Cagen. It means "just right".

Owner and Chef, Toshio Tomita, brings over 16 years of experience at Nobu and other esteemed Japanese restaurants to his own, Cagen.

"One minute Mr. Tomita will do the unadorned, noninterventionist thing you expect from a Japanese chef. His ingredients, especially the fish he brings in from Japan, are often exceptional. Three broiled fillets of ayu, a Japanese trout, wore nothing but their shimmering skins, the better to show off their delicate freshwater taste.

The next he will throw a curve. A plate of small appetizers offered ham deep-fried katsu style with a splotch of Worcestershire on its panko crust, along with a single mouthful of classic, miso-marinated black cod, as irresistible as ever..."

"EITHER WAY, I WANTED MORE."   – Pete Wells, NY Times Critic’s Pick

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     Fri., 2/13 & Sat., 2/14 | Special Omakase

     Fri., 2/13 & Sat., 2/14 | Special Omakase


(212) 358-8800


Tuesday through Sunday

5:30pm ~ 11:00pm


414 E 9th St. (between 1st and Avenue A), New York, NY 10009


Chef Toshio Tomita

was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He started apprenticing at the age of 15 in Japanese restaurants in the Tochigi and Niigata prefectures and Tokyo, where he learned the culinary art of kaiseki - up-scale, multi-course meals that utilize only the most premium of parts from the freshest ingredients, with a focus on seasonality, balance, and presentation.

Chef Tomita came to the United States 28 years ago and first worked as a sushi chef at Manhattan restaurant 212, which served French Japanese cuisine. Next he worked at Yamaguchi, a Japanese restaurant with midtown and New Jersey locations, and at Hiro-chan, a Japanese restaurant in Yaohan New Jersey (now Mitsuwa).

Chef Tomita then began to work at the world famous Nobu in 1996. He became an integral part of the restaurant, bringing with him a vast knowledge of Japanese cuisine, which is quite unusual for a sushi chef. He managed Nobu New York, Nobu Next Door and Nobu 57th and served as corporate chef for Nobu Restaurants.

His experiences in special events includes star studded fundraisers and corporate parties - Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, the Dalai Lama, Conde Nast, American Express, City Meals on Wheels and Jackson Hole Wine Auction - and intimate celebrity gatherings - Robert DeNiro, Emma Bloomberg (Michael Bloomberg’s daughter), Fred Wilpon (Mets Owner), Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson to name a few.


Please call (212) 358-8800, or book online with OpenTable.

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The NY Times - December 26, 2014 - The Best Restaurant Dishes of 2014

The Culture Trip - Gourmet Guide to New York City’s 10 Best Japanese Restaurants

New York Eater – July 14, 2014 – 60 Second Tasting Menu: Cagen

The Thrillist – June 17, 2014 - The 7 Best Sushi Spots in NYC

New York Journal – June 9, 2014 – Cagen

NY Times – April 29, 2014 - Bending Tradition, and Bowing to It

Food Republic – April 24, 2014 – We Support Soba: Everything You Need To Know About Japan’s Most Underrated Noodle

GQ Magazine –  February 26, 2014 - Alan Richman’s 5 Best Dishes of 2014

The Daily Traveler - February 17, 2014 – Why Chef Anita Lo is Crazy About Cagen’s O-Toro Hand Roll

NY Times -  August 27, 2013,  Soba Noodles at Cagen