Sandwich and burger shops

Burgers

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.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Lumine 1, B1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
!Hohokam Cafe (Harajuku - Burgers). 5775-5708
Choose from more than two dozen burger variations at this comfortable American-style cafe, including fun combinations like baked apple and gorgonzola or chili, cheddar and jalapeno. They also offer a dozen different sandwiches, including a decent grilled-cheese made with both cheddar and mozzarella. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 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).
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 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.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-11-2. Open 7am-11pm daily.
!Eat (Gaienmae - Burgers). 6459-2432
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 grilled and lightly seasoned. If you prefer something beefier, the shop's flagship Kobe beef burger is also very impressive, as are the regular wagyu burger and the Balentien burger, which turns out to be a spicy Cajun chicken patty. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-27-18. Open 11:30am-5:30, 6-10pm (LO) 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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Higashi 3-16-10, J-Park Ebisu 3 Altima 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Burger Mania (Ebisu - Burgers). 6277-4221
This branch of the popular burger chain offers a well-chosen selection of craft beers to go with your burgers, from breweries like Green Flash, Ballast Point and Far Yeast. The six taps include one IPA, one white beer, one stout, and so on, and are priced at Y880 (370ml) and Y1100 (473ml). [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 4-9-5. Open 11am-midnight daily.
!Blacows (Ebisu - Burgers). 3477-2914
Run by a Japanese meat company, Blacows specializes in gourmet burgers made from black Angus wagyu beef, coarsely ground and very juicy. A full-time butcher occupies one corner of the kitchen and prepares all the meat for the patties. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Nishi 2-11-9. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Burger Mania (Hiroo - Burgers). 5422-7899
Good American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches are served here, with six taps of craft beer in different styles - lager, pale ale, IPA and so on. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also available. The pastrami sandwich (Y1100) is exclusive to this branch.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 5-15-25 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Burger Mania (Shirokanedai - Burgers). 3442-2200
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale, and IPA styles and one seasonal beer. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also available. Delivery within the neighborhood.
SunmapMinato-ku, Shirokane 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.
SunmapShinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 3-15-18. Open 11am-9pm daily.
!Munch's Burger Shack (Mita - Burgers). 6435-3166
Smoked bacon and a good selection of cheeses (cheddar, gouda, colby, mozzarella and pepper jack) liven up the 100% US beef burgers here, along with avocado, chili beans and mushrooms. Onion rings are crisp and tasty; other side options include fried chicken and an avocado-bacon Caesar salad. Milk shakes come in exotic flavors - caramel, espresso, honey nuts - as well as your standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Shiba 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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 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 smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 2-18-19. Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) 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.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-28-5. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sun -7:30pm) daily.
Cruz Burgers (Yotsuya - Burgers). 6457-7706
Burgers and craft beers are on the menu here, with five taps dispensing beers from breweries like Lagunitas, Brewdog and Kikuchi (Hitachi no Nest), plus one tap for cider. The burgers are around average for Tokyo; the most interesting may be their "Green" burger which is topped with spinach, arugula and mozzarella (Y1380). Beers are priced around Y1000-1250 per pint, and come in three sizes.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Saneicho 6. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
!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]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nakazatocho 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.
lateSunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Bakurocho 1-9-1, KN Bldg B1F. Open 11am-3am (Sun -7pm) daily.
!Fire House (Hongo - Burgers). 3815-6044
A pioneer of Tokyo's gourmet hamburger scene, this charmingly rustic little shop offers more than a dozen burgers to choose from, with variations like apple-mozzarella, mushroom-mozzarella and coriander-avocado-tomato guacamole. The hamburger meat is juicy, bacon (when you order it) is properly crisp, and relish and other condiments are restrained. [Show more]
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Hongo 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.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kachidoki 3-8-8. Open 11:30am-3, 6-midnight daily.
Village Vanguard Diner (Toyosu - Burgers). 5144-8191
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 particular branch, a few minutes from the waterfront LaLaPort shopping mall, features a bigger menu than most, with Toyosu-only offerings like grilled lamb chops, sirloin roast beef, and "Steak in a Pan." [Show more]
SunmapKoto-ku, Toyosu 3-2-24-4, Foresia 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Fatz's (Koenji - Burgers). 6762-3939
Run by an experienced American burger chef, this friendly neighborhood shop custom assembles all its hamburgers according to your instructions. A basic, single 120-gram beef patty on a bun with cole slaw and fries runs Y800 - after that you can add on various sauces (basil mayo, spicy ketchup) and toppings (provolone, fresh salsa, guacamole, jalapenos) for a bit extra. You can also swap in chicken or sausage instead of the beef patty, or get a double-sized patty. [Show more]
SunmapSuginami-ku, Koenji-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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 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 - Burgers). 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.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Daita 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]
mapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 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 smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 1F. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Luke's (Harajuku - Sandwiches/ deli). 5778-3747
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 fisherman suppliers and identifies the lobster of the day. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-7-1. Open 11am-8pm daily.
!Dominique Ansel (Harajuku - Bakery). 3486-1329
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 addition to cronuts, which sell briskly until they're all gone, pastry daredevils can try frozen s'mores, miniature meringues, tiny cheesecakes, and "cookie shots" - warm, moist chocolate-chip cookies baked in the shape of a shot-glass and filled with vanilla-infused milk. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-7-14. Open 8am-7pm daily.
Kua 'Aina (Omotesando - Sandwiches/ burgers). 3407-8001
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shinsencho 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-ku, Shibuya 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 smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Hiroo 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.
SunmapShinagawa-ku, Nishi-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.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F. Open 7:30am-3am daily.
Madison Park Cafe (Roppongi - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5413-3065
Gourmet hot dogs, chili, gumbo and clam chowder - to stay or to go.
SunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F. Open 7am-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 smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Azabu-Juban 1-5-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
!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 smokingmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 1-4-5, Ark Hills South Tower 1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
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.
mapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 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 smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 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 smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda 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.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda 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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Daiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 4F. Open 11am-11pm 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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Uehara 2-4-8. Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.
Fungo (Ikejiri-Ohashi - Sandwiches/ deli). 3795-1144
Not-quite Western-style sandwiches, soups, drinks. They deliver within the area (to 10pm).
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Shimo-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 smokingSunmapNaka-ku, Bentendori 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.
SunmapKamakura, Yuigahama 4-3-9. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.