Kokage

4.5
123 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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Leafy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokage never fails to impress on all points!! The interior is tranquil, chic and sophisticated. Food is alway extraordinary and perfect. Service is absolutely top notch. We had shojin bento with soba. Soba is way better than other Japanese restaurants...this is the real good soba (and hailing from Japan, I know my soba!) I want this gem to be there forever. Big thanks to the hospitable service staff and even bigger thanks to the wonderful chef & kitchen staff!

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Chall
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My reservation was 1:15pm. They have to close at 2:30. Unfortunately we had to leave without dessert but over all it was very good.

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MakiY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always make me happy and comfort with their food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Japanese

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DougS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had high expectations from reading reviews. Sorry but did not live up to what the reviews said.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!
すばらしい

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Yuuuuu
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service, menu, atmosphere were all great.
Shojin cuisine and their summer desert option were just like in Japan.
Only concern I had was their bathroom.
Its located downstairs, towards the back, going through a dark room.
Hmm. A bit disappointing for such a great restaurant.

But will definitely be back.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Way too salty that I left most of the food untouched

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vipRobin
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden germ in Murray Hill area - food authentically Japanese

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in Tokyo for six years. My experience at Kokage reminded me so much if being back in Tokyo. It was authentic and the staff members were outstanding. I rate this place a 10 - with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.

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MarcoFelice
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true “Nipponic” experience, the fermented carp was something truly incredible. We have lived in Asia for years and travelled to Japan for food and culture all the time, this is the closes soba/“non-sushi” focused place we could find in NY

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Nora
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too noisy. Not energetic. Couldn't hear my lunch partner across from me.
He ordered a dish that contained duck in a tureen with noodles. The duck was tasteless, and very hard to chew. My tempura was excellent, crust was light. The saki was "the best we ever drank." But we paid for that superior taste. Service was efficient and pleasant.

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pikamy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good Japanese food. Great wagyu-don and super authentic miso soup.

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vipJBJBPUBJMJU
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Saba zushi was super delicious, while soba was ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor meal and bad experience. Would not recommend.

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KaitlynM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was everything I hoped for. The food was exquisite and reasonably priced. We had the soba and tempura. This place serves traditional seasonal vegetable tempura; no soggy broccoli here. The dipping broth was not too salty and paired well with the wasabi and green onion. The only disappointment with this restaurant was the price of the drinks. We ordered a carafe of Dassai 23 for $75 when you could buy a whole bottle from a wine supplier for that price. Otherwise, the experience was wonderful! Would recommend to friends looking for a traditional Japanese cooking.

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Hiro
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Soba soup was very salty and no taste.
Desert was so small.
Tempra and dashimaki-egg was ok.

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vipRobin
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden charm in Murray Hill area - service is great, food authentic, tea super, desserts authentic Japanese - recommend

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OrangeCat
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food and excellent presentation, al always. Attention to the details is the norm for this very unassuming restaurant.

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vipRobert
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to dine alone on a Saturday night. The restaurant was nice and quiet and the wait staff were very attentive and had a keen eye for detail. I ordered mocho skewers as a starter, a seasonal duck soba dish, omelette and bean dessert. Everything was very tasty and the soba dish had an uncommon taste due to the spices used. Very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kokage にも願わくばもう少しメニューが有れば良いなといつも思うのですが、、、無理かな?

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TTown
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for very good food and so on!
We will go again.

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Phillipgirabbe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feels like being back in Japan for an hour.
Every detail is perfect

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vipJimJim
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally Great Food, excellent service.
Always impressive!

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SteveC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food reminds me of Kyoto every visit. The bento uses seasonal ingredients, prepared using a variety of techniques, presented beautifully. If you didn't know which season it was, the bento would tell you. Soba is always excellent, from the texture of the noodles, to the taste of tsuyu and condiments. Lastly, the wagashi available at Kokage Cafe are not only tasty but are edible pieces of art.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as usual

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Jess
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was worth the price and the ambience were good. The food is also delicious. Just happens that on that specific night, we bumped into a table of a very rowdy and obnoxious group. It ruined the experience with me and my friend. Other than that, the waiters and waitress' were very nice and tried to be accomodating. They apologized for the group as well.

Would recommend this place to friends!

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Illy
New York Area
6 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
12 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
153 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
5 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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Kokage is rated 4.5 stars by 123 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.