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Takadanobaba (west side)

Al's Cafe - British: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
It's a Tudor-style English tearoom right in the Baba - one with a casual, neighborhood-oriented atmosphere. Traditional dishes like shepherd's pie, steak and Guinness pie, and bangers and mash are...
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Manaita - Izakaya: Takadanobaba
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Manaita is a small, friendly neighborhood izakaya with a very good sake selection. The decor is totally unpretentious, with seating at a slightly cramped counter that's occupied by local customers...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Teruteru - Yakiton: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-midnight (Sun -11pm) daily.
The first-rate grilled pork at Teruteru is matched by a serious selection of craft sake, including many seasonal choices. Pork skewers start at just Y100, with more than a dozen different organ...
Open 5pm-midnight (Sun -11pm) daily.
Dogen - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
This attractively appointed branch of a Tottori-based shop serves organic ramen in a beefy shio-style soup. The drinks menu features a house-brand organic junmaishu sake from Akita as well as beer...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Himonoya - Izakaya: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-4am daily.
This cozy izakaya specializes in himono (grilled dried fish), with a big menu of different varieties from around Japan. There's also plenty of good regional sake. Budget around Y2-3000 per person.
Open 5pm-4am daily.
Onion - Curry: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-midnight (-11pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Rich, hearty European-style Japanese curries, served in generous portions with assorted optional toppings. Popular items include the very meaty beef curry and the twin-ebi curry with two large fried...
Open 11am-midnight (-11pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Takaryu - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-1am (Sun -8pm) daily.
The unusual chicken ramen here is topped with lettuce, tomato and olive oil.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-1am (Sun -8pm) daily.
Banh Mi Sandwich - Vietnamese: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
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...
Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Aona - Gyukatsu: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
The beef cutlet here has a lovely, extra-crunchy coating, and it's accompanied by a well-constructed vegetable salad and a tasty, peppery soup. Condiments include artisanal rock salt and oil with...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Takadanobaba Taproom - Beer bar: Takadanobaba
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-11) daily.
Yet another bar from the Shizuoka-based Baird Brewery, Takadanobaba Taproom offers the usual range of more than twenty Baird beers on tap in a casual space. Like the other Taprooms around town, the...
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-11) daily.
Sakaeya - Izakaya: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-11:30pm (LO; -12:30am Fri, Sat) daily.
Located in the middle of Takadanobaba's bustling "izakaya alley," Sakaeya is by far the fanciest drinking spot in this budget-conscious, student-filled neighborhood. It delivers excellent value for...
Open 5pm-11:30pm (LO; -12:30am Fri, Sat) daily.
Kushitetsu - Izakaya: Takadanobaba
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yakitori and yakiton (grilled pork on skewers) are the specialities at this inexpensive izakaya. Budget around Y2000-2500 for food and drink.
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Swe Myanmar - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good, authentic home-style Burmese cuisine is served at this very casual restaurant on Takadanobaba's lively shotengai. Lunches start from Y650, and at dinnertime curries start at Y600, with rice an...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Takadanobaba (east side)

Yasube - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Tsukemen is the specialty here; it comes in three different sizes, but they're all the same price - Y720.
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Garlic Chips - Bar: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Late-night cocktails, jazz, light meals, and garlic chips in a relaxed neighborhood bar. Some outdoor seating.
Open 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Milestone - Bar: Takadanobaba
Open 1pm-midnight daily.
A neighborhood hangout with jazz on the sound system, dim sum, Chimay beer and cocktails.
Open 1pm-midnight daily.
Narikura - Tonkatsu: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Four or five different heirloom breeds of pork are generally on offer at this popular tonkatsu specialist, with dinnertime teishoku set meals starting at around Y1400-2000 depending on the type of...
Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Mo Mo Paradise - Shabu-shabu: Takadanobaba
Open 5-10:30pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
That's "mo mo" as in the sound a cow makes. The all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki specials for Y1890 (90-minute limit) make this one of the best beef deals in town. There's also an...
Open 5-10:30pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
Bunryu - Italian: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Nicely prepared food in a modest basement coffee-shop setting.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Malihka - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
The only restaurant in Japan serving Kachin-style cooking from northern Myanmar, Malihka has home-style dishes like fish steamed in banana leaves, tripe stew, and chicken and bean curry. Open to...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Flattoria - Italian: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Part of the Fealteria complex, this casual restaurant offers solid Italian fare, including pizzas, in an unpretentious, smoke-free dining room. Prix-fixe dinners are Y2100-5200. Weekday lunches run...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Cotton Club - Bar: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-4am (LO) daily.
Late-night cocktails and snacks, with jazz in the background. Terrace seating is available on the first and second-floor cafe areas.
Open 11:30am-4am (LO) daily.
Nong Inlay - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open noon-midnight daily.
A hole-in-the-wall bar serving Shan-style cuisine, which draws on influences from neighboring Yunnan and Sichuan in China. The adventurous may want to try the Shan-Iei (Y400) - a...
Open noon-midnight daily.
Pakuchi Bar 8889 - Eclectic: Takadanobaba
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 7pm-). Closed Tuesdays.
If you're looking for a pleasant cilantro specialty bar with owls, look no further than this popular counter bar in Takadanobaba. The diverse menu features original dishes like an invigorating...
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 7pm-). Closed Tuesdays.
10 Degree Cafe - Cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-midnight daily.
A steady stream of students and local residents flip open their laptops and settle in for an afternoon of work or study at this well-populated three-story cafe. There's free wifi, with some window...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Taverna - Italian: Takadanobaba
Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Well-prepared Roman-style food at budget-friendly prices. Start off dinner with three selections from the extensive tapas case, then explore the pastas and main entrees, which include several good...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Vivo Daily Stand - Wine bar: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-2am daily.
The draw at this chain of casual neighborhood wine bars is simple - decent-quality wines and snacks at a reasonable price. Generally a glass of wine and a small snack - such as pork rillettes or...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Ruby - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Ruby is a friendly place that attracts a lively crowd of drinkers and eaters. They have a complete Japanese-language menu, listing some Malaysian-style dishes like satay in addition to a full range...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Nyankoto - Cat cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Nyankoto has some of the prettiest cats in town - all thirteen of the residents have impressive pedigrees, and the two frisky Exotic Shorthair kittens were especially cute. The little booklet...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Mingalaba - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
A very casual, home-style restaurant with many Burmese customers. You can assemble a hearty meal or a light snack from the extensive menu of small dishes - some 50 appetizers, salads, meat dishes,...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Intro - Jazz kissaten: Takadanobaba
Open noon-midnight daily.
An old-fashioned "jazz kissa" where you can nurse your drink and nod your head to the music for hours on end.
Open noon-midnight daily.
Kao Tai - Thai: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Although sometimes good, the food quality varies remarkably from visit to visit.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
L'Amitie - French: Takadanobaba
Open noon-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays, some Tues.
Perfect for a dignified yet unpretentious lunch or dinner date, this tiny dining room serves the best traditional French cuisine in the neighborhood, a bit of Paris's Latin Quarter in Takadanobaba. ...
Open noon-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays, some Tues.
Dekoboko Kitchen - Cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A charming little backstreet cafe, Dekoboko serves well-executed, up-to-date versions of coffeeshop standards like chicken cutlet, ginger pork and hayashi rice at lunchtime, with an eclectic...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Wasshoi - Izakaya: Takadanobaba
Open 4pm-5am daily.
This cheap and cheerful late-night izakaya serves decent yakitori and izakaya fare and very cheap beer. The sprawling dining areas are usually crowded with Waseda students.
Open 4pm-5am daily.
Ezogiku - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11-4am daily.
Slightly less crowded than the main shop, this branch is just around the corner on Waseda-dori, just east of Meiji-dori.
Open 11-4am daily.
Yamaguchi - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Takadanobaba is considered a bit of a ramen battle zone. Through the years, many shops have opened and closed, and to have a successful shop in this part of Tokyo is considered a great feat. ...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Ippudo - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
Tinun Taikoku Ramen - Thai: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-1am daily.
Great, cheap noodles and crowds of Waseda students. Noodles are served in several different thicknesses and styles.
Open 11am-1am daily.
Ganko - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open noon-2, 5-9pm. Closed weekends.
Ramen noodles in a classic shio-based soup, topped with pork. The decor is sparse, there are only five seats, and if the soup is less than perfect they don't bother opening for business that day. ...
Open noon-2, 5-9pm. Closed weekends.
Yamituki - Curry: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-11:45pm daily.
Original recipes, unique flavors and ample use of fresh seasonal vegetables help Yamituki stand out in the highly competitive Japanese curry landscape. Umami-rich ingredients like ripe tomatoes,...
Open 11:30am-11:45pm daily.
Tsubame - Cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Retro-chic furnishings and a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere are the attractions at this cute neighborhood cafe. The soundtrack ranges from bossa nova to sixties rock, and the drinks list features...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Waseda

Mae Yao - Misc. Southeast Asian: Waseda
Open 11-3:30, 4:30-9 (Sat. to 8). Closed Sundays.
This popular Waseda student hangout serves various Thai and Indian-style curries. The two-curry set includes a yogurt drink and runs about Y1000.
Open 11-3:30, 4:30-9 (Sat. to 8). Closed Sundays.

Okubo

Asia Super Store - Retail: Okubo
One of the better-stocked ethnic grocery stores in town, this spacious second-floor shop carries a wide range of prepared foods and ingredients from Thailand. Shop for fresh vegetables and tropical...
Zanmai - Sushi: Okubo
Open 24 hours a day.
This 24-hour branch of the popular Tsukiji-based budget sushi chain offers good value for money.
Open 24 hours a day.
Kankoku Hiroba - Retail: Okubo
Open 24 hours a day.
Meats and sausages, frozen goods, pouches of samgetan (chicken-ginseng soup) and spicy chige stews, and several different varieties of makkoli (Korean milky sake) are among the many imported foods...
Open 24 hours a day.
Myondon Norimaki - Korean: Okubo
Open 24 hours a day.
The unusual specialty of the house is Korean futomaki - fat sushi rolls filled with vegetables, bulgogi, cheese, kimchee, glutinous black rice - some ten variations in all, including a sampler set if...
Open 24 hours a day.
Tainan Tamii - Taiwanese: Okubo
Open 11am-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
A branch of Tokyo's best budget Taiwanese chain.
Open 11am-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
Casa Bella - Spanish: Okubo
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Seafood-heavy paellas, Spanish omelettes and other typical Spanish fare in extremely unpretentious surroundings; full-course dinners from around Y4000.
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Halleluyah - Korean: Okubo
Open noon-2pm, 5-midnight (LO; -1am Sundays). Open every day.
Far less fancy than some of its newer neighbors, this long-running shop serves Korean home-style cooking, including a lot of hearty winter stews.
Open noon-2pm, 5-midnight (LO; -1am Sundays). Open every day.
Seoul Ichiba - Retail: Okubo
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Not quite as large as the nearby Kankoku Hiroba, this popular Korean grocery store offers housewares as well as a big selection of imported food and drink, including fresh produce.
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Festina Lente - Bar: Okubo
Open 1pm-4am daily.
A change of pace from the down-home Korean restaurants and boisterous makkoli bars surrounding it, Festina Lente has ambitions to be a proper cocktail bar. The barman operates his shaker with just...
Open 1pm-4am daily.
Toriyoshi Shoten Shin-Okubu - Yakitori: Okubo
Open 24 hours a day.
Part of the popular Toriyoshi chain, this all-night branch offers a wider menu of izakaya fare, with everything from fried wontons to macaroni salad. At the core of the menu you'll find their famous...
Open 24 hours a day.
Somuo - Misc. Southeast Asian: Okubo
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This festively decorated restaurant has a Southeast Asian resort theme and a menu offering Vietnamese, Thai and other nearby cuisines. Budget around Y2500 for food and drink.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Khun Mae 1 - Thai: Okubo
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
The main branch of this popular Thai restaurant is simply called Khun Mae and is located a few doors down the road; the confusingly named Khun Mae 1 handles some of the overflow. (Apparently they...
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Khun Mae - Thai: Okubo
Open 11:30am-3, 3-11pm (LO) daily.
One of Okubo's better Thai restaurants; budget around Y3000-4000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-3, 3-11pm (LO) daily.
HaruKor - Ainu: Okubo
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Ezo venison, salmon, scallops, potatoes and mountain vegetables - all freshly imported from Hokkaido - are prepared in simple fashion to bring out their wholesome, natural flavors here at Tokyo's...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Vivo Daily Stand - Wine bar: Okubo
Open 9am-2am daily.
Snacks such as cheeses or terrines are just Y400 at this casual wine bar, while wine by the glass ranges from Y500-700.
Open 9am-2am daily.
Betonamuchan - Vietnamese: Okubo
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Better-than-average Vietnamese fare is served at this popular cafe-restaurant. Budget around Y4-5000 at dinnertime for food and drink. At midday they offer three voluminous set lunches priced at...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tongyen Indonesia Store - Retail: Okubo
Open noon-9pm. Closed Mon, Tue.
This compact but well-stocked retail and mail-order shop mainly sells food and drink from Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. If a recipe calls for coconut milk you'll find a surprising variety of it...
Open noon-9pm. Closed Mon, Tue.
Green Nasco - Retail: Okubo
Spices from Pakistan and India plus Halal meats, ready-to-eat pouches of curry, and bulk chickpeas and lentils are sold in this small ethnic grocery.
Mochimochinoki - Ramen: Okubo
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Nicely textured noodles in a tasty fish-based broth are topped off with excellent home-made menma (pickled bamboo shoots). They also offer a rather novel ramen pizza.
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
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Updated 2016-06-24