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Il Bacaro/
Shinjuku: Italian
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The stand-up bar at
the front of Il
Bacaro has a nice
casual feel to it.
You can drop in for
a few minutes, have
a quick glass of
wine and a tiny
snack, and be on
your way. Or you can
claim a seat at one
of the three small
tables and linger
awhile, directing
your attention to
some of the dozen or
so wines served by
the glass. Cold
appetizer trays line
the counter, an
espresso machine
grinds away in the
background, and
dancehall reggae or
pop music plays on
the stereo. Waiters
from the main dining
room come and go
with drink orders,
and customers drift
in and out. Snatches
of Italian can be
heard from time to
time.

The appetizers on
display are called
"cichetti" - think
of them as bite-size
Venetian tapas - and
you can choose from
a couple dozen va-
rieties to go with
your wine. It's all
simple stuff like
roast eggplant,
roast potatoes with
rosemary, baked
tomatoes, and thick
asparagus spears,
plus mussels, sar-
dines and other
seafood and some
excellent prosciut-
to. The prices con-
tribute to the casu-
al vibe - most food
items are Y50 to
Y100 (for small
portions, natural-
ly), while wines run
Y200-580 a glass.

Behind the front bar
are a couple of
large dining rooms
where you can order
a full meal. The
food is very good
(we enjoyed great
grilled fish and
lamb chops), but the
prices are somewhat
higher than you
might expect for
this rather ungla-
mous dining space.
You can order from
the restaurant menu
even at the bar
though, so if you
find yourself lin-
gering over drinks
longer than expected
you can round out
your appetizers with
a lamb chop or an
order of lasagna
before heading out
into the night.
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Shinjuku-ku, Shin-
juku 3-4-8, Frente
Shinjuku 3-chome
B1F.  Open 11:
30am-2:30, 5-9:15pm
(LO) daily.
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