Chang: Kajitsu Might Be City’s Best Restaurant

David Chang, the chef and owner of the Momofuku restaurants, tells the Times’s Travel section “Where to Go Eat in 2012,” and one of his recommendations, Kajitsu, is right here in the East Village: “I think, consistently, it might be the best restaurant in the city,” he writes. “And it’s totally a value; there’s an eight-course tasting menu for $70. The executive chef, Masato Nishihara, serves Shojin temple food, an ancient cuisine developed in Buddhist monasteries — sort of Japanese comfort food. It’s all vegetables, but you’re not going to miss the meat. And his pickles are so delicious. It’s a thought-provoking experience, but also incredibly fun and extremely tasty.”