Kagurazaka, Iidabashi, Ichigaya, Kojimachi

Kagurazaka-dori (north to south)

!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.
Ringer Hut (Kagurazaka - Japanese regional). 3260-2978
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Tenjincho 63-1. Open 11am-2am daily.
Brussels (Kagurazaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3235-1890
A relaxed after-work place serving lots of Belgian beers and good light food, including tasty pita sandwiches.
mapShinjuku-ku, Yaraicho 75. Open 5:30-2am, Sat. 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Mojo Coffee (Kagurazaka - Cafe). 6265-3286
A New Zealand coffee specialist, Mojo roasts their beans onsite and serves espresso drinks in down-under variations like Flat White and Long Black. The small neighborhood shop has a minimalist modern decor and a soundtrack veering towards alt-rock. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Akagi-Motomachi 4-11, 2F. Open 7am-8pm daily.
!Stefano (Kagurazaka - Italian). 5228-7515
Creative Italian cooking from talented young chef Stefano Fastro, a veteran of the Carmine restaurant group. The menu focuses on the food of the Veneto region, inland from Venice. The five-course prix-fixe dinner is Y6000, but a la carte offers a wider choice; lunch starts at Y1200.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 6-47, Terui Bldg. 1F. (on Kagurazaka-dori, about 1 min. from Kagurazaka station) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Seigetsu (Kagurazaka - Izakaya). 3269-4320
Unlike many sake-connoisseur pubs, the food here stands on its own, and would make Seigetsu worth a visit even if they only served tea. The charcoal-grilled chicken is especially outstanding, and the various Korean-influenced dishes are worth a try. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, with specially designated shochu consultants available should you need their services. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 6-77-1. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Akagi Cafe (Kagurazaka - Cafe). 3235-6067
Overlooking Akagi Shrine, this stylishly modern cafe serves light meals at very reasonable prices - for example the fish of the day with bread and salad is Y1200 at dinnertime, and lunches (served until 2:30pm) start at Y850 with a drink included. In the afternoons, a glass of wine or beer plus an assorted appetizer plate is Y1500. Open from 11:30am weekends, and until 7pm Sundays.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Akagi-Motomachi 1-10. Open 10am-10pm. Closed 1st, 3rd Tuesdays.
Kado (Kagurazaka - Japanese). 3268-2410
The hostess at Kado greets customers with a polite, "Douzo, agate kudasai." As when visiting any Japanese home, guests are requested to leave their shoes in the genkan. Located in a Showa-era house built in 1950 near Kagurazaka's Akagi Shrine, this quaint cafe and restaurant offers a glimpse of what life was like in pre-high rise Tokyo. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Akagi-Motomachi 1-32. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Sakurasaku (Kagurazaka - Izakaya). 5206-8547
The specialties here are charcoal-grilled fish and seafood on skewers, plus deep-fried fish and vegetables on skewers. There's a big open kitchen and counter area, plus high tables with stools. Budget around Y2800 for food and some drinks.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 6-8. Open 5pm-3am (Sat, Sun -11pm) daily.
Amoroso (Kagurazaka - Italian). 5261-2550
Excellent Italian cuisine in an intimate counter setting - the chef will plan a menu for you, matching each course with wines by the glass. Budget around Y10,000 for dinner, Y1500-3000 for prix-fixe lunch.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nakacho 22. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Le Train Bleu Iwatocho (Kagurazaka - Wine bar). 5228-6877
This tiny wine bar (with just fifteen seats) offers inexpensive food and a good selection of wines, from Y490 per glass or Y2400 per bottle. Cash only. [Go to branch review]
mapShinjuku-ku, Iwatocho 19. Open 5:30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
!Le Bretagne (Kagurazaka - French). 3235-3001
Delicious Breton-style crepes, both sweet and savory, along with hard cider make this a welcome addition to Tokyo's culinary landscape.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 4-2. Open 11:30am-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
!La Cuchara (Kagurazaka - Spanish). 5228-5058
Convivial bonhomie beams from the second-story window of this lively tapas bar in Kagurazaka. Inside, ceramic plates painted in sunny Andalucian colors hang above the brick-lined counter. Bottles of wine, conveniently marked with prices and descriptions, line the tall wooden shelves at the far end of the room. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the space seem bigger than it is - the bar seats a scant twenty-four - and create an atmosphere that feels both intimate and open. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 4-3, Omiya Bldg 2F. Open 5:30pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
Gojuban (Kagurazaka - Retail). 3260-0066
Famous throughout Japan for their manju (Chinese steamed buns), available in 15 varieties. Take-out service available 10am-11pm.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-2. Open 9:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
!Konbuya (Kagurazaka - Oden). 5946-8988
Oden is known as a fairly humble cuisine, but it reaches new heights of sophistication at Konbuya, where it's paired with well-chosen craft sake and shochu in an elegant dining room. In addtion to oden you'll find a good selection of seasonal small dishes - mostly simple fare like horsemeat sashimi and fried ginkgo nuts that rely on high-quality ingredients rather than fancy recipes. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-2, Kagurazaka K Bldg 1F. Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
!Agezuki (Kagurazaka - Tonkatsu). 6265-0029
Located in an attractively furnished Kagurazaka basement, walls decorated with colorful sake and shochu bottles, Agezuki feels more like an upscale izakaya than a tonkatsu shop. And indeed they offer a well-curated list of more than a dozen craft sakes, in either standard 1-go flasks or 65ml tasting sizes, along with sake-appropriate snacks. Several types of shochu, a few inexpensive wines and the usual beer round out the drinks options. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-2, Yamanouchi Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tues, 3rd Wed.
Paul (Kagurazaka - Bakery). 6280-7723
Good pastries and sandwiches, to eat in or take out, at this French-based bakery-cafe.
no smokingmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 5-1-4, Kagurazaka Terrace 1F. Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
!Kurumi (Kagurazaka - Okonomiyaki). 3269-4456
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is the specialty at this friendly neighborhood spot, along with a good assortment of vegetables from the teppanyaki grill. Choose from seven or eight okonomiyaki variations, all made with a base of pork, eggs, cabbage and other vegetables, plus your choice of ramen (aka "soba") or udon noodles. (In case you're extra-hungry, we were told that the ramen noodles create a more voluminous final product.) [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 5-30. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
!El Pulpo (Kagurazaka - Spanish). 3269-6088
Tapas bars and restaurants are over Tokyo, but El Pulpo may be the only place that bills itself as a "marisqueria" - a Spanish restaurant specializing in seafood. The food here is fantastic, using fresh seafood that's delivered directly from Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture. [See FULL REVIEW.]
latemapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 4-3, Miyazaki Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Mugimaru 2 (Kagurazaka - Cafe). 5228-6393
The charming, ramshackle old building is a refurbished merchant's shop filled with artwork, random bric-a-brac and a couple of resident cats. They serve tea and home-made manju (sweet bean-jam buns) in various flavors; manju are also available to take away (Y140 each).
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 5-20. Open noon-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Saryo (Kagurazaka - Cafe). 3266-0880
Occupying an old, traditional-style house, this cute cafe serves home-made pastries, soy-milk desserts and many kinds of tea - Chinese, Japanese and herbal. There's outdoor seating on the big terrace in front as well as a very spacious interior. Lunch is served 11:30am-1:30pm.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 5-9. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
!Bitter (Kagurazaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5261-3087
Often hidden backstreet bars like this - quiet, sophisticated, with tasteful but understated decor - specialize in expensive Scotch whisky or cocktails, so it's nice to find a place like this with a serious Belgian beer menu. Food includes freshly shaved Parmesan, pork rillettes and shepherd's pie, and prices are a bit higher than average (around Y1200-1500 for a typical bottle of Belgian). Located upstairs in a residential-looking building, the bar can be very hard to find, but that's part of its charm.
latemapShinjuku-ku, Tsukudocho 1-14, Sun Heights Sakatabashi 203. (walk up Kagurazaka-dori and turn right at Gojuban Chinese steamed bun shop, it's on the right side after about 4 min.) Open 5pm-2am. Closed weekends.
!Shugo (Kagurazaka - Italian). 5228-1801
Shugo is the kind of laid-back neighborhood Italian restaurant where you can order from the menu or just leave things up to the chef - it's hard to go wrong either way. Main dishes are built around top-grade ingredients like aged Hokkaido beef and Hokkaido crab, and there's a nice selection of creative pastas. The wine list includes many good wines in the Y3000-6000 range - not only Italians but some New World choices as well. [Show more]
latemapShinjuku-ku, Tsukudo Hachimancho 5-12. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO). Closed Sun, first Mon.
Craft Beer Server Land (Iidabashi - Beer bar). 6228-1891
A mid-sized basement bar with a big selection of 25 taps and good prices (Y480/glass, Y780/pint), although there's a Y380 cover charge. Not every beer is exciting, but you can usually find something good. Open noon-10:30pm on weekends.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 2-9, Ogawa Bldg B1F. Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.
El Camino (Iidabashi - Spanish). 3266-0088
A tapas bar with Spanish wines.
latemapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-1. Open 5:30pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Sorriso (Iidabashi - Italian). 3235-4477
Consistently high-quality Italian food (starting with their excellent bread) in a bright, airy setting.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-1-15. Open 11:30am-2pm, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Pairon (Iidabashi - Gyoza). 3260-6571
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") gyoza here are small and lozenge-shaped, with a sweetish, slightly mushy filling and a hint of cinnamon in the chewy skin. The thin, rectangular shiso gyoza have a firmer, very savory pork filling and big shiso leaves. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shin-Ogawacho 8-32. Open 11:30am-11:30pm. Closed Saturdays.
Tenko (Iidabashi - Tempura). 3269-1414
Occupying a former geisha house in a Kagurazaka back street, Tenko has a beautiful traditional setting and a serene atmosphere. The tempura is exquisite - succulent morsels of seasonal seafood and vegetables covered in a light, almost greaseless coating and paired with plain sea salt for dipping. Prix-fixe menus are Y17,000-21,000 for dinner and Y2500-5000 for lunch.
mapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-1. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Le Train Bleu (Iidabashi - Wine bar). 3268-1812
A wine bar in the evening, a soba restaurant in the daytime. They have over 70 reasonably priced wines by the bottle, with a dozen or so by the glass. The food is mostly simple grilled dishes. All seating is at the counter, so it's best for small groups. Cash only.
mapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 1-14. (right from exit B4a Iidabashi sta.) Open 6:30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
!Nikuzushi (Iidabashi - Japanese). 3260-6789
If you don't mind the informal setting, this unpretentious back-alley izakaya is a great place to explore the mysterious delights of horsemeat sushi and other raw-meat delicacies. The ten-piece Kagurazaka sushi platter (Y3200) is a good starting point - it includes a few different cuts of horse along with lightly seared chicken and raw wagyu beef, all prepared as sushi. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 1-14, Michisaku Yokocho. Open 5pm-5am (Sun 4-12) daily.


!Canal Cafe (Iidabashi - Italian). 3260-8068
Cafes with scenic settings are a rarity in Tokyo, so this lovely spot looking out over the rowboats on the moat is worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood. After 5pm it's a proper restaurant, with surprisingly good upper-level Italian fare, including a nice assortment of small appetizers and lots of good-value wines. Budget around Y6000-9000 for dinner. There's also a separate self-service section of the cafe next to the boat docks; they're open for coffee a little later in the evening.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 1-9. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Yamituki Curry (Iidabashi - Curry). 3556-0703
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu. Curries are also available to take out.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-11-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Okei (Iidabashi - Gyoza). 3261-3930
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 crunchy on the bottom with an otherwise doughy casing, and a very juicy and flavorful filling. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-12-16. Open 11:30am-1:50, 5-8:50pm (LO). Closed Sun, 3rd Sat.
Hop-Scotch (Iidabashi - Bar). 050-3136-9699
Craft beers and whiskey are given equal billing at this small but well-stocked bar. Eight taps dispense mostly US craft imports, typically priced at around Y700-800 per glass and Y1000-1100 per pint, while whiskey drinkers can choose from some twenty varieties. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-2-11. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Xi'an (Iidabashi - Chinese). 3263-6088
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 well-spiced lamb dishes, Xi'an-style cold appetizers and toshomen noodles, and a number of unusual dimsum items. Around Y3000 at dinnertime.
mapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-2-3. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Aomori Hokusai-kan (Iidabashi - Antenna shop). 3237-8371
Apples are Aomori's signature agricultural product, and this Aomori antenna shop sells fresh apples, apple juices (including single-varietal juices), apple-juice vinegars and ponzu, apple brandies, dried apples, apple jellies and apple-flavored soy sauces and salad dressings. Tomato juices and jellies are also well represented. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Fujimicho 2-3-11. Open 10am-7:30pm daily.
Shima (Iidabashi - Okinawan). 3261-0206
A small, down-to-earth place with authentic food and cheap prices. The menu features nice, ungreasy stir-fried champuru dishes, several varieties of Okinawan soba and assorted snacks to go with your awamori. Seating is on rickety stools at tiny tables.
mapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-4-7. (To get there, exit Iidabashi station's west exit and turn left, walk past the police box and Denny's, turn left on the corner just past Denny's, and walk 50 meters, just past the next side street.) Open 11:30am-1:40, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Grain (Iidabashi - French). 5275-9494
The young owner/chef here has created an original menu that includes such variations on old standards as a chicken-wing-and-escargot coq au vin and an excellent Calvados-flavored creme brulee. The results are consistently impressive. Dinners are Y2500 and Y4000, or you can have three appetizers plus dessert for Y1500.
mapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-6-9, Yuzankaku Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed weekends.

Ichigaya, Ushigome-Kagurazaka

To The Herbs (Ichigaya - Italian). 3511-5800
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Gobancho 2. Open 7am-11:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
Healthy Kan (Ichigaya - Japanese/health food). 3263-4023
A tasty assortment of healthy Japanese dishes and excellent Belgian beer.
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Rokubancho 4, Asahi Rokubancho Mansion 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Old Thailand (Ichigaya - Thai). 6380-8360
The cooking here is a few levels above the fare one generally finds in Tokyo Thai restaurants - fancier dishes and chef's specials rather than simple street-stall food. Budget around Y4000 for dinner with drinks, or Y1000 at lunchtime.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Rokubancho 4-3, Gems Ichigaya 3F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Pauke (Ichigaya - German). 3264-7890
Traditional, meaty German fare along with live music.
latemapChiyoda-ku, Yonbancho 4-8, B1F, Nomura Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-2am (LO 1:30). Closed Sundays and holidays.
No 4 (Ichigaya - Bakery). 3234-4440
A casual bakery and all-day cafe, No 4 (named after its Yonbancho location) offers local diners everything from fresh-baked sourdough bread, pastries and fantastic coffee (from the excellent Nozy coffee roastery) in the mornings to craft beers (from TY Harbor), natural wines and pizzas at dinnertime. Reservations are not accepted.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Yonbancho 5-9. Open 8am-9pm daily.
Chez Olivier (Ichigaya - French). 6268-9933
Excellent-quality modern French cuisine at this elegant bistrot-restaurant. Chef Olivier was a veteran of La Tour d'Argent in Paris and the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Tokyo before opening his namesake restaurant. Prix-fixe dinners are Y5800 and Y8000 (or order a la carte), and the wine list offers some reasonably priced options under Y6000. Budget around Y10,000-12,000 with drinks. Lunches start at Y1575; no lunch on Saturday.
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 4-1-10. Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Miyarabi (Ichigaya - Okinawan). 3261-3453
Miyarabi, which first opened here in 1957, serves some interesting, original variations on traditional Okinawan cuisine - dishes like stir-fried pork and papaya kimchee; goya with mentaiko, yuzu kamaboko, and usual tempura-fried items like Spam and seaweed. Budget around Y5000 for dinner and drinks.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 3-4-3. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!Limelight (Ichigaya - Steak house). 3230-2593
A yoshoku-style Hamburg steak with cheese, in hefty sizes ranging from 200-300g, is one of the best selling dishes at this popular steakhouse. The ground steak is served with mashed potatoes and turnip, covered in chives and bits of toasted onion, and drenched in a very tasty garlic-butter sauce that really brings out the flavor of the meat. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 3-4-8, Paddy Homes Hitokuchizaka B1F/1F. Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays, holidays.
Swan and Lion (Ichigaya - Bakery). 6884-3448
British-style meat pies and dessert pies are prepared by genuine English chefs at this cozy British deli and bakery. They also sell an appealing range of house-made relishes with flavors like peach-eggplant chutney, caramalised onion jam and sweetcorn relish. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 3-5-4. Open 10am-6:30pm. Closed weekends.
Due Italian (Ichigaya - Ramen). 3221-6970
Italian-inspired novely ramen is the attraction here, with cheese-based "fromage" ramen and cold cherry-tomato ramen. The ham-and-cheese ramen comes with prosciutto and a small portion of noodles - let them know when you're done with your noodles and they'll bring a bowl of rice to soak up the remainder of the very buttery broth, resulting in a risotto-like finale. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 4-5-11. Open 11am-4, 5-10pm daily.
CoCo Craft (Ichigaya - Dim sum). 6272-8883
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 small dishes, all quite reasonably priced. The four or five craft beers on rotating tap include breweries like Coedo, Fujizakura and Baird, with pints going for Y800-870. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 4-6-5. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Cassine (Ichigaya - French). 3268-3708
The food is rather mainstream French Japanese, but the friendly service sets them apart. Prix-fixe dinner menus are Y3500 and Y5000.
mapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Sanaicho 21, Ichigaya Sanaizaka Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Katakura (Ichigaya - Izakaya). 3260-4504
This charming, traditionally appointed izakaya near Ichigaya station offers an enormous selection of craft sake, shochu, and Okinawan awamori. The sake list includes a dozen or so specials of the day (always a good sign), plus deep selections from a number of well-regarded breweries - for example there are twelve different labels from the excellent Fukui-ken brand Kokuryu. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Tamachi 1-3, Katakura Bldg 1F. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
El Chiringuito (Ichigaya - Spanish). 5579-2858
The concept behind El Chiringuito is to recreate the menu and atmosphere of a casual Andalusian beachside restaurant. Spanish wines start at around Y500 per glass, and most of the food is simple and rustic, with quite an assortment of sardine dishes. Seating may be a bit cramped if want to spend a whole evening here, but it's fine for a quick drink and snack on the way to or from Ichigaya station, which is one minute away.
mapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Hachimancho 12-1. Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tokyo Porks (Ichigaya - Grill). 6280-7492
A brightly lit, spacious basement, Tokyo Porks attracts a lively after-work crowd with its cheap drinks (beers are Y289) and simple but competently prepared izakaya-style grilled pork dishes. Organ-meat fans can choose liver, heart and other cuts at Y120 per skewer, while the large-size spareribs are a bargain at Y380. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Hachimancho 13-1, Tokyo Yofuku Kaikan B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fuoco Dolce (Ichigaya - Italian). 3267-9668
Worth checking out if you're in the area at lunchtime, this neighborhood Italian joint offers decent lunch sets for Y950-1050, with meat and fish entrees as well as the usual pizzas and pastas. The charmingly rustic interior could be improved with the addition of a non-smoking section.
mapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Sanaicho 11, Ichigaya Sanaizaka Haim 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bave (Ushigome-Kagurazaka - French). 3269-2231
Good French cooking in a cozy neighborhood bistrot. Budget around Y6000-8000 at dinnertime.
mapShinjuku-ku, Nandomachi 15-9. (around the corner from Carmine, just off Chuo-dori) Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Carmine (Ushigome-Kagurazaka - Italian). 3260-5066
The home base and launching pad of one of Tokyo's most famous Italian chefs.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Saikumachi 1-19. (on Ushigome Chuo-dori, just south of Okubo-dori) Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Gus (Ushigome-Kagurazaka - French). 3268-7157
Satisfying home-style French cooking at terrific prices. The menu sticks to hearty classics such as buttery pork rillets with corchicons pickles, escargots sizzling in garlic butter and roast lamb in red wine sauce. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Yaraicho 82. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.


!Le Petit Tonneau (Kudanshita - French). 3239-6440
Bistro-style food from Petit Bedon chef Philippe Batton (including perfect duck confit and world-class roast potatoes), plus an eye-opening selection of wines from southern France, with many choices available by the glass. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Kita 1-10-2. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Ikaruga (Kudanshita - Ramen). 3239-2622
One of the creamiest tonkotsu ramens in Tokyo.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Kita 1-9-12. Open 11am-4, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Momose (Kudanshita - Tempura). 3262-0308
Anago is the specialty at this first-rate tempura shop, and the combination of quality and price attracts good-sized crowds at lunchtime. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime, Y1200 for lunch.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 3-7-12, Kudan Tsuda Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-8:30pm. Closed weekends.

Kioicho, Kojimachi, Hanzomon

Shisen Hanten (Kioicho - Szechuan). 3263-9371
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.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Hirakawacho 2-5-5, Zenkoku Ryokan Kaikan 5/6F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Garden Lounge (New Otani) (Kioicho - Coffee shop). 5226-0246
If you'd like some scenery with your beverage, the Garden Lounge of the Hotel New Otani in Chiyoda-ku offers a stunning, panoramic view of a 400-year-old, perfectly maintained Japanese garden. Let your senses be transported to a different era as you enjoy a varied selection of coffees, teas, and seasonal desserts. Prices tend to be high, but the garden is a must-see. Continental and American breakfasts are served from 7-10am.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 1F. Open 6am-midnight daily.
Kyubei (Kioicho - Sushi). 3221-4144
A branch of the long-established, highly regarded sushi shop in Ginza that invented gunkan-maki (sushi wrapped in nori strips, "battleship" style). There are two branches in the New Otani, one in the main building and one in the tower, both on the lobby level. Lunch is priced Y3150-Y15,750; dinner is Y6300-24,150. They also do take-out.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Trader Vic's (Kioicho - Bar). 3265-4707
Probably best known in Tokyo for their popular Y6,600 "Champagne Brunch" on Sundays, featuring all the sparkling wine you can drink, Trader Vic's is also has a decent selection of rum at the bar. (The bar/restaurant area is open later than the main dining room; last order is at 12:30am.)
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 4F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Kioicho - French). 5276-3422
A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper French meals, and plenty of outdoor seating, heated in winter. Lunches in the dining room start at Y850; full-course dinners from Y3800. The cafe serves light snacks like quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise and steak frites.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Shin-Kioicho Bldg. 1F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
!Soranoiro (Kojimachi - Ramen). 3263-5460
Ramen is often thought of as a manly food in Japan. Dirty shops with an air thick with oil fumes would have most pretty ladies heading to the local cafe for lunch instead. In recent years, a few chefs have designed not only their ramen, but their shops as well around the concept of accessibility and appeal for everyone. When Soranoiro opened it was immediately embraced by both men and women for its healthier options and its light, airy atmosphere. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Hirakawacho 1-3-10, Blue Bldg North 1B. Open 11am-3:30, 6-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-5). Closed first Sunday.
Kojimachi Cafe (Kojimachi - Cafe). 3237-3434
One might expect this sort of sprawling, relaxed cafe in a neighborhood like Koenji or Naka-Meguro, but it's a surprising find in a business district like Hanzomon. Weekend brunch is served Saturdays from noon-10pm and Sundays noon-6pm, with choices like pancakes, Eggs Benedict made with good-quality prosciutto, plus more lunchy items like pasta and veggie burgers. Individual dishes are well prepared, but brunch as a whole lacks the extra touches - pastries, muffins, juice, coffee refills - that would make you want to linger.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 1-5-4. Open 11:30am-11pm (Sun. noon-6pm) daily.
Salon de Kappa (Kojimachi - Italian). 6272-4466
An ordinary Italian restaurant by night, Kappa offers an Italian-style beef curry at lunchtime, with optional toppings like gouda cheese and ham cutlet.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 3-5-5. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kuro Usagi (Kojimachi - Okinawan). 3263-2188
The "black rabbit" is a lively after-work pub serving tasty Okinawan food and drink (especially their stir-fry dishes). Prices run around Y500-700 for small dishes. Lunch ranges from Y680-Y1100 and includes unusual dishes like goya-champuru curry.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 4-8, B1F. Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hanamasa (Kojimachi - Retail). 3511-3308
A good selection of meats and produce, and some imported products from the US.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 5-4. Open 24 hours a day.
Ajanta (Kojimachi - Indian). 3264-6955, 3264-6955
A huge menu, great food, a surprising variety of different breads, and extremely convenient hours.
lateSunmapChiyoda-ku, Nibancho 3-11. (Across from Nihon TV.) Open 24 hours a day.
Petit Feu a la Campagne (Hanzomon - Curry). 3234-4416
This off-the-beaten-track shop on a Hanzomon side street serves some of Tokyo's better European-style Japanese curries. The mixed curry with chicken, pork and beef is especially recommended - the meats are tender and skillfully prepared, the sauce rich and spicy. Curries come with a good-size helping of boiled potatoes. The coffeeshop decor is nicer than average, although it can get smoky when crowded.
mapChiyoda-ku, Ichibancho 8-13. Open 11:30am-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ganges (Hanzomon - Indian). 3234-5220
Lunch Y920 (to 3pm), dinner from Y2,700. Take-out also available.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 2-14, 1/2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Inagaki (Hanzomon - Oden). 3230-2757
The decor and tableware at Inagaki are more stylish than your typical neighborhood izakaya, although the atmosphere is still quite down to earth, attracting a lively after-work crowd. The oden at the heart of the menu is fairly traditional, and served in three different styles of broth - soy-flavored Kanto style, lighter Kansai style, and heavier miso-flavored Nagoya style. The smaller Nagoya menu covers eight oden items, while the main menu offers 36 different items in a choice of Kanto- or Kansai-style broth. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Hirakawacho 1-8-8. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Argo (Hanzomon - Greek). 3265-5504
This very stylish "restaurant and library cafe" serves Greek- and Mediterranean-influenced French food, with an emphasis on seafood. In the daytime there's a nice view out over the greenery of the Imperial Palace grounds. Prix-fixe dinners from Y6000, lunch from Y1640.
decormapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 1-4-2, One Four Two by Tojo 9F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Yamaya (Hanzomon - Liquor shop). 3511-2501
A discount wine shop with a good selection.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 1-6-2. (on Shinjuku-dori near Hanzomon station) Open 10am-10pm daily.
Sawadee (Hanzomon - Thai). 5215-6185
Decent Thai cooking from the Dipmahal Indian-restaurant chain.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 1-6-6. Open 11am-5, 5pm-midnight daily.
Kyogyu-so (Hanzomon - Yakiniku). 3221-1129
Yakiniku, bulgogi, yaki-udon and natto yukke are some of the Korean specialties served here. They also offer a number of different party plans that include an open bar. Budget around Y5000 at dinnertime. No lunch on weekends.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Sanbancho 1. (above Tony Roma's) Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Open every day.
Tony Roma's (Hanzomon - American). 3222-3440
An American chain specializing in ribs.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Sanbancho 1. Open 11:45am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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