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Advertised as a "prosciutteria e bar," this casual drinking spot offers a tempting assortment of prosciutto and salami platters along with Italian-style appetizers and pastas. House wines are a very reasonable Y480 per glass or Y2800 for a one-liter decanter. The atmosphere at night is quite lively and the background music can be fairly loud, so this isn't the place to come for a quiet.... [Continue reading]
Gin no Mori is a sake-focused izakaya offering an impressive selection of bottles from smaller craft breweries around Japan, all quite reasonably priced. Small 90ml glasses are a convenient size if you want to try a few different types of sake over the course of the evening, and these are typically priced at Y400-490, while larger 150ml servings go for Y600-730. The food menu features.... [Continue reading]
Curry udon is served in several variations here - Vietnamese-inspired coconut-based curries, cheese curries, and udon noodles with tsukemen-style curry dipping sauce. Crunchy tempura-fried shrimp kakiage and extra-crunchy pork cutlet are among the dozens of optional toppings, and both are good at maintaining their structural integrity in the curry soup. The shop is comfortable for solo.... [Continue reading]
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.... [Continue reading]
Hamburg steaks, cabbage rolls, katsu-curry and chicken cutlet are among the classic yoshoku dishes on offer at this charming local cafe-restaurant. At lunchtime you can get combination platters such as chicken cutlet with menchi-katsu (ground-pork fritters), which are a nice way try out a few different specialties at a time. Meals come with bread or rice (your choice) and a peppery.... [Continue reading]
Heirloom-breed Nagoya cochin chicken is the special main ingredient here, and the kitchen is known for their extra-fluffy version of oyakodon (chicken and egg over rice). If you just want a quick bite you can choose from simple rice-based meals, or you can go izakaya-style with a drink or two and small dishes like spicy chicken wings, juicy fried chicken, and freshly grilled yakitori.... [Continue reading]
This popular Korean fried chicken specialty restaurant serves a bewildering array of chicken variations with different spice and sauce combinations. Crispy fried chicken, regular sauce chicken, chili fried chicken and other varieties are priced at Y1480-1500 for a half bird or Y2480 for a whole bird. There's an extensive side menu of dishes like bibimba, chige stews, kimchi somen noodles.... [Continue reading]
This lively sake-specialty standing bar offers an excellent selection of limited-edition brews from top-ranked craft breweries. Sake is served in small tasting-size glasses that allow you to explore a number of different varieties in one visit should you wish, and prices are quite reasonable. The food menu is also very good, covering everything from first-rate pickled turnips and.... [Continue reading]
The second Tokyo branch of the Newport Beach-based taqueria is located in a food-court complex, so you can mix and match your burritos with pizza and ribs from the other food stands here. Drink options include craft beers and cider from the beer bar upstairs and thirty kinds of rose wine from the downstairs bar. The menu is more limited than the Ginza location, with fewer customization.... [Continue reading]
A suburban branch of the beloved Moto group of sake specialty bars, Plat Stand is a casual, very relaxed drinking spot with friendly service and great food. Sake is optionally served in 65ml tasting-size glasses, so it's easy to put together your own tasting flights, either by consulting with the staff or by choosing interesting-looking bottles from the fridge up front. The fridge is.... [Continue reading]
This simply named shop specializes in New York-style pizza, usually preparing pies with a half-dozen different toppings to choose from at any given time. The pizzas are large in diameter, as you'd find in New York, and served by the slice (Y390-500) or by the whole pie (from Y3120). The small dining area is furnished with four small tables plus a standing area for when it gets crowded;.... [Continue reading]
Craft beer and curry are the draws at this neighborhood curry shop and beer bar. You can choose from four different types of Indo-style Japanese curries, all distinctively flavored and very tasty. Two- and three-curry sets are available if you want some variety. The five taps mostly dispense imports like Gigantic and Upright (both from Portland OR), and there's a decent bottled.... [Continue reading]

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Run by the Wondertable group and serving beer supplied by Karuizawa's Yaho Brewing (Yona Yona), this branch of the Beer Works offers the usual selection of tasty craft-sausage variations and roast Date Chicken that the chain...
Raw fish, grilled seafood and Belgian beers are the draw here, with more than twenty Belgian beers on tap. There's also a good selection of inexpensive wines and fresh-fruit cocktails. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime, or...
Located in the Food Hall Blast! food-court complex, Draft Pub Bevvy offers ten Japanese craft beers on tap, ten wines on tap, and six ciders. As far as food goes, you can order tacos, burritos, barbecued meats, pizzas and...
This unpretentious neighborhood bar has four taps devoted to local Japanese craft beers, including an original collaboration brewed for this shop. Non-beer drinkers can opt for sake or various wines and cocktails. ...
Half craft-beer standing bar and half wine retail shop, TDM serves a rotating selection of four draft beers from their main brewing facility in Yokohama. They also have around ten wines by the glass, and there's a nice...
Open Fridays through Sundays only, this up-and-coming nanobrewery offers eight taps of their own original beers at quite reasonable prices (Y550-650 for 275ml). Some of their popular brews include Belgian-style White Moon...

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Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
The aptly named Animal Meeting Room is a rescue shelter that's set up so that potential pet adopters can interact in a relaxed setting with dogs and cats looking for a home. The main area is a big, noisy dog playroom with...
Banknotes from Japan and around the world are the main theme of this free museum run by the National Printing Bureau. Watermarks, holograms, color-shifting inks, microprinting and textural effects - these are some of the...
Located around the corner from the art galleries of complex665 and just a few minutes away from the Mori Art Museum, this three-story shopping complex is home to several major galleries, helping turn Roppongi into one of...
Although it's called a stationery museum, you won't find any envelopes, notebooks or other paper products at this quirky little museum. Instead they've assembled impressive collections of rare inkstones and calligraphy...
This excellent three-story museum covers the history of Tokyo's neighboring Kanagawa region from prehistoric times to the present day. Themed exhibition areas are devoted to ancient archeological finds, medieval life under...
Located in the heart of the cat-obsessed Yanaka district, Yanakado specializes in manekineko - beckoning cat figurines - along with other tasteful cat-themed goods. Manekineko figurines come in all sizes, with both raised...

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