  11. helent

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super worth; service and ambiance was top tier. The food was well prepared, lots of variety, and beautifully delicious. Would recommend to vegans and non vegans alike!

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  12. pecochan

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kajitsu is the best vegan restaurant in NY! I can’t believe that they close their business in September… I’ll try to go back there as much as I can.

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  13. Pikachu

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kajitsu was always on the top of my list, and my husband and I finally got a chance to go there. It is very sad that the restaurant will close down permanently next month, but it was absolutely the best food experience in NYC. We have been frustrated because we haven't been able to visit Japan for so long because of the Covid, but we totally regenerated thanks to them! :)

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  14. RollingBroswer

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had omakase with tea pairing. I highly enjoyed the meal. I wanted to try Kajitsu at least once as it was always on my bucket list. I only wish I had tried it sooner. I hope Kajitsu opens again in NYC maybe in another capacity or in another space. Nonetheless I enjoyed the meal, the ambiance, and the service of the staff (who were more than excellent and courteous).

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My absolute favorite restaurant in NYC

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  16. HaoX

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great texture, variety of veggies, and alternating temperature of dishes.

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  17. Daniel

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of, if not the, best vegan meals I have ever had. Worthy of the star in my opinion.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always

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  19. NYCtraveler

    New York City

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magnificent experience - spectacular food, hospitality and setting.

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  20. Happyall

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious thoughtful foods. Beautiful presentation. Will come back again.

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  21. Mlll

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really cool experience. Wish more of the courses were warm rather than chilled

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  22. BooBoo

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely exceptional as always. Food, service and place. A real gem

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  23. JoeP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an incredible experience! Looking forward to returning soon.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday here and was blown away. This was our second time enjoying a meal here, and it’s our favorite restaurant in the city. The service is always calm and focused, and the food is thought provoking and delicious. Warrants a slow and intentional dining experience, and I cannot wait to return!

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  25. cococo

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate our birthday there. Kajitsu dinner is always fantastic and mesmerizing. This time, we had glass of sparkling and sweet for our birthday from the chef. It was very memorable and amazing time. Unfortunately they will close this coming September. I will definitely comeback August snd September!

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  26. Rishi

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience. Beautifully unique cuisine that is layered with creativity and honor. A real gem in the heart of New York.

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  27. Shiva

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible experience, something to remember for a lifetime!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    168 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best vegan place in the city. Authentic as well.

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  29. SarahL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most sublime experiences I've ever had.

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  30. CarT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can't believe this place is closing. I've been like 10 times and it's my favorite restaurant in NYC! I'm so sad.

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  31. BenY

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I feel that every dish is very serious and very delicate

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  32. MandyL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of my favorite experiences in years. The food was amazing, but more notably, the experience in general was so special. Loved the staff, loved the ambiance, loved the service, loved the food. Loved it all. So pleased we had this dining experience.

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  33. MSMiya

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, creative and seasonal dishes were great and very pleasing to your eyes and palate. Presentation was unique and full of surprising idea with very attentive service staff. A friend of mine and I enjoyed the evening and happiness is lingering.

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  34. Nicolas

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A fabulous tasting menu with a wonderful sake and tea pairing. A lot of the food reminded me of my time back in Asia.

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  35. queCCCCC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    hope the rumor that it will close 2022 is not true

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Love the tea pairing! Food were all vegetarian, nothing too memorable.

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  37. leseynooy

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience. Excellent food - unique flavors that cannot be replicated. Attention to detail in all courses was amazing. Service was great. Loved the ambiance.

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  38. OzRobbo

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Katijsu is one of New York's best Japanese restaurants - and all the better that they have a vegan menu. The small dishes are superb - all interesting and extremely tasty. The service is remarkable. And the overall presentation of the food is an art form in itself. We have dined at Kajitsu on a number of occasions, and each one of them has been special. Highly recommend to all, even if you aren't vegan.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10. This was the best vegan dining experience I’ve ever had.

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  40. NaeM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a fantastic dinner. The flavors were so rich and perfect and it was an absolutely excellent experience!

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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 4.9 stars by 1222 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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