Midtown BBQ
Yokohama Nihon-Odori: American
Midtown BBQ (Yokohama Nihon-Odori: American)
Midtown BBQ
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Fantastic wagyu brisket is one of the highlights at this spacious new American-barbecue joint around the corner from Yokohama Stadium. They offer a full range of expertly barbecued meats including pulled pork, ribs, smoked sausages and chicken, plus a line-up of burgers and steaks. Drinks options include US and Japanese craft beers on tap and reasonably priced American wines by the bottle.

You can order individual barbecued meats and side dishes here, or opt for a combo platter if you're in a group. A "Big Boy Tray" of ribs, chicken, sausage, pulled pork and three side dishes will run Y4500, and is big enough for two or three hungry barbecue fans. Among the side dishes, the cole slaw and grilled vegetables are especially recommended, as are the crunchy thin-cut fries. The nicely spiced sausages are custom-made in collaboration with a Brazilian butcher, and are well worth a try.

Eight craft beers are served on tap, and during a recent visit these included brews from Crucible (Washington), Lost Coast and TW Pitchers (California), Rogue (Oregon), and Kyoto Beer Lab (Kyoto), with four IPAs among them. Beers are priced at Y900 for a small glass and Y1100 for regular size; they also serve Sapporo on tap for Y300 less. Wines start at around Y3200 per bottle.

Midtown's tour-de-force wagyu brisket is offered in limited quantities, so it's worth asking for when you reserve. The Canadian owner-pitmaster started out with the original Midtown BBQ in Nagoya in 2017, and opened the Yokohama branch in early 2019. The new branch occupies a fairly big dining area, with a couple of private rooms off to one side. The soundtrack focuses on classic seventies rock, from Led Zeppelin to Traffic.

Budget around Y3500-4500 for food and drink at dinnertime depending on your appetite. The lunchtime menu starts at Y800, for a Classic Cheeseburger, with an Angus Ribeye steak priced at Y2000 if you want to splurge. The restaurant is open all afternoon on weekends.

Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Naka-ku, Yokohama, Onoecho 1-8.

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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended