Food was excellent.
Very quiet and reserved atmosphere
This is the best sushi restaurant in NYC in my mind. Great value for money. Fantastic.
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.
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!!!
Awesome time at Cagen! Highly recommended
Great food with great service.
New Year dinner
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!
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.
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!
Amazing !!! Loved it
Atmosphere very very austere
But best sushi ever
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.
Wonderful experience and amazing food! For the price it can’t be beat.
Overpriced. Insufficiently creative. Maki falling apart.
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.
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.
Favorite omakase in town. A lot of pieces for the price. Make sure to arrive early to be seated with Chef Tomita.
One word - Awesome!
Not good and rude front desk lady.
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.
Chef very talented
Chef a bit too quiet- could not tell if limited English or not interested in talking
Been here a bunch of times. Sushi bar is a must! Keep it coming.
Very fresh! Too salty sometimes, prefer lighter flavor
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.
My husband’s birthday
great value omakase meal. fish is amazing. not your standard tuna rolls and spider rolls. truly artisinal sushi. Tomita-san is a genius
A wonderful experience and the most delicious and fresh sashimi I have ever eaten. Would recommend time and again!
Chef was phenomenal, the fish some of the best I’ve ever had.
First time having omakase. Definitely set the bar high!
I went with the Omakase dinner, the fish was absolutely amazing. Service was incredible- I highly recommend Cagen Omakase.
The experience was fantastic. Amazing food and great service.
This is a unique Japanese omakase experience. I regret that I didn't take photos of the food and the picture that accompanied each service because we were served fish nigiri style that I had never heard of before and can't remember enough to do justice to here. Everything was amazing. Each course was served with full description of the fish and how the chief wanted it to be combined with a special sauce or dip. We sat a table even though the better experience is supposed to be with the chef at the counter. We were happy with our decision as we were served 4 or 5 pieces at a time an dwe had a full view of the chef. It looked like at the counter it was one piece at a time and a long wait between pieces. The dish was all fresh as it is flown daily from Japan. The nori is served as a sheet and one makes your own hand roll with it. it was the most flavorful nori I ever had ( and being from California, we eat a LOT of sushi hand rolls.) I also found the sake flight to be a very interesting selection with clear distinctions in the the three choices.
I love Cagen. I like how the experience is all about the amazing food. It’s such a treat to eat here. I wish they would bring back the full omakase menu, rather than only offering a sushi omakase. Still, the toro roll is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
Cagen is the best authentic sushi you will find in nyc.
Amazing- sat at the sushi bar
This is an amazing restaurant, with creative and extremely fresh omakase offerings. Well worth the price for a special occasion.
The food is good. Sushi here is very different compare to other sushi. The use of spices is bold and innovative, at least I love it. Do not come if you want a 100% traditional sushi, Cagen is not a place for sushi beginners; but if you have your own understanding and preferences about sushi, Cagen is a place you should visit.
It is reasonable why Cagen lost the star. The overall decoration cannot compare with other Michelin restaurant, but it is acceptable for me. Anyway, they provide good food.
I will be back very soon once I have time.