Il Cafe
Kichijoji: Cafe
Il Cafe (Kichijoji: Cafe)
Il Cafe
Open noon-11pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

The atmosphere at this hidden-away third-floor walkup is comfortable and homey, with big sofas and mismatched chairs and white concrete-block walls. A TV and stereo sit in one corner and an old-fashioned Tokyo-apartment-style kitchen takes up the back wall. There's even a small tatami corner.

Inexpensive wines from Chile, Yamanashi, and points between dominate the drinks list, along with numerous flavored coffees and assorted cocktails. (There's a one-drink minimum at dinnertime.) The food menu is small, simple and wholesome - a multi-bean and meat curry, a tasty pasta with cabbage, sun-dried tomatoes and sardines - everything priced well under Y1000. Downstairs on the second floor is sister shop Il Cappetit, more of a coffee and dessert type of place, with pastries to take out.

by Scott Cooper
Musashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 2-8-2-3F.
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