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Despite the name, one of the things we like best about this gorgeously appointed bar is its relaxed atmosphere. (The name comes from its location on the top floor of a boutique hotel called The Lively.) There are comfortable sofas to stretch out on and a couple of tables out on the mini-terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower, with well-selected jazz playing in the background and an attentive.... [Continue reading]
Pizza Strada's hulking, riveted-metal pizza oven is a steampunk work of art. Sitting just behind the main counter area, it provides customers with a ringside view of their pizzas as they're fired up and acts as a natural center of attention in the busy dining room. The pizzas baked in that oven are first-rate, and have won international recognition from overseas pizza critics who judge.... [Continue reading]
Zebra is a comfortable spot to relax for an hour or two - you can chat with friends or read a book while enjoying the view of the ships and boats out on Tokyo Bay. People bring bicycles, dogs, babies, dogs in baby carriages - there's plenty of room for everyone in the sprawling open space. An open-air terrace on one end accommodates people with pets, while seats at the other end offer a.... [Continue reading]

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