Kajitsu

4.7
857 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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 857 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal - so thoughtful, artistic, and delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent menu, friendly staff, but absurdly slow service. Brace yourself for +3h

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SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

This meal itself was absolutely amazing! Super beautiful and each course was pretty tasty. The servers were very nice and gave wonderful descriptions of the food. I would give it more stars except for the very bad timing of the meal. We spent over four hours getting our food, there was farrrr too long between courses, and two parties had their full meals served before we finished ours. They actually lapped us in getting courses served! It made us feel pretty neglected, which was sad because I was treating a colleague to a celebration dinner! They did apologize for the wait around 3 hours in but didn't do ANYthing about it (didn't speed up the service much, didn't comp a drink, nothing).

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great and food was exquisite !

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P
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice feel, great food, great find in midtown Manhattan.
Staff were friendly, v Japanese and authentic feel to everything.
This is what I wanted with this dining experience.
Overall, we were very full with the Omikase plus extra wheat gluten side.
Everything else was prepared with attention to flavor, presentation and homage to being full out vegetarian.
I'm glad choose to come here! Great job chef Abe!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu is a wonderful and enchanting dining experience.

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U
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu remains one of my favorite NYC restaurants. Great for a special occasion, business dinner etc.

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

Wonderful service and food, lovely birthday dessert. We also loved the music!

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NY
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was superb, and the food was nice. I went there with my 10 years old and we were really full after the omakese meals. We enjoy most of the food and the presentation was elegant. There were a couple courses were underwhelming. Our reservation was at six pm and it was pleasant and quiet with four guests in the dining rom. There was a group of business men came in later and it became very loud and unpleasant. I would suggest making a reservation for the earlier sitting to enjoy the mellow ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and experience was amazing. Really enjoyed the first course of grilled chilled fig with sesame cream *vegan of course. And the last dessert the dorayaki with a edamame bean paste was great. Food people who say the food is bland do not understand it. The food was extremely flavorsome and excellently prepared. They will have a repeat guest out of me.

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Dated with terrible service. Food was disappointing.

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Did not like music upstairs at Kajitsu I like quiet trying to get away from noise and music. They said only for this month as article in New York tomes so put it upstairs. Otherwise fabulous as always and great flavors

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here to appreciate the music but there were quite a number of people in the main dining room so it’s hard to listen to the music. The food was delicate.

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h
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the smaller course. Seasoning was subtle so that the dishes nicely featured the taste of vegetables themselves. Some of the vegetables were not as flavorful as one might expect for such a high-end restaurant. Presentation was outstanding. Although each dish looked small, we were surprisingly filled at the end. We sat at the counter, expecting interesting conversations with the chefs. We were disappointed that the chefs prepared silently and did not engage in conversation. One chef in particular looked unhappy and the way he handled the foods and utensils was so casual and disrespectful to the ingredients, which made dishes less appetizing. I understand that this place is in a transition period, which showed. We appreciate the sincere effort by the server, William.

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KY
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible attention to the detail.
Authentic Kyoto cuisine you can experience without flying to Kyoto.
Only annoying factor is Japanese people’s eating manner although it’s perfectly OK in Japan. It diesn’t Apply to international standard.

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RF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sounded like an interesting concept, but was way overpriced for food that was bland. I expected that since it was vegan, the seasoning would have been exceptional to compensate for the lack of meat or seafood dishes. It wasn't. I left craving some quality sushi or a plate of shumai.

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Kajitsu. We have no experience with Japanese food other thatn the occasional sushi, but this was fabulous. The place is simple, but very well done. The food is amazing. Taste is great, the way the food is served is great, the service was very kind and efficient. We loved every of the 12 courses we had and left with a satisfied and content feeling without having eaten too much. There are many good reasons to return

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JK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kajitsu is our favorite restaurant in all of New York, you will not be disappointed by the sincere hospitality and incredible food.

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JQ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and it was even better than I remembered ..soooo delicious! The ingredients were special and the service fantastique! Thanks.

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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
119 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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OT
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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OT
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
14 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
60 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
36 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
32 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
119 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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OT
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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OT
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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