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This lively sake-izakaya chain offers a selection of 40 different craft sake at surprisingly cheap prices - they start at Y280, and even premium brands like Aramasa start at just Y314 per serving. Sake comes in cute little 100ml bottles that are much easier to share with your group than typical sake-bar DIY tasting flights. You can also take the labels home with you to remember what you.... [Continue reading]
This is the second outlet of the excellent Takadanobaba sandwich shop, and unlike the original branch, this one has indoor counter seating as well as a few chairs out on the sidewalk. Sandwiches are Y550-650, and come in ten varieties, including ham and pate, ham and liver paste, shrimp-avocado and chicken curry. There's a vending machine ticket system, where you order via the machine.... [Continue reading]
If you like sake and you're in the Tsukishima area, this stylish little standing bar is worth checking out for a quick drink and maybe a snack. They offer sake from 54 different brewers, half of them from the Shimane/Tottori region and the remainder from all over Japan. Many of the selections, even from well-known breweries, are unusual and unexpected - this definitely isn't your.... [Continue reading]
South Indian-style curries, grilled meats and cheese kulcha are the specialties of the house at this self-described tandoor bar. The cheese kulcha is particularly gooey and delicious, and is well worth a try, while the curries are well prepared with distinctive individual flavors. At lunchtime there's a rotating roster of three curries of the day to choose from, one each in mild, medium.... [Continue reading]
This friendly neighborhood sandwich shop in out-of-the-way Kaigan serves the best pastrami in town, along with espresso-barbecue pork, crunchy chicken, and aged-beef menchi-katsu sandwiches and "Classic Pure Burgers." The pastrami is thick-cut and fatty, with a rich smoky flavor, and comes with optional toppings like jalapenos, avocado, cheddar and gruyere. The dining room is small but.... [Continue reading]
This Kyushu chicken specialist offers unusual items like chicken-liver steak and heart steak as well as more typical charcoal-grilled yakitori skewers. The shop is named after the main ingredient used on the grill - a red-colored heirloom-breed chicken from Saga Prefecture. They are also quite proud of their seasonal Saga vegetables, which they ship in directly from small farms in the.... [Continue reading]
Great Sri Lankan curries, hoppers and stir fries await the adventurous diner in this tiny Nakano hole in the wall. There's a big selection of daily specials to supplement the regular menu, with lots of seasonal vegetable dishes. Hoppers - savory Sri Lankan crepes - are fresh-tasting and satisfying, and come in plain, egg and cheese variations. There are also sweet dessert hoppers,.... [Continue reading]
As you might guess from its name, this very specialized bar serves mezcal, along with a good selection of tequilas and a couple of Mexican craft beers from Day of the Dead. There's no actual drinks menu, and it's too dark in here to read one anyway, but the friendly bartender will give you advice on what to try. Mezcal is priced from Y1000 a glass and tequila from Y800, and there's no.... [Continue reading]
Located in the thriving izakaya-filled back alleys southeast of Yoyogi Station, Haretoke offers a fantastic sake list and a menu heavily focused on meat, and horsemeat in particular. You can choose from more than a dozen cuts of horse, or go for a pre-selected five- or three-part assortment of horse sashimi. They also serve a horse sushi platter, horse carpaccio and deep-fried horse.... [Continue reading]
Although this may look like dozens of other casual French bistrots around town, the chef's impressive cooking skills and culinary creativity are several cuts above average, and help Abbesses stand out from the crowd. Ordinary-sounding dishes like pate de campagne, roast lamb, and salmon en croute are executed with confidence and flair, and showcase top-notch ingredients. The wine list.... [Continue reading]
The mood at Mister Happy is festive, to say the least. The floor staff are relentlessly cheerful, telling jokes, leading toasts and pulling small pranks on unsuspecting customers. But this is more than just a boisterous izakaya - behind the hijinks, Mister Happy is a serious sake bar, stocking an impressive selection of more than fifty different sake from around the country, with a.... [Continue reading]
Central Tokyo's only Bulgarian restaurant, Troyan offers an exotic menu of eastern Mediterranean dishes like moussaka, kofta meatballs, and cheese-filled filo pastries along with Bulgarian wines. The fare here may be closer to home-style cooking than fine dining, but there are a few standout dishes waiting to be discovered. Portions are impressively large, prices are reasonable, and the.... [Continue reading]

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Run by the popular Delirium Cafe group of Belgian beer bars, Muh offers an impressive selection of well-prepared grilled meats - premium wagyu, Iberico pork, Hungarian duck, Ezo venison and lots more. There are also...
Run by the Sazaby group (Afternoon Tea, Shake Shack), Ibeer offers a line-up of ten Japanese craft beers on tap and a diverse food menu. Although it's not the most cutting-edge selection in town there are usually at least a...
Run by a veteran of the esteemed Fire House burger shop in Hongo, Folk Burgers offers one of the best selections of craft beers among Tokyo's gourmet burger shops. The burgers are solid and reliable, made with American...
Small in scale and stylishly appointed, this charming little drinking spot has a more comfortable, intimate feel than many of the larger beer bars in this part of town. Ten taps of domestic craft beers are supplemented by a...
Craft Beer Tap carries a selection of mostly German, Czech and Belgian beers on tap along with some unusual craft beers from the US and a substantial bottled selection. They're worth knowing about for their late-night hours...
The Delirium Cafe chain of Belgian beer bars imports their own beers, and this central-Akihabara branch showcases brews from De Dolle Brouwers in Essen, Belgium. There are ten beers on tap as well as a huge assortment of...

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Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
A large sculpture of a fish with a human face and a bust of Frederick I on its back is a startling sight to run across when you're out for a walk. It's just one of several unusual artworks on display in the tiny park in...
Small animals like red pandas, prairie dogs, squirrels, wallabies, Humboldt penguins and tropical birds make up most of the residents of this compact city-run zoo, with around thirty animal species in all. Although...
Featuring American and other international artists, exhibitions at this small neighborhood art gallery reflect the owner's interest in urban art, including work coming out of the culture of graffiti and gigantic urban wall...
If you were acquainted with the spectacular Muji flagship store located in nearby Yurakucho, this current incarnation may be disappointing. The wide-open spaces and vistas of the former flagship have been replaced by poorly...
This city-run museum is famous for its permanent collection of ukiyoe woodblock prints. Extensive gallery spaces spread out over two floors offer a chance to see quite a bit of art in one visit. In addition to the...
The popular twentieth-century writer Fumiko Hayashi (1903-1951) was best known for her autobiographical novel "Vagabond's Song" and "Floating Clouds." Her tastefully appointed home, where she lived with her husband (the...

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