Kajitsu

4.7
952 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My client enjoyed the entire night at Kajitsu. We love all seasonal dishes!! I recommend at counter seats especially if you would be there for the first time. Thank you!!

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An overall outstanding dining experience that is hard to put words to. The focus of the entire experience is the food which is supported by the subtlety of the room, furnishings, and service. The simplicity allows one to fully experience the beauty and flavor of in season, fresh ingredients. The exquisite tea and sake pairings were an added bonus. As a vegetarian, this was a rare opportunity to enjoy fine dining where vegetables were the focus, rather than an after thought.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !feels like your in Japan..not NY

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Menu was completely tastless - we never ate such tastless food and paid so much money for nothing.
This evening wont be forgotten...only go there if you want to try how tastless food can be nicely decorated.
The service however was very good!
It is a shame that the complete menu consisting of 8 courses didn’t include we really enjoyed eating as the service was really good and also the location wasn’t too bad.

Conclusion - onetime experience; paid $100 per person for nothing really.

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PN
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Presentation was generally sloppy. Restaurant lighting couldve been less depressing. I think the preparation of food generally had very little thought as well. Tempura corn was too oily. Sorbet was melted and the cherries were sour. I’m just comparing my experience with temple cuisines I’ve had in Taipei (yushange) and Seoul (sanchon) and Mount Koya. I think it’s ok if it is simply prepared focussing on seasonality and the elegance of the season. But this whole thing just felt thoughtless. Even more disappointing knowing it’s Japanese run because the attention to detail is extremely lacking compared to our experiences in Japan. It feels like just like an easy way to court Westerners who don’t know better or who don’t travel to Japan often.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese dining without meet or sushi.

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N
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ambiance was nice and relaxing. Some of the dishes (rice, tempura, umami broth, seasonal veg plate) were excellent, however some we had to force ourselves to eat or not finish. In particular the starter watercress (with tofu-based sauce I believe) was flavorless, and repeated in another dish, and the yam puree with the soba noodles overpowered any of the other flavors-- there was none of the acid + salty + slightly sweet + seaweed on top flavor in most cold soba noodle dishes, instead very bland. Bathrooms were a mess (floors needed to be cleaned) over the three hours we were there, and service rushed us towards the end by overlapping dishes (we took three hours to eat total, and most reviews said the Omakese dinner took 3.5). Overall, we didn't feel like it was worth a michelin star, worth the price, and would not recommend going back due to unevenness of flavor and service.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is distinctive, the service is good, the environment is simple but comfortable. Although the price is not cheap, it is worth a try.

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AR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was very accommodating. He had a menu with more details other than the one that was at the table which was helpful. He wrote out more details as needed. I got the omakase because the chilled soba noodles were made with matcha which was divine. I got the regular sake pairing which was good. I would definitely return. The fried dish was so good. I would love if they could play with shiso leaf more....

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The whole meal was great but the dessert was wow! The grilled bamboo on the omakase meal was good and very different approach

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing. Delicate and precious with every bite. A vegetarian adventure no matter your diet

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Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was just simply fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone for date night or looking for good vegan food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years and this place is always amazing. The food is the best I’ve ever had and the service is spectacular. See you soon Kajitsu!

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i
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For the full and in-depthunderstand the foods at this restaurant need to know about buddhist monks and their eating habits. No spice was strong while tasting what each course was made of! Was apleasant surprise to taste Japanese Buddhist Temple foods in NYC!!!

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FA
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice experience and the quality of the food was very high but it was just a bit more expensive than we would have thought for the types of food we were eating. I would definitely recommend it for all to try and the service and presentation is wonderful...they did have rare food from all parts of the world so have to figure that into the price....sake pairing selections were fabulous too.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unique, fabulous, hyper-sessional vegan food. Took my GF here for her birthday dinner and came away both very impressed and full from course after course. The seasonal specials ingredients were fresh bamboo, English peas, white and green asparagus, all superb.

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great vegetable focused meal. Not as decadent as other tasing menus, but the unique and interesting food makes it well worth a visit.

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TT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was as perfect a dining experience as I can imagine. Every single plate or bowl looked perfect and was presented perfectly. Yes, there were a couple of small bits of food I didn't like but that is my personal taste.
It is difficult to answer the 'value' question. We didn't go to Kajitsu to get full of familiar food, we went for an ultimate experience of dining and new tastes and the cost was justified by the experience.
The dinner was ample; even though we had the 8 course rather than the 10 course meal, we both were pleasantly full and did not finish the last and main dish.
I will be going back.

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I
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice vegetarian menu. Could have had a few more mushrooms but the ingredients were fresh and the dishes had good flavor. Service was excellent. Good for a special occasion.

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t
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I really loved Kajitsu. The fact that they are doing such interesting things with vegan cooking is fantastic. The omakase is definitely worth it, as is the sake pairing. The ambiance is fairly casual but the food was so good that it didn't matter. Would recommend perhaps adding 1 more ingredient for variation as the flavors did start to taste similar with just a focus on two types of asparagus and bamboo and so many courses. Would definitely come back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As part of a birthday weekend for my wife and I, this was the first deep dive we have taken into authentic Japanese cuisine. Everything from the menus and utensils, decor and service was impeccable, outstanding, authentically Japanese and detail oriented. We went all out for the 10 course Omakase menu with sake pairings. Keep in mind that this is Vegetarian. Neither of us have been big Sake drinkers in the past but we thoroughly enjoyed this presentation through different types of sake. The food was exquisitely presented, which challenged our taste buds with flavors that we are not familiar with. While not every course spoke to our personal taste they did open our palate. others were quite flavorful with delicious pairings that worked well together along with the sake. By the end of the night after Seemingly endless courses, we were both quite full and satisfied with a pleasurable and wonderfully crafted and satisfying meal. If you approach this food with an open mind and heart you will see its beauty and artistry. In addition, the waitstaff were outstanding, with their knowledge of this food and attention to detail beautiful to watch. Despite being quite a pricey experience it was well worth it for this special occasion. I highly recommend it

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m
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an unbelievable experience. We had wanted to go to Kajitsu ever since we learned about their style and philosophy. We took the opportunity to go to celebrate our friend's birthday. We selected the omakase tasting with the tea pairings. About 8-9 courses. Our seasonal vegetables were bamboos from Kyoto, green asparagus from local farmers and white asparagus from France. Our dinner was incredible. Each dish with its own preparation technique and flavor profile. All the tastes were delicate and thoughtful. Everything was beautiful and very elegantly served. Our servers we absolutely lovely. And they made the birthday celebration extra special by offering us a champagne toast at the end. Unforgettable, wonderful experience.

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M
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely incredible. The Shojin cuisine is a must-try for everyone and I wished I lived in NYC so that I could frequent Kajitsu. The tea pairing was was quite delectable and worth seeking out for diners that prefer spirit-free pairing options.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience of fine food and service. And vegan!! I shall return! ❤️❤️❤️

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely spot on. Just our fellow diners were loud talkers but since it is in the US, and not Japan, that is to be expected.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super intimate and quiet.. the food is superb. Service and ambiance all on point. Highly recommend.

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RJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but every bite was worth it. The best vegan japanese restaurant in Manhattan. Imagine Kyoto without the meat. Delicious!

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go each month this month food was extra amazing!

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

More food than I can eat in one sitting but wonderful!!

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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
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 on March 22, 2019
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 on March 19, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
25 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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