*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.
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.
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!
Incredibly delicious, artful food. Incredibly professional and hospitable staff.
Excellent, often unexpected, and memorable meal. I did like their last location better, but this was still very enjoyable.
A very special moment for a very special day - my 65th birthday! Thank you
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.
First time experience very enjoyable will go again
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.
Want to go back next day haha
Best seasonal experience ever. One of the top plant-based restaurants in the city for sure. Great atmosphere and aesthetics
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!
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!
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.
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.
Loved the food and experience. The staff was very welcoming, accommodating, and knowledgeable in the food and utensils.
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.
Amazing, transformative dining experience. Should be a Michin star restaurant!
One too many courses - too much focus on mushrooms and chestnuts.
Inventive and wonderfully prepared and presented.
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.
Amazing food, ambiance, and service. Imaginative food with big flavors. A very special evening!
Fall menu is always our favorite. A lot of fall mushroom, chestnut, and sweet potato featured dishes.
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
Phenomenal meal, beautifully presented and served.
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.
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.
My favorite restaurant. So glad they’re back as amazing as ever!
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
Fantastic! 5 star experience all around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very interesting new experience! Tempura chestnut was mind blowing
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.
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.
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.
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 !
A very authentic and elegant meal. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
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.