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.
Beef tendon stew, deep fried tofu, fried onion and scallion in a hot house made curry broth
Udon Noodles in Chilled Broth
Egg, Myoga, ginger, grated daikon, shiso and shredded kombu
Soba noodles, today's special assortment of tempura served with chilled dashi dipping broth
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!
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.
They always make me happy and comfort with their food!!!
I had high expectations from reading reviews. Sorry but did not live up to what the reviews said.
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.
Way too salty that I left most of the food untouched
Hidden germ in Murray Hill area - food authentically Japanese
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.
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
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.
Really good Japanese food. Great wagyu-don and super authentic miso soup.
Saba zushi was super delicious, while soba was ok.
Poor meal and bad experience. Would not recommend.
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.
Soba soup was very salty and no taste.
Desert was so small.
Tempra and dashimaki-egg was ok.
Hidden charm in Murray Hill area - service is great, food authentic, tea super, desserts authentic Japanese - recommend
Tasty food and excellent presentation, al always. Attention to the details is the norm for this very unassuming restaurant.
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.
Thank you for very good food and so on!
We will go again.
Always feels like being back in Japan for an hour.
Every detail is perfect
Exceptionally Great Food, excellent service.
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.
Excellent experience as usual
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!
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.
I would like to give some gift lunch to me since it was a day off.
Great food, perfect service in en environment of calm and serenity that we love.
Wonderful experience and thoughtful service. Felt very safe and satisfied.
Cannot go wrong here. One of few places where you get to choose what you want to eat at fine dining level.
It is very nice seasonal japanese restaurant near Grand Central Station.
Amazing food and service.
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...
Favorite new restaurant. Every aspect of this restaurant is incredible.
loved it; it was peaceful; special; delicious; unique items from Tokyo that took it to the next level!
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!
It was great. Food is great, silent, accurate service. Strongly recommend it.
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.