It is located on the first floor of the same townhouse with Kajistu, which quietly nestles on a tree-lined street close to Grand Central Station.
The restaurant serves authentic Japanese food with finest seasonal ingredients from Japan as well as local farmers.
The menu is more casual than that of Kajitsu, consisting of easy-to-choose a la carte dishes.
The signature dishes include the house-made soba noodles with seared duck, wagyu beef donburi, and the Kyoto style saba sushi, which was featured by the New York Times.
Our background music playlist was curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and was also featured in an article by the New York Times.
Love this authentic Japanese restuarant.
Very good, authentic japanese food, fantastic value and we loved the kajitsu playlist
Wow. This meal was spectacular in every way. Michelin-grade service, presentation and quality, but at a reasonable (for a nice Manhattan restaurant) price. I can’t say enough good things about this place. The food was fantastic, traditional Japanese cooking that one doesn’t see at most Japanese restaurants. Things like preserved roe that is aged so it tastes like fine Parmesan, or made-to-order stew/soups of octopus and house-made tofu. Fantastic, very, long sake list. Relaxed refined ambiance that feels chill enough for a Tuesday.
Complicated menu not well explained
It was very special
Great foods. Great and quick service. You can have a 30 min of heaven within your busy work day.
It was all very aesthetic. But there should more effort in the quality of the food rather than the design.
Great service, food is okay, but too expensive. The waitress bring us a bill while we are still finishing the conversation.
Everything was perfect. I felt like I was in Japan. Please keep doing this.
great vibe , great for a pre concert dinner.
I had two guests, and they were very impressed. Great food, sake, tableware, and service. This is my favorite place. I would like to visit more often.
I went to the restaurant for food along with music. But unfortunately there was a backpacked dad with two young girls with uncontrollable noises which resulting I couldn’t enjoy the music as I would be. 😞
this was excellent - stark ambiance, friendly efficient and knowledgeable service. Lunch menu was varied, with option for prix fix at $55.00 per person. Flavors and combinations of textures very unusual..
Nice quiet space. I wish the prices are little lower for lunch
Perfect restaurant. Everything, from the food to the glassware, has been thought through extensively. Amazing ambiance. One of the most special restaurants in the city. Sakamoto’s playlist ties the whole experience together. Does not have to be too expensive if you don’t make it so.
Authenticity, from freshly sliced ginger root, real wasabi, to homemade wheat protein. Wonderful atmosphere with authentic imported Japanese furniture. Fantastic dining experience.
Amazing! The ambiance is perfect and quiet. A somewhat loud talkative party sat next to us, however, staff happily moved us and it was fine. Typically very quiet. The music is still curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto and complemented the experience. The food was sublime, the service warm and attentive.
Great food and service in zen setting
Essen war sehr lecker und der Service ausgezeichnet. Portionen waren etwas klein und dafür war es ziemlich teuer.
This restaurant is one of my happy place in the city. The food is presented in a simple manner but the taste is exquisite and amazing. Everything was fantastic until they brought our bill to the table. They double counted our beer so that was why we were meticulously reviewing everything on the bill (also because we had billing problem on our last visit too). Then we found out that the price they put on the bill was actually not matching the price on their menu. Bottom line: check your bill before you pay.
The foods were really nice and very delicious.
Felt like I was transported back to the old country. Service was spot on. Good food with orders of the Saba Maki and curry udon. Tender beef chunks and the curry was not overly thick so I was slurping it back like a bowl of chowder after I finished the udon which was a little thin for my taste. But texture and flavor was spot on. Friend had hot soba and seemed pleased. It’s not cheap but not outrageously priced either. Will be going back.
It’s not a fancy restaurant, yet the serving size was paltry. They even charged extra for wasabi. Seriously? Food was great, even beverage. But, so not worth the price. “Wagyu” beef donburi....literally, 3 tiny thin strips.
We had really great Birth day night. Thank you so much and we will visit again.
This place is a gem! A small Japanese menu, well thought through (no sushi btw). Very minimalistic, but every detail is beautiful - from the soap in the washroom till how the food is brought. And a very gentle, polite and client oriented service! Will definitely come back.
Very nice atmosphere and good food. Nice service.
Excellent as always but my waiter pretended to understand Japanese and then brought out the wrong dishes. Then he said he didn’t really speak Japanese.
Much more expensive than open table guide les to believe.
Kokage is a true neighborhood find! We were looking for great Japanese noodles and Kokage did not disappoint. From the minute we walked in the door we were treated as welcomed guest not just another customer. The hostess made you feel like you were in a cozy noodle house in old Tokyo. The staff gave the traditional service of a much more expensive Japanese restaurant. Movements were made to give the feel of old Tokyo restaurants that service the business professional. The food was inspired and delicious with the flavor of the best of the noodle houses we have enjoyed on the west coast. Make this a must eat stop in NYC!
Was very delicate and nice overall. But it can be recognized very pricey for the portions we had
I learned about Kokage they an article about music played in restaurants. The music here was indeed beautiful and complemented the lovely food, decor and service. I am definitely coming back - such serene spaces are rare - and have already recommended this place several times.
ZEN—-& then some. Service is paramount, precise, ritualized.
We had cold soba with tempura both were classic preparations as expected. Several tables near us had sashimi which looked fresh & jewel like-two types of tuna. An extensive sake menu yielded a very pleasant dry example from the by the glass section. For dessert macha & candy was like a tea ceremony offering- the waiter rotated the tea bowl before serving. Two Japanese women in kimono were seated next to us. The rest of the diners were 1/2 Asian & half western. When I want to feel like I am in Kyoto, I will come here.
Amazing food, service and attention to detail. An impeccable dining experience!
Was asked to hurry up due to another reservation. This attitude doesn’t commensurate with restaurant type. Better authentic Japanese food in town where patrons can remain unrushed.
Intimate, quiet and welcoming, but the prices are high for tiny servings and the house sake.
Service is too slow. If you are hungry don't come here, you will die. Food quality is matching the price, amazing in a peaceful way. Really like the quiet environment and elegant decoration.
Best Japanese food I’ve had in a remarkable quiet oasis of a restaurant.
The vegetables are quit uninspiring, the sunflower soup does have a decent appeal but it could have done more to balance the bitterness. Or maybe it would be better served cold. I feel most other dishes are just pickles. we love the minimalist aesthetics of the place and the set vice is superb. The Hana menu is just disappointing. I will just have soba and other causal dinning here from now on.