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.
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.
Authentic Japanese meals. Excellent soba and seafood. Highly recommend the restaurant.
美味しかったです。天ぷらの衣が 変わったようですね。あと、エビの筋切りが 完璧ではなくて、噛みきれずに ・・油のきれも ちょっと きになりました。
おそばは いつも ちょっと 茹でが長いのかなぁと感じてましたが 箸でつまんでも、塊になってしまったのが、今日は 完璧で 箸でつまみやすかったです！初めてです。
あと、蕎麦つゆ もう少し 増やしてもらえたら、
Acoustics are bad, too echoey
Excellent appetizers and sake menu, but the soba was only so so. Generally overpriced. Service was not friendly.
Absolutely incredible. The cleanest restaurant I’ve ever been to and the food was spectacular. I recommend the fresh soda of the day and a matcha tea when you leave!
Kokage brings me back to the high level of quality and service I experienced while in Japan.
Food was not that level as I expected. The service and atmosphere is outstanding. Location is very convenient.
Food is awesome. This is the best Japanese casual restaurant for me in NY. I definately come again with friends.
The food quality, beverage options, and service are all excellent. Portion size is definitely too small and feels too precious. You have to order a lot of things to make a complete meal, so it can add up quickly.
I had higher expectations...even if it’s the sister restaurant to Kajitsu. Deep fried chicken was very good. Mushroom room was terrible. Tempera was awful...greasy and tasteless. Soba was okay.
Sorry. I wouldn’t go back. Cheaper Soba-ya on 9th Street is better overall.
The food was excellent but the service was uneven. I also found the downstairs a little barren. Understand this is a zen restaurant but the overall affair was unsettling. Wiling to try again because the food was so exquisite. And the music is also very fine.
This place is amazing. I have ever met a friendlier staff then the people at this restaurant. The sashimi was incredibly fresh and mellow. The soba is a little pale in taste but certainly of good quality. The environment is quite and delicate. I definitely recommend this place.
Second time here. Authentic and comparable to what you would get in Tokyo
お店の立地 雰囲気が良く 安心してお客様をお連れ出来ます。
Everything was wonderful. We really enjoyed our lunch.
Was expecting an excellent Japanese lunch experience having had a great dinner experience at kajitsu before. Was deeply disappointed that desipte the fact we made the reservation days in advance we had to wait to be seated in the most trafficed hallway, one of us ( myself) had to sit on the side of the table, which was extremely uncomfortable with it's kegs and beams hitting my shins and ankles. And the servers were constantly bumping or passing by so close to my back. More importantly, food order was taken quickly but no water came for 10 minutes, then order didn't come until after an hour after we sat down. Other tables were served and we only ordered one dish each. One of the three orders were delayed and side dish was missing. Then after they brought dessert menu they informed us the kitchen is closed. We felt forgotten and not treated with respect and I felt embarrassed to have taken my two special family friends from out of town to what I expected to be a special luncheon.
Absolutely worth it! Great for all dining occasions, extremely pleasant staff, and satisfying use of ingredients. No complaints and will definitely revisit.