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This area guide covers the Jimbocho area and the west side of Ogawamachi station, running north to Ochanomizu, Suidobashi, Korakuen, and Hakusan.
This area guide covers the Jimbocho area and the west side of Ogawamachi station, running north to Ochanomizu, Suidobashi, Korakuen, and Hakusan.

Jimbocho

Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Maenam no hotori - Thai: Jimbocho
Open 11:30-2:30, 5pm-1am (LO; Sat. to 9pm). Closed Sundays and holidays.
The dishes here are authentic and spicy, from a fairly wide menu, and the late-night hours are convenient. Budget around Y2000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30-2:30, 5pm-1am (LO; Sat. to 9pm). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Muang Tai Nabe - Thai: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-4:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Thai sukiyaki from the owners of Menam no hotori; budget around Y3000 for dinner.
Open 11:30am-4:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Mandala - Indian: Jimbocho
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Indian curries and garlic cheese nan from the owners of nearby Thai restaurant Maenam no Hotori. Budget around Y2500 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gavial - Curry: Jimbocho
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This long-running (since 1982) European-style Japanese curry shop remains popular with its loyal patrons, but the curries seem to lack some of the complexity and originality of its newer competitors....
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Bondy - Curry: Jimbocho
Open 11am-10pm daily.
The curry sauce here is scrumptious, with a natural fruit sweetness, well-balanced spices and complex flavors. There aren't many mixed-ingredient options, but the shrimp, clam and chicken was quite...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kitchen Nankai - Yoshoku: Jimbocho
Open 11:15am-4, 4:45-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Addictive pork cutlet curry served with a dark, spicy sauce is the signature dish at this very old-fashioned counter shop. Curries start at around Y580; the cutlet curry is Y780.
Open 11:15am-4, 4:45-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Big Boy - Jazz kissaten: Jimbocho
Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
With its bright yellow door and sunny, brasserie-like interior, Big Boy has an atmosphere that's the complete opposite of old-fashioned jazz kissas. The management plays jazz both new and old, and...
Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
Paperback Cafe - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Don't worry about being the only person working at the Paperback Cafe - you'll generally find laptops in use at every table, giving the place a busy, productive atmosphere. The cafe is spread out...
Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Glitch - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
Open 7:30am-8pm (Sat, Sun 9-7) daily.
Glitch is the kind of coffee roastery and cafe that you'd expect to find in an up-and-coming warehouse district or a trendy residential neighborhood rather than here in business-oriented Jimbocho. ...
Open 7:30am-8pm (Sat, Sun 9-7) daily.
Craft Beer Market Terrace - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Located a few minutes from CBM's first Jimbocho outlet, this branch offers a spacious open-air seating area for when weather permits. Beers are the same budget-friendly prices as at other branches...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kai - Ramen: Jimbocho
Open 11am-8pm daily.
The intensely flavorful miso ramen, made by blending three types of miso, is the recommended bowl at this hole-in-the-wall shop.
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Jimbocho
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Gachimaya - Okinawan: Jimbocho
Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
If you like Okinawan food and enjoy trying new craft beers, this casual basement izakaya is well worth a visit. Along with a selection of well-prepared Okinawan fare you can choose from nine...
Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
Katchan - Gyukatsu: Jimbocho
Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The recommended dish here is the double-size portion of gyukatsu (beef cutlet) with menchi katsu (deep-fried minced-meat patty) on the side (Y1180). The beef is tender and served rare in the middle,...
Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Perusona - Curry: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Perusona serves top-quality European-style curries, and two- and three-ingredient combination curries are easy to order. We opted for eggplant, chicken and beef (Y1400) on a recent visit - the...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ethiopia - Curry: Jimbocho
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
This famous, highly rated Japanese curry shops serves just four varieties - chicken, beef, vegetable and shrimp - plus combinations. Portions are large, and prices start at Y880.
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 5:30pm-1am (Sat 5-12). Closed Sundays.
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
Open 5:30pm-1am (Sat 5-12). Closed Sundays.
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.

Ogawamachi

Chantoya Coconut Curry - Curry: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
A dozen varieties of coconut-based, vegetable-filled, Thai-inspired, Japanese-style curries are on offer here, with 25 optional toppings, including baked cheese. The attractively decorated space is...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
Atsumaru - Udon: Ogawamachi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
While the relatively unspicy curry udon noodles are the main seller here, the kitchen also turns out several other hot and cold varieties such as spicy natto, Chinese-style tantanmen, and ume-kitsune...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian beers from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Jusanya - Yakitori: Ogawamachi
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30 to closing. Closed Sundays.
Jusanya is a small neighborhood yakitoriya with above-average chicken and an unusual sake selection. The sake list isn't huge, but it's deeper than usual, with two or three varieties of some small...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30 to closing. Closed Sundays.
Kanda Izumiya - Sake bar: Ogawamachi
Open 5-8:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
This long-established sake retailer runs a standing sake bar a few nights a week, and it's well worth a visit if you can catch them when they're open. The formidable collection of sake is served in...
Open 5-8:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
La-show-han - Ramen: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tantanmen is a direct descendant of Chinese dandanmein. This dish of Sichuan origin is spicy, and a traditional bowl will have plenty of chili oil, Sichuan peppercorn, and minced pork. You can find...
Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Katsugyu - Gyukatsu: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet) at this Kyoto-based shop has a nice thick, crunchy coating, and the beef has a decent amount of fat attached to it, but somehow the flavor of the meat itself is...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Awajicho

Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sanjuro - Izakaya: Awajicho
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9:30) daily.
We were intrigued by the menu categories at this after-work izakaya - charcoal-grilled meats, charcoal-grilled small fish and charcoal-grilled big fish - all of them prepared over top-grade bincho...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9:30) daily.
Yabu Soba - Soba: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Probably Tokyo's most famous soba shop, located in a beautiful antique Japanese house with woodblock prints on the wall.
Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Tsujida - Ramen: Awajicho
Open 11am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Serving one of Tokyo's best bowls of miso ramen, Tsujida is popular with serious noodle connoisseurs and other ramen fans.
Open 11am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Manpei - Tonkatsu: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-7pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Highly rated by Tokyo's tonkatsu cognoscenti, this pork cutlet specialist serves a cutlet with a thin but pleasantly crunchy coating and juicy meat on the inside. The accompanying tofu soup is above...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-7pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Isegen - Nabemono: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 4-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Anko-nabe is the specialty here, since 1830. (Anko served Sept to April). Budget Y3000 at lunch, Y8000 at dinnertime. (Closed Saturdays in the summer.)
Open 11:30am-2, 4-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Matsuya - Soba: Awajicho
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
This long-established shop serves yabu- (rough-) style soba noodles made from a 5-1 mix of buckwheat to wheat flour, plus egg yolks.
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Botan - Nabemono: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
One of Tokyo's culinary landmarks, they've been serving the same excellent chicken nabe for nearly 120 years. The chicken is slow-cooked over an old-fashioned charcoal burner in front of you...
Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Jha Bar - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Four beers on tap and many more by the bottle at this late-night bar, with an unusual selection mostly from Belgium, Germany and the UK. The food menu features pizzas, salads and tapas-style small...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Song Kee Jee Fan - Singaporean: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Stylish Singaporean cuisine from the former manager of Hainan Jeefan Shokudo in Azabu-Juban.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market Awajicho - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
The third branch of the popular beer bar chain, CBM offers a variety of microbrew beers priced at a very reasonable Y780 per US pint (smaller glasses are Y480, and there's a small table charge). The...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.

Ochanomizu

Adonys - Middle Eastern: Ochanomizu
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Fast-food versions of shawarma, falafel and other Middle-Eastern favorites are the draw at this very casual eating spot. Most items come either a la carte, in a wrap, or in a set meal with a drink,...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Ringer Hut - Japanese regional: Ochanomizu
Open 10am-4am (Sun -2am) daily.
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...
Open 10am-4am (Sun -2am) daily.
Meishu Center - Sake bar: Ochanomizu
Open 11am-9:30pm (Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.
This casual, very lively tasting bar offers more than 100 types of sake along with a small menu of sake-compatible snacks. All sake is served in tiny 45ml glasses, so you can try several different...
Open 11am-9:30pm (Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.

Suidobashi

Enotria Diana - Cafe: Suidobashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
We certainly can't complain about a conveniently located indoor-outdoor cafe-bar that's open all afternoon and serves great food and drink. The menu offers simple but tasty dishes like duck confit...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Washoku En - Japanese: Suidobashi
Open 11am-3, 5-11:30pm daily.
Calling En an izakaya doesn't quite do them justice - the food and drink are both top-notch, the decor elegant and modern. Most of the dining spaces take full advantage of the wrap-around glass...
Open 11am-3, 5-11:30pm daily.
Sizzler - American: Suidobashi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The well-stocked salad bar is the main draw here, including all the beets and baby corn you could possibly want.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bodaiju - Tonkatsu: Suidobashi
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
OK tonkatsu, fried shrimp, and "Western-style" beef dishes in an eccentric, oddly appealing junk-shop atmosphere.
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Notomi - Izakaya: Suidobashi
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Super-fresh seafood from the Noto Peninsula, north of Kanazawa, is the specialty at Notomi. To go with the seafood, there's a decent selection of a dozen or so well-known sake from around the...
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Lien - Sandwiches/ deli: Suidobashi
Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Unikura - Izakaya: Suidobashi
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Indulge yourself with a big tray of fresh uni or ikura to accompany your favorite sake at this cozy little izakaya. If you're not in the mood for a whole box of uni (Y2980) there are delicate small...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Manten - Curry: Suidobashi
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
This famous Japanese curry joint is known for their dirt-cheap prices and extremely unpretentious setting. The flagship tonkatsu curry is Y550, while wiener and croquette curries are Y500 each. If...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tainan Tamii - Taiwanese: Suidobashi
Open 11:45am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
A branch of Tokyo's best budget Taiwanese chain.
Open 11:45am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.

Korakuen, Hongo

Bubba Gump Shrimp - Seafood: Korakuen
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Yes, this is a theme restaurant based on a Tom Hanks movie, but the food's kind of interesting, and there's grilled fish and baby-back ribs in case you're not in the mood for shrimp. There's also an...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Moomin Bakery Cafe - Cafe: Korakuen
Open 10am-11pm daily.
A Finnish cartoon-themed bakery and cafe, with some Finnish beers and Scandinavian-style pastries on the menu.
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Fire House - Burgers: Hongo
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun. 7pm) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun. 7pm) daily.

Kasuga, Hakusan

Resshijunmei - Ramen: Kasuga
Open 11am-1:30am. Closed Mondays.
Nagano-style ramen is the specialty here, served in a triple-barreled soup flavored with pork, chicken and various fish.
Open 11am-1:30am. Closed Mondays.
Hinata Cafe - Eclectic: Hakusan
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Perched above an exit to Hakusan metro station, this charming neighborhood cafe seems to cultivate a deliberately bohemian atmosphere. Hey, is that a box of sweet potatoes plunked down right in the...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Eigakan - Jazz kissaten: Hakusan
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
This cozy cafe bar is furnished with European and Japanese antiques and heavy-duty lights used for shooting movies; the ambience seems almost like that of a private detective's office in a Raymond...
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Yondaime Keisuke - Ramen: Hakusan
Open 11am-3, 6-10pm daily.
This fourth shop of celebrity ramen chef Takeda Keisuke serves a rather unique take on noodles - lobster tsukemen. Thick, flat, pan-fried noodles are accompanied by a thick, pork-based and...
Open 11am-3, 6-10pm daily.
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