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This guide covers the area east of Shinjuku station, including Kabukicho and Shinjuku Gyoen. It also includes the My City and Takashimaya Times Square complexes. For the area west of the station (including Lumine, Halc, and Southern Terrace), please see the Nishi-Shinjuku guide.
This guide covers the area east of Shinjuku station, including Kabukicho and Shinjuku Gyoen. It also includes the My City and Takashimaya Times Square complexes. For the area west of the station (including Lumine, Halc, and Southern Terrace), please see the Nishi-Shinjuku guide.
Bordering neighborhoods:

Shinjuku station

Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fantastic, authentic Taiwanese-style dumplings; including the hot-broth-filled shoronpo dumplings for which they're most famous.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Breizh Cafe Creperie - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Delicious Bretagne-style artisanal sweet crepes and savory buckwheat galettes are served along with hard cider and soft drinks imported from the region. When the weather permits, there's nice...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tsunahachi - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fresh, skillfully prepared tempura at friendly prices in one of this chain's several Shinjuku branches.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Imahan - Shabu-shabu: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki made with Ohmi beef, from Y3800 at dinner. Lunch is Y2300-2500.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Besides the usual tonkatsu they offer variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes, and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tenkuni - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Deluxe, full-course tempura dinners - nine or ten pieces plus side orders - are priced Y4,000-10,000 at this convenient branch of an old tempura shop with a 120-year history.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Shinjuku
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Slappy Cakes - American: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet pancakes are the big draw at this popular Oregon-based breakfast restaurant, where they come in interesting variations like Banana-Chocolate Chip with Raspberry Jam; and Roast Mushrooms,...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gumbo and Oyster Bar - Seafood: Shinjuku
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Oysters, fresh seafood cocktails, and a few Cajun specialties like gumbo at a stylish counter bar. The seafood "pan roasts" are nicely done, and the oysters are always top quality.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Berg - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 7am-11pm daily.
More of a fast-food coffee shop (hot dogs are Y290) than a beer bar, Berg does offer a couple of Japanese craft beers on tap and maybe a dozen US imports by the bottle to go with your snack. It's...
Open 7am-11pm daily.

Shinjuku station to Meiji-dori

Samurai - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
Thousands of maneki neko (good-luck cat statues) fill the interior of this spacious cafe-bar. There's a counter and several tables, making this a good venue for a small party. Service is friendly...
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
Kaijin - Ramen: Shinjuku
Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm daily.
The delicate but flavorful very seafood-based shio broth at this ramen shop is made from the catch of the day - a mix of several types of fish in season. Equally unusual are the toppings - chicken...
Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm daily.
Banh Xeo Saigon - Vietnamese: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
These days you can find pho in many a hip Japanese cafe, but you have to venture further out of your way for good, authentic bahn xeo, those wafer-thin, crepe-like pancakes that are the eponymous...
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Dancing Crab - Seafood: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Louisiana seafood is the specialty at this sprawling (136-seat) and rather flashy new corporate dining spot. You can create your own seafood combo platters with crab, lobster, prawns and other...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Daidaiya - Asian fusion: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Spectacular "nouvelle Japonaise" cuisine in a stunning modern setting. Standout items on the menu include cold stuffed cabbage kimchee with cashew nuts, minced tuna and Korean bean paste...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Hibiki Shinjuku-ten - Izakaya: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This upscale chain izakaya is known for their excellent grilled meats and vegetables and their well-chosen sake and shochu lists. The decor is sleek Japanese modern. Budget around Y6000-7000 per...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
While they may be somewhat pricier than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain does its own importing, and carries some interesting beers that you won't find elsewhere in town. They also...
Open 5pm-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
Tap Stand - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Tap Stand Craft Beer and Pizza is the full name of this shop, and their creative dishes like Pulled Pork Jalapeno Pizza are worth a try. Half of the twenty taps are devoted to well-chosen Japanese...
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm (LO) 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...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Kurawanka - Kyushu: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Japanese regional dishes from various parts of the country. Lunch from Y700, full-course dinners for Y5,000-Y10,000. There's also an a la carte menu, and many regional sake brands.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kakiden - Kaiseki: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Kaiseki service at accessible prices, although the nightly koto performances are a bit cliched. An 18-course mini-kaiseki menu is Y8000.
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (Shinjuku #1) - Yakitori: Shinjuku
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Tatsukichi - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients...
Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tsunahachi Tsunohazuan - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The deluxe edition of one of Tokyo's most famous tempura shops, with prices starting at Y4000 for lunch and Y12,000 for tempura dinner.
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
La Verde - Italian: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2am (LO) daily.
Very good budget pastas and other Italian fare, a good wine selection and convenient hours.
Open 11:30am-2am (LO) daily.
Sono - Yakitori: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm daily.
Excellent grilled chicken, sushi and much more in this glitzy, high-rise branch of the popular Shinjuku yakitori restaurant. There's a good selection of premium sake to go with your food; dinner...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Motomura - Gyukatsu: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm daily.
There are lines to get into Motomura day and night, and it's easy to understand why once you've tasted their very popular gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet). Served rare in the middle with a thin,...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tsunahachi - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11:15am-10pm (LO) daily.
The main branch of one of Japan's most successful tempura restaurants. They've maintained their high standards while managing to keep prices very reasonable. Call ahead of time to avoid waiting on...
Open 11:15am-10pm (LO) daily.

North of Shinjuku-dori

Toriyoshi (Shinjuku #3) - Yakitori: Shinjuku
Open 4pm-4am daily.
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
Open 4pm-4am daily.
Keawjai - Thai: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Top-quality "Imperial" Thai cuisine, from a newish branch of this long-established Tokyo Thai restaurant. Budget around Y2500 for food at dinnertime.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Meal Muji - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Stylishly modern and surprisingly spacious, Meal Muji makes a pleasant retreat from the crowds of Shinjuku's shopping district. The decor is bright and cheerful, with ubiquitous sleek blond wood...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Agio (Isetan) - Italian: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
A lively "market-style" restaurant, with the emphasis on top-quality ingredients and simple preparation. Grilled meats and seafood, brick-oven-baked pizzas and assorted pastas make up most of the...
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Chaya Macrobiotic Rest. - French: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO 9). Closed Wednesdays.
Health-oriented but not really vegetarian fare (there are lots of fish dishes) in a casual French style.
Open 11am-10pm (LO 9). Closed Wednesdays.
La Table d'Hediard - French: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Good French cooking and reasonably priced wines at this casual department-store restaurant; the menu features dishes like duck confit and mushroom salad and excellent grilled lamb chops. Prix-fixe...
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo Bekkan - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
One of Tokyo's most reliable kushiage shops, Kushinobo offers creative skewers, a decent sake selection and good value for money. A ten-skewer set menu is Y3240 at dinnertime, while an eight-skewer...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Chang-pha - Thai: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed some Wednesdays.
Inexpensive Thai street-market fare, including lots of stir-fries and curries in the Y800 range.
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed some Wednesdays.
El Flamenco - Spanish: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Live flamenco dancing is the main draw at this long-running Shinjuku institution. The music charge is Y3675, but Y4500 will get you a mixed tapas platter and a drink in addition to the show. Other...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Suishin - Japanese regional: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Seafood from the Hiroshima area is the specialty here, including oysters in season. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime, Y1100 for lunch.
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.

3-chome station area

Hina - Sushi: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The Hina chain is known for their good-quality, all-you-can-eat sushi meals, starting at around Y4200 per person.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
To The Herbs - Italian: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Brooklyn Parlor - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Whether you're here for a dessert break, a casual evening meal, or an afternoon working on your laptop, Brooklyn Parlor supplies a fun, bustling backdrop. Unlike Tokyo's many quiet, hidden-away...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Tiki Tiki - Misc. Southeast Asian: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
At Tokyo's original Tiki lounge, wooden masks glower, faux torches blaze, and hula dancers shake it, shake it, baby. The kitsch is ubiquitous, self-aware, and executed with formidable slickness. If...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Il Bacaro - Italian: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:15pm (LO) daily.
The stand-up bar at the front of Il Bacaro has a nice casual feel to it. You can drop in for a few minutes, have a quick glass of wine and a tiny snack, and be on your way. Or you can claim a seat...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Chinese Cafe Eight - Chinese: Shinjuku
Open 24 hours a day.
You'll find great Peking Duck here - just Y3680 for a portion big enough for three or four people - plus a big menu of surprisingly inexpensive dumplings and small-plate dishes.
Open 24 hours a day.
Tanaka - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based izakaya is the complete opposite of your typical Tokyo gourmet kushiage shop - the atmosphere is lively and often raucous, with every inch of the tightly packed tables...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Bosphoras Hasan - Turkish: Shinjuku
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
One of the better Turkish restaurants in town, Bosphoras offers a wide selection of shish kebabs, Turkish pizzas, salads, and other authentic fare. There's a belly dance show at 8pm on Wednesday,...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Donjaca (Suehiro-dori) - Izakaya: Shinjuku
Open 4pm-5am daily.
Superlative izakaya-style fare in a lively, noisy setting. They have an impressive and ever-changing selection of jizake (regional sake), plus good sashimi and grilled fish. Intriguing...
Open 4pm-5am daily.
Marugo Grande - Wine bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This is the largest of several branches of this very popular budget wine bar in the neighborhood. Most wines by the glass are Y500-900, but you can spend a lot more on a special bottle if you're so...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Kyochabana - Okonomiyaki: Shinjuku
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Original-recipe Kyoto-style okonomiyaki is the specialty of the house here, but we were even more impressed with the kitchen's creative vegetable dishes and unusual yakisoba variations. The basement...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Marugo - Wine bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Choose from about fifteen wines by the glass or bottle, or pick a Latour or Mouton from the back and put it on your expense account. France is amply represented, with biodynamic wines comprising...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Istanbul - Turkish: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm daily.
Tasty and reasonably priced Turkish food in a comfortable, cozy room.
Open 5-11pm daily.
Marugo II - Wine bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This second branch of the popular and always-packed Marugo wine bar serves two dozen wines by the glass, about half of them French, with a new selection every day. The food menu is Italian and very...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Shousuke - Yakitori: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Shousuke is a spacious, two-story affair - downstairs there's a big sushi counter, and upstairs are several semi-private booths for two, four or more, separated by bamboo blinds for privacy. The...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kowloon - Chinese: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Noodles, stir-fries and other typical Hong Kong-style street stall dishes, prepared exceptionally well. Their "dragon ramen" has giant, tasty chunks of kakuni (stewed pork) and a bit of octopus for...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Esogie - African: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Esogie's owner Lucky Isiwe has recreated a little slice of Lagos in Shinjuku 3-Chome. Nigerian funk plays on the bar's powerful sound system, and there's always something good cooking on the stove.
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Numata - Izakaya: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Fans of gyumotsu nikomi can choose three different varieties of stew at this popular specialty izakaya. The soy sauce-based version probably best shows off the individual flavors of the various...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Cona - Italian: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Inexpensive late-night pizzas and drinks in a very casual setting. Wines are Y1900 per bottle or Y500 by the glass, and all pizzas and side dishes are Y500 each.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Dora - Izakaya: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-5am daily.
This basement branch of the Donjaca chain offers a wide menu of izakaya-style fare and Japanese sake. The Japanese dishes are much better than their multi-cultural experiments.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Donjaca (honten) - Izakaya: Shinjuku
Open to about 6am daily.
Inexpensive jizake (regional sake) and good grilled fish. Seating can get a little cramped during peak hours, so check out the much larger Suehiro-dori branch just around the corner. No...
Open to about 6am daily.
Nagi Golden Gai - Ramen: Shinjuku
Open 24 hours a day.
Dried baby sardines (niboshi) have been a common ingredient in ramen for many years. It wasn't until recently, though, that ramen chefs began using them in abundance. The tiny fish have a very...
Open 24 hours a day.
Moto - Bar: Shinjuku
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Nihonshu Stand Moto is a very informal bar that specializes in nihonshu, in this case quite a good selection of it at reasonable prices. The food menu is more extensive than you'd expect, dominated...
Open 3-11:30pm daily.

Kabukicho

Shinanoya - Liquor shop: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 11am-4am daily.
A good selection of wines and spirits and a dozen or so European beers at discount prices, plus random imported food items.
Open 11am-4am daily.
Narcis - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
The bustling Kabukicho neighborhood may seem like a strange place for a jazz kissa, but Narcis is a great spot for listening to quiet jazz, and their stylish interior design is reminiscent of old...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Niimura (honten) - Shabu-shabu: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 11-2am (LO 1:30) daily.
Friendly service and high-quality shabu-shabu available until the wee hours of the morning.
Open 11-2am (LO 1:30) daily.
Calico - Cat cafe: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Even when it's full of visitors, there are plenty of cats to go around at this spacious, long-established two-story cafe. The shop's website promises more than fifty different cats, and that seems...
Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
ZuZu - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
The smart drink list offers eleven choices of popular umeshu like Saika and Kakutama, plus a few liqueurs based on anzu (apricot), yuzu and even decopon (the orange-tangerine hybrid). Lots of...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Hazelburn - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Hazelburn offers an impressive line-up of Scottish whiskies, along with English draft ales and well-prepared Scottish and English pub food.
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Alps - Izakaya: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 5pm-9am daily.
Alps isn't exactly destination dining, but sometimes it's good to know a place where you can just show up with a group of twenty people and no reservation. Plus they're open until 9am every night...
Open 5pm-9am daily.
Sungari - Russian: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Well-prepared Russian standards like Chicken Kiev, and lots of vodka.
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

2-chome, Gyoenmae

Krungtep - Thai: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-midnight (3am weekends). Closed Mondays.
This casual spot offers simple market-style Thai food with good, authentic flavors, plus an inexpensive wine list.
Open 11:30am-midnight (3am weekends). Closed Mondays.
Pit Inn - Jazz club: Shinjuku
Open 2:30-5, 7:30-10:30pm daily.
It may be smoky and cramped, but you can hear some of the most interesting local and international jazz in town here.
Open 2:30-5, 7:30-10:30pm daily.
Arty Farty - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-5am daily.
One of Shinjuku's larger gay bars, with a good sound system (mostly house, R&B and hiphop) and a comfortable, lounge-style setup.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Aiiro Cafe - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-5am daily.
Replacing the long-running Advocates bar on Shinjuku Ni-chome's main thoroughfare, this open-air bar attracts a mixed, mostly gay crowd every night of the week.
Open 6pm-5am daily.
Sansar - Nepalese: Shinjuku
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
Excellent curries, tandoori items, and Nepalese specialties from an all-Nepali crew. The chapati is outstanding.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
Fun - Chinese: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Great nouvelle Chinese cuisine, with filling multi-course dinner menus from Y3500.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Keitel - German: Shinjuku
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Typical German dishes and selected German wines and beers from this long-running establishment, now in a new location. Budget around Y5000 for dinner.
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Pelota - Spanish: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open noon-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
This handy Spanish wine bar offers ten wines by the glass, priced at around Y600-900, plus good tapas dishes to go with them. Budget around Y3000 in the evening for food and drink.
Open noon-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
Jip - Wine bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
If you've ever wanted to try Japanese wines, but don't want to gamble with buying completely unknown bottles, Jip Bar is the place to check out. This specialty wine bistro pours from a rotating list...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Bosphorus Hasan (Shinjuku 2-chome) - Turkish: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
One of Tokyo's better Turkish spots, offering a good selection of shish kebabs, Turkish pizzas, salads, and other authentic fare. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Zuien Bekkan - Chinese: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
This long-time neighborhood standby is nearly as famous for their rude service and painfully crowded seating arrangements as for their food, which is quite good.
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Rainbow Burritos - Gay bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -2am). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
This tiny (eight-seat) bar, located on the third floor of a very old commercial building, serves solid Cali-Mex-style burritos and chimichangas along with margaritas and mojitos. Burritos come in...
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -2am). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Papera - Indian: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
The lunchtime buffet offers four curries and a few side dishes, but the lunch sets might be a better deal if you know what you want. Lunch sets include one or two curries, salad, drinks and nan or...
Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Cocoro Musubi - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sake is the star at this friendly little izakaya, with a smallish menu of charcoal-grilled seafood, meat and vegetables designed to go well with your drinks. Budget around Y6000 in the evening for...
Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Yamachan - Bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
A very casual, all-you-can-drink premium sake bar, Yamachan combines the best aspects of an industry sake-tasting event (lots of varieties freely available, at a reasonable all-inclusive price) and a...
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Chef's - Chinese: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fairly reliable Chinese cooking, including Shanghai-style crab. Budget around Y5000-7000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Will - Yoshoku: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8pm (LO) daily.
The all-pork Hamburg steak here is made from premium Iwanaka pork from Iwate prefecture, and it's remarkably tasty - a revelation in how good this simple dish can get. The ground meat is a mix of...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8pm (LO) daily.
Bamboo Beer Pub - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This cozy basement bar attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars with a selection of craft beers and a simple food menu. The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Vector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar....
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
V.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
La Boheme - Italian: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
This spacious multi-level branch of the budget Italian chain is open all afternoon, and convenient when you're visiting Shinjuku Gyoen.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Aureole - Western: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
European-style home cooking, wrap sandwiches and other "wrap cuisine" is the focus of the menu at this casual park-side cafe. Full-course vegetarian dinners are available, and everything on the menu...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Le Bistrot da Cote - French: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open noon-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Rich, hearty traditional French cuisine in a crowded bistro-style restaurant near Shinjuku Gyoen.
Open noon-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Armwood Cottage - Cafe: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
True to its name, the Armwood Cottage is Tokyo's answer to a log cabin in the mountains, with tall concrete buildings standing in for trees. The space is intimate and inviting, dominated by rough...
Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
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Tokyo Beyond Sushi - the guidebook
Tokyo Beyond Sushi
Explore the hidden side of Tokyo dining
Charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, udon noodles in curry-flavored soup, octopus dumplings, deep-fried beef cutlet -- there's a whole world of exciting food in Tokyo that food-loving visitors often miss out on.

This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.
 
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