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Kokage

4.6
4.6
182 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Kokage by Kajitsu is the non-vegetarian casual sister of Kajitsu.
It is located on the first floor of the same townhouse with Kajitsu, 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Soba, Tempura

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–1:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 228-4873

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Hiroki Abe

  • Private party facilities

    For large or private parties, please contact kajitsukokage@gmail.com with the restaurant name, date, and amount of people in your party. One of our staff will contact you after that to complete your reservation

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • Cross street

    Lexington Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    42nd St. Grand Central Station (4,5,6,7,S)<br />42nd St. Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best soba in nyc. Will always remember
  2. DC

    DomiC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love kokage, as dit will be closing
  3. H

    Hiro

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The food was good, although the portion was a little small. The way the staff welcomed my friend and me was truly unacceptable, to the extent that the friend insisted we should have left without eating. We arrived ON TIME at 5:30 pm. Immediately after I greeted the staff and told my name, the staff explained to me that the restaurant was fully booked afterwards and told us literally to "finish eating by 7:00 pm." "Are you fine with that?" That was too rude. I've never told by any U.S. restaurants upon checks-in that I should have finished eating in 1.5 hours. My thoughts on this: • Rude. I made the reservation from OpenTable, expecting I would have reasonable time to enjoy meals. If 1.5 hours is your strict policy allowing no delay, write it down on the reservation page! • American restaurants never say so. Some customers come late, some leave early, and restaurants do their best to manage the flows of customers. If a customer stayed unexpectedly long without eating and/or the next round of customers were waiting, then ask the customer to leave soon. That would be enough. • If the staff was to alert customers anyway, they could have just gently said, "we are fully booked from 7:00." No need to say "finish eating" on time as if I was a school kid. • Did the staff treat all customers EQUALLY? I can't believe so. There was a pair of regular customers to whom the executive chef came to greet and recommend various good food. Did the staff say to them the same? • Lastly, the table the staff member brought us to was right next to the loudly-talking unsophisticated regular customers, while all the other tables were available. Furthermore, not more than half of the tables were filled by the time we left in 65 minutes. Under the circumstances, the staff member could have brought us to a table apart from them. I had to ask the staff to change tables. The regular customers were talking as if the room was theirs.
  4. v

    vroom

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Most of the items on the menu are actually unavailable..
  5. MS

    MSMiya

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Cuisine was exquisite. The kitchen seems to be too busy, and too much intervals for the next dish. Timing to be served next dishes is also very important to enjoy the flow of the dinner.
  6. MJ

    MinahJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful. Very sad that it will be closing so soon. I am going back today.
  7. a

    autumn

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was good and the presentation was nice. However, the restaurant asked for proof of vaccination at the entrance and both my companion and I were taken by surprise, as very few restaurants require it these days. We were not informed that the restaurant required this information in advance, so we almost were not allowed in. The restaurant needs to better communicate with customers in advance if they require a proof of vaccination.
  8. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant will be missed!
  9. C

    Com1224

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Izakaya beef doesn’t taste like Wagyu. Seasoning was also poor because it’s hard to sense much taste or flavor out of the food, despite around this rather nicely designed ambience. Service was good tho.
  10. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant!
  11. HY

    HuimengY

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Price is little high…………………………………………………………………………..
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please don’t leave the city!
  13. SM

    ShuichiM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch experience. This is really authentic Japanese.
  14. OC

    OrangeCat

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very high quality Japanese dining;I will miss Kokage very much!
  15. EZ

    ElenaZ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    love the rice cakes
  16. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been two years since I last dined at Kokage due to the pandemic—and could not have been more pleased, truly. The food was as tasty, fresh and authentic as ever. Please do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a meal—you won’t be disappointed.
  17. H

    Henry

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and a great place if you are looking for a quiet spacious place to have dinner with loved ones or quiet time to yourself. The waiter recommended something that is off menu and it was great. It is a shame that this restaurant will be closing after September 2022. Visit and enjoy while you can!
  18. T

    Taku

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If this restaurant locates in Tokyo or Osaka, I would visit and go very often. That’s amazing and fantastic!! Thank you!!
  19. J

    Jack

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very quiet and comfortable. The service was great. The size of the food was a little bit small though. Overall, it was great.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’d been curious about trying Kajitsu’s authentic Shojin Vegan food since years, yet my partner wanted to try Sashimi and Tempura. The solution was to dine in Kokage which was more than happy to accommodate. The experience was sublime. They’re closing for good in Sept. 2022, so for whomever may be interested, don’t wait or you may miss your opportunity.
  21. KJ

    KJKJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The thing is, several items we wanted to order weren’t available to us, including the most recommended namafu and another starter I couldn’t remember. No coffee no hoji tea oat milk latte because their chef was not there that day.
  22. c

    cheryls

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was like being transported to Japan for an hour and a half. An authentic experience.
  23. H

    Hectortheinspector

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Really pretentious
  24. RC

    RonC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh , Light & Delicious
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of all dishes is very high.
  26. W

    Westport1950

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Air conditioning would be great
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Excellent food but one waiter only serving 7 tables and we paid $550 so they need to add service - people for the prices they are quoting.
  28. LD

    LDYCC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kamonan soba was so delicious! I want to eat it every day.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner in town.
  30. Y

    Yusuke

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall very good, food was fantastic. Service was not bad but server was a little bit awkward.
  31. K

    jereK

    Treasure Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Staff was unhelpful and aloof. Poor explanation of menu. Over priced
  32. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy to return!
  33. Y

    Yoko

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience as usual.
  34. L

    Lemon

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic and well made food! We tried their seasonal hot soba with duck — impressed by their soup base, and their wagyu donburi — one of the best I’ve had in nyc. All the dishes are very strong in flavor so I’d recommend pairing with tea. Looking to try their oden next time.
  35. LD

    LDYCC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It took too long until the food was served. Everything else was good.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I came by with 4 friends on a Friday night. We were all super impressed by the ambience in the restaurant. FYI, it’s pretty quiet and spaced out so perfect for a date. The service was on the slower side but it seems like they didn’t have many workers. We ordered karaage and mochi skewers to share. I also had a sparkling matcha for a drink which was very refreshing and a duck soba (their signature) for my entree. I enjoyed the noodles and the generous amounts of scallions in the bowl. The broth was just right, not too savory. Though we enjoyed the overall experience, I would caution that the food is more on the expensive side.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely exquisite and the service, decor, and ambiance were top notch. We will absolutely be going back and having more delicacies from Kokage!
  38. W

    Weimadad

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had few dishes, but couldn’t try the soba, because I were too full. I’ll definitely try the next time I visit. Sashimi was great quality and other dishes were great too. Nice ambience with cozy Japanese tea room concept. Want to try the shojin dishes of their sister restaurant as well.
  39. DC

    DixC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    good for me to have family or friends to get together.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was just not good and ambiance was terrible.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Kokage is rated 4.6 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Kokage

125 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lexington Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–1:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Soba, Tempura

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    42nd St. Grand Central Station (4,5,6,7,S)42nd St. Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hiroki Abe

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 228-4873

  • Private party facilities

    For large or private parties, please contact kajitsukokage@gmail.com with the restaurant name, date, and amount of people in your party. One of our staff will contact you after that to complete your reservation

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