With authentic and innovative Japanese food, Kokage Café, which was just opened this summer by well-known restaurant Kajitsu, is already keeping up with its Michelin star sister restaurant!
This fun and flavorful new spot serves only the freshest seasonal ingredients from Japan as well as local farmers. Located inside of Kajitsu, known for its Shojin cuisine, a type of vegetarian cooking which originated from Zen Buddhism, the more casual Kokage Café cooks up some creative culinary delights. With mouthwatering traditional Japanese wagashi sweets and namafu, you will experience new flavors which you won’t find anywhere else!
Located on a tree lined street near Grand Central Station, on the first floor of the townhouse it shares with Kajitsu, try some of this café’s tantalizing creations. With appetizing a la carte dishes and savory signature plates including waygu beef sukiyaki, as well as their standout Kyoto style saba sushi, you are sure to be in for a treat.
Unlike the vegetarian cooking found at Kajitsu, Kokage Café offers meat and fish dishes, although authentic Japanese cuisine is still the foundation of its fare. Your taste buds will be transported to a wonderous new place with their traditional and high-quality wagashi, which cannot be found anywhere else in New York City. This stylish spot also offers a selection of confections, as well as coffee and teas. Since opening, Café Kokage has been sharing the beauty and deliciousness of their delicacies – you can tell they are proud of their heritage with each and every bite!
The passionate team behind this new establishment, which is responsible for many palatable plates, include Ms. Phoebe Ogawa and Ms. Mai Mizuno, who trained at the historic namafu shop called Fuka, based in Kyoto. Mr. Tsubasa Konoshita, another student at the famed Fuka will also be joining the team next year. Their mouthwatering menu changes monthly, making for an exciting and extra memorable dining experience each time you dine at this unique restaurant After all, wagashi values the seasons, as well as tradition, art, literature, history and cultural celebrations. Guests can now experience the best of Kyoto without leaving the city!
Enjoy delicacies such as their Anko Butter or Dashimaki Sandwich Sets, which pair perfectly with their Hoji Cha, Sencha or cold brew coffee. While their seasonal Kakigori dessert, a Japanese style shaved ice, is served from July through September, their hot teas are sure to warm you up all winter long. You’ll definitely want to try their Drink Set, which is comprised of traditional Japanese confections served with a drink of your choice. Set your sights on either the Seasonal Wagashi Set, Matcha Set or Higashi Candy Set.
Their Seasonal Wagashi and pots of tea, as well as iced teas, make Kokage Café one place you can’t miss! The café is currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
125 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016