The charcoal-grilled burgers here are meaty and juicy, with a subtle smoky flavor from the grilling process. They're served with excellent bacon (optional), raw onions for a bit of bite, and piquant pickles. Unlike many burger shops, you can specify how you want your meat cooked - medium rare, medium or well-done. (Medium-rare is the chef's recommendation.)
In addition to standard burgers there's a pineapple version, and at lunchtime you can opt for their special Chess Burger with ginger, pineapple and jalapeno sauce. Burgers are served with a small mound of fries (fairly average in our opinion), with nachos available as a side dish.
The atmosphere here is a big part of the draw, with friendly service, a quirky retro-nostalgic interior and old-time jazz on the sound system. Drinks include home-made ginger ale and a few import craft beers by the bottle. Burgers are available for take out.
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.