Kajitsu

4.7
1158 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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vipMarinF
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We were very excited to go to Kajitsu - the Yelp recommendations, Open Table and personal friends of ours raved about the delicious, inventive food. It turns out, we were punked. The decor was sparse and austere, the room was physically cold (people were wearing hats and scarves) and there was no music. The 12 courses were either bland, oddly textured or tasted like dirt and hot feet. I barely touched most dishes. The service was joyless. I left hungry, poor and angry.

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vipFranz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great experience, very creative food, knowledgeable service.

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AbeV
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A visual and culinary experience journeying through flavors, textures, and so much joy for your palate. Beautiful to share with loved ones. Simply excellent food, such care, attention, and detail... Unique and incredible for those seeking a vegan experience, and so enjoyable for meat eaters to imagine the impossible!

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thing
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful and unique vegetarian restaurant, the tasting menu incorporates a lot of different flavors and a wide variety of ingredients/cooking techniques. Service was impeccable. Overall an amazing experience and I will definitely be back even though I am not a vegetarian!

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Shum
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My third time here doesnt disappoint! Amazing how the servers are all on top of their game but of course the food is still the highlight. Glad to be able to experience shojin cuisine at it's finest- I'll be back!

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Bkthund
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kajitsu deserves all the hype it gets. Amazingly unique food, great portion and value. Great service as well.

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wille
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kajitsu is the most amazing restaurant in New York. We love coming back

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vipChris
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a beautiful, almost spiritual, meal here

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MaxS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I had the 10 course menu which was superb. The quality of the ingredients was beyond my expectations and I would definitely go again there.
Only the service when entering and leaving the restaurant (had to wait 3-5 minutes because nobody seated me) could be improved.

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VivekS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaceful ambiance and amazing food. Every course was tasty, and we were all satisfied by the end of the meal. None of us are vegetarian, but we thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. We will be coming back.

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IndyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would have given it 5 stars but unfortunately we felt a bit rushed this time, making the dinner experience not as relaxed as expected. But still, the food is outstanding and the place very special.

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OMW3
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Food and service were perfect.

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Vsood
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, totally worth the money, I really enjoyed the food

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LoriF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I have ever had. It was a glorious experience. The service was fantastic - everything was truly perfect. Thank you so much!

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SylwiaW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, interesting food but not my favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife is a vegan I’m not and we both enjoyed it tremendously. Nice and quiet setting and very interesting food. The premium sake pairing was very worthwhile.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food quality was very good, but some of the dishes seemed repetitive.

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ElanaK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kajitsu's is the best vegetarian restaurant in the City and is true artistry on the plate.

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MadisonE
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was incredible, food was amazing but come extremely hungry if doing the 10 course dinner! We struggled to finish

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vip2BFoodD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a memorable experience from start to finish. Great reception at the front followed by excellent attention at the table with the right timing. Once a course was over the empty dishes were removed discreetly. The food was to boot. It was cooked to the right temperature seasoned.exquisitely. Great combination of texture and flavour.
A must for those who want to experience good quality vegetarian food.

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AshleyF
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!!! Wonderful service and the food was sensational

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Mark
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We absolutely enjoyed the restaurant and the food was very good. We are not vegan eaters normally but really enjoyed the courses. Great and respectful service.

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vipDavidP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and the service were outstanding. However, the setting and especially the noise level were not on a par with the food/service experience. Unfortunately the rooms are small and sparingly decorated so sound travels, and one table of loud talkers/drinkers can ruin the experience for everyone else.

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vipAnnaK
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Subtle beautiful flavors with lovely presentation. We were full after 13 dishes, didn’t miss the meat. Even my meat loving partner really enjoyed the feast. It was fun to sit at the counter but it would be fine to sit at a regular table too.

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echo
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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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Kajitsu is rated 4.7 stars by 1158 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.