Kokage

4.6
63 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in zen setting

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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SK
Frankfurt Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foods were really nice and very delicious.

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KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had really great Birth day night. Thank you so much and we will visit again.

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JM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KH
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere and good food. Nice service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Much more expensive than open table guide les to believe.

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WT
New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Was very delicate and nice overall. But it can be recognized very pricey for the portions we had

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
New York Area
378 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, service and attention to detail. An impeccable dining experience!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Intimate, quiet and welcoming, but the prices are high for tiny servings and the house sake.

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CZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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c
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese food I’ve had in a remarkable quiet oasis of a restaurant.

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HL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

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KH
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Japanese meals. Excellent soba and seafood. Highly recommend the restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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。
残念です。
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、
リクエスト していいのでしょうか?

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Acoustics are bad, too echoey

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FB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Excellent appetizers and sake menu, but the soba was only so so. Generally overpriced. Service was not friendly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kokage brings me back to the high level of quality and service I experienced while in Japan.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was not that level as I expected. The service and atmosphere is outstanding. Location is very convenient.

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LO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is awesome. This is the best Japanese casual restaurant for me in NY. I definately come again with friends.

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LP
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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HS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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t
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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LH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RO
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time here. Authentic and comparable to what you would get in Tokyo

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SO
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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。

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T
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We really enjoyed our lunch.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely worth it! Great for all dining occasions, extremely pleasant staff, and satisfying use of ingredients. No complaints and will definitely revisit.

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