Omakase w/ sake!
Awarded one star (★) in the 2015 Michelin Guide for NYC restaurants.
Absolutely wonderful food!
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!
Tasting menu is great--prepare to take several hours to really enjoy. It's a bit heavier on presentation than powerhouse flavors
Amazing tea and sake menu! Top notch service! Delicious food! Very zen and cozy! Will come back!
veggy tasting menu
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
Perhaps the best vegan omakese I've ever had and I'm not even vegan.
Food was excellent & the room was very peaceful!
Best Japanese restaurant ever!
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.
NYT: Shojin ramen.
Shojin Ramen, lunch only
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
One of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in New York according to Village Voice
White truffle potato 'gratin'
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.
Highlights include wakame soup w/ homemade tofu & black truffle rice. Downstairs, Kokage has zen, but not vegan, lunch. – Green Guide Editor
I felt like a squirrel munching away. Tbh my focus was more on the elegant Japanese minimalist decor, cutlery and tableware.
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.
Sit at the "bar" and watch the chef artistically prepare your meal.
Hearty and delicious vegan, will convince any skeptic. Upstairs has a lovely view of the quiet street.
One of a kind Japanese. Do not expect your classic sushi platter. Go!
Great vegetarian place! Limited menu, but great taste. The crispy fried noodle in the set is really refreshing! Love love love!
I don't think you're ready for Spring Jelly.
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.
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.
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!!!
Stunning showcase of vegetables and flavors in a serene space. Get the prix fixe for best assortment and appreciation. A refreshing, must try experience!
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!
Interesting, complex vegetarian food. Super tasty.
Michelin 2012 ★
Maestro of Japanese food.
It's hard to find the place to serve "tofuyo" . I love it.
A 2 starred Michelin vegetarian restaurant!
Try the Celery Root With Early Spring Vegetables - Inspired by snow covered plants, this dish is as wonderfully flavored as it is beautiful.
chef masato nishihara serves shojin temple food in an excellent and affordable prix-fixe style. we promise, you won’t miss the meat.
Two Michelin stars.
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
Food so beautiful I gasped. Vegan Japanese resto where I didn't miss meat at all. That's saying something. Course tastings $50-$80.
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
Since your already spending the money, splurge on the sake paring. It's a delicately orchestrated addition!
Wonderful Shojin Cuisine