Inexpensive pizzas and pastas in a very casual setting around big central tables. The attached NYK Cafe serves up coffee and drinks, including several French wines by the glass.
Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 2F. Open 7am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Although they're not our favorite oyster bar in Tokyo, Grand Central does offer an impressively big selection of oysters from all over. There's also a large, varied wine list (heavy on the whites, naturally), with lots of choices by the glass, in case you feel like just dropping in for a drink at the bar.
In keeping with the New York theme of Shinagawa Atre, this budget Italian restaurant is fashioned after a restaurant in New York's Little Italy. The menu features reasonably priced pastas, some grilled meats and fish, and a lunchtime buffet.
Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 4F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
If Shinagawa Atre were a hotel this would be the "lobby lounge" - definitely not the place for a discreet rendezvous. And while it may not be destination dining, it's worth knowing about for its big wine selection - two dozen choices at Y500/glass, courtesy of a high-tech wine dispenser system. There are various light dishes to nibble on, including good free-range chicken caesar salad, pizzas, and assorted small appetizers priced at Y300.
Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 4F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A popular jazz bar with live music every night.
Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 4F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
"Since 1930 Ginza" claims the sign, and they still offer the same nostalgic faux-Western yoshoku specialties like hamburg steaks, cabbage rolls and scallop cream croquettes, for an inexpensive trip down memory lane. Lunch is served 11am-4pm.
This sprawling after-work izakaya specializes in charcoal-grilled chicken and fish, plus regional dishes and drinks (sake, shochu) from Niigata. Budget around Y4000-5000 at dinnertime. No lunch on weekends.
Konan 2-16-1, Shinagawa East One Tower 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 4-11:30pm daily.
This chain of upscale izakaya (which also runs Megu in New York) is popular for their good food and lively, stylish decor. A specialty of the house is their charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables on skewers; the selection includes a full range of yakitori from premium heirloom-breed chicken, Maezawa beef, foie gras, pork filet and pork tongue, asparagus, kabocha and various mushrooms. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime for food and drink; Y1000 at lunchtime.
A branch of the famous Aroma Fresca in Ginza, they offer an excellent wine selection and a fairly upmarket menu (full-course dinners from Y6500).
Konan 2-16-3, Grand Passage 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Country-style fare - soba, natto, and tofu dishes, and an intriguing sansai (mountain vegetable) full-course dinner at Y3500, along with sake from Niigata (six different kinds of Kubota!).
A branch of a popular Italian place in Hiroo and Ebisu, it sports a nicely tiled wood-burning pizza oven and a pleasant ground-floor view looking out onto the plaza.
Konan 2-16-5, Grand Passage B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Good, reliable yakitori and Yebisu beer.
Konan 2-16-5, Grand Passage B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fresh, skillfully prepared tempura at friendly prices.
Konan 2-15-2, Shinagawa Intercity 3F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain. Open from 11am weekends.
Konan 2-3-13, Shinagawa Front Bldg 1F. Open 8am-11pm daily.
(Japanese regional). 6712-0303
The specialty of the house here is seafood from the San-in region of Western Honshu, flown in daily and served grilled and as sashimi. There's also an excellent selection of sake from the region, and a lively after-work crowd. Prices are extremely reasonable - budget around Y2500-3500 at dinnertime for food and drink.
Konan 2-3-13, Shinagawa Front Bldg B1F. Open 11am-2, 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The last surviving Japan branch of the former cult favorite coffeeshop, Anna Miller's serves a variety of pies and American-style breakfasts.
Mostly French wines; there's also a small cafe/ wine bar.
Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F.
This small but stylish bar specializes in koshu (vintage sake), and they offer several different tasting sets to guide your explorations. The Y1260 set features three different types of koshu, and changes weekly. There's also a set comparing three different mature koshu (Y1890), and a set comparing 5-, 10-, and 32-year-old vintages from the same brewery (Y3150). The food menu is very simple - assorted cheeses and smoked dishes. There's a Y450 cover charge; budget around Y4000.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa West 2F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
This small chain of French brasserie-cafes is popular for their authentic food and atmosphere. The cafe serves simple dishes like omelettes and salads all day long, while the brasserie has more substantial fare, with lunch an especially good value. Quiches and pastries are ready to take home from the bakery section.
Takanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Bldg #7. Open 9am-11pm daily.
An Australian-themed steak restaurant from the US, with a festive decor and lively atmosphere.
Takanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Hotel B1F. Open 5-11pm daily.
This medium-sized prefectural antenna shop carries a good selection of sake from Akita as well as assorted local foods - mountain vegetables, pickles, and kiritambo (grilled pounded-rice cylinders). The attached restaurant (03-6450-3030) serves regional Akita cuisine, with prix-fixe menus starting at Y3000.
Takanawa 4-10-8, Wing Takanawa West-3 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks. [Go to branch review]
Takanawa 3-26-33, Shuwa Bldg 2F. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The excellent chicken meat used here is a special type from Nara Prefecture - a bird bred from shamo game hen and two other types of chicken. And although you may be concerned that there are no clouds of aromatic smoke wafting from the entrance, one look at the fresh chicken and other ingredients in the glass case on the counter will reassure you as to the quality of the food. [See FULL REVIEW
Takanawa 3-26-33, Shuwa Shinagawa Bldg B1F. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Good-quality budget Italian, nice-size portions and a decent wine selection are the draws here.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-3-10, Seafort Square 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Perched on the tweny-eighth floor atop the Seafort Square complex, Tennoz offers a lovely bayside view along with top-quality steaks. A steak lunch is Y2800, and dinners, which range from Y9,000 to Y28,000, include some seafood options in addition to Kobe and other top-quality domestic beef.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-3-15, Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort 28F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive yakitori and microbrew beers from Gotemba Kogen.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-2-20, Tennoz-Yusen Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm.
A very casual Italian cafe where you can find wines by the glass (from Y500) along with simple fare like salamis, grilled chicken and organic vegetable salads.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-2-4, Tennoz First Tower 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Belgian rest/beer bar). 5783-4321
This oddly named "European Beer Terrace" is open only between April and October, and offers pleasant outdoor seating facing the canal at the edge of Tennozu Isle. Most of the beers are Belgian, plus a few German and English selections, with nine or so on tap and another fifty by the bottle. Meat and deli items and simple Belgian dishes like mussels accompany the beer.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-2-4, Tennoz First Tower 1F. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Exciting, well-centered modern American cuisine - drawing on European and middle Eastern and Asian influences - from this bayside brewpub. The wine list is fantastic, with good values at every price level. This bayside brewpub features some of the most exciting food in town - well-centered modern American cuisine drawing from European, middle Eastern and Asian influences.
Service is attentive but also personal. The stylishly decorated dining room features an ever-changing art collection, and it's positively cavernous (by Tokyo standards) and mostly tobacco-free. There's also an outdoor terrace looking out over a picturesquely urban canal, with heating in winter.
The Y980 sampler of four microbrew beers is a fun way to start off, but don't neglect the excellent wine list, which offers very good values at every price level. Dinner with drinks ranges from Y4,000-Y8,000 per person. [Show more] [Show less]
Luxuriously spacious and modern in feel, this combination bakery-cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a coffee and pastry, or a quiche, cup of soup and salad. There's also a bit of outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent canal. Take-out breads include tempting savory creations like gorgonzola-walnut and bacon-rosemary rolls, as well as focacia, whole-grain loaves, bread made with beer yeast (from TY Harbor Brewery next door) and assorted pastries and cakes.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-1-6. Open 8am-8pm daily.
A casual "tea house" serving Chinese teas, herb teas, and several varieties of iced tea along with light snacks. Tea time runs from 2-5pm, but if you're hungry you can take advantage of Doichan's late lunch menu (11am-5pm), featuring curries, donburis and sandwiches for under Y1000. In the evenings you'll find grilled meats and creative Japanese and Western dishes, plus beer, wine, sake and cocktails; budget around Y3000. Pets are welcome on the outdoor terrace.
Osaki 2-1-1, Thinkpark 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) 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.
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
Nishi-Gotanda 1-26-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Akita Prefecture is famous for its excellent sake, but its regional cuisine isn't as widely known. Wattaribozu, a cozy little basement izakaya near Gotanda Station, is a great place to explore both food and drink from the region. Some highlights include fish and seafood flown in fresh from the Sea of Japan coast, chicken dishes made with Hina-dori, an heirloom breed that originated in Akita, and wintertime stews like kiritampo nabe, made with grilled pounded rice on skewers. Akita Prefecture is famous for its excellent sake, but its regional cuisine isn't as widely known. Wattaribozu, a cozy little basement izakaya near Gotanda Station, is a great place to explore both food and drink from the region. Some highlights include fish and seafood flown in fresh from the Sea of Japan coast, chicken dishes made with Hina-dori, an heirloom breed that originated in Akita, and wintertime stews like kiritampo nabe, made with grilled pounded rice on skewers.
As you might expect, the drinks list here focuses heavily on Akita sake, with a number of labels from small craft breweries that are otherwise hard to find in Tokyo. Thirteen sake by the glass are listed, most in the Y580-850 range. You can also order by the flask for the table, and after our first couple of rounds we turned to the staff for recommendations, and were rewarded with some very fresh, limited-edition seasonal bottles that weren't even on the menu. If you're adventurous you might also want to check out the umeshu (plum wine) selection. There are at least twenty varieties, including unusual flavors like banana and yuzu, both of which were surprisingly good
One main section of the food menu is devoted to Hinai-dori, a native-Japanese breed of chicken with striking red-and-black plumage. It's represented here in the form of charcoal-grilled yakitori skewers, deep-fried chicken, excellent savory egg custard, and oyako-donburi, the classic meal of chicken and egg over rice. You'll also find some excellent grilled pork dishes, including tasty, thick bacon slabs and fantastic grilled pork belly with toasted garlic chips. Unexpectedly, Wattaribozu also serves some of the best basashi (horse sashimi) we've ever come across Tokyo.
Akita is largely mountainous and much of its vegetable consumption is in the form of pickles. The oshinko moriawase (assorted pickle platter) here is a good introduction, with several varieties we had never seen or heard of before. Among our favorites was the iburi-gakko (smoked pickled daikon and carrots), which went quite well with the local sake. We also had some interesting and unusual mountain-vegetable dishes, very good bamboo shoots, and outstanding grilled shiitake mushrooms.
One challenge here is simply understanding the menu - many dishes had unfamiliar names, and despite extensive consultations with the waitstaff we were still in for a few surprises. Pretty much everything we tried was quite good though; even a rather plebian dish like yakisoba was beautifully prepared, with special Akita-style noodles and other top-grade ingredients.
Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime for food and drink; all-you-can-drink plans are also available for parties. No lunch on weekends; open until 3am on Friday nights. [Show more] [Show less]
Nishi-Gotanda 1-7-1, Libio Gotanda Pragma G Tower B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1am 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 above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice. Open Mondays 7am-midnight; Tuesday-Friday 24 hrs; Sat midnight-5am; Sun 11am-10pm.
Located next to Gotanda Station, this branch of the ubiquitous cafe chain offers inexpensive dishes like sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas as well as coffee, tea and cocktails. There's plenty of internet access and some non-smoking tables.
Higashi-Gotanda 1-26, Atre Vie Gotanda 2F. Open 8am-11pm (weekends from 10am) daily.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access. Lunch is served until 3pm.
Higashi-Gotanda 2-1-2, Remy Gotanda 4F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
This branch of the vegetable-oriented chain specializes in vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum order for two people), to which you can add various vegetable side dishes (including several meaty items). Shabu-shabu sets are priced Y2800-4600, and kaiseki menus are Y4800 and Y6800.
Higashi-Gotanda 2-1-2, Remy Gotanda 8F. (inside the Tokyu Shopping Plaza) Open 11am-11pm (lunch to 3pm) daily.
Imported foods from Latin America - Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia mostly - including frozen sausages and fresh jalapenos.
Higashi-Gotanda 1-12-12, Ochiai Bldg 3F. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Very authentic South American cooking - the spicy, garlicky shrimp soup (with rice and green peas) was amazing, and the Aji de Gallina (stewed chicken) is definitely worth a try. Spanish-language ability helps - they don't speak much English or Japanese. Inexpensive.
Higashi-Gotanda 1-15-5, Miyamoto Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
An amazing selection of sake and top-rate food in a cozy setting. The sake list changes with the season, and it helps if you know what you're looking for.
Higashi-Gotanda 1-18-3. (next to Gotanda Post Office, about 3 minutes from the station) Open 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
A small sake pub with good food, some of it Okinawan-style.
Higashi-Gotanda 1-6-6. Open 6pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
American West coast-style burgers and sandwiches, with delivery service and a pleasant outdoor patio.
Higashi-Gotanda 3-15-18. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Mita / Shirokane-Takanawa
Manuel Churrascaria serves northern Portugal-style charcoal-grilled dishes - pork, chicken and seafood - along with other traditional Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant itself is very cozy, seating around 20 persons, and it really creates the feeling of dining somewhere in the back streets of a Portuguese town. [See FULL REVIEW
Takanawa 2-3-22-101. Open noon-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Modern French cooking and an impressive wine cellar (not just French). Three-course dinners from Y3,900; wine by the glass Y600-1,200, bottles from Y5,000.
Takanawa 2-5-6. Open 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays, some Sun.
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. 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.
Saturday hours are 11:30am-8:30pm, and Sundays they're open 11:30am-6:30pm. Delivery is available locally. [Show more] [Show less]
Shiba 2-26-1, i-smart Bldg 1/2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
An old standby in the Mita neighborhood, this long-running basement shop has solid wood furniture, stucco walls, odd little paintings and soft jazz in the background. The roux here is okay, but the quality of the meat really stands out - nice lean pork and very tasty and tender chicken. The mixed meat or all-chicken options are recommended. The boiled potatoes are also quite good.
Shiba 4-6-16. Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Closed weekends.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks. Open to 2am (LO) Fridays, 10:30pm Saturdays and Sundays. [Go to branch review]
Shiba 5-20-20. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Totally unpretentious dining - it feels like you're eating in the top restaurant in some small provincial town. The focus is on the excellent Provencal-style seafood, including two different varieties of bouillabaisse. [See FULL REVIEW
Shibaura 2-10-5. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A branch of a very popular Jimbocho curry shop, Bondy serves excellent European-style Japanese curries.
Shibaura 3-14-5. Open 11am-10pm. Closed weekends.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Shibaura 3-15-9. Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Minami-Azabu 4-11-22. Open 24 hours a day.
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.
Mita 5-13-13. (on Sakuradadori 2 min. north of Takanawa-Shirogane subway station) Open 10am-10pm daily.
An Okinawan bar/restaurant with live music.
Mita 5-9-15. Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Spectacular traditional French cooking, rich sauces, with nothing light or nouveau about it. Prepare for a serious meal.
Shirokane 3-2-7. Open noon-midnight daily.
Traditional Hungarian cooking and a good selection of Hungarian wines. Main dishes range from Y1200-1600.
Takanawa 1-1-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.