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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

  • 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

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  1. a

    amcvegan

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true shame this place is closing
  3. E

    Epicurienne

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The price point is outstanding. I am not a vegan but this place was amazing.
  5. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary!
  6. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    340 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    340 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    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.
  7. PA

    PAYPei

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  8. l

    leseynooy

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  9. S

    Stephanie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant on the planet - I’m serious
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    another exceptional meal at Kajitsu. this place is one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed.
  11. h

    helent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  12. p

    pecochan

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  13. P

    Pikachu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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! :)
  14. RB

    RollingBroswer

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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).
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite restaurant in NYC
  16. HX

    HaoX

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great texture, variety of veggies, and alternating temperature of dishes.
  17. D

    Daniel

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of, if not the, best vegan meals I have ever had. Worthy of the star in my opinion.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always
  19. NY

    NYCtraveler

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magnificent experience - spectacular food, hospitality and setting.
  20. H

    Happyall

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious thoughtful foods. Beautiful presentation. Will come back again.
  21. M

    Mlll

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Really cool experience. Wish more of the courses were warm rather than chilled
  22. L

    Lucien

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely exceptional as always. Food, service and place. A real gem
  23. JP

    JoeP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible experience! Looking forward to returning soon.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  25. c

    cococo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  26. R

    Rishi

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Incredible experience. Beautifully unique cuisine that is layered with creativity and honor. A real gem in the heart of New York.
  27. S

    Shiva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible experience, something to remember for a lifetime!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    165 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best vegan place in the city. Authentic as well.
  29. SL

    SarahL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most sublime experiences I've ever had.
  30. CT

    CarT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  31. BY

    BenY

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I feel that every dish is very serious and very delicate
  32. MS

    MSMiya

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  33. ML

    MandyL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  34. N

    Nicolas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A fabulous tasting menu with a wonderful sake and tea pairing. A lot of the food reminded me of my time back in Asia.
  35. CC

    queCCCCC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    hope the rumor that it will close 2022 is not true
  36. l

    leseynooy

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. Excellent food - unique flavors that cannot be replicated. Attention to detail in all courses was amazing. Service was great. Loved the ambiance.
  37. OR

    OzRobbo

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10. This was the best vegan dining experience I’ve ever had.
  39. NM

    NaeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a fantastic dinner. The flavors were so rich and perfect and it was an absolutely excellent experience!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special experience. True perfection if you are ready to be taken on a journey.

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.

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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