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This guide covers the area east of the Yamanote-sen tracks and north of Ginza, including Kyobahi, Yaesu, Nihonbashi and JR Tokyo station.
This guide covers the area east of the Yamanote-sen tracks and north of Ginza, including Kyobahi, Yaesu, Nihonbashi and JR Tokyo station.
Bordering neighborhoods:

Nihonbashi

Hirata Bokujo - Tonkatsu: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ishingo Yong-Jiang - Chinese: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This budget-friendly Chinese restaurant specializes in seafood and duck dishes (including Peking Duck). The "dinner set" includes a main dish plus three cold appetizers, three dumplings, soup, rice...
Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sai Ka Bo - Korean: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Traditional and authentic Korean cuisine, ranging from simple "home-style" cooking to more elaborate banquet fare. Full-course dinners are priced Y3000-8000.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Thong - Thai: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
A branch of a popular Thai chain. Lunch is served until 4pm.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Maison Kayser - Bakery: Nihonbashi
Open 7am-10pm daily.
Excellent breads and pastries are available to take out, or you can stop for a pastry and an espresso in the lobby seating area. There's also a nice lunch menu, priced at Y1200 and Y1600.
Open 7am-10pm daily.
Sant Pau - Spanish: Nihonbashi
Open noon-1:30, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Serious Catalan cuisine in this fancy Tokyo branch of Chef Carme Ruscalleda's famous Barcelona restaurant. The tasting menu is Y21,000, and main dishes run around Y7000 each. (The lunchtime "quick...
Open noon-1:30, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Jangara Ramen - Ramen: Nihonbashi
Open 10:45am-11:30pm daily.
A branch of the relatively famous Kyushu ramen chain. Kakuni (Chinese-style stewed pork) is one of their specialties here and worth a try.
Open 10:45am-11:30pm daily.
Fujinokuni Yamanashi-kan - Antenna shop: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Yamanashi is Japan's most productive winemaking region, and you'll find a good selection of local wines at this prefectural antenna shop, along with specialty food products such as fruit jams and...
Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Oidemase Yamaguchi Kan - Antenna shop: Nihonbashi
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Yamaguchi Prefecture is famous for its fugu, and you can buy frozen fugu sashimi here in various sizes (Y980-Y3150) to enjoy at home. Other local products on sale include a good selection of sake,...
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Le Cafe de Joel Robuchon - Cafe: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Deluxe sandwiches and desserts from famous French chef Joel Robuchon.
Open 11am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Antwerpen - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nihonbashi
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
A tiny, charming Belgian beer bar with a small selection of brews, including the city of Antwerp's own De Koninck on tap. There's not really a food menu, but you can order pizza (from Pizza LA) or...
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
Merveille - French: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-1:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
A branch of the popular Au Gout du Jour restaurant in Kojimachi, "au gout du jour" could be their tagline as well, as they pride themselves on their beautiful fresh vegetables and other seasonal...
Open 11am-1:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Franziskaner - German: Nihonbashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Hard-to-find German beers, German wines, and assorted snacks are on offer at this branch of the small Franziskaner chain. The meat-heavy food menu is more interesting and diverse than might be...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Yukari - Japanese: Nihonbashi
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Nihonbashi Yukari serves magnificent seasonal Japanese cuisine in a casual, relaxed settting. And while dinner might set you back Y10-20,000 with drinks, lunch is an amazing bargain. Regular...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Yaesu

Liege-Guillemins - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yaesu
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
An outlet of a popular chain of European-style cafe-bars specializing in Belgian beers, Liege serves four beers on draft and several dozen more by the bottle. In addition to the usual mussels and...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Zero - Izakaya: Yaesu
Open 7-11:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly at this small, well-hidden drinking spot. They specialize in shochu and appropriate snacks - Kyoto-style pickles, Korean chijimi pancakes and uni...
Open 7-11:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Mixology - Bar: Yaesu
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Fri -3:30am). Closed Sundays.
Codename Mixology serves inventive, wonderfully oddball drinks, and just might be our new favorite cocktail bar in Tokyo. The bartenders make use of fresh herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables,...
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Fri -3:30am). Closed Sundays.
Motomura - Gyukatsu: Yaesu
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9) daily.
Bacchus - Beer bar: Yaesu
Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). Closed Sundays.
Bacchus offers a good selection of Japanese craft beers, with rotating guest beers and one hand pump for real ales. They also stock around 25 bottled beers, again mostly Japanese. The small space...
Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). Closed Sundays.
Kyoto Kan - Antenna shop: Yaesu
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Unlike most antenna shops, this one devotes almost all its space to crafts, with only a tiny section for local food and drink products. These include some two dozen types of sake, packaged candies...
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Ikora - Antenna shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-7pm daily.
If you're craving sake or local foods from Wakayama Prefecture, you'll find a decent selection here. Browse shelves and refrigerators filled with yuzu jams, soy sauces, tea leaves, herbal salts,...
Open 10am-7pm daily.
Hokkaido Foodist - Antenna shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-8pm daily.
This huge, garishly lit shop is a veritable supermarket of Hokkaido food and drink. The dairy section is especially well stocked, with a bewildering variety of cheeses, lots of butter, and something...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Fukushima-ken Yaesu Kanko Koryukan - Antenna shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-7pm daily.
Mostly a tourist information center, this antenna shop sells a fair assortment of Fukushima sake, including small-size bottles, as well as pickles, packaged curries and a few other miscellaneous...
Open 10am-7pm daily.

Tokyo station (inside gates)

Rikyu - Yoshoku: Yaesu
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture....
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ekibenya Matsuri - Retail: Yaesu
Open 5:30am-11pm daily.
Eki-ben - bento boxes sold at train stations that incorporate regional dishes or special local ingredients - have a long tradition in Japan. Celebrating that tradition, this very popular shop inside...
Open 5:30am-11pm daily.
Hasegawa Saketen - Bar: Yaesu
Open 7am-10pm daily.
There's no sake menu at this small counter-bar, so it can be a little intimidating for sake novices. If you know what you like though you can find some interesting limited-edition sakes here - just...
Open 7am-10pm daily.

Kurobei Yokocho, Kitchen Street, Kitamachi Dining

BarBAR Tokyo - Beer bar: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Mostly a standing bar with just a few stools, BarBar is a pleasant enough spot in which to grab a quick snack and a craft beer or two on your way to the train. There are a few Japanese microbrews on...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Ojori - Korean: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A beautifully decorated dining room, with separate hori-kotatsu and table seating areas. The menu is authentic home-style Korean, with lots of hearty stews for groups (starting at around Y3000),...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rakan - Oden: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This is one of the more accessible places in town to try gourmet oden - they're open all day rather than just evenings, and the spacious counter and train-station location make it a comfortable spot...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Ryutan - Okinawan: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This stylish space is decorated in a rustic island motif, with stone floors and walls and polished wooden latticework. The food is quite tasty and authentic, with plenty of daily specials...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Shigenoi - Yakitori: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A sign at the door proudly announces the pedigree of their free-range chicken (Iwate), their charcoal (Wakayama), and even the salt they use (Yamaguchi)! Lunch donburi sets start at Y980, with a...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kisuke - Japanese: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Beef tongue cuisine is a specialty of Sendai, and this is the first Tokyo branch of a famous Sendai shop. The grilled tongue teishoku is a good place to start (Y1300); it comes with a hefty portion...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Nishimura Biyori - Japanese regional: Yaesu
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Akashiyaki is like takoyaki, only lighter and fluffier, with bits of tender Akashi octopus in the center; here it's Y850 for a plate. They also make yakisoba, okonomiyaki, and a variety of...
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Vimon - Steak house: Yaesu
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hamburg steak is the specialty here, made from "Japanese black cattle," aka domestic Angus beef. The sune burg (ground shank steak) starts at ¥1430 for a reasonably hefty 170g portion, which at...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Akita Pure Rice Sake Bar - Yakitori: Yaesu
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Craft sake from Akita Prefecture is the specialty at this comfortable counter bar, which stands at the front of a chicken specialty restaurant called Honke Abeya. You can just drop by for a quick...
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.

Tokyo station underground complex

Daruma - Izakaya: Yaesu
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; 9pm weekends) daily.
A small, hole-in-the-wall shop in Tokyo Station's underground shopping complex, Daruma boasts a surprisingly large selection of hard-to-find premium sake - 80 kinds in all - including multiple...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; 9pm weekends) daily.
Liquors Hasegawa North - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
An amazing selection of hundreds of craft beers - both domestic and imported - can be found in the refrigerators and shelves of this underground liquor shop, along with a decent selection of sake,...
Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
Bubby's Yaechika - Cafe: Yaesu
Open 7:30am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 9am-9pm) daily.
Pancakes, home-made pies and burgers from this third Japan branch of the famous New York brunch spot. It's conveniently located in one of the underground shopping malls connected to Tokyo station. ...
Open 7:30am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 9am-9pm) daily.
Liquors Hasegawa - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Liquors Hasegawa focuses on hard liquors, with an impressive selection of rare Bourbons and Scotch whiskeys. Best of all, you can try them out in the shop - Y150-200 gets you a 10ml pour of many of...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Erick South - Indian: Yaesu
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Erick South specializes in dishes from southern India, and serves up some of our favorite budget curries in Tokyo. Curries and side dishes are all distinctively flavored, and the quality is a few...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Rokurinsha - Ramen: Yaesu
Open 7:30am-10, 11-10pm (LO) daily.
The prize-winning tsukemen here is served with a thick, richly flavored dipping sauce made with pork, seafood and vegetables. For those who want to skip the long lines, the shop also sells a very...
Open 7:30am-10, 11-10pm (LO) daily.
Lou - Dim sum: Yaesu
Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Chinese dumplings - to eat in or take out - are the specialty of this Kamakura-based shop inside the new Gran Roof complex next to Tokyo Station. The take-out menu includes three types of gyoza...
Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton - Tonkatsu: Yaesu
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yamagata Sakanaichi - Japanese regional: Yaesu
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
This is a good spot to explore Yamagata's most famous product, craft sake, with over 100 varieties available. The food menu focuses on Yamagata beef and other regional dishes, but it's generally not...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Thong - Thai: Yaesu
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; 1hr earlier Sat/Sun) daily.
A reasonably priced menu of Thai standards served in a pleasant dining space. Lunch sets (until 3pm) from Y850 and prix-fixe dinners from Y2880.
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; 1hr earlier Sat/Sun) daily.

Kyobashi

Isehiro - Yakitori: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
The seating arrangements here may be a bit tight, and the prices higher than average, but the grilled chicken here is outstanding. And unlike most yakitoriya in town, Isehiro serves full sets of...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
100% Chocolate Cafe - Cafe: Kyobashi
Open 9am-8pm (11am-7pm weekends) daily.
This dessert cafe offers a big selection of chocolate-themed dishes - eight kinds of chocolate cake, frozen fresh chocolates, and hot chocolate drinks. Located in the headquarters building of the...
Open 9am-8pm (11am-7pm weekends) daily.
Sofia - Bulgarian: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sofia serves authentic Bulgarian cuisine - hearty stews and vegetable soups and lots of yogurty dishes. Set lunches from Y800 and prix-fixe dinner menus from Y3500, or order a la carte.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Swanlake Pub Edo - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Run by the Swanlake Brewery of Niigata Prefecture, one of Japan's first microbreweries, this specialty beer bar serves thirty beers on tap, including several Swanlake varieties and other microbrews...
Open 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Dhaba India - Indian: Kyobashi
Open 11:15am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Authentic, very enjoyable Indian cuisine, with an emphasis on the cooking of southern India. The dosas are light and fluffy, the curries are hearty, and every dish has its own distinctive flavor and...
Open 11:15am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Towers - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
This tiny standup bar always has a number of good Japanese microbrews and international beers on tap. Food is limited to snacks.
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
Bannzai Vino - Wine bar: Kyobashi
Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
If you're looking for a wine bar in Kyobashi that won't doesn't roll up the shutters at 11pm, Bannzai Vino is open until 4am (except Sundays), and serves fairly decent food along with wine from...
Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
Grahm's Cafe - International: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Named after young Los Angeles-based chocolatier Jonathan Grahm, this casual brasserie-style restaurant serves American and International cuisine. Prix-fixe dinner menus start at Y4000 (there's also...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Colle Bereto - Wine bar: Kyobashi
Open 8am-10:30, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Italian food and wines are on offer here, with a stand-up counter bar for those who just want to keep it casual. Unusually, they're open for morning service from 8am on weekdays. Earlier evening...
Open 8am-10:30, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Kaba - Japanese regional: Kyobashi
Open 11am-2, 4-10:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The specialty of the house here is seafood from the San-in region of Western Honshu, flown in daily and served grilled and as sashimi. There's also a good selection of sake from the region, and a...
Open 11am-2, 4-10:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moyan Curry - Curry: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A small, office-building branch of one of Tokyo's more interesting curry shops, Moyan offers a huge variety of tasty Japanese-style curries and ethnic-style side dishes, along with inexpensive wines...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sekai no Yamachan - Japanese regional: Kyobashi
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the very popular Nagoya izakaya chain, Yamachan is a great place to sample local Nagoya delicacies in Tokyo. Recommendations include the awesome spicy chicken wings (we prefer the...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Ibrew Wired - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 4pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-10pm) daily.
Friendly, knowledgeable service, reasonably priced craft beers, and decent pizzas and other snacks are the draw at this casual beer bar. The ten taps dispense a good selection of US and European...
Open 4pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-10pm) daily.
Ibrew - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Good craft beers at very reasonable prices - that's the chief selling point for this tiny, unpretentious beer bar. Ten Japanese microbrews are served on tap, all priced at just Y690 for a large size...
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Dobro - Croatian: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Like Italy, its much larger neighbor across the Adriatic, Croatia has a long coastline and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean cuisine built around grilled fish, scampi, mussels and calamari as well as...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hidemi Sugino - Bakery: Kyobashi
Open 11am-7pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
World-class pastries from an internationally renowned patissier and past winner of the World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) are served at this tiny cafe and retail shop. Sugino is...
Open 11am-7pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Hanamasa (Nihonbashi Takaracho) - Retail: Kyobashi
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.

Kayabacho, Hatchobori

Mile Post Cafe - Indian: Kayabacho
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Perched above an expensive bicycle shop, Mile Post serves Japanese craft beer and an eclectic food menu in a waterfront setting. When the weather is nice the cafe's ten-seat terrace area, looking...
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Tsutsui - Yoshoku: Kayabacho
Open 11am-1:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Open since 1949, this classic yoshoku shop serves legendary fried-rice omelettes, Hamburg steaks, and many other standards. The chicken fried-rice omelette (Y1750 at dinnertime) is reasonably...
Open 11am-1:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Dandan - Izakaya: Kayabacho
Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
This very old-fashioned izakaya has a genuine shitamachi feel to it - sumo paraphernalia on the walls, a TV set going in the corner, and three big communal tables for customers. The shop is known...
Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
Hachi - Beer bar: Hatchobori
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
There aren't many craft-beer bars in this neck of the woods, so Hachi is worth knowing about if you're looking for a beer in this neighborhood. The basement room is spacious and comfortable, with a...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Alohiddin - Eastern European: Hatchobori
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shashlik and lamb dishes are a specialty of the house at this family-run Uzbek restaurant, and they do a nice mezze-style spread as a starter. The menu also includes Russian and Turkish dishes, and...
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Maru - Wine bar: Hatchobori
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
A liquor shop, a standing bar, and a casual sit-down grill, Bar Maru is many things to many people. Browse the shelves, and if you find something you like you can crack it open on the spot for a...
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
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