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About Kajitsu

Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--vegan Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. All of our dishes are prepared from fresh, season 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. For first time diners we highly recommend booking seats at the Chef's Counter where our executive chef Hiroki Odo and his assistants prepare the meal in front of you for a truly authentic Shojin experience!

125 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (last order)
(Closed on Mondays)

Cross Street:
Between Park and Lexington on 39th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 228-4873

Website:
http://www.kajitsunyc.com/

Public Transit:
Take the 4,5 or 6 trains to Grand central and walk 3 blocks south on lexington to 39th street.

Executive Chef:
Hiroki Odo

Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for a large party ( 7 people and up)

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

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Kajitsu is only offering a special prix fixe menu of 8 savory courses and 2 desserts for $125 per person on Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing you.

Kajitsu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.8

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4.5

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4.0

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
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Good for a Date (15)
Healthy (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Authentic (12)
Romantic (10)
Seasonal (9)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Organic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Kajitsu is unlike any other restaurant. It is unique in that the menu is changed monthly and prepared in accordance with the season and Japanese monk principles. The food is a work of art visually - like nothing you've seen before. The food tastes amazing. Do not let the small servings fool you because there are so many courses in the preset menu that you will be very full. The service is impeccable - respectful, polite, patient yet efficient. I highly recommend Kajitsu, especially when you need a special moment for yourself or with others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Organic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

For me too much food and I didn’t get the concept on the booking site. I had wanted the sister restaurant downstairs.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

As an Japanese native, I can tell you this is the best Japanese restaurant I know of in the US. We tried Omakase course. Every dish was excellent and beautifully presented. It was so much like an art piece that I hesitated to break with chopsticks. I especially liked Tempura with Sansho source. The menu changes for season, so you can taste different food every season.

Tags: Vegan, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Everything was extremely good.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We came here for a special 8 year anniversary and because it was very close to home. WE were pleasantly surprised seeing it as a vegetarian restaurant. Every dish was presented beautifully and the taste was very fresh and light. We both loved the eggplant with truffle dish, the tempura, and the rice and mushroom dish most. We opted for the Omasake set with a la carte drinks.
Service was always on the ball. We were able to take home the rice dish as we were getting quite full nearing the end of our degustation. I understand they change their menus frequently depending on the season. I would love to try there again during a new season.
The atmosphere was slightly bland. There is no background music so when we entered, two other tables were already seated. It was slightly too quiet for my liking, where you can hear other conversations and vice versa. It was better when it became full house. Perhaps some light background music would make it a little more inviting.
Would recommend to others.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This restaurant is over rated. The staff seemed bored out of their mind. The service is purposely slow, but it becomes tedious. The bathroom was absolutely disgusting. It was at the end of the night and it smelt like a sewer. I would not go back or recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have a very open mind and I like to try wide varieties of cuisines. The food here left me wanting. Very disappointed. Staff was great. Saki pairing was great. Tea pairing was great. atmosphere was on point. Length of meal and service was prompt. Food was bland and boring. We had the vegetable tasting menu. I have had vegetable tasting menus at other restaurants and the food was out of this world good. This place was very disappointing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

3RD TIME VISIT. AMAZING FOOD, GREAT SERVICE. WILL DEFINITELY COME BACK AGAIN.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Now is better than 2015!But not original Japanese now is fuson!60% Japanese 40%
American. Especially more than half employees not Japanese.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I was looking for a Shojin japanese restaurant. I found an amazing modern shojin experience and i now beleive in god.

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I had a fantastic dining experience at Kajitsu. The atmosphere is zen and the food is amazing. I never knew that vegetables could taste so vivd.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Contrary to what those baseball TV ads used to tell us, "chicks" do NOT "dig the long ball." "Chicks" dig sushi. Want to have a GF or wife? Deal with it, those most of us guys would surely prefer Chinese food to sushi any day. So, for her birthday, I dutifully took my long-time significant other, who fancies herself a semi-expert on sushi, to one of our neighborhood Japanese restaurants which has always looked interesting. I didn't do enough research to realize that Kajitsu doesn't even serve sushi! It's a vegan restaurant specializing in an ancient form of cooking called "shojin." I'm basically a vegetarian so the vegan cuisine was a pleasant surprise. On the night we went, they served only a pre-fixe menu. The restaurant recommends that first-timers sit at the food bar rather than at a table. You won't get to actually see the repast being prepared, as you would at standard sushi joints, but you'll always have one or two experts in front of you answering your questions -- and you'll have plenty of those. I won't bore you with a lengthy rundown of what specifically we ate over the many courses of our meal, nor of the flights of sake samples we drank that were specially paired as a complement to each course. I'll just say that this was the most unusual meal I've ever had in my life -- and I did travel some in Japan about 25 years ago. It was also, in many respects, the greatest single meal I've ever had (though I must reserve the right to eat Chicago/Detroit-style pizza in the future)! My check, however, was a decidedly UNpleasant surprise: well over $400, including tip!!! But, as a special splurge, I can't tell you enough about what a great experience Kajitsu was.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Kajitsu is my favorite Japanese Vegan restaurant in NYC! I mainly visit for special occasions, date, anniversary, celebration, important business meal. The food is outstanding, great sake, beer and wine list and the service is impeccable!!

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Me and my company visited Kajitsu on a 9 September during our vacation in NY. We have lived in Japan and are much fond of traditional Japanese temple food, why we looked very much forward to our visit to Kajitsu. Unfortunately, our visit was an immense dissappointment and we would not rekommend any one else to visit, and we would absolutely not return.

The main reason for our disappointment was the food. Several dishes were taken directly from the fridge and were therefore fridge cold and thus served at absolutely wrong temperature meaning that they did not taste well. The hot soup was on the other hand very very hot, and therefore the spices did not tast anything. Overall, the food did not, in a taste sense, resemple the traditional temple food we have eaten before and further, it was not pleasent at all.

As mentioned, this was a big disappointment especially since we visited the restaurant during a Saturday even on our vacation. Also, considering the price of the menu and the style of the restaurant, we believe the standard of the food was unacceptable.

The service was good, however.

/Jeppa

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is my 4th time back! I love Kajitsu for its amazing seasonal dishes, beautiful presentation and relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Beyond outstanding in every way! A singular dining experience that made our anniversary a memorable one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice summer vegetable menu. Counter recommended for better learning.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Best Shojin meal I ever had!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Kajitsu is such a fantastic place! It's so varied and creative you almost forget it's a vegan menu. Everything is top notch and it's one of the few restaurants in NYC we make a point of going to every season!

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent and interesting, even challenging food. Competent and very attentive staff. Two minor drawbacks: It's expensive and the dishes came a bit too fast. But definitely recommendable - we won't forget a very special evening with dishes never tried before.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Incredible presentation. Every single detail was authentic. Had omakase and chef was so creative with vegetable options. Delicate tastes. Incredible.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Menu changes over every month and I cannot wait to go again and try something new.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent dinner for my friend's birthday. Staff were amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

One of the best vegan meals I have ever had...The presentation and service were impeccable. I was hurried on way to airport but they timed the tasting meal perfectly and my guests oohed and ahhed all the way. We sat upstairs and really enjoyed watching the sous chef assemble the goodies! Thank you!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Very professional and creative Shojin Ryori. My husband and I loved the food a lot and enjoyed the good service. Knowing it was our wedding anniversary, the chef served free champagne and fruit platter, which is very sweet and considerate. We will come back again for another season's menu. :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurant in NYC. It is eating in seasons. If people like Japanese culture, I would highly recommend Kajitsu. You can enjoy not only Japanese meals but also Japanese culture.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

It quite an experience. The food excellent, beautifully presented and well thought out.
Unfortunately this is place is not at all kid-friendly which was difficult when you have a small baby as tourists.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent, as always. Superb service & really outstanding food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The best! One of my favorites both for food and the environment. Authentic and Original menu items. Quiet and plenty of room between tables for privacy in conversation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I incidentally found out about Kajitsu while searching for Japanese restaurants in New York (on a business trip). I was able to book a reservation for Saturday dinner only the day before. Amazingly, I was shown to a seat at the chef's counter, so I had the benefit of observing and being served by the chef.

I picked the omakase tasting menu, which included most of the dishes from Hana menu (8 courses) with additional courses for truffles + asparagus , rice with porcini mushrooms, and peach sorbet. Sparkling water and genmai tea went along with food, as I prefer to focus on the flavors of food (vs. being drowned out by drinks). There was also a welcoming drink, something fruity and light.

Each course was artwork in itself. The visual impact was exquisite and delicate, like the cuisine it represents (shojin ryori). Taste of each dish was on point, as well as the very attentive service. Chef was very nice, and both the chef and waitress rotated in serving and explaining to me what each dish contained.

While online reviewers described the food as bland or the ambiance as austere, but I think that this is a misunderstanding. Shojin ryori is rooted in Japanese Buddhist tradition and rituals, which in turn is reflected in the light, understated nature of flavor combinations and the serene, meditative environment. I won't go into details about menu, as the restaurant's online version is readily available and many visitors have taken pictures for sharing. I just wanted to ask potential visitors to come with an open mind. This type of cuisine is very different from your usual omakase style at Japanese restaurants based outside of Japan. Just put aside your ideas (and your camera!), and enjoy the food as is!

During the nearly 2-hour journey, I was reminded again and again of my trip to Kyoto last summer. I'm very pleased that I was able to eat such good food near my current home base (Boston). I would definitely go back again.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Vegan, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Kajitsu is a wonderful respite in the chaos of midtown Manhattan. The wonderful servers are engaging yet allow patrons just enough privacy. The quality of the food is superlative. It truly tastes like Shinto temple/farmhouse dining in a prefecture of Japan. I highly recommend eating there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We ordered Omakase and it was Mushroom base. The food was not complex at all rather it was simple spiritual food. May be if you are Vegan, it would be great but we are not vegan and didnt enjoy the food. The tea menu was great and so the service. Also this place doesnt need reservation, even with walk in you can find a table.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Seasonal, Vegan, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Sublime. The restaurant is a minimalist Zen experience with fresh superbly presented vegan Japanese cuisine. I returned from a trip to Japan last week and this restaurant would rank amongst the best I tried there. I also appreciated a chance to try multiple flights of sake which complemented the meal exquisitely.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Boise)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great Japanese restaurant, and also creative which may satisfy any people.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This is my second time here. Great food and service. Will come back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

A very special experience. The staff was amazing. The food was creative and presented beautifully.

Tags: Authentic, Vegan, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

A wonderful experience! Delicate vegan food carefully prepared, full of good intention.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Came here to celebrate my girlfriend's new job.

The ambience was very... well, zen. Lots of wood, large windows, felt like I was eating in someone's (fancy) home. After the large and loud group of bros left it was also pretty quiet.

The service was top notch. The wait staff was very attentive and never took away your plates/bowls without making sure you were done. Also, I let the restaurant know ahead of time that my girlfriend has a wheat allergy, and they did everything in their power to avoid serving her wheat, e.g., grilling vegetables instead of serving them fried in tempura. On top of that, they surprised us with complimentary cava and dessert to congratulate her on her new job!

The food. Probably why anyone is even reading this. I didn't love everything, but I'm also a pretty avid carnivore, and some things were a bit plain for my preference. However, a number of dishes (of the 9 dish omakase) blew me away, such as the white miso broth (I would drink this every day), the corn fritter/tempura (it was a really playful dish and put a smile on my face), and the shiitake rice bowl (I had seconds and I don't regret it). Also, an honorable mention for the noodles, made of rice, but felt like eating soba. Really refreshing, but unfortunately was our last non dessert dish so we were too full to appreciate it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, this was their Summer menu, which implies they have a different menu for the four seasons. I look forward to returning (the next time I have something to celebrate) to try what else they have to offer.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Wonderful, intentional, inspired and delicious for the body, heart and mind...food as both meditation and medicine. Lovely service...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Vegan, Special Occasion, Organic, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The ambiance, the food, attention to all detsils and the serenity made me go back to kyoto. It was very nice!

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