Sandwich and burger shops

Burgers

Standard Deli (Shinjuku - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5367-0185
You've probably seen it as you walk from Shinjuku station to Takashimaya Times Square - a nicely landscaped terrace, a bright yellow sign, and a metallic, retro-50s trailer home that's been converted into a grill. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShinjuku 4-1-7, Journal Standard 3F. Open 11:30am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Arms Picnic (Nishi-Shinjuku - Burgers). 3466-5974
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 menu generally includes some interesting special seasonal toppings.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Lumine 1, B1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
!Hohokan Cafe (Harajuku - Burgers). 5775-5708
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 chicken, and the burgers come in over twenty varieties. Lunch (served until 4pm) is Y1000, with your choice of sandwich or burger, french fries and coffee or tea. [Show more]
SunmapJingumae 3-22-14, 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers (Harajuku - Burgers). 5774-2288
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 soft drink. The surfboard-decorated shop interior is fairly fast-foodish, but they have a pleasant five-table outdoor terrace area looking out over central Harajuku.
SunmapJingumae 6-28-5, Miyazaki Bldg 2F. Open 11am-8:15pm (LO) daily.
Great Burger, The (Harajuku - Burgers). 3406-1215
Premium burgers, with Y1000 lunch sets till 4pm (2pm weekends).
SunmapJingumae 6-12-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zip Zap (Harajuku - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3499-1150
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. Lunch specials are served until 3pm weekdays and 5pm weekends.
SunmapJingumae 6-9-11. (from the La Foret intersection walk towards Shibuya on Meiji-dori, take the first left, then right; it's on the left) Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
3rd Burger (Omotesando - Sandwiches/ burgers). 6419-7579
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 gourmet bacon and organic vegetables, including an interesting avocado-wasabi topping. There are also a couple of vegetable sandwiches, and smoothies in flavors like fresh tomato, komatsuna-banana, green tea and espresso.
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-11-2. Open 7am-11pm daily.
Eat (Gaienmae - Burgers). 6459-2432
Gourmet burgers, sandwiches and upscale American diner fare at this tiny burger cafe. It's run by Chef Michi, formerly of Michi's Manhattan Beach near Los Angeles. The Kobe beef burger is their flagship sandwich, but we love their Cajun lamb burger (Y1300 for a double burger) even more. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 2-27-18. Open 11:30am-3:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
!Eat (Gaienmae - Burgers). 6459-2432
Gourmet burgers, sandwiches and upscale American diner fare at this tiny burger cafe. It's run by Chef Michi, of the celebrated Michi's Manhattan Beach near Los Angeles. The Kobe beef burger is their flagship sandwich, but our favorite is their amazing Cajun lamb burger (Y1300 for a double burger). [Show more]
mapKita-Aoyama 2-12-27, Hale Kalani Kita-Aoyama 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (Sun 11am-5pm) daily.
Gotham Grill (Ebisu - Steak house). 5447-0536
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.
SunmapHigashi 3-16-10, J-Park Ebisu 3 Altima 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
!Blacows (Ebisu - Burgers). 3477-2914
Excellent gourmet burgers made with black Angus wagyu beef, from Y1300. Side dishes include grilled meats and voluminous Cobb salads.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-11-9. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Burger Mania (Hiroo - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5422-7899
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.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-25 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Burger Mania (Shirokanedai - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3442-2200
American-style gourmet burgers (from Y950) and sandwiches. Delivery within the neighborhood.
SunmapShirokane 6-5-7. Open 11am-11pm daily.
7025 Franklin Avenue (Gotanda - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3441-5028
American West coast-style burgers and sandwiches, with delivery service and a pleasant outdoor patio.
SunmapHigashi-Gotanda 3-15-18. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Munch's Burger Shack (Mita - Burgers). 6435-3166
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 salads and fried chicken are among the side dishes, and drink options include milk shakes (caramel, espresso, honey nuts) and Yona Yona Ale. [Show more]
SunmapShiba 2-26-1, i-smart Bldg 1/2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Pe'z Magic (Nogizaka - Burgers). 5775-5281
Organic burgers and sandwiches; delivery available through much of Tokyo. Delivery 11am-8:30pm weekdays, 11am-6:30pm weekends.
SunmapRoppongi 7-5-11. Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun 7:30pm) daily.
Authentic (Akasaka - Burgers). 3505-8584
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 broccoli florets slathered with melted Monterey Jack cheese sitting atop the burger yield a pleasing combination of textures and flavors. Another novel offering is the peach burger (Y1200), made with yellow cling peaches in syrup. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapAkasaka 2-18-19. Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Bebu (Toranomon - Burgers). 6830-7739
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 sauce). Their kofta burger (a lamb burger served with tsatziki and hummus) is a particular standout, with perfectly grilled meat and nicely balanced flavors. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapToranomon 1-23-4, Toranomon Hills Andaz Tokyo 1F. Open 11:30am-9pm daily.
Brozers' (Ningyocho - Burgers). 3639-5201
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 cheese, bacon and avocado. All are smothered in a smoky barbecue sauce and come with fries. The menu also offers chicken and fish burgers, hot dogs and milk shakes.
SunmapNihonbashi Ningyocho 2-28-5. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sun -7:30pm) daily.
!Martiniburger (Kagurazaka - American). 6280-8920
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 tasty Brooklyn Lager on tap, the ubiquitous NY cheesecake, and a credible rendition of a chocolate egg cream - a soda-fountain favorite at New York diners. [Show more]
SunmapNakazatocho 31. Open 11am-10pm (LO; 9pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
Marcato (Bakurocho - Burgers). 6206-2352
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.
lateSunmapNihonbashi Bakurocho 1-9-1, KN Bldg B1F. Open 11am-3am (Sun -7pm) daily.
!Fire House (Hongo - Burgers). 3815-6044
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 be found across the street at sister shop Qino's (03-6231-5527).
SunmapHongo 4-5-10. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun. 7pm) daily.
Shares (Kachidoki - Burgers). 6204-2288
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 until 5pm.
SunmapKachidoki 3-8-8. Open 11:30am-3, 6-midnight daily.
!Fatz's (Koenji - American). 6762-3939
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 like The Corleone (with zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, mozzarella and meat sauce) and The Longhorn (topped with home-made chili, Cheddar and Havarti). Or you can create your own custom burger with over a dozen optional toppings such as mushrooms, grilled vegetables, jalapenos and various cheeses. [Show more]
SunmapKoenji-Kita 3-21-19, Lions Plaza Koenji E. Open noon-3, 6-10pm (Sun noon-6pm). Closed Mondays, 3rd Tuesday.
Arms (Sangubashi - Burgers). 3466-5970
You'll find excellent gourmet hamburgers at this pleasant little parkside cafe, including some interesting special toppings that change seasonally.
SunmapYoyogi 5-64-7. (across from the west entrance to Yoyogi Park, between Yoyogi-Koen and Sangubashi stations) Open 11am-11pm daily.
Village Vanguard Diner (Shimo-Kitazawa - American). 3481-5620
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 and pepper-cheddar (topped with a thick slab of ham). The world beer selection includes something for everyone; Budvar, Orval, and an intriguing banana beer caught our attention. The musical background veers towards '50s and '60s rock and roll.
SunmapDaita 6-3-1, Livable Shimo-Kitazawa B1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Village Vanguard Diner (Koshigaya Laketown - Burgers). 048-990-1418
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 Y1000.
SunmapSaitama-ken Koshigaya-shi, Azumacho 2-8, Aeon Laketown Mori 1F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Village Vanguard Diner (Yokohama Sta. - Burgers). 045-444-1255
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 Y1000, and lunch specials are served until 4pm.
SunmapTakashima 2-16-1, Lumine Yokohama 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Good Mellows (Kamakura - Burgers). 0467-24-9655
A tropical-themed, almost-beachfront restaurant five minutes from Hase station, Good Mellows serves charcoal-grilled burgers and imported craft beers from the US.
SunmapKamakura, Sakanoshita 27-39. Open 9am-8:30pm daily.

Sandwiches, deli

!Banh Mi Sandwich (Takadanobaba - Vietnamese). 5937-4547
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 liver paste, shrimp avocado, and vegetable-cheese, all served on fresh-baked bread with crunchy, not-too-sour pickled vegetables. [Show more]
mapTakadanobaba 4-9-18. Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
!Park Hyatt Delicatessen (Nishi-Shinjuku - Sandwiches/ deli). 5323-3635
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 terrace seating is pleasant in warmer months. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 1F. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Better Days (Kita-Sando - Sandwiches/ deli). 3403-7809
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.
no smokingmapSendagaya 3-15-12. Open 8:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Kua 'Aina (Omotesando - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3407-8001
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-10-21. (on the corner of Kotto-dori and Aoyama-dori, across from Max Mara) Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Andersen (sandwich counter) (Omotesando - Sandwiches/ deli). 3407-4833
Excellent made-to-order sandwiches and salads in the basement deli area underneath the bread store.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-1-26. Open 9am-9pm daily.
Panino Vino (Omotesando - Sandwiches/ deli). 5772-2896
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) side dishes in the evenings, along with wine by the glass.
SunmapJingumae 4-5-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kuumba du Falafel (Shibuya - Middle Eastern). 6416-8396
Falafel sandwiches and platters, hummus and lentil soup are served at this tiny eight-seat cafe, and everything is available to take out.
SunmapShinsencho 23-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO; Sun -6). Closed Mondays.
Kua 'Aina (Shibuya - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3409-3200
Big Hawaiian-style hamburgers and assorted sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
SunmapShibuya 1-10-4. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Homework's (Hiroo - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3444-4560
Terrific overstuffed sandwiches and great burgers in a pleasant cafe-style setting. They also provide thirty-minute delivery within the area.
no smokingSunmapHiroo 5-1-20. Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.
Kua 'Aina (Gotanda - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5437-3800
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
SunmapNishi-Gotanda 1-26-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Anna Miller's (Shinagawa - Coffee shop). 3443-3385
The last surviving Japan branch of the former cult favorite coffeeshop, Anna Miller's serves a variety of pies and American-style breakfasts.
lateSunmapTakanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F. Open 7:30am-3am daily.
David's Deli (Shirokane-Takanawa - Sandwiches/ deli). 5441-1211
This Jewish delicatessen serves traditional items like corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, kasha varnishkes, matzo ball soup, chopped liver and gefilte fish. Plus, there's a big menu section devoted to Israeli specialties like falafel, hummus and lamb kebabs, and delicious baked burekas and pastries. The second-floor dining room offers a full dinner menu.
SunmapMita 5-13-13. (on Sakuradadori 2 min. north of Takanawa-Shirogane subway station) Open 10am-10pm daily.
Madison Park Cafe (Roppongi - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5413-3065
Gourmet hot dogs, chili, gumbo and clam chowder - to stay or to go.
SunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Pantry (Roppongi Hills - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5786-9861
Appetizing sandwiches and burgers, deli items and interesting drinks like raspberry soy milk, from the Homeworks burger shop. Take-out and local delivery available.
SunmapRoppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat B1F. Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Homework's (Azabu-Juban - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3405-9884
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 voluminous baskets of French fries. (Delivery within the neighborhood until 8:30pm, until 5:30pm Sundays and holidays.)
no smokingSunmapAzabu-Juban 1-5-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
M-one Cafe Delicatessen (Akasaka - Sandwiches/ deli). 5114-6755
The sandwich menu includes a few impressively overstuffed deli-style sandwiches - Y1700 for a large Reuben, Y2000 for a large turkey breast. The grilled feta and vegetable on focaccia (Y950) is also recommended. Lunchtime delivery in the neighborhood.
mapAkasaka 3-15-10, SP Japan Akasaka Bldg B1/1F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!Fermintxo Boca (Roppongi 1-chome - Spanish). 6426-5760
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 recommended, as is the Iberico-pork sausage variety. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapRoppongi 1-4-5, Ark Hills South Tower 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Pantry (Marunouchi - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5221-8666
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.
mapMarunouchi 3-3-1, Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-9pm (weekends -6pm). Closed Sundays.
Kua 'Aina (Marunouchi - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5220-2400
Hawaiian-style burgers and sandwiches. The atrium deck is very airy and pleasant, but seating there is limited.
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 2-4-1, Marunouchi Bldg. 5F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lina's Sandwiches (Suidobashi - Sandwiches/ deli). 5281-9881
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.
no smokingmapKanda Surugadai 2-11, Athenee Francais B1F. Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Kua 'Aina (Ogawamachi - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3518-0050
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
SunmapKanda Surugadai 3-5. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Kua 'Aina (Daiba - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3599-2800
Gourmet Hawaiian-style burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers.
SunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
West Park Cafe (Yoyogi-Uehara - International). 5478-6065
The menu includes California-style sandwiches, salads, rotisserie chicken and some 50 New World wines, including 20 wines by the glass. There's an excellent weekend brunch (served till 5pm Saturday and Sunday) featuring delicious homemade breads and cakes as well as H&H bagels imported from New York. (Weekday lunch is also served till 5pm.) The open-air seating is very pleasant during the warmer months.
SunmapMoto-yoyogi 23-11. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Mi Choripan (Yoyogi-Uehara - Argentine). 5790-9300
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 Latin America, and now in Tokyo. Sausages are grilled to order while you wait, and while they're quite good on their own, we'd recommend springing for an extra Y300 to liven up your sandwich with the shop's selection of optional toppings.
SunmapUehara 2-4-8. Open 11am-6pm. Closed Saturdays.
Fungo (Ikejiri-Ohashi - Sandwiches/ deli). 3795-1144
Not-quite Western-style sandwiches, soups, drinks. They deliver within the area (to 10pm).
SunmapShimo-Uma 1-40-10. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Kua 'Aina (Yokohama Sta. - Sandwiches/ burgers). 045-450-7202
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.
SunmapKinkocho 1-10, Yokohama Bay Quarter 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kua 'Aina (Yokohama Nihon-Odori - Sandwiches/ burgers). 045-227-5300
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.
SunmapShinko 1-1-2, Yokohama Akarenga Soko 2-gokan 1F. Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Lien Sandwiches (Yokohama Nihon-Odori - Sandwiches/ deli). 045-222-7055
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.
no smokingSunmapBenten-dori 1-1, Tokyo Denryoku Bldg 1F. Open 10am-6:30pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Kamakura - Sandwiches/ burgers). 0467-61-2400
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.
SunmapYuigahama 4-3-9. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.