Kokage

4.8
96 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese

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Kokage by Kajitsu is the non-vegetarian casual sister of Kajitsu.
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.
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Illy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very serene and quiet, especially due to to Covid restrictions. The waiter was extremely professional and the cuisine excellent- authentic, creative at times and simple at others, with top notch ingredients. It can get expensive but it is totally worth it. A true gem.

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vipMariU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to give some gift lunch to me since it was a day off.

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vipFRANCOISP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, perfect service in en environment of calm and serenity that we love.

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vipAKAK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and thoughtful service. Felt very safe and satisfied.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot go wrong here. One of few places where you get to choose what you want to eat at fine dining level.

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vipLauraL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It is very nice seasonal japanese restaurant near Grand Central Station.

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SteveL
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Went there to have Toshikoshisoba which is Japanese tradition to have soba on New Year’s Eve. Food was good, but took more than 20 minutes to order a drink. I understand this is a place to relax and go slow, but I don’t understand why it took so long to even take an order when there were only four groups of guests at that time...

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vipHisabon
London
111 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

子供の学園祭の食事の方が遥かにまし!天ぷらは油っこく揚がりかげんもダメ、おでんはおそらく日本の何処かのレトルトを温めているだけ、またおうどんの出汁も辛い!関東風でも無理!本当にこんな料理でこの値段って思いますよ!

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paznation
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite new restaurant. Every aspect of this restaurant is incredible.

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NicoleD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it; it was peaceful; special; delicious; unique items from Tokyo that took it to the next level!

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RichardS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a exceptional dining experience. The quality of everything is extremely high, from the food to the service to the ambiance. I've eaten at both of their restaurants, Kokage an Kajitsu. They are top notch examples of carefully prepared Japanese temple food. I left feeling healthy and alive .... So good!

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MarcelloS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Food is great, silent, accurate service. Strongly recommend it.

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vipIGR27
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delicious.

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vipAvNYfoodie
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this authentic Japanese restuarant.

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AlexN
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Honestly, I don't know what happened. In past years, many times, the service and food have been nothing short of terrific. This time... well... I dunno what happened but the food and service was disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very precious place. High end ‘izakaya’. High quality food and beverage.

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Momijisan
Dusseldorf Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, authentic japanese food, fantastic value and we loved the kajitsu playlist

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vipTardisandsnooki
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Tintinauxusa
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Complicated menu not well explained

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very special

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vipWatsonJackJones
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods. Great and quick service. You can have a 30 min of heaven within your busy work day.

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vipKdining
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was all very aesthetic. But there should more effort in the quality of the food rather than the design.

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Totoro
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service, food is okay, but too expensive. The waitress bring us a bill while we are still finishing the conversation.

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nanipikake
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. I felt like I was in Japan. Please keep doing this.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING
great vibe , great for a pre concert dinner.

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YukieS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Haddonfieldfoodie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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. 😞

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greatplace
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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..

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BumbleB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious.

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Hinata
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice quiet space. I wish the prices are little lower for lunch

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AndrewZ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authenticity, from freshly sliced ginger root, real wasabi, to homemade wheat protein. Wonderful atmosphere with authentic imported Japanese furniture. Fantastic dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service in zen setting

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Snoopy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

天ざるを注文したが、シシトウの天ぷらが激辛で
吐き出してしまうほどだった。
ウエイターに伝えたが、なんのリスポンスも無かった。
食べられないものを提供し謝罪がないのは?
人に勧められないレストラン

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SebK
Frankfurt Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Essen war sehr lecker und der Service ausgezeichnet. Portionen waren etwas klein und dafür war es ziemlich teuer.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods were really nice and very delicious.

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KeiS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Kokage is rated 4.8 stars by 96 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.