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Inspired by the popular Halal food carts of New York City, this tiny take-out shop serves platters of grilled chicken over rice and gyros. You can choose from more than a dozen platters such as Coriander Chicken over Rice, Tabouli Chicken over Rice, and Cheese Falafel over Rice. Gyros (Greek-American-style flatbread sandwiches) come in half a dozen varieties, stuffed with chicken or.... [Continue reading]
Hasegawa offers an excellent selection of craft sake from smaller breweries around the country, including many smaller, 720ml-size bottles. This is their third incarnation inside the gates at Tokyo Station, and it's slightly more spacious than before, with one corner devoted to a rudimentary standing bar. .... [Continue reading]
One of Yokohama's more famous local purveyors of curry rice, Burg is best known for their "Stamina Curry," made with grilled pork belly and your choice of a raw or fried egg. The roux is mildly spicy, the pork is tasty and satisfyingly fatty, and the egg provides the "stamina" while balancing out the flavors. It may not be flashy or modern, but it's quite solid in its execution. Other.... [Continue reading]
Offbeat drink-friendly fare seems to be the specialty at this unpretentious basement drinking spot, with dishes like Hakata-style grilled chicken skin, truffle-infused gyoza dumplings, raw-horsemeat dishes, spicy noodles and a Mentaiko of the Day. Everything we've tried here has been solid - our gyoza were properly crunchy and flavorful, the "Grown-up Potato Salad" was suitably hefty, and.... [Continue reading]
Like other soup curry shops in town, Rakkyo Brothers offers standard curry bowls and some unusual variations, such as their cheeseburger-inspired Gouda Cheese and Hamburg Steak. If you're especially hungry, their ambitious Rakkyo Special is a bowl chock full of chicken, pork, shrimp, scallops, eggs and eight vegetables. The kitchen's most novel innovation, however, is the introduction.... [Continue reading]
Charcoal-grilled yakitori skewers are the mainstay of the kitchen at this mini-izakaya, but there's much more to explore on the quirky menu, from cheese-covered grilled Spam to natto-smothered fried tofu. Standard yakitori fare is quite reliable and often inspired, with simple items like bonjiri (chicken tail), chicken tsukune and deep-fried garlic cloves well executed and attractively.... [Continue reading]
This award-winning curry specialist (the name means "Curry is a Drink") offers two specialties - a European-style Pork Black Curry and a more Indian-influenced Chicken Red Curry. Each comes with however much turmeric rice you like (from a small portion to extra-large) and three toppings, with choices like fried onions, mayonnaise-heavy potato salad and soft-boiled eggs. The black-curry.... [Continue reading]
Game-meat dishes and craft sake from Saga set Lungo apart from the crowd here in the izakaya-packed basement of the Otemachi Park Building. In addition to the usual counter seating, the restaurant provides a large standing area with tables next to the kitchen, a convenient setup if you just want to pop in for a quick drink and a snack. The meat-focused menu features venison, boar,.... [Continue reading]
Beef sushi is the unusual specialty of the house here, and you can order it by the piece or in convenient assorted platters. The latter come with different combinations of cooked, raw and lightly seared beef, served both sushi-style and as beef sashimi. Each piece of nigiri-zushi is topped with a morsel of prepared beef, while the gunkan-style sushi is topped with uni or ikura, with a.... [Continue reading]
Pairon offers a wide selection of well-prepared Chinese dumplings and other dim sum dishes, all at very reasonable prices. Dishes here seem a bit more sophisticated than at your typical gyoza joint, incorporating high-quality ingredients and more Chinese and Taiwanese flavors as well as some unusual ingredients. It's worth exploring the menu to find your favorites. Pairon's shrimp.... [Continue reading]
Oreryu's Special "Ga-Ba-Chi" Ramen (aka "Garlic Butter Cheese") is a very satisfying bowl of noodles. It's moderately spicy and heavy on the garlic, with toasted garlic chips supplementing the roast garlic oil in the soup. The two slices of chashu are wonderfully tender and flavorful, while the two hefty pieces of fried chicken somehow retain their crunch despite swimming in the soup. A.... [Continue reading]
Stone-kiln roast chicken is the pride of the kitchen at Ruisuke, and it's definitely worth a try if you're in the area. Heirloom-breed Daisen-dori chicken from Tottori Prefecture is the bird of choice, and it's marinated for eleven hours before roasting, resulting in crisp skin and juicy, flavorful meat. It comes in a fairly hefty portion, big enough for two and excellent value at just.... [Continue reading]

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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...
J.S. Lennup has been serving German beers and food under the Hibiya Yamanote train tracks since 1978, so it's only appropriate that they should take their place in Hibiya Okuroji, the flashy new under-the-tracks shopping...
This retail liquor shop started out specializing in British wine, but they've since expanded their stock to include a good assortment of craft cider and perry (pear cider), imported from Britain, France and the US. The...
If you're craving an IPA from the popular Ibaraki brewery but don't feel like walking all the way over to Hitachino Brewing Lab on the east side of Tokyo Station, now you don't have to. This newer Marunouchi (west) side...
Cider Shack is one of a handful of spots in Tokyo where you can find craft cider, both on draft and by the bottle. Along with ciders from England and Nagano Prefecture, they also serve craft beers (mainly from Japanese...
Craft beers and gourmet coffee are the main draws at this all-day cafe-bar, supported by a solid menu of artisanal sausages and charcuterie snacks. Seven taps dispense beers from a handful of local-area breweries, including...

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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...
Visiting the Good Design Store is like a trip to a design museum, except everything here is for sale. This specialty design shop carries a diverse array of household goods, stationery supplies, toys and random products, all...
With more than 230 shops and restaurants, this is one of the biggest and fanciest outlet malls in the Tokyo area. The "park" portion of the name comes from Tsuruma Park, a newly developed facility right next to the mall. ...
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