Ichigaya: Izakaya
Katakura (Ichigaya: Izakaya)
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.

This charming, traditionally appointed izakaya near Ichigaya station offers an enormous selection of craft sake, shochu, and Okinawan awamori. The sake list includes a dozen or so specials of the day (always a good sign), plus deep selections from a number of well-regarded breweries - for example there are twelve different labels from the excellent Fukui-ken brand Kokuryu.

The eclectic food menu covers a lot of ground too, with standard dishes (grilled meats on skewers, Okinawan pork stew) served alongside original creations such as their ambitious tofu lasagna and deep-fried basil-cheese rolls. The food quality is decent, but it doesn't overshadow the sake. Budget around Y3000-5000 for dinner with drinks.

Shinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Tamachi 1-3, Katakura Bldg 1F.
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