STRIKING THE PERFECT BALANCE OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CUISINE.
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
The NY Times - The Best Restaurant Dishes of 2014
Tuesday through Sunday
5:30pm ~ 11:00pm
414 E 9th St. (between 1st and Avenue A), New York, NY 10009