Kajitsu

4.8
838 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Special Occasion
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, 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. Please allow 2 - 3 hours for dining.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (last order)
(Closed on Mondays)

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Phone number
(212) 228-4873
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hiroki Abe
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Private party facilities
Please call the restaurant for a large party ( 7 people and up)
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Private party contact
kajitsukokage@gmail.com: (212) 228-4873
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Park and Lexington on 39th Street
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Public transit
42nd St. Grand Central Station (4,5,6,7,S)
42nd St. Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 838 People Are Saying
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JP
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular - get the counter service, take your time, savor every moment. It is like stepping into Tokyo, and many of the vegetables are actually flown in from parts of japan. I’m a certified meat eater, but this vegan meal is for everyone that enjoys haute cuisine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was too slow. Food is ok, I might be too picky lol.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Wonderful ambiance. Scrumptious food.

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful presentation. Like the taste because it is not salty or oily (the miso soup was the only dish that was felt salty). Good place to reset your palette and do something good for the body. However, it was a but on the starchy side with voluminous rice dish appearing early, and the fried dish being sweet potato. I would swap the noodle and the rice dish. But the new chef’s experiment brings fresh breeze into the place.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just magical. This was a 3 hour meal of so many flavors and textures in a peaceful setting.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t be confused, this isn’t just amazing vegan dining its amazing dining. The staff is so kind and helpful, service is on par with the food!

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QH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

i'm not a vegetarian but this vegan place was superb! it makes you forget about eating meat as the veggies were prepared so well and they were delicious. very good dinning experience as expected from a michelin star restaurant. The omakase was great. enough food to fill an empty stomach. would definitely go again as they have different menus each month.

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T
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service are above and beyond. We celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday and the restaurant gave us a very nice cake and sparkling wine for the occasion. Thank your very much!

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m
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was a work of art from start to finish. I've gone many times over the years and the new chef brings it to a whole other level. The visual presentation, combinations of ingredients and flavors are sublime. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates this type of delicate cuisine. A real treat. Expensive but worth it. Unlike any other restaurant in New York City.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 12-course meal is something to be experienced. Every dish is immaculately prepared, plated beautifully and uniquely. The simple and quiet environment puts the focus on being completely present with every bite. This is THE BEST plant-based meal I've ever had.

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U
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu is my favorite Vegan restaurant in NYC. Amazing food, service, atmosphere and sake!!

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LK
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed going to Kajitsu! The service is wonderful and traditional, the food tastes amazing, the presentation is beautiful, and the whole thing is an experience. We'd definitely come here again.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here and enjoyed it very much. The cuisine is unique and incredibly creative and surprising. The service is spot on and the dinner is very much worth the cost. Will hope to come back for another special occasion int he future

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GA
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting and creative vegan cuisine! My friend joke around that we probably need to grab a bite after dinner. Surprisingly, it was filling and I am impressed the magic they could do with the veggie. It was a good meal.

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A seasonal menu that you can’t miss with bamboo shoots from Kyoto. Also the Sakura mochi. Suggest to go with the omakase menu to get the full experience.

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DN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, elegant food, expertly paced, with friendly but very professional service.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration and they made it feel great. Service was very nice. The wait staff needs to speak up just a bit I found it hard to hear what the dishes were so I had to keep asking additional questions about the food. It didn’t stop me from enjoying though

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Excellent food. They talk you through all the courses and the service is pretty fast. The 8 course pre fixed menu will take about 2 hours and it's reservation only.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food nice service we enjoy the dining here

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kajitsu offers a remarkable vegan omakase. No animal products at all. Such an amazing experience from the firsr course to the last. Definitely would come back.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was beautifully put together and there was not a single thing that we did not enjoy. It was clear the chef put a lot of effort into every dish and there were a variety of drinks to suit everyone. You pay for the quality of the food but I must say that were very satisfied after the many many courses!

The waitresses were very knowledgeable and on hand right away on any questions or further drinks orders that we needed. The dishes were served very quickly which was good as there was a lot of courses to get through.

The restaurant was very minimalist and no music but there are only a number of tables and very spaced out which meant dining felt private.

Overall we had a wonderful experience and really glad we tried this place during our trip to NYC. We would return to NYC just to try Kajitsu again!

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NV
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu is a one of the best restaurants I have been to in a long time. Service was impeccable and the food prepared in the most meticulous ways. This is a place that once discovered will be on the tip of every diner's tongue.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and topnotch service. The pacing of the courses was a little too fast on the night of our visit.

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LA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Beautiful service, environment & food is nicely put together. Although it is a luxurious experience, we did not perceive the food as being worth the price.

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FG
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was gorgeous and authentic Japanese, from the lovely dishware and serving platters to the incredible food to the sake. The waitstaff was wonderful. Perfect for a special occasion. Highly recommend the Omakase menu.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My gf is vegetarian so I was super excited to have her try an authentic vegetarian omakase. We both left pretty disappointed after shelling out $350. The experience of an omakase was great but the food was subpar and out hot courses were lukewarm/cold. May be it was an off day for them, but if I’m shelling out that kind of money I want to leave throughly satisfied with the food which was no where near the case.

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M
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There are 2 sections to this restaurant. On the main level is a-la-carte dining whilst the 2nd level is a strictly vegetarian omakase style dining with no meat nor fish. Food was exquisitely prepared & very different in our dining experience. It was a very unique experience!

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unlike any restaurant dining experience I've ever had. Dinner was more in line with a meditation session or tea ceremony. In fact, I suggest meditating before coming here in order to quiet your palate to better appreciate the spirit of the food. I look forward to bringing my tea monk friend here next time he visits.

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CE
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was looking forward to experience Shojin cooking so we ordered the Omakase. Overall the food and service were just okay and not worth the high cost of the meal.

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f
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the best vegetarian food I've ever had. Also, I do appreciate how quiet the atmosphere was.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent taste and service. They do provide real Japanese food and service. Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience !!!
Highly recommended!!!
Amazing place, high quality, high service, unique, elegant, chic, quiet !!!
A must go if you want to experience some Japanese food.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at this restaurant is delicious. Keep in mind that the menu changes due to seasonal ingredients and everything comes in a set menu. There are two kinds of sets: Hana and Omakase. I would suggest going for the Hana set because it will give you less food whereas for the Omakase, the set is the same as Hana, but a few dishes more. Highly recommended!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an unbelievable dining experience worth every penny. Delicious, exotic, unfamiliar flavors. Stellar presentation and service. What they offer is very unique very special. Without a doubt the best vegan food I've eaten in my life.

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KI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eclectic outstanding cuisine in a quiet beautiful setting served with excellent service.

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great as always was a New Years experience with New Years black bean.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seasonal food cooked to perfection and with attention to detail. Always a wonderful experience dining there.

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U
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite Vegan restaurants in NYC. A must try for special occasions and when you wanted to spoil yourself, a date or significant other!!

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