Tonkatsu, other deep-fried dishes

Tonkatsu

!Narikura (Takadanobaba - Tonkatsu). 6380-3823
Four or five different heirloom breeds of pork are generally on offer at this popular tonkatsu specialist, with dinnertime teishoku set meals starting at around Y1400-2000 depending on the type of pork. The teishoku comes with a deep, rich tonjiru soup (Y100 if you want a refill), some nice potato salad and good pickles. The pork is covered in a light-colored coating that's flakier than average, with a good balance of meat to fat. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 1-32-11, Ozawa Bldg B1F. Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Katsukura (Shinjuku - Tonkatsu). 5361-1878
Besides the usual tonkatsu they offer variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes, and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The original shop is in Kyoto.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-24-2, Times Square 14F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Maisen (Omotesando - Tonkatsu). 3470-0073
Tokyo's second-most-famous tonkatsu restaurant, located in an unusually decorated former bathhouse. In addition to pork cutlets there's also a full menu of set meals and seasonal a la carte items.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-8-5. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Butagumi (Nishi-Azabu - Tonkatsu). 5466-6775
Tonkatsu doesn't get much better than this. Butagumi showcases premium pork brands - Spanish Iberico, Berkshire, Tokyo X, Agoo from Okinawa and many others, with several choices on any given day. If you have trouble deciding, they offer specials with five small pieces of different pork varieties that you can compare (Y2800 and/or Y3800, depending on the day). [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 2-24-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tonki (honten) (Meguro - Tonkatsu). 3491-9928
Japan's most famous tonkatsu restaurant has been called an institution, and indeed the atmosphere is institutional and utterly charmless, with a vast assembly-line kitchen surrounded by one large counter. The food is plain and simple -- plump, lean pork cutlets without an excess of flavor, served with a bland tonjiru (pork soup), rice and pickles for Y1,650. They must be doing something right, though, because there are usually lines waiting to get in.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Shimo-Meguro 1-1-2. Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
Hirata Bokujo (Roppongi - Tonkatsu). 5647-8329
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-7500. Lunch starts at Y1000.
SunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-3, Tokyo Midtown Midtown West EB108. Open 11am-9pm daily.
!Butagumi Shokudo (Roppongi Hills - Tonkatsu). 3408-6751
Tonkatsu at this branch of the legendary Nishi-Azabu Butagumi is made from premium grades of pork and heirloom breeds. The spacious counter surrounds an open kitchen area where you can watch your tonkatsu being prepared. Regular tonkatsu starts at around Y1000, while more exotic meats like Super Golden Pork range from Y2500-3000 for a set meal. Lunch is served until 4:30pm.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-31, Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Katsuzen (Ginza - Tonkatsu). 3289-8988
Gourmet tonkatsu-based cuisine is the unusual concept at "Tonkatsu Kappo Katsuzen." Lunch from Y2800, dinner from Y8500.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 6-8-7, Kojun Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton (Yaesu - Tonkatsu). 3212-8810
One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a hefty portion of fatty pork cutlet covered in a sweetish miso sauce, laid over a bed of cabbage and served on a metal platter that steams and sizzles at it arrives in front of you. The large and very meaty pork soup is highly recommended as a side dish. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Gran Roof B1F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hirata Bokujo (Nihonbashi - Tonkatsu). 6214-3129
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-7500. Lunch starts at Y1000.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi 4F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Takeda (Yotsuya - Tonkatsu). 3357-6004
This lively neighborhood shop does a brisk business both day and night, so it might be a good idea to avoid peak lunch and dinner hours if you don't want to wait. In addition to doing excellent tonkatsu, in both regular and premium grades, the kitchen also turns out deep-fried prawns, oysters, fish and chicken. One of the most popular items is a combo platter of menchi-katsu (ground-pork patties) and croquettes. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 1-4-2. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Agezuki (Kagurazaka - Tonkatsu). 6265-0029
Located in an attractively furnished Kagurazaka basement, walls decorated with colorful sake and shochu bottles, Agezuki feels more like an upscale izakaya than a tonkatsu shop. And indeed they offer a well-curated list of more than a dozen craft sakes, in either standard 1-go flasks or 65ml tasting sizes, along with sake-appropriate snacks. Several types of shochu, a few inexpensive wines and the usual beer round out the drinks options. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-2, Yamanouchi Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tues, 3rd Wed.
Bodaiju (Suidobashi - Tonkatsu). 3818-1020
OK tonkatsu, fried shrimp, and "Western-style" beef dishes in an eccentric, oddly appealing junk-shop atmosphere.
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Hongo 1-14-3. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Manpei (Awajicho - Tonkatsu). 3251-4996
Highly rated by Tokyo's tonkatsu cognoscenti, this pork cutlet specialist serves a cutlet with a thin but pleasantly crunchy coating and juicy meat on the inside. The accompanying tofu soup is above average; other options include menchi katsu, pork saute and oysters (in winter). [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Sudacho 1-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-7pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Marugo (Akihabara - Tonkatsu). 3255-6595
Great tonkatsu served in a nice old traditional house smack in the middle of Akihabara's "Electric Town." (near the Livina lamp megastore.)
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Soto-Kanda 1-8-14. Open 11:30am-3, 5-8:25pm (LO). Closed Thurs., 3rd Wed.
Katsukura (Kichijoji - Tonkatsu). 0422-23-8651
One of the best of the tonkatsu chains, Kyoto-based Katsukura offers nice side dishes like yuba (tofu-skin) croquettes and excellent Kyoto-style pickles. And they're open all afternoon if you need a late lunch.
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 2-3-1, Tokyu Dept. Store 9F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hirata Bokujo (Futago-tamagawa - Tonkatsu). 3700-1729
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-5500.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Katsusen (Yokohama Minato-mirai - Tonkatsu). 045-664-1200
The tonkatsu here features the shop's own special brand of Touzan pork, a premium breed with a well-balanced flavor. Dinnertime teishoku meals start at around Y1300. Lunch is served until 5pm.
SunmapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Sakuragicho 1-1-7, Colette-Mare 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Gyukatsu (beef cutlet)

Iroha (Ikebukuro - Gyukatsu). 3971-2838
Iroha's gyukatsu is covered with a thin, crunchy coating that softens quickly when dipped in sauce. Each diner is supplied with a miniature brazier with which to heat up individual slices of beef that may have cooled off on the plate. The meat is quite tasty after ten seconds on the grill and a brief dip in freshly ground salt, but a splash of the intensely flavored onion sauce makes it even better. [Show more]
SunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-9-7, Tomoaki Bldg B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Aona (Takadanobaba - Gyukatsu). 6908-9779
The beef cutlet here has a lovely, extra-crunchy coating, and it's accompanied by a well-constructed vegetable salad and a tasty, peppery soup. Condiments include artisanal rock salt and oil with red pepper, and for an extra Y100 you can order a knob of fresh wasabi and a grinder. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 3-2-5. Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
!Motomura (Shinjuku - Gyukatsu). 3354-0171
There are lines to get into Motomura day and night, and it's easy to understand why once you've tasted their very popular gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet). Served rare in the middle with a thin, crunchy layer of breading around it, the lightly marbled beef is tender and very flavorful. Season it to taste with rock salt, pepper, onion sauce, soy sauce and wasabi; you can even grill it for a minute on the small hibachi at your table or counter. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-32-2 B1F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Motomura Miyamasuza-ten (Shibuya - Gyukatsu). 3406-3530
Excellent deep-fried beef cutlet is the draw at this popular beef specialist; prices start at Y1200 for a single portion of meat, or Y1900 for a double portion, with rice and side dishes.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-19-17, Gloria Shibuya B1F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Motomura (Yaesu - Gyukatsu). 3231-0337
Excellent deep-fried beef cutlet is the draw at this small (nine-seat) counter restaurant. Prices start at Y1200 for a single portion of meat, or Y1900 for a double portion, with rice and side dishes.
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-6-14. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9) daily.
!Ippoippo (Yotsuya - Izakaya). 6273-1669
Deep-fried kushiage skewers and gyukatsu (beef cutlet) are matched with assertive sakes at this casual baaement izakaya. Kushiage items, representing a range of seasonal seafood and vegetables, are well prepared, the vegetables crisp and fresh-tasting, the coatings crunchy and free of oiliness. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 1-20, Koizumi Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Katchan (Jimbocho - Gyukatsu). 5577-6050
The recommended dish here is the double-size portion of gyukatsu (beef cutlet) with menchi katsu (deep-fried minced-meat patty) on the side (Y1180). The beef is tender and served rare in the middle, with wasabi and an excellent sauce that's both spicy and a bit sweet. The menchi katsu is the perfect counterpoint - very juicy with lots of onion bits adding texture and flavor, wrapped in a crunchy fried shell. [Show more]
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Jimbocho 1-8. Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Katsugyu (Ogawamachi - Gyukatsu). 3292-7802
The gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet) at this Kyoto-based shop has a nice thick, crunchy coating, and the beef has a decent amount of fat attached to it, but somehow the flavor of the meat itself is more subtle and less assertive than is typical for this dish. Condiments include the usual wasabi, a salt and pepper mix (probably the best match), an original sauce, soy sauce, and a curry-flavored dip that's tasty but somewhat overpowering. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Mitoshirocho 9-7, Chiyoda 21 Bldg 1F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Katsugyu (Akihabara - Gyukatsu). 3251-0090
Deep-fried beef cutlet is the specialty at this branch of the Kyoto-based restaurant. Set meals are priced Y1180-1580.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 8F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Asakusa Gyukatsu (Asakusa - Gyukatsu). 3842-1800
This tiny, nine-seat counter shop just may serve the best deep-fried beef cutlet in Tokyo. The meat is beautifully marbled, encased in a thin, softly crunchy coating and quite tasty with just a bit of grated rock salt. Do try the onion sauce though - this is also one of our favorites in town, assertively pungent with a bit of peppery kick to it. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapTaito-ku, Kaminarimon 2-17-10, Kaminarimon Uemura Bldg B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -9:30, Sun -8:30) daily.

Kushiage

Kushiya Monogatari (Ikebukuro - Kushiage). 5953-2460
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per person at dinnertime, with a 90-minute limit.
SunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-5-7, Labi 1 Ikebukuro 7F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tatsukichi (Shinjuku - Kushiage). 3341-9322
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients you can't eat.) Some highlights are the Nagoya cochin, Iberico pork, and fried quail eggs that somehow have a soft-boiled consistency. Drinks include beer, sake and reasonably priced wines. Budget around Y3500-4000 for a filling meal with drinks, or around Y7,500 if you stay for all forty items on the monthly menu.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-34-16, Ikeda Plaza Bldg 4F. Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Kushinobo Bekkan (Shinjuku - Kushiage). 3354-2403
One of Tokyo's most reliable kushiage shops, Kushinobo offers creative skewers, a decent sake selection and good value for money. A ten-skewer set menu is Y3240 at dinnertime, while an eight-skewer lunch set with soup and rice is Y1080. The lunch is a nice introduction - it features salmon, green pepper stuffed with ground pork, prawn, chicken with celery and other delicacies, all served hot from the fryer. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-15-17, Isetan Kaikan 3F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Shinjuku - Kushiage). 3356-3865
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-15-17, Isetan Kaikan 8F. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Tanaka (Shinjuku - Kushiage). 6274-8594
This popular Osaka-based izakaya is the complete opposite of your typical Tokyo gourmet kushiage shop - the atmosphere is lively and often raucous, with every inch of the tightly packed tables crowded to overflowing with trays of food and drinks. And, true to their Osaka roots, prices are very reasonable - most deep-fried skewers are Y100-120 each, with luxury items like asparagus and scallops just Y200. [Show more]
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-12-4, Kumasan Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Nishi-Shinjuku - Kushiage). 5321-6166
Straight from Osaka, this popular national chain offers all-you-can-eat kushi-age - deep-fried grilled fish, meat and vegetables on skewers. Every table is furnished with its own deep-fryer, so you choose what you like from the refrigerated cabinets and then cook it up for yourself. Y2500 covers ninety minutes of deep-fry fun; all-you-can-drink beer and cocktail deals are also available. Lunch is served on weekends. Cash only.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-3-1, Sunflower Bldg 5F. Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Ebisu - Kushiage). 5475-8415
Deep-fried individual skewers of seafood and vegetables.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 6F. (above Ebisu station) Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Roppongi Hills - Kushiage). 5771-0094
Late-night kushi-katsu, with shochu, awamori and sake from around Japan.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 509. Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Akasaka TokyuPlaza) (Akasaka - Kushiage). 3581-5056
Good deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers from this popular chain.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Nagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
!Rokuhara (Akasaka - Kushiage). 3584-0698
Top-quality seafood, meats and vegetables go into the kushiage here, and while the average dinnertime budget is around Y6000, lunch is a real bargain at just Y1000. The set lunch features eight assorted deep-fried skewers, and since it's the only thing on the menu you can just take a seat at the counter and wait for your freshly prepared skewers to arrive, one by one, on your plate. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 4-2-2, B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Kushinobo (honten) (Ginza - Kushiage). 3571-7979
Assorted seafood and vegetable delicacies on skewers from this long-running shop. Budget around Y5500 for dinner and drinks.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-5-8, Tokai Bldg. 3F. Open 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton Kitte Granche (Marunouchi - Kushiage). 3211-8810
Yabaton is Nagoya's most popular tonkatsu shop, and this small take-out stand offers not just tonkatsu but also a good selection of inexpensive kushiage and other deep-fried delights. Choose your own selection from kushi-katsu (basic deep-fried pork on skewers), pork with basil and cheese, crunchy pork-stuffed lotus root, pork cutlet with big chunks of leek, and spicy mentaiko (cod or pollock roe) with oba leaf. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-7-2, JP Tower Kitte B1F. Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Soba Kichi (Marunouchi - Izakaya). 5222-5133
This popular after-work drinking spot offers very affordable prices - you can enjoy a couple of drinks and snacks here for under Y2000. Deep-fried kushiage skewers start at around Y140, and you can supplement your skewers with grilled pork belly, chicken cutlet or soba noodles. [Show more]
lateSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 7F. Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
!Teppen (Otemachi - Izakaya). 6273-4901
The down-home decor, warm service and extremely lively atmosphere give this shop the feel of a real old-school izakaya, although they've only been open since 2012. Charcoal-grilled seafood, meats and seasonal vegetables are the specialty, along with deep-fried kushiage morsels. Some recommendations include the grilled beef tongue, smoked bacon, grilled asparagus and eggplant. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-4-1, iiyo!! B1F. Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Akihabara - Kushiage). 3526-6262
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per person at dinnertime, with a 90-minute limit.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 8F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tatsukichi (Akihabara - Kushiage). 5289-8331
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients you can't eat.) Some highlights are the crunchy prawns, the Berkshire pork and the large asparagus spears, and Momo no Shizuku sake from Kyoto stands up to the fried flavors. Budget around Y4000-4500 for a filling meal with drinks.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Soto-Kanda 4-14-1, Akiba Ichi 3F. Open 4-11pm daily.
Hantei (Nezu - Kushiage). 3828-1440
A popular kushiage restaurant located in a charming old wooden country-style house. You'll be amazed at the variety of foods that can be served on sticks. New items arrive six sticks at a time, and keep arriving until you tell them to stop.
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Nezu 2-12-15. Open noon-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kushiya Monogatari (Aomi - Kushiage). 3527-6446
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes, and a big variety of skewered tidbits. The dessert section features a chocolate fountain. Y2500 per person, with a 90-minute limit, or Y1500 at lunchtime (served until 3:30pm).
no smokingSunmapKoto-ku, Aomi 1-1-10, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kichijoji - Kushiage). 0422-28-7735
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two hours. There are also inexpensive all-you-can-drink plans to go with your meal.
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 1-11-30, Daiya Palace Kichijoji 2F. Open 4-11pm daily.
Tanaka (Sasazuka - Kushiage). 6300-0484
This budget-friendly izakaya chain specializes in Osaka-style kushiage. Individual deep-fried skewers are priced Y100-200 each, and there's a good assortment of small side dishes as well. Drinks include their own original one-cup sake as well as inexpensive cocktails. Budget around Y1500-2000 for food and drink.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sasazuka 3-17-1. Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
Kushinobo (Jiyugaoka - Kushiage). 5729-0141
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
SunmapMeguro-ku, Jiyugaoka 1-13-10, Yamada Bldg. 3F. Open 5-9:30pm daily.
Tanaka (Kiba - Kushiage). 6666-2848
This budget-friendly izakaya chain specializes in Osaka-style kushiage. Individual deep-fried skewers are priced Y100-200 each, and there's a good assortment of small side dishes as well. Budget around Y1500-2000 for food and drink. Open from noon on weekends and holidays.
lateSunmapKoto-ku, Toyo 3-5-6. Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; weekends noon-) daily.
Kushi Hageten (Funabashi - Kushiage). 047-426-0894
This tiny shop adjacent to the Hageten tempura restaurant serves decent kushiage at quite reasonable prices - ten deep-fried skewers of seasonal seafood and vegetables, along with rice, soup, salad and side dishes go for Y2100.
SunmapChiba-ken, Funabashi, Honmachi 7-1-1, Tobu Dept Store 7F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kawasaki - Kushiage). 044-211-1194
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two hours. There are also inexpensive all-you-can-drink plans to go with your meal.
SunmapKawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Ekimae Honcho 7, Okadaya More's 8F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Karaage

Gaburi Chicken (Akasaka - Chicken). 6441-2330
With numerous branches all over Tokyo, this Nagoya-based fried-chicken chain must be doing something right. Their chicken tends to be on the oily end of the spectrum, juicy rather than crisp, fried up fresh with each order. You can choose from six different cuts of meat, with options like neck meat, wings, and "yagen" (chicken breast with cartilage), along with several different optional dipping sauces like yuzu-kosho and ume (plum). [Show more]
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 3-17-7. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Karayama (Shimbashi - Chicken). 3519-7997
While many serious karaage shops will custom-fry each order, Karayama seems to have a big enough turnover that they can often serve you an order of hot, freshly fried chicken as soon as you sit down. Most of the menu items are either teishoku or bento meals, with rice and soup, but if you look carefully at the ticket machine you can find the buttons to order chicken by the piece. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Shimbashi 2-16-11, New Shimbashi Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-10pm (LO). Closed 2nd Sunday.
!Tokyo Karaage Bar (Marunouchi - Chicken). 6256-0897
Fried chicken reaches a whole new level of greatness at Tokyo Karaage Bar. First of all, you get to choose your favorite parts of the bird - wings, breast, thigh, fatty bonjiri (tail), liver, gizzards - which are then freshly prepared in the deep fryer. Then you have your choice of various dips like shallot tartar, yuzu kosho and "death salsa," for a completely customized fried-chicken feast. The chicken itself is impressively crisp on the outside, with a satisfying crunch and juicy, tender meat. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-7-2, JP Tower Kitte B1F. Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Yukari (Asakusa - Chicken). 3845-3433
This take-out-only shop serves fantastic deep-fried chicken kara-age, freshly prepared when you order. The extra-crispy momo (thigh meat) is indeed wonderfully crunchy; there's also an extra-juicy version as well as garlic momo, chicken wings, nankotsu (chicken with crunchy cartilage) and fried chicken skin.
SunmapTaito-ku, Asakusa 1-24-7. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Torian (Hatagaya - Chicken). 5351-1755
This popular local fried-chicken take-out shop also provides a few seats if you want to eat here. The chicken is on the juicy end of the scale and nicely seasoned; variations include nankotsu (cartilege) and gizzards as well as thigh meat.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Hatagaya 2-8-9. Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.
Moriyama (Gakugeidaigaku-mae - Chicken). 3719-5730
Special blended spices, ginger and home-cultivated garlic are some of the flavor secrets of the fried chicken at this small take-out shop. Unlike most karaage shops, you can choose which cuts of chicken you prefer.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Takaban 2-8-21. Open 11am-7:45pm (LO) daily.