Kajitsu

4.7
1142 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--Temple Kaiseki which is vegan a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. Please allow 2 - 3 hours for dining (10 - 12 courses). 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.
*Kajitsu policy states that each guest that is seated at a table/counter is required to order one full course menu. Please notify us in advance if any children will be joining your dinner party.
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echo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The concept of food is still good, but the execution is not as great as it was three years ago. The most disappointing thing is the restroom––it was not good. I do not recommend counter seating.

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Sheila
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of a kind vegan experience- never normally possible for Japanese cuisine.
Fantastic ambiance and outstanding service. The food quality and taste was excellent and items were imaginative- the presentation was exquisite.

Kelp is a flavor that permeates much of the food, so depending on whether you like seaweed, will determine your liking for the flavors.

We’re not generally a huge fan of squash which was unfortunately a key seasonal ingredient.

Overall a lovely place to go for a celebration or special occasion- certainly not the local sushi place!

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LizE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly delicious, artful food. Incredibly professional and hospitable staff.

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JuanR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent, often unexpected, and memorable meal. I did like their last location better, but this was still very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special moment for a very special day - my 65th birthday! Thank you

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FoodL
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was quite disappointing. We had the 12 course menu and there was little difference between the courses, they all tasted quite plain. Definitely not worth the money. Staff was nice though.

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Margaret5
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time experience very enjoyable will go again

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foods
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Flavors were outstanding. You’ll get pretty full by the end of the meal. Each dish was very unique. The service was good.
Restaurant was initially very quiet but a group of six came in and became very loud.

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SherryL
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Want to go back next day haha

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MishaT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seasonal experience ever. One of the top plant-based restaurants in the city for sure. Great atmosphere and aesthetics

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PhilL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing restaurant, space was unique, dining room generally quiet. Food was fantastic, dishes were all unique and served creatively. Sake pairing was also well worth the additional cost. Will return!

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passionnate
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re reluctant to have a meal here simply because they don’t serve meat, don’t be. All the plates have depth and complexity of flavor that you will forget that you eat meat anyway. Can’t wait to try the other seasons menus!

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RokitBB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The fall harvest omakase was outstanding in its flavors and presentation. I say this as a confirmed meatatarian eating a vegan omakase meal! I had the mixed tea and sake pairing and got three sakes and three teas, all of which were quite distinctive and 2/3 of which we made notes of for later. I would be remiss if I didn't note that my wife and I were fascinated by and loved the pottery and glassware selected for this omakase experience; they were beautiful and added to the ambiance handily. The meal was expensive - this isn't a significant negative here, given that this is a midtown Manhattan omakase restaurant - but it was still something I felt I had to call out with a 4/5 value rating. The ambiance rating of 4/5 mostly reflects the building and its age - the space is spare and quiet with well thought out decor, which is perfect - but there is an air of the 'midtown heavily trafficked restaurant' to it which will likely persist until their next renovation. It was quite clean and well kept.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible 12-course dinner that elevated my understanding of what a purely vegetarian meal could be. As a voracious meat eater, it opened my eyes for how veggies could be elevated.

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EdwinG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the food and experience. The staff was very welcoming, accommodating, and knowledgeable in the food and utensils.

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vipMisterStars
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible to see Chef Hiroki Abe prepare and offer course after course amazing dishes full of flavor. Our meal was a full sensory experience and one of those one of a kind meals. Thank you.

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Shuvro
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, transformative dining experience. Should be a Michin star restaurant!

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vipPeterB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One too many courses - too much focus on mushrooms and chestnuts.

Inventive and wonderfully prepared and presented.

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Melissa
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very imaginative vegan food focused on what’s seasonal. Very unusual flavors and things we did not know were edible. Wonderful journey. It is a lot of food so pace yourself.

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DLHh
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance, and service. Imaginative food with big flavors. A very special evening!

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vipCasp
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fall menu is always our favorite. A lot of fall mushroom, chestnut, and sweet potato featured dishes.

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MichelleB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

An incredibly unusual and tasty meal

was quite loud, not as tranquil as in the past.
Food, while highly original, was a bit on the "brown" side. could have used more green or other fresh color
servers seemed less "inspired" and more perfunctory than in the past

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vipDarwin
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal meal, beautifully presented and served.

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Herbert
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delectable. I would go back with each season's new, highlighted ingredients, but after tax/tip/sake, my bill was $400 for two, and that's too high to do more than once in a blue moon.

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Jules
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is magical. The plating is art, the dishes are so unique and delicious, the whole experience is unforgettable. My fourth visit and I look forward to returning.

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Wzingiber
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. So glad they’re back as amazing as ever!

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Highsmith
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I have been coming to Kajitsu for years and booked a dinning room table and instead got seated at the bar which is exactly where I did not want to seated. The host was rude, robotic and very cold and unsympathetic, the opposite to the level of service Kajitsu in the past. The food is still incredible but the service is poor and leaves you not wanting to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! 5 star experience all around.

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vipAShin
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I used to enjoy coming here and eating by myself in serenity. That is a part of point of eating Buddhist vegetarian food.
I understand noise level necessarily goes up with all the tables fully booked but two bigger parties-4 and 5 people respectively- each had a very loud talking lady. The dining room was unbearably noisy. I couldn’t hear my husband sitting across from me.
I don’t think I’m particularly sensitive to noise but it’s the level beyond I can enjoy eating anything, much less Buddhist cooking.

It’s great to see people have good time over good food but this isn’t a pizza joint. I miss having reasonably quieter environment to enjoy Shojin food.

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DaleH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We highly recommend this place. The food is great if you like shojin Japanese cuisine ... all vegetarian. We have been here many times and enjoy our meals every time. The staff is attentive and helpful. They will take you though every course and describe what you are eating and it meaning in Japanese culture.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I ever had, also the most fascinating, so much to culinary nerd out about. Service was beyond exceptional. Be prepared to eat, it will be a lot of food. All too delicious not to finish. The tea pairing was also great, the rimpo tea was one of the best teas I ever drank ever.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Extraordinario

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Fran
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Too many bland courses. Repetition of ingredients. A few courses were good but non were memorable. Dining room and ambience disappointing. Very poor value for money.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting new experience! Tempura chestnut was mind blowing

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Catcatcat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Every single entry was very good.
It was too much of one theme.
When it comes to an “Onakage” meal, it should be like a well planned “concert” as a whole instead of a “competition” of entries. I felt as if J was at a competition event that I had to listen to a dozen of talented performers playing the same exact required piece. In other words, too many miso tastes that killed each other. Too many of the same key and pitch.
I felt as if a dozen chefs competed in cooking something and served them all, instead of one director created the whole show.

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DanF
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service and overall experience was excellent. Vegan restaurants often cannot live up to the hype but not here, terrific and special food with wonderful service.

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Yurtger
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The sheer variety of flavors and textures experienced at Kajitsu make it memorable. For those Omnivores wary of the all-veg menu, fret not as the sheer variety you are presented with has you forget that meat was ever even a consideration. While the mastery of technique was evident, not all the flavors were equivalent in their reception. My companions and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kajitsu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing hospitality and wonder presentation!
I’d highly recommend this place for any occasion.

We definitely will come back to try all seasonal food.
Thank you very much !

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vipDiner
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very authentic and elegant meal. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Kajitsu is rated 4.7 stars by 1142 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.