Vector Beer
Shinjuku Gyoen-mae: Izakaya
Vector Beer (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae: Izakaya)
Vector Beer
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. The charcoal-grilled sumibiyaki tongue (Y980) in particular is a crowd favorite - slightly chewy and cut a bit thinner than average, with a nice charcoal-infused flavor that's complemented by the accompanying wasabi and crunchy pickled hakusai.

There's plenty more tongue in store - tongue and mushroom ajillo, two kinds of tongue meatballs, tongue demiglace stew, home-made tongue ham, tongue cutlet and menchi-katsu (deep-fried minced tongue). The tongue rillettes (Y480) are a good quick-starter dish while you're waiting for your grilled and fried items.

Vector is also one of the better craft beer bars in town, with ten taps dispensing a well-chosen selection from Japanese and US small breweries, all at very reasonable prices. Three-beer tasting sets (Y1000) are a great way to compare different breweries and styles, and the bar's convenient late-night hours are another bonus. Budget around Y3500 for dinner and drinks.

Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-36-5, Hotel Park Inn 1F.
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