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Cagen, New York, NY

Cagen

4.6
4.6
172 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
We will be serving sashimi and hot plates, Prix Fixe Menus, Kaiseki, Sushi specials
Cagen Sake Bar, we have turned a new page and we have switched our concept to a Sake Bar, with small plates.
no reservations all walk ins.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND IF YOU MAKE A RESERVATION THROUGH OPENTABLE. YOU ARE MAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE BACK PRIVATE COUNTER SUSHI OMAKASE $180 PER PERSON
THANK YOU

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 358-8800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    1st Ave and Ave A

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine

What 172 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. AC

    AndrewC

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful dining experience. The food was excellent and beautifully prepared by a true master sushi chef. Would highly recommend this restaurantTo anyone looking for an intimate and exceptional sushi dining experience.
  2. I

    Intownforfood

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Authentic omakase experience! There are also a lot of rare sushi pieces that you won’t find elsewhere in NYC. Very tasty and feels like a lovely sushi-ya in Tokyo. Would be back again for sure!
  3. JG

    JasonG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best experiences of my life. Food was extraordinary and fresh. The Chef was amazing and professional. Every piece of food was outstanding.
  4. NY

    NYC15

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef was fantastic and the food was amazing, I would highly recommend.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cagen was a great experience! It was easy to interact with the chefs and the other diners at the counter were friendly, too. There will be no more omakase starting 7/21, but instead on 7/23 there is sake tasting and tapas!!!
  6. HM

    HungryMan

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome omakase, Japanese fish mostly. Splurge on the counter, rather than the table.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It just doesn’t get better. Our happy place!
  8. EL

    EdwinL

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best sushi in nyc
  9. KR

    KelseyR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our evening at Cagen was unbelievable. We sat at the counter and enjoyed Chef Tomita's masterful work. The variety and the service were incredible. I couldn't find a complaint if I tried.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience. Will be back again.
  11. e

    eqtc

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No brainer experience if you want to splurge! Simple presentation and intense freshness of each dish were off the charts...
  12. C

    Crystal

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I don't know why people rave about this place. My expectation was not met. Food was ok and service did not meet the price.
  13. Y

    Yummyinmabelly

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Very quiet and reserved atmosphere Excellent pieces.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best sushi restaurant in NYC in my mind. Great value for money. Fantastic.
  15. NY

    ryanNYC

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    This was our fifth time visiting Cagen and unfortunately the hype that they've lost a step is very true. The sushi is less creative, the sobe courses are gone, no dessert included, and add-ons have gone way up in price. Sorry to see this happen. This was once one of our top restaurants, now it's just a good, expensive place.
  16. MD

    MichaelD

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef sources species of fish from japan that most other places don't which makes him and his restaurant stand out, IMO! Plus chef perfectly prepares his omakase in a very zen like casual setting. Everything was delicious!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome time at Cagen! Highly recommended
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with great service.
  19. S

    Spoiled

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year dinner
  20. ME

    MiltonE

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular sushi. I think 16 courses, fish flown in from Japan, at least 12 of them varieties I had never eaten or even heard of before. Wonderful service, including waitress who was very knowledgeable about the sakes they had available. 8:30 pm seating; only 4 of us at sushi bar with the chef. He is not “chatty”, but was very nice and with a good sense of humor, answering questions and accepting praise. The best sushi experience we have had, including at a Michelin one star restaurant in Tokyo. We will be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We made reservations to celebrate the holidays and make the occasion special w friends as we were all flying in from different states. We paid more money to sit at the sushi bar ($160.00) for the omakase tasting menu. The head chef barely spoke or made any effort to engage with the 4 of us BUT more than willing to do so for the Japanese couple to my right. Towards the end of the tasting I asked a question about the sushi which he responded then made a condescending remark about us in Japanese to the couple to my right. Unfortunately for him someone in my group is part Japanese and understood what he was saying. Bottom line, food was decent, wait staff decent, ambiance so-so with overall experience poor. I would highly recommend Sushi Nakazawa or Sushi Yasuda at a lower price, better food, better ambiance and better overall experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi and most intimate experience. The chef/owner makes the food and sitting at the sushi bar is a must. Headed back in 3 days. Love it!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing !!! Loved it
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Great food. Atmosphere very very austere Joyless But best sushi ever Very quiet
  25. J

    Jenn

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved Cagen. They didn’t miss a beat. Professional service yet friendly. Attentive but not smothering. Fish and meat were amazing and the perfect temperature. Would highly recommend Cagen to those who want the best service and cuisine.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience and amazing food! For the price it can’t be beat.
  27. PK

    PKBNYC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Overpriced. Insufficiently creative. Maki falling apart.
  28. A

    Adamngiulia

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best omakase experience in nyc. It’s not nobu or bond st., so get that out of your head. This is attentive, conscious, very special experience (we ate at the sushi bar so extra experience watching each piece being prepared). Sushi chef also made time for conversation pertaining to what she was preparing, which enhanced our experience. Oh, and as far as the quality of the fish- off the charts.
  29. OR

    OscarR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary experience, bordering on the religious. Such a joy to watch the chef prepare each puece of sushi for our omakase. Sitting at the sushi bar is a must.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal
  31. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Favorite omakase in town. A lot of pieces for the price. Make sure to arrive early to be seated with Chef Tomita.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word - Awesome!
  33. H

    Hisabon

    London

    111 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    素材が悪くそれをごまかすため霜降りや酢で〆たりしてます。また締まった魚をごまかすため一貫に薄く切ったネタを2枚重ねて出されます。 お店も以前のKajituの居抜きそのままで全くお金かけてません。ミシュランの迷レストランの代表みたいなお店です!ぜったいくべきでないお店です!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not good and rude front desk lady.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Bad place with bad smell bad taste bad decoration super high prices and the chairs are not comfortable, it’s a scam. 230 usd each and it wasn’t surprising.
  36. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful sushi Chef very talented Chef a bit too quiet- could not tell if limited English or not interested in talking
  37. L

    dennisL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a bunch of times. Sushi bar is a must! Keep it coming.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very fresh! Too salty sometimes, prefer lighter flavor
  39. C

    Cheunger

    New York Area

    232 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite sushi joints in the city. Given how other sushi joints in the city are, easily $ 250+ pp Cagen's $160 pp is a very good deal since the the type of fish and quality is not short of any other more expensive places. The whole omakase definitely fills you too. After sushi you do get a bowl of home-made soba which is excellent along with desert.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband’s birthday

FAQs

Cagen is rated 4.6 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st Ave and Ave A

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine

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