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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, season 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. For first time diners we highly recommend booking seats at the Chef's Counter where our executive chef Hiroki Odo and his assistants prepare the meal in front of you for a truly authentic Shojin experience!
New York, NY 10016
Japanese, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (last order)
(Closed on Mondays)
Between Park and Lexington on 39th Street
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Take the 4,5 or 6 trains to Grand central and walk 3 blocks south on lexington to 39th street.
Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for a large party ( 7 people and up)
Private Party Contact:
email@example.com: (212) 228-4873
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
Kajitsu Ratings and Reviews
Kajitsu is unlike any other restaurant. It is unique in that the menu is changed monthly and prepared in accordance with the season and Japanese monk principles. The food is a work of art visually - like nothing you've seen before. The food tastes amazing. Do not let the small servings fool you because there are so many courses in the preset menu that you will be very full. The service is impeccable - respectful, polite, patient yet efficient. I highly recommend Kajitsu, especially when you need a special moment for yourself or with others.
As an Japanese native, I can tell you this is the best Japanese restaurant I know of in the US. We tried Omakase course. Every dish was excellent and beautifully presented. It was so much like an art piece that I hesitated to break with chopsticks. I especially liked Tempura with Sansho source. The menu changes for season, so you can taste different food every season.
We came here for a special 8 year anniversary and because it was very close to home. WE were pleasantly surprised seeing it as a vegetarian restaurant. Every dish was presented beautifully and the taste was very fresh and light. We both loved the eggplant with truffle dish, the tempura, and the rice and mushroom dish most. We opted for the Omasake set with a la carte drinks.
Service was always on the ball. We were able to take home the rice dish as we were getting quite full nearing the end of our degustation. I understand they change their menus frequently depending on the season. I would love to try there again during a new season.
The atmosphere was slightly bland. There is no background music so when we entered, two other tables were already seated. It was slightly too quiet for my liking, where you can hear other conversations and vice versa. It was better when it became full house. Perhaps some light background music would make it a little more inviting.
Would recommend to others.
This restaurant is over rated. The staff seemed bored out of their mind. The service is purposely slow, but it becomes tedious. The bathroom was absolutely disgusting. It was at the end of the night and it smelt like a sewer. I would not go back or recommend this restaurant.
I have a very open mind and I like to try wide varieties of cuisines. The food here left me wanting. Very disappointed. Staff was great. Saki pairing was great. Tea pairing was great. atmosphere was on point. Length of meal and service was prompt. Food was bland and boring. We had the vegetable tasting menu. I have had vegetable tasting menus at other restaurants and the food was out of this world good. This place was very disappointing.
Contrary to what those baseball TV ads used to tell us, "chicks" do NOT "dig the long ball." "Chicks" dig sushi. Want to have a GF or wife? Deal with it, those most of us guys would surely prefer Chinese food to sushi any day. So, for her birthday, I dutifully took my long-time significant other, who fancies herself a semi-expert on sushi, to one of our neighborhood Japanese restaurants which has always looked interesting. I didn't do enough research to realize that Kajitsu doesn't even serve sushi! It's a vegan restaurant specializing in an ancient form of cooking called "shojin." I'm basically a vegetarian so the vegan cuisine was a pleasant surprise. On the night we went, they served only a pre-fixe menu. The restaurant recommends that first-timers sit at the food bar rather than at a table. You won't get to actually see the repast being prepared, as you would at standard sushi joints, but you'll always have one or two experts in front of you answering your questions -- and you'll have plenty of those. I won't bore you with a lengthy rundown of what specifically we ate over the many courses of our meal, nor of the flights of sake samples we drank that were specially paired as a complement to each course. I'll just say that this was the most unusual meal I've ever had in my life -- and I did travel some in Japan about 25 years ago. It was also, in many respects, the greatest single meal I've ever had (though I must reserve the right to eat Chicago/Detroit-style pizza in the future)! My check, however, was a decidedly UNpleasant surprise: well over $400, including tip!!! But, as a special splurge, I can't tell you enough about what a great experience Kajitsu was.
Me and my company visited Kajitsu on a 9 September during our vacation in NY. We have lived in Japan and are much fond of traditional Japanese temple food, why we looked very much forward to our visit to Kajitsu. Unfortunately, our visit was an immense dissappointment and we would not rekommend any one else to visit, and we would absolutely not return.
The main reason for our disappointment was the food. Several dishes were taken directly from the fridge and were therefore fridge cold and thus served at absolutely wrong temperature meaning that they did not taste well. The hot soup was on the other hand very very hot, and therefore the spices did not tast anything. Overall, the food did not, in a taste sense, resemple the traditional temple food we have eaten before and further, it was not pleasent at all.
As mentioned, this was a big disappointment especially since we visited the restaurant during a Saturday even on our vacation. Also, considering the price of the menu and the style of the restaurant, we believe the standard of the food was unacceptable.
The service was good, however.
Excellent and interesting, even challenging food. Competent and very attentive staff. Two minor drawbacks: It's expensive and the dishes came a bit too fast. But definitely recommendable - we won't forget a very special evening with dishes never tried before.
One of the best vegan meals I have ever had...The presentation and service were impeccable. I was hurried on way to airport but they timed the tasting meal perfectly and my guests oohed and ahhed all the way. We sat upstairs and really enjoyed watching the sous chef assemble the goodies! Thank you!!!!
Very professional and creative Shojin Ryori. My husband and I loved the food a lot and enjoyed the good service. Knowing it was our wedding anniversary, the chef served free champagne and fruit platter, which is very sweet and considerate. We will come back again for another season's menu. :)
I incidentally found out about Kajitsu while searching for Japanese restaurants in New York (on a business trip). I was able to book a reservation for Saturday dinner only the day before. Amazingly, I was shown to a seat at the chef's counter, so I had the benefit of observing and being served by the chef.
I picked the omakase tasting menu, which included most of the dishes from Hana menu (8 courses) with additional courses for truffles + asparagus , rice with porcini mushrooms, and peach sorbet. Sparkling water and genmai tea went along with food, as I prefer to focus on the flavors of food (vs. being drowned out by drinks). There was also a welcoming drink, something fruity and light.
Each course was artwork in itself. The visual impact was exquisite and delicate, like the cuisine it represents (shojin ryori). Taste of each dish was on point, as well as the very attentive service. Chef was very nice, and both the chef and waitress rotated in serving and explaining to me what each dish contained.
While online reviewers described the food as bland or the ambiance as austere, but I think that this is a misunderstanding. Shojin ryori is rooted in Japanese Buddhist tradition and rituals, which in turn is reflected in the light, understated nature of flavor combinations and the serene, meditative environment. I won't go into details about menu, as the restaurant's online version is readily available and many visitors have taken pictures for sharing. I just wanted to ask potential visitors to come with an open mind. This type of cuisine is very different from your usual omakase style at Japanese restaurants based outside of Japan. Just put aside your ideas (and your camera!), and enjoy the food as is!
During the nearly 2-hour journey, I was reminded again and again of my trip to Kyoto last summer. I'm very pleased that I was able to eat such good food near my current home base (Boston). I would definitely go back again.
Kajitsu is a wonderful respite in the chaos of midtown Manhattan. The wonderful servers are engaging yet allow patrons just enough privacy. The quality of the food is superlative. It truly tastes like Shinto temple/farmhouse dining in a prefecture of Japan. I highly recommend eating there.
We ordered Omakase and it was Mushroom base. The food was not complex at all rather it was simple spiritual food. May be if you are Vegan, it would be great but we are not vegan and didnt enjoy the food. The tea menu was great and so the service. Also this place doesnt need reservation, even with walk in you can find a table.
Sublime. The restaurant is a minimalist Zen experience with fresh superbly presented vegan Japanese cuisine. I returned from a trip to Japan last week and this restaurant would rank amongst the best I tried there. I also appreciated a chance to try multiple flights of sake which complemented the meal exquisitely.
Came here to celebrate my girlfriend's new job.
The ambience was very... well, zen. Lots of wood, large windows, felt like I was eating in someone's (fancy) home. After the large and loud group of bros left it was also pretty quiet.
The service was top notch. The wait staff was very attentive and never took away your plates/bowls without making sure you were done. Also, I let the restaurant know ahead of time that my girlfriend has a wheat allergy, and they did everything in their power to avoid serving her wheat, e.g., grilling vegetables instead of serving them fried in tempura. On top of that, they surprised us with complimentary cava and dessert to congratulate her on her new job!
The food. Probably why anyone is even reading this. I didn't love everything, but I'm also a pretty avid carnivore, and some things were a bit plain for my preference. However, a number of dishes (of the 9 dish omakase) blew me away, such as the white miso broth (I would drink this every day), the corn fritter/tempura (it was a really playful dish and put a smile on my face), and the shiitake rice bowl (I had seconds and I don't regret it). Also, an honorable mention for the noodles, made of rice, but felt like eating soba. Really refreshing, but unfortunately was our last non dessert dish so we were too full to appreciate it.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, this was their Summer menu, which implies they have a different menu for the four seasons. I look forward to returning (the next time I have something to celebrate) to try what else they have to offer.
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