Kajitsu

4.6
904 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will offer only Omakase menu $137 with a gift from Kajitsu on Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Interesting dishes that are very eclectic and different. A lot of the dishes tasted very similar though which was disappointing. Overall, nice place but not worth the expensive price.

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EC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and amazing food (I'm not vegetarian but did spend 2 years in Japan so appreciate your cuisine). Wonderful birthday treat to myself. Gochisosama!

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience in a Zen atmosphere.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kajitsu experience is one that I would recommend to anyone. This will go down as one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. The food is simply exquisite. The only thing I would say is that in the context of the overall philosophy, the portion sizes were a bit too large. We both felt that we had eaten too much by the end, but it was too good to not finish every bite!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was incredibly nice + professional as well as knowledgeable. We went for a birthday and had a great experience. Very pricey but worth it to pretend to be fancy for a night.

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a
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was quite possibly the best dining experience I have had in New York City. Beautiful, reverential atmosphere. Superb, cheerful, informative wait staff. The tasting menu was... incredible. Plant-based paradise.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exquisite.

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OS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. I have never endured such a unique dining experience. Everything felt intentional and well thought out. Plenty of local ingredients and absolutely everything was made in house. Dining was almost meditative. The chef deserves all the respect he can get.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our engagement at the restaurant at it was perfect.

Amazing service, staff were very friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable of the ingredients and the menu.

One of the best restaurants I've been to! Will definitely return!

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible restaurant. The food is of the highest quality. The flavors, textures and experiences are superb. A very special place, of the highest quality. Everything was perfect and nothing was lacking. I felt wonderful and lucky leaving there.

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t
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went for a birthday celebration. We arrived early and saw the waitstaff bowing and heard them chanting before the restaurant opened (viewed from the opposite side of the street through the second story window). That ceremonial care prepared us for the wonderfully choreographed evening of delicious surprises and complete codling. At first, the requirement that all diners order the same prix fixe meal was annoying but as the evening progressed, I understood the joy of receiving the same dish at the same time and discovering the subtle flavors at the same time with my friend. Dinner is long but we were prepared for that and the restaurant was kind enough to surprise me with a birthday surprise - I forgot I had mentioned it on my opentable reservation. At first I wished to hear the special playlist but ended up realizing that the dining experience was enhanced by the lovely silence.

Thank you so much for an evening which will stay with us for a very long time. Next time, we will sit at the counter to see the actual preparation of the dishes.

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ZB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a special occasion. Great food and the service was awesome. The menu changes every month, so no specific reviews of the food but imagine it is always excellent. Worth the price

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OT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaaaazing restaurants

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GH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took the family to Kajitsu and a Broadway show for their Christmas present. Kajitsu was perfect: delicious, gorgeous food cooked and served by professionals.

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in all of NYC after living here for 17+ years. Chef Abe is remarkably talented.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was literally in tears the food was so beautiful and delicious. Japanese AND vegan- total heaven. Tea pairing was incredible. The ceramics used were so beautiful- all different.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu is simply wonderful - each piece, from food itself to its representation, is a form of art. I feel truly aligned throughout the whole experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Art work both in the sense of taste and the presentation. You have a sake or tea pairing to choose with your menu.
The waiters are exceptionally knowledgeable and keep you in awe of culinary wonders on your plate.
They offer explanation of various dishes and drink you are enjoying. And please believe me - you are enjoying your meal.
It takes about 2 - 2.5h to delight in the chosen set and I can advise not to rush. It is a pleasure and you should take it slowly.
Seasonal menu, lovingly prepared and presented with care.
Bon appetite!

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RA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I wanted to love this restaurant, especially given the price. However, our meal took over 4 hours to complete, and there was a period of time that our proportionally large party of 5 was waiting for 30mins without food or drink.
The meal was insanely unique, however, jelly/gelatin was over-used throughout the tasting meal IMHO. In addition, small details like differences in serving plates, chopstick holders and bowls was strange (especially given that one of the mantras of this place is for each of its patrons to share the same dinning experience!). I mean that literally, because we all had to order the same tasting menu (regardless of how hungry we were individually). Overall, if I pay more than $300/person, including the sake pairing, I want to be able to leave saying "wow, I would definitely come back!" or "i can't wait to bring my friends here!". This restaurant made feel like New York google reviews cannot be trusted.

Overall, SUPER unique and interesting, but I could have had nearly a lifetime supply of Mamoun's for the same price.... I'd go for Mamoun's.

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F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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CJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Third time here .. this time the meal felt quite heavy and not as fresh as it had been the other two times.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing meal and experience. Food was outstanding and service was impeccable. Definitely worth it for special occasions.

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MY
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food in general did not taste good. I have a quite sensitive taste but some dishes were bland to me. Interestingly there was one specific dish that had such a strong taste that made me want to spit it out immidiately. I felt that it destroyed my tastebuds. The service was meh. Not Japanses waiters, if you are expecting. Did the tea pairing. Tea was great but it did not balance well with the meal. The theme of our meal was Daikon, but the food we had tasted pretty much just like Daikon. No matter it was served cold, boiled, or mixed with rice, it was Daikon. I would say some dishes tasted bad, and there was one dish that was tasty, not delicious though. It was napa cabbage with sesame paste, but you can never go wrong with a sweetened sesame paste. Matcha served at the end was really good. I liked it but the "sugar candy" was way way way way too sweet. It would be nice if you can switch it to sakura flavoured candy with ume inside.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable shojin cuisine in a simplistically stunning dining room. Complex flavors from vegetables, developed by zen monks in the 1300s. Words cannot express what a complete experience this was

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AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very slow service. Took over 3 hours for dinner.

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b
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was the perfect place to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. It was our second time there and it has been phenomenal on both of our visits.

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot recall any restaurant that pays more attention to detail than Kajitsu does in its service or food preparation.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Kajitsu was unique vegan dining experience. Nearly every dish was something I had never tried before. The suggested tea pairing went well with the omakase, however, the volume of tea served was overwhelming. It made me really full. The service was excellent.

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Traditional Shojin-Ryori... beautiful and nourishing celebration of seasonal ingredients. Wish the room was a bit warmer (not in temperature).. maybe shoji screens on the windows would help? Well timed, beautifully and artistically presented food, everything cooked perfectly, but the flavors were not quite on par with similar experiences in Japan. Also, we did leave feeling as though the price point was a bit steep relative to the quality of the overall experience. Still, we thank the staff for their gracious hospitality and for helping to make our anniversary special.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome , I will come back

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

No one told ya it was a Vegan Restaurant!!!!!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing dinner. A lot of great different flavors and textures. We had the tea pairing and we couldn’t have made a better choice. Great teas which enhanced and accompanied the food very well.

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CM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Kajitsu is an incredible Vegan fine dining yet understated experience. It is a solid choice for vegans and those who want to experience vegan food in haute couture. The setting is very subtle, quiet, almost like a Budhist Temple. The sake menu is TO DIE FOR. The dishes are expertly crafted, carefully and eloquently presented, and the ingredients are so fresh you will feel as if they came directly from the ground to your plate. Never in my life have I tried so many types of mushrooms!

In the end my only complaint was that it is a LOT of food. I was so full! But I also was feeling good despite the extreme satiation. That's a rare feeling to have. I felt like the food purified my heart and soul.

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AS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Chefs there have changed over course of times but Kajitsu consistently provides high quality authentic Japanese food that appeals Japanese natives as well as American locals. I'm not for the trend of expensive omakase in Japanese restaurants and sushi places with all the gimmicks and unauthentic twists to appeal to American clientele. I can get away from all of them here at a reasonable price.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was lovely! The food was great and balanced. Wish there had been music playing. It was very quiet

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Excellent service with an interior about as cozy as a subway station. Quality ingredients beautifully presented. Lousy deserts.

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend the omakase. Make sure to come hungry!

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d
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was explained by the friendly and attentive staff. I appreciated being moved downstairs where the beautiful playlist was being played but still have the vegan set menu.

Your restaurant is a lovely calm oasis in a busy city.

Ideally the temperature would be a little cooler.

The food was superb and your staff excellent.

Thank for a great dining experience I will always remember.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!

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