Cagen

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Japanese
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Sushi Omakase Counter open! on 9/3/019. 6 Seats!!!!!

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.
we will be serving sashimi and hot plates, unfortunately we will not be serving sushi Omakase any more
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

HM
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi in nyc

KR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. Will be back again.

e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

Y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent.
Very quiet and reserved atmosphere
Excellent pieces.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time at Cagen! Highly recommended

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year dinner

ME
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !!! Loved it

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

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

J
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

PK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced. Insufficiently creative. Maki falling apart.

A
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal

M
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word - Awesome!

H
London
102 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not good and rude front desk lady.

OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

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.

SM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very fresh! Too salty sometimes, prefer lighter flavor

C
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday

EY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great value omakase meal. fish is amazing. not your standard tuna rolls and spider rolls. truly artisinal sushi. Tomita-san is a genius

SY
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience and the most delicious and fresh sashimi I have ever eaten. Would recommend time and again!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was phenomenal, the fish some of the best I’ve ever had.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having omakase. Definitely set the bar high!

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