Japanese Restaurant and Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant · Murray Hill
125 E 39th St (btwn Park & Lexington Ave), New York, NY 10016, United States
Closed until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 148 votes

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    Mira E.
    "Wonderful Shojin Cuisine"(7 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "Japanese Buddhist Shojin-ryori cuisine"(4 Tips)
    Layla K.
    "Get the prix fixe for best assortment and appreciation."(5 Tips)
    Liam N.
    "Awarded one star (★) in the 2015 Michelin Guide for NYC restaurants."(3 Tips)
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  • shojin
  • vegetarian food
  • buddhist
  • tasting menu
  • Japanese food
  • sake
  • quiet
  • ramen
  • good for dates
  • scenic views
  • great value
  • good service
  • tea
  • cozy
  • authentic
  • pickles
  • chefs
  • kaiseki
  • dinner
  • clean
  • Shizuka M.

    Omakase w/ sake!

    Shizuka Moriwaki · September 23
  • Liam N.

    Awarded one star (★) in the 2015 Michelin Guide for NYC restaurants.

    Liam Nee · September 13
  • Olga G.

    Absolutely wonderful food!

    Olga Gonzalez · March 26
  • Erina Y.

    Pure and elegant vegan restaurant. Although I'm not vegan I left feeling very content! They will show a basket of all ingredients used in your meal before you eat!

    Erina Yoshida · March 18
  • Amy R.

    Tasting menu is great--prepare to take several hours to really enjoy. It's a bit heavier on presentation than powerhouse flavors

    Amy Robertson · March 15
  • Isabella I.

    Amazing tea and sake menu! Top notch service! Delicious food! Very zen and cozy! Will come back!

    Isabella Izquierdo · February 19
  • Eater

    Kajitsu is Manhattan's only restaurant dedicated to the meat-free fare beloved by Buddhist monks. The dishes are hyper seasonal and composed of locally sourced product. Read more

    Eater · November 24, 2014
  • Jason F.

    veggy tasting menu

    Jason Feirman · November 11, 2014
  • Harumi U.

    Tasting menu is great! Vegetarian and healthy don't always go together, but here, you know you are eating wonderful food which is clean enough for monks

    Harumi U · October 2, 2014
  • New York Post

    There’s nothing Zen or light about Kajitsu’s noise level or its onslaught of fried veggies, even with the citrus water ripple. ★ 1/2 Read more

    New York Post · September 21, 2014
  • Ru L.

    Perhaps the best vegan omakese I've ever had and I'm not even vegan.

    Ru Lu · August 14, 2014
  • Soy A.

    Food was excellent & the room was very peaceful!

    Soy Alice · July 9, 2014
  • Jen C.

    Best Japanese restaurant ever!

    Jen Cohen · March 21, 2014
  • Brian C.

    Shojin ramen.

    Brian Cantrell · March 9, 2014
  • Sandy P.

    Everything is impeccably pickled and comes with great service. The shojin ramen here is very miso-y. Not your typical miso broth. And comes with just the torched fat of the pork, not the meat part.

    Sandy Pao · March 8, 2014
  • Andy ⚓.

    NYT: Shojin ramen.

    Andy ⚓ · March 5, 2014
  • Vince N.

    Shojin Ramen, lunch only

    Vince Nguyen · March 5, 2014
  • Steven Y.

    Very flavorful vegan cuisine - the menu changes monthly; nearly everything in the restaurant, from the ingredients to the glassware/cutlery to the cedar wood on the ceiling, are imported from Kyoto

    Steven Y · February 23, 2014
  • Jenny G.

    One of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in New York according to Village Voice

    Jenny Gregory · February 9, 2014
  • Marichelle T.

    White truffle potato 'gratin'

    Marichelle T · December 20, 2013
  • Premshree P.

    One of my favorite New York restaurants, the zen-like space is very calming. Combined with friendly and genuinely warm service it sets the right tone for the simple, beautiful food.

    Premshree Pillai · December 13, 2013
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Highlights include wakame soup w/ homemade tofu & black truffle rice. Downstairs, Kokage has zen, but not vegan, lunch. – Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · December 2, 2013
  • Shindy C.

    I felt like a squirrel munching away. Tbh my focus was more on the elegant Japanese minimalist decor, cutlery and tableware.

    Shindy C · October 25, 2013
  • Lisa S.

    It may be necessary to have a lesson on Zen Buddhist food before arriving. But for a truly different dining experience, it is worth every penny.

    Lisa Schreibman · October 12, 2013
  • Jay M.

    Sit at the "bar" and watch the chef artistically prepare your meal.

    Jay Mandel · August 31, 2013
  • Elizabeth W.

    Hearty and delicious vegan, will convince any skeptic. Upstairs has a lovely view of the quiet street.

    Elizabeth Washburn · August 24, 2013
  • Renato T.

    One of a kind Japanese. Do not expect your classic sushi platter. Go!

    Renato Treves · August 23, 2013
  • Sophia K.

    Great vegetarian place! Limited menu, but great taste. The crispy fried noodle in the set is really refreshing! Love love love!

    Sophia Kang · August 3, 2013
  • 7th.List

    For dinner - There are four-course “Kaze” ($55) and eight-course “Hana” ($85) menus. Tip - Menus change monthly. Try the Seasonal Special Menu - http://www.kajitsunyc.com/pdf/sp_menu_2013_05.pdf Read more

    7th.List · June 27, 2013
  • Lauren D.

    I don't think you're ready for Spring Jelly.

    Lauren Desmond · May 31, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Tasting menu based on the principles of Japanese Buddhist Shojin-ryori cuisine, one of the best vegetarian/vegan meals in town in a serene setting.

    Serious Eats · May 8, 2013
  • Vivek B.

    The last time I went there was a different chef and it was in the east village. This place just isn't worth the cost anymore.

    Vivek Bhagwat · April 26, 2013
  • Luis N.

    The 8 dish meal is a one-of-a-kind experience. Flavors I've never tasted. I am big carnivore and didn't miss the meat at all! Come prepared. It is a lot of food!!!

    Luis Novo · April 13, 2013
  • Layla K.

    Stunning showcase of vegetables and flavors in a serene space. Get the prix fixe for best assortment and appreciation. A refreshing, must try experience!

    Layla Khoury-Hanold · March 27, 2013
  • Village Voice

    The menu changes monthly to use in-season produce; hope that Kajitsu keeps the Lotus Roots and Golden Beets on the menu from January 2013!

    Village Voice · February 1, 2013
  • Frances B.

    Interesting, complex vegetarian food. Super tasty.

    Frances Berriman · January 28, 2013
  • Laura Y.

    Michelin 2012 ★

    Laura Yagerman · October 3, 2012
  • The Food Sluts

    Some of the finest kaiseki cuisine in New York. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans and those looking for a lighter, healthier meal. Super reasonable, too: $50 for 4 delicious courses, $70 for 8. Read more

    The Food Sluts · July 24, 2012
  • Muhammad Arshad C.

    Maestro of Japanese food.

    Muhammad Arshad Ch · April 26, 2012
  • Peter F.

    Vegetarian kaiseki

    Peter Fraenkel · March 12, 2012
  • Shizuka M.

    It's hard to find the place to serve "tofuyo" . I love it.

    Shizuka Moriwaki · March 6, 2012
  • Christian T.

    A 2 starred Michelin vegetarian restaurant!

    Christian Tribastone · February 14, 2012
  • Mark B.

    Try the Celery Root With Early Spring Vegetables - Inspired by snow covered plants, this dish is as wonderfully flavored as it is beautiful.

    Mark Busse · February 12, 2012
  • momofuku

    chef masato nishihara serves shojin temple food in an excellent and affordable prix-fixe style. we promise, you won’t miss the meat.

    momofuku · January 31, 2012
  • La Dolce Vita

    Two Michelin stars.

    La Dolce Vita · December 21, 2011
  • Rachel FG

    Some of the most beautiful and interesting food I've ever eaten. Have one person get the four course menu and one person get the eight, that way you taste everything but it's not too much food

    Rachel FG · August 23, 2011
  • Melody H.

    Food so beautiful I gasped. Vegan Japanese resto where I didn't miss meat at all. That's saying something. Course tastings $50-$80.

    Melody Han · August 17, 2011
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Kajitsu sells a few exclusive products from Kyoto including green tea and seasonal incense. You can also purchase a container of the mysterious house-made pickled kelp with sansho. - Inspector

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 16, 2011
  • Kelly B.

    Since your already spending the money, splurge on the sake paring. It's a delicately orchestrated addition!

    Kelly Bone · August 9, 2011
  • Mira E.

    Wonderful Shojin Cuisine

    Mira Ebmeier · July 29, 2011

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