MICHELIN Guide United States


  • 125 E. 39th St., New York, 10016, United States
  • 120 USD • Japanese, Vegan
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MICHELIN Guide United States


  • 125 E. 39th St., New York, 10016, United States
  • 120 USD • Japanese, Vegan
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

It’s the way of the modern world that we think of the changing of the seasons more in terms of our wardrobe rather than our food—but a meal at Kajitsu could change that. This Japanese vegan restaurant serves shojin cuisine based on the precepts of Buddhism—if you’re in search of an antidote to the plethora of steakhouses in the city, this is it. The traditionally decorated space on the second floor is a sanctuary of peace and tranquility and offers table or counter seating and service that is as charming as it is earnest.

Such is the skill of the kitchen you’ll forget in no time about the absence of fish or meat. It’s all about balance, harmony and simplicity—and allowing the ingredients’ natural flavors to shine, whether it’s the delicate onion soup with mizuna and potato, or the visually arresting hassun which could include everything from mountain yam to burdock root.

Your period of contemplation and newfound respect for your fellow man may come to a juddering halt when you find yourself back on Lexington but, for a few moments at least, you’ll feel you connected with nature.

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  • m One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
  • ó Comfortable restaurant
  • Fried mochi with grated daikon and mushroom dashi
  • Noodle rice with cabbage, yuba, and mushroom
  • Tsubaki mochi with sweet bean filling

Facilities & Services

  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • E Non-smoking restaurant
  • 1 Notable sake list
  • { Private dining room
  • û Restaurant offering vegetarian menus
  • Take away


+1 212-228-4873
Opening hours
Closed: Monday, lunch : Tuesday-Sunday

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