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This guide lists restaurants serving Chinese cuisine and dim sum, as well as gyoza specialists
This guide lists restaurants serving Chinese cuisine and dim sum, as well as gyoza specialists

Chinese, dim sum

Joe's Shanghai - Dim sum: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the original Joe's Shanghai in NYC, known for their first-rate shoronpo (xiaolongbao) and other dumplings. Budget around Y1500 for lunch, Y5000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Zuien Bekkan - Chinese: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
This long-time neighborhood standby is nearly as famous for their rude service and painfully crowded seating arrangements as for their food, which is quite good.
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Chef's - Chinese: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fairly reliable Chinese cooking, including Shanghai-style crab. Budget around Y5000-7000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Chinese Cafe Eight - Chinese: Shinjuku
Open 24 hours a day.
You'll find great Peking Duck here - just Y3680 for a portion big enough for three or four people - plus a big menu of surprisingly inexpensive dumplings and small-plate dishes.
Open 24 hours a day.
Kowloon - Chinese: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Noodles, stir-fries and other typical Hong Kong-style street stall dishes, prepared exceptionally well. Their "dragon ramen" has giant, tasty chunks of kakuni (stewed pork) and a bit of octopus for...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Fun - Chinese: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Great nouvelle Chinese cuisine, with filling multi-course dinner menus from Y3500.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fantastic, authentic Taiwanese-style dumplings; including the hot-broth-filled shoronpo dumplings for which they're most famous.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Xi'an - Chinese: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
The city of Xi'an is located along the historical Silk Road trade route, and the cuisine from that region takes full advantage of the many spices that were part of the trade. The menu here includes...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Xenlon - Chinese: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-4:30, 4:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Dim sum lunches start at Y5200 at this upscale restaurant inside the Hotel Century Southern Tower.
Open 11:30am-4:30, 4:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Kowloon - Chinese: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30-2am (to 10:30pm Sun.). Open every day.
The specialty of the house is dragon ramen, made with large chunks of kakuni (stewed pork), tomatoes and octopus. They also offer garlicky gyoza and simple stir-fry dishes, all of very high...
Open 11:30-2am (to 10:30pm Sun.). Open every day.
Shin'a Hanten (New Asia) - Chinese: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Good-quality Cantonese cuisine in a stylish dining room. Budget around Y12,000 for dinner, Y1000-2000 for lunch.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sen - Taiwanese: Harajuku
Open 11:30-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A popular neighborhood hangout with good mid-level Taiwanese cooking. (Saturdays, Sundays dinner only.)
Open 11:30-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ryu no Ko - Szechuan: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
One of the few places in Tokyo serving spicy Szechuan-style cuisine, Ryu no Ko does a better job with their weekday lunches than they do in the evening. The mabo-dofu and tantanmen are both...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Raika Seirankyo - Chinese: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Good modern Chinese cooking - their clay-pot tofu, cashew chicken and fried pork belly are especially recommended. If you're in a celebratory mood, the menu offers some luxurious special dishes like...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Long Fu - Chinese: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11:30pm daily.
Reasonably priced Chinese fare; dinner plans with open bar start at Y3500.
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11:30pm daily.
Tomitoku - Chinese: Gaienmae
Open 11am-10pm (LO 9:30) daily.
Well-prepared Cantonese standards are served here in a very ordinary-looking Chinese-restaurant dining room. The Y2100 weekend lunch features good-sized portions of shrimp in chili sauce, sweet and...
Open 11am-10pm (LO 9:30) daily.
Chohakkai - Dim sum: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Shanghai-style dim sum and other dishes.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Reikyo - Taiwanese: Shibuya
Open noon-2pm, 5-midnight (LO). Closed Thursdays.
A late-night Shibuya standby - they've been here for decades, serving good-quality Taiwanese specialties at reasonable prices.
Open noon-2pm, 5-midnight (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Hong Kong Roji - Chinese: Shibuya
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
The specialty is okayu (rice gruel), and they also serve assorted dumplings and noodle dishes.
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Le Parc - Dim sum: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:20-10pm (LO) daily.
With its Francophile name and decor, this Ebisu hideaway has all the trappings of a French bistro, but it's one of the best places for dim sum in the city. Incongruous though this must seem, once you...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:20-10pm (LO) daily.
Chinese Cafe Eight - Chinese: Ebisu
Open 24 hours a day.
Good Peking Duck and side dishes at unbelievable prices.
Open 24 hours a day.
Hokkaien - Chinese: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Good Peking-style food in a well-established neighborhood restaurant. Dinner averages around Y7,000.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Chien Fu - Taiwanese: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The Taiwanese-style vegetarian cuisine here is a mock-meat cuisine based on soy protein, gluten, dried bean curd and vegetables, without onions or garlic, served with organic brown rice. The original...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Chinese Cafe Eight - Chinese: Nishi-Azabu
Open 24 hours a day.
Very good Peking duck and other Chinese fare at amazingly low prices.
Open 24 hours a day.
Dong Fang Ting - Szechuan: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good Szechuan cooking at reasonable prices in a casual neighborhood spot. The prix-fixe dinners with open bar, priced from Y3000 for two hours, are especially popular. Budget around Y3000 at...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Gozenbo - Chinese: Roppongi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Top-notch Chinese cuisine prepared with medicinal herbs, for whatever ails you. Prix-fixe menus range from Y4200-15,750, plus a big a la carte menu. Lunch starts at Y900 and includes numerous...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Chinaroom - Chinese: Roppongi Hills
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm daily.
The Grand Hyatt's Chinese restaurant offers a dim sum buffet at lunchtime every day for Y4200. Budget around Y10,000 per person in the evening for food and drink.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm daily.
Napoleon Fish - Chinese: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Spicy regional Chinese dishes from Guizhou and Yunnan provinces (just north of Laos and Vietnam). Budget around Y6-7000 at night, Y1000 at lunchtime.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Chinese Cafe Eight - Chinese: Akasaka
Open 24 hours a day.
You'll find great Peking Duck here - just Y3680 for a portion big enough for three or four people - plus a big menu of surprisingly inexpensive dumplings and small-plate dishes.
Open 24 hours a day.
Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Shiodome
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Spectacular Taipei-style, hot-broth-squirting xiao long bao (shoronpo dumplings) and other dimsum fare. The weekend lines may look daunting, but don't worry - they move very quickly.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Joe's Shanghai New York Ginza - Chinese: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
The popular Shanghai via New York dumpling specialist in Ikebukuro now has a Ginza branch, with less emphasis on the dumplings and a wider menu. Lunch from Y1200, prix-fixe dinners from Y5250.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Paradise Dynasty - Dim sum: Ginza
Open 11am-3, 3-9:45pm (LO) daily.
The showpiece at this dim sum specialist is a colorful platter of eight different xiao long bao (shoronpo), representing exotic flavors like foie gras, truffles, cheese and Szechuan pepper. You can...
Open 11am-3, 3-9:45pm (LO) daily.
So Tired - Chinese: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3:30am (LO) daily.
Better-than-average creative Cantonese cooking in a festive setting, part of the Shin Maru Building's seventh-floor "Home" complex. The assorted appetizer platter is worth a try, as is the chozume...
Open 11am-3:30am (LO) daily.
Lou - Dim sum: Yaesu
Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Chinese dumplings - to eat in or take out - are the specialty of this Kamakura-based shop inside the new Gran Roof complex next to Tokyo Station. The take-out menu includes three types of gyoza...
Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ishingo Yong-Jiang - Chinese: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This budget-friendly Chinese restaurant specializes in seafood and duck dishes (including Peking Duck). The "dinner set" includes a main dish plus three cold appetizers, three dumplings, soup, rice...
Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sense - Chinese: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
The Mandarin Oriental's Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant offers an excellent weekend dim sum lunch from 11:30am-4pm. Choose from twenty varieties, all you can eat, for Y5000 (+10%). Weekday...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Gabisan - Chinese: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Well-prepared Chinese standards and some Szechuan-style noodle dishes, with a mostly neighborhood crowd.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Shisen Hanten - Szechuan: Kioicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Excellent Szechuan-style cuisine - both spicy and non-spicy, in a spacious dining room. Prix-fixe dinners start at around Y6300, but lunch (from Y1260) is a real bargain.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
CoCo Craft - Dim sum: Ichigaya
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Chinese dim sum is served with a small selection of Japanese craft beers at this casual cafe, open since February 2016. Eight varieties of steamed and fried dumplings are on offer, along with nine...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Xi'an - Chinese: Iidabashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The city of Xi'an is located along the historical Silk Road trade route, and the cuisine from that region takes full advantage of the many spices that were part of the trade. The menu here includes...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kohrinbo - Chinese: Nakano
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays.
This is the kind of vegetarian Chinese that specializes in crafty "imitation meat" dishes alongside the more recognizable tofu and vegetable items. The results are quite tasty and varied in flavor -...
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Sekkomon - Dim sum: Ogikubo
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Above-average budget Chinese in a spiffed-up dining room; the specialties are dim sum (including soup-filled shoronpo dumplings), Chinese desserts (featuring their home-made sweet tofu), and noodles,...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Futago-tamagawa
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fantastic, authentic Taiwanese-style dumplings; including the hot-broth-filled shoronpo dumplings for which they're most famous.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fukueimon - Dim sum: Kawasaki
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Some thirty varieties of Hong Kong-style dim sum are served here, and there's an all-you-can-eat deal for Y2580 (two-hour limit, not available weekday lunchtime). There are several other set meals...
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Banraitei - Chinese: Yokohama Yamashitacho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm. Closed Thursdays.
Authentic, down-to-earth Shanghai-style cooking, including inexpensive noodle dishes and fried rice.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm. Closed Thursdays.
Keitokuchin Shinkan - Szechuan: Yokohama Yamashitacho
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Reasonably priced Szechuan noodle and stir-fry dishes; budget around Y2500 for dinner, from Y600 for lunch.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Heichinrou - Chinese: Yokohama Yamashitacho
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Chinatown has its share of tourist traps, but century-old Heichinrou is a reliable choice for Cantonese cuisine, with especially good deals at lunchtime. Budget from Y7500 for dinner, with...
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Kaseiro Shinkan - Chinese: Yokohama Yamashitacho
Open 11:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Highly regarded Peking-style Chinese in a glitzy Chinatown setting. Budget around Y7500 at dinner, Y4000 at lunchtime.
Open 11:30am-9pm (LO) daily.

Gyoza

Namja Gyoza Stadium - Gyoza: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Around a dozen famous gyoza shops from around the country are gathered here in this unusual dumpling-centered theme park inside the very noisy Namja Town game center. (Weekdays tend to be quieter.) ...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Harajuku Gyoza Lou - Gyoza: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-4:30am (Su -10pm) daily.
With its big wrap-around counter as well as row of booths along the side, Lou is quite a bit larger than the average gyoza specialist, and seems like one of the cooler places in town to satisfy your...
Open 11:30am-4:30am (Su -10pm) daily.
Chinkairou - Gyoza: Meguro
Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Boiled gyoza dumplings filled with juicy shrimp and cabbage are the specialty at this small neighborhood shop.
Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Pairon - Gyoza: Iidabashi
Open 11:30am-11:30pm. Closed Saturdays.
In general the gyoza dumplings at this small specialty shop are flavored with more Chinese-tasting mix of spices and ingredients than is typical for Tokyo gyoza. The namesake Pairon ("white dragon")...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm. Closed Saturdays.
Okei - Gyoza: Iidabashi
Open 11:30am-1:50, 5-8:50pm (LO). Closed Sun, 3rd Sat.
This unpretentious Chinese noodle shop has been preparing their famous gyoza dumplings in the same style for some five decades now, with minced pork, chives and bok choy but no garlic. The gyoza are...
Open 11:30am-1:50, 5-8:50pm (LO). Closed Sun, 3rd Sat.
Kanda Gyozaya Honten - Gyoza: Jimbocho
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; Sa, Su -9:30) daily.
This big, lively dumpling emporium serves eight different varieties of gyoza, along with Chinese noodles and assorted stir-fry dishes. Your gyoza comes either a la carte, in a set meal with rice and...
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; Sa, Su -9:30) daily.
Tiger Gyoza Hall - Gyoza: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tiger's menu is devoted to gyoza dumplings, both fried and boiled. The signature dish is their extra-large Banana Gyoza, so named because of their elongated shape - these come with a voluminous pork...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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Updated 2016-08-20