Tokyo and Yokohama
Exploring great places to eat and drink
One of the better-stocked international grocery stores in town, this spacious second-floor shop carries a wide range of prepared foods and ingredients from Thailand. Shop for fresh vegetables and tropical fruits, spicy sauces and fermented fish elixirs, fresh herbs and packaged spice mixes, shrimp chips and cookies - it's all here. At the front of the shop is a section devoted to Thai.... [Continue reading]
The charcoal-grilled yakitori and seasonal side dishes here are accompanied by impressive fresh and grilled vegetables. One specialty of the house is chicken skin that's been marinated for three days, then charcoal-grilled five times to painstakingly burn off all the fat. Nagoya-style chicken wings, deep-fried, then coated with a sweet sauce, are another crowd pleaser. Denbei's drinks.... [Continue reading]
Located on the third floor of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Arriviamo is a very pleasant place to stop in for a cocktail or two. The decor is stylish (the building was designed by architect Kengo Kuma), with a spacious terrace area offering a nighttime view of nearby Naka-Meguro. The bouncy background music is lively but not so loud as to impede conversation. Most important though,.... [Continue reading]
Yes, it's a theme restaurant located inside an amusement park, but don't let that put you off - the Southern-style shrimp dishes and baby-back ribs are tasty, the atmosphere is lively, and prices are quite reasonable. It may not be the most sophisticated dining experience that Tokyo has to offer, but it's a decent meal and a nice taste of American cuisine. The Shrimper's Heaven platter.... [Continue reading]
Tomizawa Shoten (aka Tomiz) carries an impressively wide range of baking supplies. We've never seen so many varieties of sugar or flour in one place, and there are dozens of different kinds of dried fruits and nuts and honeys to explore. They've got their own lines of spices and cake decorations, and an aisle full of cooking utensils, pie sheets and other necessities for home.... [Continue reading]
If you're ever in Ushigome feeling hungry and nostalgic for American diner food, Hotdog Stand Homeys is there for you. Their grilled hot dogs are quite large in size and they're well prepared, with a good bit of snap to them. Milkshakes come in classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, and there are also root-beer and other ice-cream floats. Diner staples like chili fries,.... [Continue reading]
Five different soup bases are available to choose from at this fancier-than-average Hokkaido soup-curry cafe. The umami-rich creamy-shrimp soup, made with soy milk, really brings out the flavor of the individual curry ingredients, although it can be rather salty. Other soup options are regular (non-soy milk) shrimp, tomato, coconut and "assari," which is described as a "wafu-style.... [Continue reading]
The Genka chain of sake-specialty izakayas is known for their policy of selling sake "at cost." Each branch serves several dozen premium sakes at remarkably low prices, starting at just Y280 per serving. The sake comes in cute 100ml mini-bottles that are the perfect size for sharing, and at these prices it's easy to put together your own tasting flights, a convenient way to sample.... [Continue reading]
This stylish design shop showcases products from Niigata, including the prefecture's most famous export - sake. They stock around fifty kinds of sake, and they're equipped with a small standing-bar area where you can sample a few of them while you're here. Choose from seven sake on any given day, priced at Y600-1,200 for a 90ml glass. If you have trouble choosing, the bar's preselected.... [Continue reading]
Tokyo curry shops generally fall into one of two categories - either brightly lit, spartan counter shops with open kitchens, or more comfortably furnished and attractively decorated cafes with individual tables and hidden kitchens. Good Luck falls squarely into the second category, with art on the walls and a nice panoramic view out over the elevated walkways of Takeshiba's waterfront.... [Continue reading]
"Modern Mexican cuisine" is the promise at MAYAluz, where you'll find a range of mostly Tex-Mex favorites along with a handful of south-of-the-border dishes and tequila cocktails. Everything is made with high-quality, fresh-tasting ingredients and is beautifully presented, a cut above most of the Tex-Mex spots in town. The Mexican steak is a highlight of the menu. Tender chunks of tasty.... [Continue reading]
Have some fusion takoyaki fun at Kindaco, where they've invented a lineup of tasty "neo-takoyaki" creations inspired by European and Asian cuisines. The blue-cheese takoyaki and green-curry takoyaki are our favorites, but all the variations we've tried have been distinctively flavored and well executed, with tender chunks of octopus at their heart. Other takoyaki varieties are topped.... [Continue reading]
Best of Tokyo
More than 100 bars with good craft beers on tap
Tasting bars and izakaya with exceptional sake
Japan's most popular comfort food
Espresso, drip and siphon coffee shops
Our noodle-shop picks
Fondue, cheese platters and grilled-cheese sandwiches
Seasonal produce straight from the farm
Explore regional delicacies and sake without leaving the city
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Craft Beer Bars Japan
The latest listings from our sister site Craft Beer Bars Japan.
Run by a popular chain of fish specialty restaurants and bistros, this mini-brewpub in the Kanda Square complex serves craft beers along with a decent selection of sake and some wine by the glass. It's officially a standing...
DRA is a stylish standing bar serving craft beers, unusual cocktails, pizzas, grilled lamb skewers and other meaty snacks. Twelve taps dispense craft beers like Modern Times Orderville Hazy IPA and Neko Nihiki from...
Sixteen freshly brewed craft beers from the Itabashi-based brewery are served on tap here, alongside a food menu featuring chicken wings, burgers and pizzas. Sometimes in odd combinations - one of their more...
Forty craft ciders from Washington State cidermakers are served at this spacious waterfront bar-restaurant, along with brick oven-roasted meats and vegetables. Only one of the ciders is on tap (the other 39 come in cans and...
Brooklyn Brewery, now partly owned by Kirin, has opened a large Tokyo "tasting room" where you can sample freshly imported Brooklyn beers as well as some that are brewed here in Japan by Kirin. The ten beers on tap include...
Don't be confused by its ground-floor location - Beer Cellar Sapporo is the first Tokyo branch of a highly regarded subterranean craft-beer bar that's based in Hokkaido's capital. The standing-only bar is nestled among the...
Where in Tokyo
Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
The Cubar Lounge on the fourth floor of Tokyo Dome's bowling facility is a dimly lit and somewhat more relaxed setting than your usual bowling alley, with a full-service bar, comfortable sofas and original artwork by artist...
BankArt Station, spread out over 1,500 square meters inside Shin-Takashima Station, is the largest of several Yokohama galleries run by the government-supported BankArt 1929 arts program, and it's probably the best venue for...
Mask Dot Com is a specialty shop selling stylish face masks for everyday wear, with more than 200 varieties available. The store offers the services of a mask concierge to help you choose based on your wardrobe, or of...
This massive outlet mall reopened in Spring 2020 after expansion and remodeling, and it now houses more than 150 outlet shops and restaurants. Sportswear and fashion brands like Armani, Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Eddie...
Small Worlds Tokyo is an essential destination for anyone who loves elaborate dioramas, massive European-style model-train layouts, or the Sailor Moon or Evangelion anime franchises. Open since June 2020, it's advertised as...
The robotic 1960s anime star Astro Boy (known as Atom Boy in Japan) now has his first permanent Tokyo shop. Here you'll find exclusive Astro Boy merchandise, souvenirs in all price ranges, a special-event space, and a...