Sandwich and burger shops
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Arms Picnic - Burgers: Nishi-Shinjuku
A convenient department-store outlet of the legendary Sangubashi burger shop, this Shinjuku branch of Arms offers smaller, picnic-size burger as an option. Besides the usual bacon, cheese, etc., the...
Hohokan Cafe - Burgers: Harajuku
American-style sandwiches and burgers are served here in a comfortable cafe setting. The sandwich menu features double grilled cheese (made with cheddar and mozzarella), tuna melt, and grilled...
Teddy's Bigger Burgers - Burgers: Harajuku
The burgers at this popular Hawaiian chain are indeed rather big - flat and wide rather than thick - and charbroiled to order. A regular-size burger (5 ounces) is Y880, or Y1200 with fries and a...
Great Burger, The - Burgers: Harajuku
Premium burgers, with Y1000 lunch sets till 4pm (2pm weekends).
Zip Zap - Sandwiches/ burgers: Harajuku
The inside may look like a Harajuku cafe, but the menu is straight out of an American diner - good (though pricey) burgers, big sandwiches, Mexican favorites and simple starters like fried calimari. ...
3rd Burger - Sandwiches/ burgers: Omotesando
With its sleek decor and lush wall of greenery, this is one of the more pleasant and relaxing spots along Kotto-dori to stop for a midday snack. Charcoal-grilled burgers (from Y450) are served with...
Eat - Burgers: Gaienmae
This ambitious American-style diner serves one of the few lamb burgers in town, and they do a terrific job. With minimal dressing on the burger, it's all about the very flavorful meat, beautifully...
Gotham Grill - Steak house: Ebisu
Charcoal-grilled steaks from dry-aged beef range from Y3150 (7 oz. fillet) to Y12,600 (32 oz. porterhouse); they also offer a half-pound classic burger.
Blacows - Burgers: Ebisu
Excellent gourmet burgers made with black Angus wagyu beef, from Y1300. Side dishes include grilled meats and voluminous Cobb salads.
Burger Mania - Sandwiches/ burgers: Hiroo
The second branch of the Shiroganedai-based burger shop, serving gourmet sandwiches as well as American-style burgers. The pastrami sandwich (Y1100) is exclusive to this branch.
Burger Mania - Sandwiches/ burgers: Shirokanedai
American-style gourmet burgers (from Y950) and sandwiches. Delivery within the neighborhood.
7025 Franklin Avenue - Sandwiches/ burgers: Gotanda
American West coast-style burgers and sandwiches, with delivery service and a pleasant outdoor patio.
Munch's Burger Shack - Burgers: Mita
The gourmet burgers here are made from 100% US beef; starting at Y1000, and come with a choice of several cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, colby, gouda), smoked bacon, chili and other toppings. Caesar...
Pe'z Magic - Burgers: Nogizaka
Organic burgers and sandwiches; delivery available through much of Tokyo. Delivery 11am-8:30pm weekdays, 11am-6:30pm weekends.
Authentic - Burgers: Akasaka
This cozy backstreet diner serves a menu of American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches, to stay or to go. The unusual broccoli cheeseburger (Y1270) is one of our favorites - the slightly crunchy...
Bebu - Burgers: Toranomon
Located at the entrance to Andaz Hyatt Hotel, Bebu serves original burger variations such as Andale-Gringo (cheese, beans, avocado, jalapeno) and Bavarian (pork sausage patty, sauerkraut, curry...
Brozers' - Burgers: Ningyocho
Japanese-style premium burgers in this otherwise burger-deprived Tokyo quarter. Burgers start at Y1000, and topping variations include fried egg, pineapple, and chili beans as well as the usual...
Martiniburger - American: Kagurazaka
This casual neighborhood spot serves up gourmet burgers, upscale diner fare and assorted vodka cocktails. They bill themselves a New York-style bar-restaurant, and accordingly the menu features...
Marcato - Burgers: Bakurocho
The signature "Asakusa burger" in this neighborhood hangout is made with Black Angus wagyu beef. The shop also hosts live music and occasional darts matches.
Fire House - Burgers: Hongo
They really do serve some of the best gourmet burgers in Tokyo at this rustic little shop. The mozzarella mushroom burger (Y1200) is one of our faves. Sandwiches are no longer on the menu, but can...
Shares - Burgers: Kachidoki
Gourmet burgers, ribs, macaroni and cheese, and buffalo wings make up the all-American menu at this "New York-style brasserie." On weekends they're open 2pm-midnight, with the lunch menu served...
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Toyosu
An offshoot of the Village Vanguard novelty-gift chain, VV Diner has spawned a growing chain of its own, offering a reliable menu of reasonably priced gourmet burgers in comfortable settings. This...
Fatz's - Burgers: Koenji
Good, solid American diner fare is the draw at Fatz's - tasty burgers, hearty sandwiches, tempting mozzarella sticks, milkshakes and banana splits. The menu lists eight burger variations with names...
Arms - Burgers: Sangubashi
You'll find excellent gourmet hamburgers at this pleasant little parkside cafe, including some interesting special toppings that change seasonally.
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Shimo-Kitazawa
Fashioned after an American roadside diner, Village Vanguard offers diner-style comfort food, including tasty apps like mozarella croquettes and entertaining burger variations such as garlic mushroom...
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Koshigaya Laketown
Good American-style gourmet burgers are served here, with original variations like "pepper and wild bacon," "quattro formaggio and honey," and "basil, tomato, mozzarella." Burgers start from under...
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Yokohama Sta.
Good American-style gourmet burgers are served here, with original variations like "pepper and wild bacon," "quattro formaggio and honey," and "basil, tomato, mozzarella." Burgers start from under...
Good Mellows - Burgers: Kamakura
A tropical-themed, almost-beachfront restaurant five minutes from Hase station, Good Mellows serves charcoal-grilled burgers and imported craft beers from the US.

Sandwiches, deli

Banh Mi Sandwich - Vietnamese: Takadanobaba
This simply named shop sells freshly made Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in several enticing varieties, including roast pork (our current favorite), grilled chicken with honey and lemongrass, ham and...
Park Hyatt Delicatessen - Sandwiches/ deli: Nishi-Shinjuku
Perhaps the best deli counter in town, with a huge selection of cold cuts, pates and salads. Lunches are priced from around Y1000, and breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 to 10:30am. The outdoor...
Better Days - Sandwiches/ deli: Kita-Sando
Good panini and other Italian-style sandwiches, desserts, coffee, tea, and wine by the glass. There's a small counter area, but business is mostly take-out. No smoking.
Luke's - Sandwiches/ deli: Harajuku
Lobster rolls - lobster meat sandwiches in a toasted bun - are the specialty at this New York-based shop. All the lobsters come straight from Maine, and a display in front of the shop shows their...
Dominique Ansel - Bakery: Harajuku
The popular New York-based bakery Dominique Ansel is best known as the inventor of the cronut, the croissant-doughtnut combination that took New York by storm when it was first introduced. In...
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Omotesando
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
Andersen (sandwich counter) - Sandwiches/ deli: Omotesando
Excellent made-to-order sandwiches and salads in the basement deli area underneath the bread store.
Panino Vino - Sandwiches/ deli: Omotesando
Panini sandwiches, in many variations, are the specialty here, with a Y1000 lunch special that includes soup and beverage alongside your sandwich. There are lots of reasonably priced (from Y500)...
Kuumba du Falafel - Middle Eastern: Shibuya
Falafel sandwiches and platters, hummus and lentil soup are served at this tiny eight-seat cafe, and everything is available to take out.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Shibuya
Big Hawaiian-style hamburgers and assorted sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Hiroo
Terrific overstuffed sandwiches and great burgers in a pleasant cafe-style setting. They also provide thirty-minute delivery within the area.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Gotanda
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
Anna Miller's - Coffee shop: Shinagawa
The last surviving Japan branch of the former cult favorite coffeeshop, Anna Miller's serves a variety of pies and American-style breakfasts.
Madison Park Cafe - Sandwiches/ burgers: Roppongi
Gourmet hot dogs, chili, gumbo and clam chowder - to stay or to go.
Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Azabu-Juban
Gourmet burger pioneers in Tokyo, they still grill up some of Tokyo's better burgers in town, and also assemble great sandwiches (including an inspirational shrimp and avocado combination) and...
Fermintxo Boca - Spanish: Roppongi 1-chome
Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served all afternoon here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially...
Pantry - Sandwiches/ burgers: Marunouchi
Great sandwiches, American-style burgers and substantial salads (from the same management as Homework's in Hiroo). They deliver over a wide area from Nihonbashi down to Shimbashi/Uchisaiwaicho.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Marunouchi
Hawaiian-style burgers and sandwiches. The atrium deck is very airy and pleasant, but seating there is limited.
Lina's Sandwiches - Sandwiches/ deli: Suidobashi
Tucked away in the rather institutional-looking basement of the Athenee Francaise, this branch of the French-based cafe serves a range of good, made-to-order French-style sandwiches.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Ogawamachi
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Daiba
Gourmet Hawaiian-style burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers.
Mi Choripan - Argentine: Yoyogi-Uehara
Mi Choripan proudly serves up "Argentinian Soul Food" - aka overstuffed chorizo-sausage sandwiches seasoned with chimichurri sauce, which are sold from street stalls in Argentina and other parts of...
Fungo - Sandwiches/ deli: Ikejiri-Ohashi
Not-quite Western-style sandwiches, soups, drinks. They deliver within the area (to 10pm).
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Yokohama Sta.
Good American-style sandwiches and burgers are the draw here along with Hawaiian microbrew beers. In the evenings they also offer a few Hawaiian main dishes.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii. This branch is located in the food-court area of the Red Brick Warehouse shopping complex.
Lien Sandwiches - Sandwiches/ deli: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Formerly known as Lina's, this pleasant cafe serves good French-inspired, made-to-order sandwiches, including vegetable options. Lunch specials are served until 2pm.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Kamakura
The main drag from Kamakura station to the beach is lined with cafes, fast food and family restaurants. Kua-aina stands out by virtue of its terrace and its reliable mahi-mahi sandwiches.