Take-out menus and bakeries
!Banh Mi Sandwich (Takadanobaba - Vietnamese). 5937-4547
This simply named shop sells freshly made Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in several enticing varieties, including roast pork (our current favorite), grilled chicken with honey and lemongrass, ham and liver paste, shrimp avocado, and vegetable-cheese, all served on fresh-baked bread with crunchy, not-too-sour pickled vegetables.
mapTakadanobaba 4-9-18. Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Myondon Norimaki (Okubo - Korean). 5292-4499
The unusual specialty of the house is Korean futomaki - fat sushi rolls filled with vegetables, bulgogi, cheese, kimchee, glutinous black rice - some ten variations in all, including a sampler set if you can't decide.
lateSunmapOkubo 1-12-3. Open 24 hours a day.
Great India (Okubo - Indian). 3365-8250
While they many not win any awards for their rather basic decor, this late-night shop offers decent curries, friendly service and good value for money. And everything on the menu is available for take-out. If you somehow miss their 5am closing hour, they also have a 24-hour branch nearby (03-5272-6336).
lateSunmapHyakunincho 2-27-5. Open 11am-5am daily.
Aureole (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Western). 3355-8447
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 is ready for take-out.
SunmapShinjuku 1-3-12. (along the N side of Shinjuku Gyoen) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Standard Deli (Shinjuku - Sandwiches/burgers). 5367-0185
You've probably seen it as you walk from Shinjuku station to Takashimaya Times Square - a nicely landscaped terrace, a bright yellow sign, and a metallic, retro-50s trailer home that's been converted into a grill.
SunmapShinjuku 4-1-7, Journal Standard 3F. Open 11:30am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
!Park Hyatt Delicatessen (Nishi-Shinjuku - Sandwiches/deli). 5323-3635
Perhaps the best deli counter in town, with a huge selection of cold cuts, pates and salads. Lunches are priced from around Y1000, and breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 to 10:30am. The outdoor terrace seating is pleasant in warmer months.
no smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 1F. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Gontran Cherrier (Nishi-Shinjuku - Bakery). 5302-2282
From popular French baker Gontran Cherrier, this two-story bakery across from Shinjuku station produces top-grade breads, pastries and sandwiches, to eat in (in the upstairs cafe area) or to go. The selection includes interesting Japanese-inspired items like yuzu cheesecake and curry baguettes.
SunmapYoyogi 2-2-1, Southern Terrace. Open 7:30am-10pm daily.
Arms Picnic (Nishi-Shinjuku - Sandwiches/burgers). 3466-5974
A convenient department-store outlet of the legendary Sangubashi burger shop, this Shinjuku branch of Arms offers smaller, picnic-size burger as an option. Besides the usual bacon, cheese, etc., the menu generally includes some interesting special seasonal toppings.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Lumine 1, B1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Khao San (Nishi-Shinjuku - Thai). 5909-7450
Good Bangkok street-stall food in this department-store basement, including dishes like Nam Phrik Kapi (shrimp and chili paste with vegetables), stir-fries and spicy salads. Most of the menu is available for take-out, and popular items like curries and pad thai are ready to go immediately.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Lumine 1, B1F. Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Better Days (Kita-Sando - Sandwiches/deli). 3403-7809
Good panini and other Italian-style sandwiches, desserts, coffee, tea, and wine by the glass. There's a small counter area, but business is mostly take-out. No smoking.
no smokingmapSendagaya 3-15-12. Open 8:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Masala Hut (Harajuku - Nepalese). 3402-5010
Very good Indian curries, tandoori dishes, and Nepalese specialties. Full-course dinners from Y2500 (or Y2000 for the vegetarian special). The dining room is tiny but cheerful.
SunmapJingumae 1-21-15, Napole Harajuku 2F. (about one minute N of Harajuku Sta Takeshita-dori exit) Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Kebab Box J (Harajuku - Turkish). 3470-0706
First-rate doner kebabs, substantial in size, ready to take home or just eat on the sidewalk outside the shop. Kebabs are chicken, beef, or mixed, served in toasted pita bread and topped with a sauce that's mild, medium or extra-spicy. Y500.
SunmapJingumae 1-8-8, Coxy 188 Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-9pm daily.
Yac Man (Harajuku - Singaporean). 6434-0848
Singaporean-style Hokkien Mee seafood noodles are the specialty here; Y990 to eat in, or Y800 to take out, but the wide-ranging menu includes many other dishes, including daikon radish cakes (called "carrot cake" in Japanese for some reason), oyster cakes, laksa soup noodles and fried prawn balls. Beers are Y300 during happy hour, and Spanish wines are Y2000 per bottle all the time; there's also a big selection of non-alcoholic fruit-juice cocktails.
SunmapJingumae 4-29-9, Square Jingumae Bldg 1F. Open noon-11pm (LO) daily.
Great Burger, The (Harajuku - Burgers). 3406-1215
Premium burgers, with Y1000 lunch sets till 4pm (2pm weekends).
SunmapJingumae 6-12-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Farmers Market @ UNU (Omotesando - Retail). 0120-63-9672
Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are on sale at the popular farmers market that pops up every weekend in front of UN University (across the street from Aoyama Gakuin). Besides the dozens of stalls there are also several food trucks selling coffee, curries, salads and other quick snacks. The hours are usually 10am-4pm, but they stay open until 8pm on the third Saturday of every month.
SunmapJingumae 5-53-70. Open 10am-4pm (weekends only).
Kua 'Aina (Omotesando - Sandwiches/burgers). 3407-8001
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-10-21. (on the corner of Kotto-dori and Aoyama-dori, across from Max Mara) Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Breadworks (Omotesando - Bakery). 6434-1244
The original Breadworks is in Tennoz Isle next to TY Harbor Brewery; this new branch is attached to TY's sister restaurant Cicada, and offers a similarly inspiring selection of pastries and savory breads and rolls.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-7-28. Open 8am-9pm daily.
Tinun Aoyama (Omotesando - Thai). 5766-5811
This branch of the ubiquitous budget Thai chain has a larger-than-average menu, good food and take-out service. The decor is also a cut above the norm.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-1-25, Kitamura Bldg B1F. (on Aoyama-dori a few doors down from Andersen) Open 11am-9pm (lunch to 2) daily.
Andersen (bread shop) (Omotesando - Bakery). 3407-4833
This particular branch is one of Tokyo's better bakeries, with many varieties of fresh bread and pastries, baked on the premises. They also sell premade sandwiches to go.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-1-26. Open 7am-9pm daily.
Andersen (sandwich counter) (Omotesando - Sandwiches/deli). 3407-4833
Excellent made-to-order sandwiches and salads in the basement deli area underneath the bread store.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-1-26. Open 9am-9pm daily.
!Eat (Gaienmae - Burgers). 6459-2432
Gourmet burgers, sandwiches and upscale American diner fare at this tiny burger cafe. It's run by Chef Michi, of the celebrated Michi's Manhattan Beach near Los Angeles. The Kobe beef burger is their flagship sandwich, but our favorite is their amazing Cajun lamb burger (Y1300 for a double burger).
mapKita-Aoyama 2-12-27, Hale Kalani Kita-Aoyama 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (Sun 11am-5pm) daily.
One's Diner (Sendagaya - Burgers). 5772-6760
Pancakes for breakfast, burgers, and simple dishes like pork chops and Moroccan chicken with rice. Eat in or take out.
SunmapSendagaya 2-28-4. Open 10am-11pm daily.
Saigon (Shibuya - Vietnamese). 3477-4684
A good take-out menu, and a few counter seats where you can grab a quick curry while shopping.
SunmapShibuya 2-24-1, Tokyu Toyoko-ten, B1F. Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
Viron (Shibuya - Bakery). 5458-1770
Great French cafe-style sandwiches, quiches and pastries to take out; there's also a pleasant cafe upstairs.
SunmapUdagawacho 33-8. Open 9am-10pm daily.
Cheese Stand (Shibuya - Retail). 6407-9806
Artisanal mozzarella and ricotta cheeses are freshly made right here in Shibuya in this combination retail shop, cafe and factory. Take them home - fresh mozzarella is Y550/100g, ricotta Y470 - or pull up a chair in the cafe corner and peruse the cheese-centered menu.
mapKamiyamacho 5-8. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kua 'Aina (Shibuya - Sandwiches/burgers). 3409-3200
Big Hawaiian-style hamburgers and assorted sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
SunmapShibuya 1-10-4. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Gontran Cherrier Bakery (Shibuya - Bakery). 6418-9581
The first Tokyo "artisanal bakery" from famous French baker Gontran Cherrier produces first-rate breads, pastries and sandwiches. The selection includes some interesting Japanese-inspired items like yuzu cheesecake and curry baguettes.
SunmapShibuya 1-14-11, BC Salon 1F. Open 7:30am-9pm daily.
!Libre (Ebisu - Tex-Mex). 6277-3122
The chef at Libre hails from San Francisco, and his mission is to bring good Cali-style burritos to Tokyo. Indeed the food here seems to pack more oomph than what's on offer at some of the other burrito joints around town - it's assertively spicy (although a milder version is an option), with a solid dose of onions and garlic and just enough avocado for balance.
SunmapEbisu 1-5-8. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Blacows (Ebisu - Burgers). 3477-2914
Excellent gourmet burgers made with black Angus wagyu beef, from Y1300. Side dishes include grilled meats and voluminous Cobb salads.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-11-9. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Le Souffle (Nishi-Azabu - French). 5474-0909
A wide range of savory and dessert souffles. (Lunch menu to 2:30pm.)
SunmapNishi-Azabu 3-13-10. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Burger Mania (Hiroo - Sandwiches/burgers). 5422-7899
The second branch of the Shiroganedai-based burger shop, serving gourmet sandwiches as well as American-style burgers. The pastrami sandwich (Y1100) is exclusive to this branch.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-25 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
And The Friet (Hiroo - Cafe). 6409-6916
It's a restaurant devoted to French fries, served with various dips (basil mayonaisse, chili sour cream, avocado) and side dishes like pork sausage, chili con carne and falafel. Box sets of fries and side start at around Y800, and you can eat at the small counter or take them home.
SunmapHiroo 5-16-1. Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
!Homework's (Hiroo - Sandwiches/burgers). 3444-4560
Some of the best burgers in town, along with terrific salads and sandwiches.
no smokingSunmapHiroo 5-1-20. Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.
Burger Mania (Shirokanedai - Sandwiches/burgers). 3442-2200
American-style gourmet burgers (from Y950) and sandwiches. Delivery within the neighborhood.
SunmapShirokane 6-5-7. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kua 'Aina (Gotanda - Sandwiches/burgers). 5437-3800
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
SunmapNishi-Gotanda 1-26-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
7025 Franklin Avenue (Gotanda - Sandwiches/burgers). 3441-5028
West coast-style burgers and sandwiches, with delivery service and a pleasant outdoor patio.
SunmapHigashi-Gotanda 3-15-18. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Bon Appetit (Mita - Curry). 3452-8062
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.
mapShiba 4-6-16. Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Closed weekends.
David's Deli (Shirokane-Takanawa - Sandwiches/deli). 5441-1211
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.
SunmapMita 5-13-13. (on Sakuradadori 2 min. north of Takanawa-Shirogane subway station) Open 10am-10pm daily.
Pantry (Roppongi - Sandwiches/burgers). 5786-9861
Appetizing sandwiches and burgers, deli items and interesting drinks like raspberry soy milk, from the Homeworks burger shop. Take-out and local delivery available.
SunmapRoppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat B1F. Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
Frijoles (Roppongi - Tex-Mex). 6447-1433
Gourmet burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. Everything is available for take-out, and you can fax your order in advance. There are a few outdoor courtyard tables for when the weather permits.
mapRoppongi 6-6-9, Piramide Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.
Madison Park Cafe (Roppongi - Sandwiches/burgers). 5413-3065
Gourmet hot dogs, chili, gumbo and clam chowder - to stay or to go.
SunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Homework's (Azabu-Juban - Sandwiches/burgers). 3405-9884
They grill up some of the best burgers in town, and also assemble great sandwiches (including an inspirational shrimp and avocado combination) and voluminous baskets of French fries.
no smokingSunmapAzabu-Juban 1-5-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
Hudson Market Bakers (Azabu-Juban - Bakery). 5545-5458
The concept here is a New York-style bakery-cafe in the heart of Azabu-Juban, selling top-quality cheesecake, carrot cake, brownies, cookies, cornbread and pastries just like you'd find in New York. There's a small eat-in corner where you can enjoy your sweets along with a cup of coffee or tea.
SunmapAzabu-Juban 1-8-6. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.
Frijoles (Azabu-Juban - Tex-Mex). 6459-4095
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. There's a small but tastefully appointed dining area, or you can take out.
no smokingSunmapAzabu-Juban 2-3-5. Open 11am-10pm daily.
M-one Cafe Delicatessen (Akasaka - Sandwiches/deli). 5114-6755
The sandwich menu includes a few impressively overstuffed deli-style sandwiches - Y1700 for a large Reuben, Y2000 for a large turkey breast. The grilled feta and vegetable on focaccia (Y950) is also recommended. Lunchtime delivery in the neighborhood.
mapAkasaka 3-15-10, SP Japan Akasaka Bldg B1/1F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Hainan Chi-fan (Akasaka - Singaporean). 6802-5512
A cozy little shop specializing in the famous Singaporean chicken-rice dish and a surprisingly big menu of other street-stall dishes; some take-out is available.
SunmapAkasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower B1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Pita the Great (Tameike - Israeli). 5563-0851
Falafel and other hot and cold pita sandwiches at very reasonable prices.
mapAkasaka 2-11-7, ATT Shinkan. Open variable hours. Closed weekends.
Devi Fusion (Roppongi 1-chome - Indian). 5570-4335
Don't come here looking for fusion cooking - it's all straight-ahead curries and tandoori items, above average in quality although sometimes overly salted. One thing that sets them apart is the Hoegaarden on draft, a refreshing Belgian white beer that provides a very pleasant contrast with the spicy dishes. The decor is fairly pedestrian, with sports on the big-screen TV, but at least the smoking and non-smoking sections are on separate floors.
SunmapRoppongi 3-3-15. Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
!Fermintxo Boca (Roppongi 1-chome - Spanish). 6426-5760
Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served all afternoon here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially recommended, as is the Iberico-pork sausage variety.
no smokingSunmapRoppongi 1-4-5, Ark Hills South Tower 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
3rd Burger (Roppongi 1-chome - Burgers). 6459-1947
Budget almost-gourmet burgers in a fast-food setting, along with fruit and vegetable smoothies. Pungent marinated Japanese mustard greens and wasabi-tartar sauce add some sparkle to the namesake 3rd Burger.
SunmapRoppongi 1-4-5, Ark Hills South Tower B1F. Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Komeraku (Shiodome - Japanese). 3572-6621
Choose from over 30 varieties of chazuke - with both katsuo- and pork-based broth - at this modest little budget shop. Side dishes and drinks are served in the evening, plus chazuke-centered set meals like pork shogayaki. Take-out is available.
SunmapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-9-1, Pedi Shiodome 2F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Ginza - Cafe). 3569-0202
This popular Tokyo French cafe-bakery serves light snacks all day (quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise), plus more substantial prix-fixe lunches until 3pm (Y1260).
SunmapGinza 6-3-2, Gallery Center Bldg 1F. Open 9am-11pm daily.
Pantry (Marunouchi - Sandwiches/burgers). 5221-8666
Great sandwiches, American-style burgers and substantial salads (from the same management as Homework's in Hiroo). They deliver over a wide area from Nihonbashi down to Shimbashi/Uchisaiwaicho.
mapMarunouchi 3-3-1, Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-9pm (weekends -6pm). Closed Sundays.
Viron (Marunouchi - Cafe). 5220-7289
A combination bakery and brasserie; it also features a small standup bar serving ten wines by the glass - a good place to meet up before dining nearby.
SunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 1F. Open 10am-midnight daily.
Kua 'Aina (Marunouchi - Sandwiches/burgers). 5220-2400
Hawaiian-style burgers and sandwiches. The atrium deck is very airy and pleasant, but seating there is limited.
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 2-4-1, Marunouchi Bldg. 5F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Dean & Deluca (Marunouchi - American). 3284-7071
Mostly an all-day cafe/restaurant, although they also have a small deli counter and grocery section with coffees and teas, spices, baked goods, cold cuts, four kinds of smoked salmon, and real dill pickles. Groceries cover the luxury end of the spectrum, with Y1800 jars of pasta sauce and exotic pates.
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 1-4-5, Mitsubishi Trust Building 1F. Open 7am-11pm daily.
Nishimura Biyori (Yaesu - Japanese regional). 3215-2468
Akashiyaki is like takoyaki, only lighter and fluffier, with bits of tender Akashi octopus in the center; here it's Y850 for a plate. They also make yakisoba, okonomiyaki, and a variety of inexpensive teppanyaki grilled foods. One of the nicer Kitchen Street interiors, with a big wooden counter and tables. Take-out is also available. English menu.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, Kitchen Street (1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Lou (Yaesu - Dim sum). 6256-0377
Chinese dumplings - to eat in or take out - are the specialty of this Kamakura-based shop inside the new Gran Roof complex next to Tokyo Station. The take-out menu includes three types of gyoza (shrimp, shrimp-shiso and pork-shrimp), three types of shumai, pork buns and a few rice dishes. Dumplings start at around Y100 per dumpling, and there's a Y1500 deluxe bento if you want to splurge.
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Gran Roof B1F. Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton (Yaesu - Tonkatsu). 3212-8810
One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a hefty portion of fatty pork cutlet covered in a sweetish miso sauce, laid over a bed of cabbage and served on a metal platter that steams and sizzles at it arrives in front of you. The large and very meaty pork soup is highly recommended as a side dish.
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Gran Roof B1F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Faith (Akebonobashi - Sandwiches/burgers). 6661-3353
Charcoal-grilled gourmet burgers and sandwiches can be ordered for delivery within most of Shinjuku and Chiyoda wards. Sandwiches are priced Y980-1500, with a line-up of Cajun Smoked Chicken; Reuben; Pastrami; Shrimp Avocado and ten more varieties.
mapArakicho 16, Espero Bldg 101. Open 11:30am-3, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays, Tuesdays.
Siddique (Akebonobashi - Indian). 3358-8100
Reliable curries to take out or eat in at this branch of the popular budget Indian chain. Lunch service until 5pm.
SunmapSumiyoshicho 2-9. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Paul (bakery) (Yotsuya - Bakery). 5368-8823
European-style bread, pastries, and a big assortment of sandwiches to go.
SunmapYotsuya 1-5-25, Atre Yotsuya 2F. Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Kioicho - French). 5276-3422
A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper French meals, and plenty of outdoor seating, heated in winter. Lunches in the dining room start at Y850; full-course dinners from Y3800. The cafe serves light snacks like quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise and steak frites.
SunmapKioicho 4-1, Shin-Kioicho Bldg. 1F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
Gojuban (Kagurazaka - Retail). 3260-0066
Famous throughout Japan for their manju (Chinese steamed buns), available in 15 varieties.
SunmapKagurazaka 3-2. Open 9:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Paul (Kagurazaka - Bakery). 6280-7723
Good pastries and sandwiches, to eat in or take out, at this French-based bakery-cafe.
no smokingmapKagurazaka 5-1-4, Kagurazaka Terrace 1F. Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Yamituki Curry (Iidabashi - Curry). 3556-0703
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu. Curries are also available to take out.
SunmapFujimi 2-11-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Chili Parlor 9 (Kudanshita - American). 3234-2309
Tokyo's only chili specialty restaurant, Chili Parlor 9 serves both meat and vegetarian variations (Y850-1050) as well as other bean-centered dishes and home-made sausages. The decor is rustic chic (weathered wood, burlap), the soundtrack is R&B, and there's both table seating and a pleasant front-window counter offering a view of Yasukuni Shrine.
mapKudan-Minami 3-7-12. Open 8am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
!Bondy (Jimbocho - Curry). 3234-2080
The curry sauce here is scrumptious, with a natural fruit sweetness, well-balanced spices and complex flavors. The entrance is through a used bookstore - take the far right-hand aisle.
SunmapKanda Jimbocho 2-3, Kosho Center 2F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
!Yamituki Curry (Jimbocho - Curry). 3295-5105
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu.
no smokingSunmapKanda-Jimbocho 1-56-3. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Chantoya Coconut Curry (Awajicho - Curry). 5281-4747
A dozen varieties of coconut-based, vegetable-filled, Thai-inspired, Japanese-style curries are on offer here, with 25 optional toppings, including baked cheese. The attractively decorated space is furnished with several tables as well as the usual counter, and there's a take-out window if you want to bring your curry home. Curries start at Y750; beers and cocktails are Y500.
SunmapKanda Ogawamachi 3-28-7. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Awajicho - Sandwiches/burgers). 3518-0050
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
SunmapKanda Surugadai 3-5. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Ismy (Bakurocho - Cafe). 5823-4222
This artsy cafe-bar has a very local, neighborhood feel - there are books and magazines to peruse, a small gallery space upstairs and regular art events. The food menu features pies both sweet (blueberry, custard) and savory (shrimp-tomato cream, tomato-meat) along with salads and other light fare. Pies are ready to take out.
SunmapHigashi-Kanda 1-14-2. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -6pm) daily.
Ume no Hana (Ueno - Tofu). 3834-7712
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900. Take-out bento are also available. [Go to branch review]
SunmapUeno 1-20-11, Suzunoya Bldg 5F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Ichibanya (Asakusa - Retail). 3842-5001
The Ichibanya shop sells over a hundred varieties of sembei, with exotic flavors like garlic, wasabi, hot pepper, shiso, plum, seaweed and many more. You'll even find shrimp, bonito, cod roe and other seafood surprises. [See photo feature.]
SunmapAsakusa 1-31-1. Open 9am-7pm daily.
!Fire House (Hongo - Burgers). 3815-6044
They really do serve some of the best gourmet burgers in Tokyo at this rustic little shop. The mozzarella mushroom burger (Y1200) is one of our faves. Sandwiches are no longer on the menu, but can be found across the street at sister shop Qino's (03-6231-5527).
SunmapHongo 4-5-10. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun. 7pm) daily.
Maui Mike's (Hakusan - Chicken). 3830-0139
Maui Mike's succulent, "fire-roasted" rotisserie chicken comes with your choice of seven dipping sauces, including chili, yuzu pepper and spicy BBQ. Rounding out the menu are various salads, pulled BBQ sandwiches and scones. There's a surprisingly big cocktail menu in addition to budget wines and Hawaiian beers, and most of the menu is available to take out.
SunmapHakusan 5-32-13. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Daiba - Sandwiches/burgers). 3599-2800
Gourmet Hawaiian-style burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers.
SunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Le Jardin Gaulois (Higashi-Nakano - Retail). 3227-0161
Marvel at the huge selection of authentic French terrines, quiches, tarts and cakes to take out. From the management of Brin de Muguet restaurant in Ogikubo.
SunmapHigashi-Nakano 3-1-17. Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Kyle's Good Finds (Nakano - Bakery). 3385-8993
Cakes, pies, cookies and muffins made by New York baker Kyle Sexton.
mapArai 2-7-10. Open 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.
Sekkomon (Ogikubo - Dim sum). 5347-0522
Above-average budget Chinese in a spiffed-up dining room; the specialties are dim sum (including soup-filled shoronpo dumplings), Chinese desserts (featuring their home-made sweet tofu), and noodles, plus a dozen varieties of Chinese tea. Almost the entire menu is available for take-out.
SunmapKami-Ogi 1-7-1, Lumine 5F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Atre Kichijoji (Kichijoji - Retail). 0422-22-1401
This branch of JR's Atre shopping complex offers a sprawling, rather impressive food hall, on a par with Shinjuku department-store food floors.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Rose Bakery (Kichijoji - Cafe). 0422-22-1506
Good breads, cakes and vegetable salads at this cute, plant-filled bakery-cafe inside the Atre shopping mall. Lunch options include a "plate of vegetables" and vegetable tarts with salad as well as burgers. They also have branches in London and Paris. Open from 9am on weekends.
no smokingSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji 1F. Open 8am-10pm daily.
Midori-zushi (Kichijoji - Sushi). 0422-27-5581
You'll find high-quality fish at affordable prices (Y3000-5000 with a few drinks) at this popular mid-priced chain, but you may have to wait on line during peak hours.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Le Pain Quotidien (Hatsudai - Bakery). 6276-4815
The second Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery is open from 7:30am, serving coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like smoked salmon-avocado and ham-gruyere cheese. There's also a bar serving wine and beer.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-20-2, Tokyo Opera City Tower, 1F. Open 7:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Arms (Sangubashi - Sandwiches/burgers). 3466-5970
You'll find excellent gourmet hamburgers at this pleasant little parkside cafe, including some interesting special toppings that change seasonally.
SunmapYoyogi 5-64-7. (across from the west entrance to Yoyogi Park, between Yoyogi-Koen and Sangubashi stations) Open 11am-11pm daily.
Arms (Yoyogi-Koen - Burgers). 3466-5974
Good burgers to go, including some interesting seasonal variations, at this take-out-only branch of the popular gourmet burger shop. They also offer delivery service to most of Shibuya-ku.
SunmapTomigaya 1-9-21. Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Mi Choripan (Yoyogi-Uehara - Argentine). 5790-9300
Mi Choripan proudly serves up "Argentinian Soul Food" - aka overstuffed chorizo-sausage sandwiches seasoned with chimichurri sauce, which are sold from street stalls in Argentina and other parts of Latin America, and now in Tokyo. Sausages are grilled to order while you wait, and while they're quite good on their own, we'd recommend springing for an extra Y300 to liven up your sandwich with the shop's selection of optional toppings.
SunmapUehara 2-4-8. Open 11am-6pm. Closed Saturdays.
Potager Marche (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 6303-1105
Gorgeous vegetable bentos, deli-style dishes, soups, vegetable pastries and juices are all ready to take away at this deli-style branch of the nearby Patisserie Potager; there's also a small in-store cafe area if you want to eat here. The ten-piece vegetable nigiri sushi (Y1260) is a standout.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-18-13. Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
!Ka-Ku-Ra (Naka-Meguro - Curry). 3710-0299
Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-42-13. Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Potato Cream (Jiyugaoka - Cafe). 3725-0222
Creamed-potato concoctions here come in varieties like turnip-gorgonzola-chicken and seasonal-vegetable curry, and run Y525. Eat in or take out. The shop may close early if they sell out.
SunmapJiyugaoka 1-25-2. Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Kua 'Aina (Yokohama Sta. - Sandwiches/burgers). 045-450-7202
Good American-style sandwiches and burgers are the draw here, along with Hawaiian microbrew beers.
SunmapKinkocho 1-10, Yokohama Bay Quarter 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kua 'Aina (Yokohama Minato-mirai - Sandwiches/burgers). 045-227-5300
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
SunmapShinko 1-1-2, Yokohama Akarenga Soko 2-gokan 1F. Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Kamakura - Sandwiches/burgers). 0467-61-2400
The main drag from Kamakura station to the beach is lined with cafes, fast food and family restaurants. Kua-aina stands out by virtue of its terrace and its reliable mahi-mahi sandwiches.
SunmapYuigahama 4-3-9. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.