Kagurazaka: American
Martiniburger (Kagurazaka: American)
Open 11am-10pm (LO; 9pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
Sun: Open Sundays

This casual neighborhood spot serves up gourmet burgers, upscale diner fare and assorted vodka cocktails. They bill themselves a New York-style bar-restaurant, and accordingly the menu features tasty Brooklyn Lager on tap, the ubiquitous NY cheesecake, and a credible rendition of a chocolate egg cream - a soda-fountain favorite at New York diners.

At lunchtime Y1000 will get you a Martiniburger with one side dish. The burger is a thick, juicy 150-gram all-beef patty, grilled to a nice medium rare. It's served on an English muffin with just a simple tomato slice and choice of fancy dressings like blue cheese or mustard aoli. (Extra toppings like bacon and guacamole can also be added on.) Among the options for side orders are herb-roasted potatoes; a tangy macaroni salad; or a substantial portion of rather creamy creamed spinach.

At night the menu expands to offer daily specials from the grill ("meat and poultry prepared in American regional styles") and comfort food like chili and barbecued ribs. Vodka cocktails are Y700 each; among them are Cosmopolitans and exotic creations like chocolate- and lemon-lime-flavored martinis. The dining room is simple but stylish - and bright and cheerful at lunchtime - with a six-stool bar area in back and a good selection of blues and jazz on the speakers.

On Saturdays and Sundays lunch service runs until 3pm (LO). Take-out is available every day.

Shinjuku-ku, Nakazatocho 31.
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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended