Kagurazaka: Italian
Shugo (Kagurazaka: Italian)
Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sun, first Mon.

Shugo is the kind of laid-back neighborhood Italian restaurant where you can order from the menu or just leave things up to the chef - it's hard to go wrong either way. Main dishes are built around top-grade ingredients like aged Hokkaido beef and Hokkaido crab, and there's a nice selection of creative pastas. The wine list includes many good wines in the Y3000-6000 range - not only Italians but some New World choices as well.

Most seating is at the comfortable counter, where you can watch the kitchen staff at work, but there are also a few small tables if you want to stretch out. Budget around Y6,000-9,000 per person with drinks at dinnertime. Late-night hours (last order is 2:30am) are an added attraction.

Shinjuku-ku, Tsukudo Hachimancho 5-12.
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