Vegetarians largely subsist on a plant-based diet until they swallow enough chlorophyll to begin photosynthesizing their own food. Take the first step with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for $30 worth of lunch or brunch
- $29 for $60 worth of lunch or brunch for four or more
Lunch is served Tuesday–Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kick lunch off with a platter of the house artisanal tofu with a trio of sauces ($10) before moving on to meatier entrees such as the sake-braised pork belly ($18) or vegan and gluten-free options such as the cha soba noodles with shitake "bacon" ($12). Gluten-free desserts include the signature sweet tofu served with kuromitsu and black-sesame tuile ($9). The pared-down brunch menu features baked eggs with japanese mushrooms and rosemary toast ($11) and matcha french toast with fresh strawberries and azuki shiro-an ($12).
Though much of Kyotofu's positive press revolves around its modern Japanese desserts, including this piece in Huffington Post, critics can't seem to resist tucking into the restaurant's full menu. Zagat rated the food a 24, and the Wall Street Journal praises the eatery's tofu-centric lunches, noting that "the inventive menu will wow even the most tofu-averse." The tofu, made daily in-house and inspired by famed tofu manufacturer Kyotofu-Fujino, finds its way into both sweet and savory plates, starring in a tofu-spinach-artichoke dip as well a yuzu-citrus-tofu cheesecake. Plenty of tofu-free dishes, such as pulled-pork sliders, join vegan and Celiac Sprue Association–certified gluten-free items such as purple rice balls that have been created with the help of a partnership with chef Thomas Keller.
The restaurant mirrors the clean, contemporary presentations of its modern recipes, featuring stark, cream-colored walls lit by unobtrusive recessed lighting and flickering tabletop candles. The dining space, which New York Times critic and secret astronaut Peter Meehan compares to "the plush eating quarters of a Japanese millionaire’s spaceship" was designed by Hiro Tsuruta, of ChikaLicious fame.