Yaesu, Tokyo Station, Kyobashi


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.
Ishingo Yong-Jiang (Nihonbashi - Chinese). 3516-0161
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 a dessert - a bargain at Y1500. The Peking Duck prix-fixe menu is Y3000.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi 4F. Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sai Ka Bo (Nihonbashi - Korean). 5204-0108
Traditional and authentic Korean cuisine, ranging from simple "home-style" cooking to more elaborate banquet fare. Full-course dinners are priced Y3000-8000.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi 4F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Thong (Nihonbashi - Thai). 6225-2891
A branch of a popular Thai chain. Lunch is served until 4pm.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Maison Kayser (Nihonbashi - Bakery). 3516-0030
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.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi B1F. Open 7am-10pm daily.
!!Sant Pau (Nihonbashi - Spanish). 3517-5700
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 menu" is Y8000.) There's a more informal wine bar downstairs, with some 350 varieties of mostly Spanish wines and a light tapas menu. (Wine bar open to 1am; on Sundays only the wine bar is open.)
decorSunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-6-1, Coredo Nihonbashi Annex 1/2F. Open noon-1:30, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Jangara Ramen (Nihonbashi - Ramen). 3281-0701
A branch of the relatively famous Kyushu ramen chain. Kakuni (Chinese-style stewed pork) is one of their specialties here and worth a try.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-7-7. Open 10:45am-11:30pm daily.
Fujinokuni Yamanashi-kan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 3241-3776
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 juices. Depending on the season they might offer fresh garlic and grapes, pork sausages and jerky, peach and grape juices, umeboshi, and several types of local craft beer.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-3-4, Nihonbashi Plaza Bldg 1F. Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Oidemase Yamaguchi Kan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 3231-1863
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, miso, dried fish, fruit jams and fugu- and goldfish-themed toys and novelty items.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-3-4, Nihonbashi Plaza Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Le Cafe de Joel Robuchon (Nihonbashi - Cafe). 5255-6933
Deluxe sandwiches and desserts from famous French chef Joel Robuchon.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-4-1, Takashimaya 2F. Open 11am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Antwerpen (Nihonbashi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3271-9598
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 Chinese food (from a shop downstairs) to be delivered to your table.
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-7-7, 5F. (on the side street one block south of Takashimaya) Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
!Merveille (Nihonbashi - French). 6202-1991
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 ingredients. The smallish dining space (24 seats) is simple but elegant, and service is attentive. Lunches from Y3400; prix-fixe dinners from Y6500; there's also an a la carte menu at night with half and full-size portions. Note that they're among the few serious restaurants in this neighborhood that are open on Sundays.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-8-13. (on the side street one block south of Takashimaya) Open 11am-1:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Franziskaner (Nihonbashi - German). 6225-5485
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 expected.
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-8-16, Buyo Bldg B1F. (1 block S of Takashimaya) Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
!Yukari (Nihonbashi - Japanese). 3271-3436
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 lunches start at just Y2100, and the sumptuous deluxe bento lunch is Y3675 - excellent value for this level of cooking. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-2-14. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.


Liege-Guillemins (Yaesu - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3281-2300
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 frites, the menu offers grilled meats and a few game dishes. The bar is open until 3am Friday and Saturday nights.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-4-16, Yaechika Dining B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Zero (Yaesu - Izakaya). 5203-0900
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 toast - and there's also a well-chosen selection of five premium sake brands. (No English.)
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-4-3. Open 7-11:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!!Mixology (Yaesu - Bar). 3270-5011
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, artisanal and home-made spirits, and science-lab techniques from the world of molecular gastronomy to deliver some truly amazing creations. [Show more]
latemapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-6-1, Daisan Park Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Fri -3:30am). Closed Sundays.
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.
Bacchus (Yaesu - Beer bar). 3231-4666
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 can get smoky at times.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-7-7, Dai-ni Yamamoto Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). Closed Sundays.
Kyoto Kan (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 5204-2260
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 and sweets, vinegar, miso, pickles and fu (wheat gluten). They also offer a "tea ceremony experience course" under the guidance of a professional instructor; the experience takes twenty minutes and costs Y500.
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-1-1, Yanma Tokyo Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Ikora (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 3231-0321
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, fish cakes, and a surprising variety of umeboshi.
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-1-4. Open 10am-7pm daily.
!Hokkaido Foodist (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 3275-0770
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 called "wild milk." The nearby drinks corner carries around forty types of sake and roughly the same amount of wine. They also stock the excellent North Island craft beer, with four types priced at Y525 per bottle. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-2-1. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Fukushima-ken Yaesu Kanko Koryukan (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 3275-0855
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 foods. They also carry a larger-than-usual selection of crafts.
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-6-21. Open 10am-7pm daily.

Tokyo station (inside gates)

Rikyu (Yaesu - Yoshoku). 5220-6811
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. Located in the North Court dining area in the middle of Tokyo Station (within the gates). [Go to branch review]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station 1F North Court. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ekibenya Matsuri (Yaesu - Retail). 3213-4352
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 Tokyo station sells 170 different eki-ben from various stations throughout Japan - all freshly prepared. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Station Central Street 1F. Open 5:30am-11pm daily.
Hasegawa Saketen (Yaesu - Bar). 6420-3409
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 tell them what styles you prefer and they'll make suggestions from their constantly changing selection. There's also a small menu of sake-focused snacks. The bar is attached to a well-stocked sake retail shop. Located in the Gransta basement food/cafe zone inside Tokyo Station.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station B1F Gransta. Open 7am-10pm daily.
!Le Collier (Yaesu - Retail). 5220-5263
Located at the Marunouchi end of the basement Gransta complex inside Tokyo station (near the NeX tracks), Le Collier carries a huge selection of 130 different Japanese craft beers, making it a very convenient place to stock up before a Shinkansen journey (or just a trip home). There's also a small stand-up bar where you can order beer or wine by the glass. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station B1F Gransta. Open 8am-10pm daily.

Kurobei Yokocho, Kitchen Street, Kitamachi Dining

BarBAR Tokyo (Yaesu - Beer bar). 3216-0581
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 tap (from Y520 for a small glass) and several more by the bottle (Y930/Y1030), although the selection is smaller than average. The food is billed as "homemade deli" - grilled octopus, yakisoba, hot dogs, prosciutto - with most items priced at Y500.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Ojori (Yaesu - Korean). 5220-5220
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), pajon pancakes (Y1480) and ishi-yaki bibimba (Y1580) - more than 100 different dishes altogether.
decorSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rakan (Yaesu - Oden). 3287-1981
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 for solo diners. Lunch (served until 2pm) is an especially good deal - for Y1200 you can get an oden-centered meal featuring six pieces of oden in broth plus sashimi, a magnificent stewed tomato, wakame soup, pickles and rice. The oden, simmered in a mild dashi broth, is fairly typical, although the spicy fish ball was a pleasant surprise. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Ryutan (Yaesu - Okinawan). 3201-2030
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 supplementing the usual Okinawan standards like rafti (pork stew), goya champuru (stir-fry), Okinawan soba and taco fried rice. Lunch teishoku starts at Y980; budget around Y2000-3000 in the evening for ample food.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Shigenoi (Yaesu - Yakitori). 3287-0021
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 limited-edition kiji-yaki special for Y1300. Evening skewers are priced at Y250 and up. The interior is pleasant, with a big counter area close to all the grilling action.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kisuke (Yaesu - Japanese). 3215-2050
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 of tongue, oxtail soup, and nice spicy pickles. Seating is a bit tight, but prices are correspondingly budget-friendly.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kitchen Street (1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Nishimura Biyori (Yaesu - Japanese regional). 3215-2468
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 inexpensive teppanyaki grilled foods. One of the nicer Kitchen Street interiors, with a big wooden counter and tables. Take-out is also available. English menu.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kitchen Street (1F). Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Vimon (Yaesu - Steak house). 3283-1841
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 lunchtime comes with soup, salad and buttered-infused garlic bread. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kitchen Street (1F). Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!!Akita Pure Rice Sake Bar (Yaesu - Yakitori). 6256-0518
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 glass of sake or two, or you can order some skewers of yakitori or even a full chicken-based meal to accompany your drinks. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kitamachi Dining (2F). Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.

Tokyo station underground complex

Rokurinsha (Yaesu - Ramen). 3286-0166
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 good and easy-to-prepare "omiyage" package to take home. This is one of eight famous shops that make up Tokyo Ramen Street in the Ichiban-gai underground shopping complex attached to Tokyo Station.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Ichibangai Tokyo Ramen Street. Open 7:30am-10, 11-10pm (LO) daily.
!Daruma (Yaesu - Izakaya). 3272-7707
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 varieties from popular breweries like Kubota and Denshu. There's good sashimi as well as dishes like crab and horsemeat shabu-shabu. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-1. (located near the north end of the underground passage labeled "Sotobori Chika 2nd Street") Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; 9pm weekends) daily.
Liquors Hasegawa North (Yaesu - Liquor shop). 3271-4085
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, wines and liquors. (If you're after whiskey though, Hasegawa's nearby eastern branch is the place to go.) [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-1, Sotobori chika 2-bandori. Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
Bubby's Yaechika (Yaesu - Cafe). 6225-2016
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. Breakfast is served from 7:30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-1, Yaesu Underground Shopping Naka #3. Open 7:30am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 9am-9pm) daily.
Liquors Hasegawa (Yaesu - Liquor shop). 3271-8747
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 the bottles they carry. Beer fans can find a decent selection of Japanese, British and other craft beers by the bottle. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-1, Yaesu Underground Shopping Naka #3. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Lou (Yaesu - Dim sum). 6256-0377
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 (shrimp, shrimp-shiso and pork-shrimp), three types of shumai, pork buns and a few rice dishes. Dumplings start at around Y100 per dumpling, and there's a Y1500 deluxe bento if you want to splurge.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Gran Roof B1F. Open 10am-10:30pm (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.
Yamagata Sakanaichi (Yaesu - Japanese regional). 6269-9337
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 as interesting as the sake. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food in the evening, Y1000 at lunchtime. A special lunch menu is available on weekends.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Gran Roof B1F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Frigo Repos (Yaesu - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5220-2272
An intimate Belgian beer bar from the Eurobeer chain (Frigo, Belgo), Repos serves over 100 Belgian beers in bottles, and four on draft. Lunch is served until 2pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends. In the evenings the food menu features main dishes like Alsatian-style duck confit and grilled rabbit with three-berry sauce. Last order for food in the evening is 10pm.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-11-1, PCP Marunouchi B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Thong (Yaesu - Thai). 3217-3811
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.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-11-1, PCP Marunouchi B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; 1hr earlier Sat/Sun) daily.


!Isehiro (Kyobashi - Yakitori). 3281-5864
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 freshly grilled skewers at lunchtime rather than just rice-based dishes. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 1-5-4. Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
100% Chocolate Cafe (Kyobashi - Cafe). 3273-3184
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 Meiji chocolate company, the cafe sports a stylish brown-and-gold color scheme that's reminiscent of an expensive box of chocolates.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 2-4-16, Meiji Seika Honsha Bldg 1F. Open 9am-8pm (11am-7pm weekends) daily.
Sofia (Kyobashi - Bulgarian). 5200-0141
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.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-5-12, Prarie Yaesu Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Swanlake Pub Edo (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 5299-6155
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 from all over Japan. There's also a small menu of simple but well-prepared food, including excellent caprese and home-made smoked bacon. Among their offerings, the beers from Swanlake are reasonably priced.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-6-5, Yaesu Go-no-go Bldg. Open 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
!!Dhaba India (Kyobashi - Indian). 3272-7160
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 character. The decor is simple and tasteful, a nice change from the typical Tokyo curry shop.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-7-9. (from Kyobashi sta. exit 5 walk 3 minutes towards Tokyo station, then turn right) Open 11:15am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Towers (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 3272-8488
This tiny standup bar always has a number of good Japanese microbrews and international beers on tap. Food is limited to snacks.
no smokingmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-8-10. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
Bannzai Vino (Kyobashi - Wine bar). 5542-1889
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 Y700/glass.
lateSunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden 1F. Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
Grahm's Cafe (Kyobashi - International). 5542-1730
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 a la carte), and lunches start at Y1000. Their signature wagyu cheeseburger, slathered in barbecue sauce and served with a nice salad, is Y1500.
mapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Colle Bereto (Kyobashi - Wine bar). 5542-1923
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 hours on weekends. Budget around Y6000 for a full dinner with drinks.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden B1F. Open 8am-10:30, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Kaba (Kyobashi - Japanese regional). 6225-2260
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 lively after-work crowd. Prices are quite reasonable - budget around Y2500-3500 at dinnertime for food and drink.
mapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden B1F. Open 11am-2, 4-10:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moyan Curry (Kyobashi - Curry). 5542-1681
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 and cocktails.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sekai no Yamachan (Kyobashi - Japanese regional). 3277-3650
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 regular wings to the sauce-coated "black wings"); super-crunchy deep-fried prawns; and richly flavored dote-ni (miso-stewed pork entrails). [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-3-13, Heiwa Bldg #3, B1F. Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Ibrew Wired (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 3527-9028
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 imports. If you're looking for Japanese beers you can visit their original branch, just around the corner.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-4-1. Open 4pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-10pm) daily.
Ibrew (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 3281-6221
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 (410 ml) and Y390 for a regular size (Y230 ml). The pizzas are also surprisingly good, and similarly cheap - they start at Y490, while the most expensive of the bunch is a very tasty four-cheese pizza for Y790. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-11-7, Masubi Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Dobro (Kyobashi - Croatian). 5250-2055
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 goat cheese, dried ham and olives. At the same time, northeastern Croatia borders Hungary and is close to Austria, so Eastern European culinary influences are also strong. Dobro, a well-hidden Nihonbashi spot, does an excellent job introducing this often overlooked cuisine to Tokyo diners. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 2-6-14. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Hidemi Sugino (Kyobashi - Bakery). 3538-6780
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 known for his artistically styled mousse-based entremets, and one of his most famous inventions is the Ambroisie, a beautifully well-balanced assemblage of chocolate mousse and sponge, pistachio mousse and sponge, raspberry jam and chocolate glaze. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-6-17, Kyobashi Daiei Bldg 1F. Open 11am-7pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Hanamasa (Nihonbashi Takaracho) (Kyobashi - Retail). 3538-7725
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 1-11-2. Open 24 hours a day.

Kayabacho, Hatchobori

!Mile Post Cafe (Kayabacho - Indian). 5542-7072
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 out over the Sumida River, is an especially pleasant spot from which to watch the parade of passing boats. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Shinkawa 1-20-6. Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Tsutsui (Kayabacho - Yoshoku). 3551-4759
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 substantial, the flavorful rice studded with tasty chunks of chicken and mushrooms surrounded by a soft, almost runny layer of egg. There's a rather assertive ketchup-type tomato sauce for those who like that sort of thing, but we found it unnecessary. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Shinkawa 1-7-11. Open 11am-1:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Dandan (Kayabacho - Izakaya). 3551-4920
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 for their beef motsu nikomi (organ-meat stew), a salty, intensely flavored miso-based stew featuring a variety of organ meats. [Show more]
no smokingmapChuo-ku, Shinkawa 1-8-20. Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
Hachi (Hatchobori - Beer bar). 5541-1333
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 variety of seating options and old-fashioned wood-heavy decor. Surprisingly though, the 26 taps offered only a few craft beers we were interested in, and only one or two foreign imports were available. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Hatchobori 1-11-6, Tagaiakira Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Alohiddin (Hatchobori - Eastern European). 6228-3898
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 the drinks list features Turkish and Georgian wines. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime; lunches Y750-950.
mapChuo-ku, Hatchobori 1-4-8, Morita Bldg B1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Maru (Hatchobori - Wine bar). 3552-4477
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 modest Y500 corkage fee. Pop into the tachinomiya next door for a quick drink, or head to the second floor for a more comfortable scene. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Hatchobori 3-22-10. Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
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