Uokyu in Ningyocho 人形町の魚久

Uokyu in Ningyocho 人形町の魚久

Uokyu in Ningyocho 人形町の魚久

Uokyu 魚久

Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-4-3 中央区日本橋人形町2-4-3

Tel. 03-3666-0048

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00

Saturday 10:00 – 19:00

Sunday and holidays 10:00 – 18:00

www.uokyu.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Uokyu is famous for its seafood marinated in sake kasu (sake lees). This process is not seen too much outside of Japan, unlike the miso marinated seafood, which Nobu popularized at his restaurant. The miso marinated grilled seafood tends to be a bit sweeter while the sake kasu is very aromatic. If you want to try this, their sister shop is off the main road, but serves lunch from 11:00 – 13:30 at Ningyocho 1-1-20, phone 03-5695-4121.

Hiyama in Ningyocho for Wagyu 人形町の日山

Hiyama in Ningyocho for Wagyu 人形町の日山

Hiyama in Ningyocho for Wagyu 人形町の日山

Hiyama in Ningyocho for Wagyu 人形町の日山

Hiyama in Ningyocho for Wagyu 人形町の日山

Hiyama is renowned for its wagyu for sukiyaki, shabu shabu, or for steaks. Next door to the restaurant is a retail shop selling the gorgeously marbled Japanese beef. Pricey, but worth having once in your life.

Hiyama 日山

Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-5-1 中央区日本橋人形町2-5-1

Tel. 03-3666-5257

Monday – Saturday, 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00; closed Sundays and holidays

http://www.hiyama-nihonbashi.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Kintame in Ningyocho 人形町の近為

Kintame in Ningyocho 人形町の近為

Kintame in Ningyocho 人形町の近為

Kintame in Ningyocho 人形町の近為

Kintame in Ningyocho 人形町の近為

If you are really passionate for pickles, a meal at Kintame (from Kyoto) is not to be missed. Ask for the bubuchazuke, an array of pickles along with a grilled fish that has been marinated in miso or sake kasu. The most convenient location is at Daimaru’s Restaurant Floor at Tokyo station. The other shop, in Monzennakacho, is on a small side street that leads up to the Fukagawa Fudosan temple and has a nostalgic feel to it. This shitamachi neighborhood is a great area to walk around and is off the tourists’ beaten path. The Monzennakacho location is extremely popular on weekends and there can be a long line. There is also a retail shop a few doors down if you want to bring home any of the pickles you liked.

This shop in Ningyocho is a retail shop only – but well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood. Below is the address for the quaint restaurant in Monzennakacho (Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-14-3).

Kintame 近為

Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-5-2 中央区日本橋人形町2-5-2

Tel. 03-3639-9439

no holidays

Kintame 近為

Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-14-3 江東区富岡1-14-3

Tel. 03-3641-4561

11:00 – 17:00, closed Monday

www.kintame.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Take exit #1 on the Tozai line at Monzennakacho that exits onto the street leading up to the temple. Kintame is on your left just before the temple.

Kizushi in Ningyocho 人形町の㐂寿司

Kizushi in Ningyocho 人形町の㐂寿司

Kizushi in Ningyocho 人形町の㐂寿司

Kizushi 㐂寿司

Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-7-13 中央区日本橋人形町2-7-13

Tel. 03-3666-1682

11:45 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:30 (Monday – Friday)

11:45 – 21:00 (Saturday)

closed Sunday and holidays no website

Opened in 1924, this third generation sushi shop feels as though time as stopped. The third generation owner works with his sons, fourth generation, behind the counter. This is classic style sushi that is served not onto a plate but onto a narrow counter in between the chef and the diner. If the sushi needs to be seasoned the chef will puts some tsume on it. You should eat your sushi with your fingers, which is why you are presented a small wet napkin in a small basket. The seafood is displayed in small refrigerated cases on straw trays, some which still may be moving. Dinner can be on the pricy side so come for lunch if you are on a budget. While some of these old style sushi shops have the reputation for not being friendly, you will be warmly greeted and looked after here.

Nipponia magazine has an excellent write-up of Kizushi online at:

http://web-japan.org/nipponia/nipponia47/en/feature/feature01.html

Food & Wine’s 2010 Go List

Bar Pleiades

Bar Pleiades

This is one of my favorite article contributions each year. Food & Wine’s Go List – including the best of Tokyo.

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/go-list-2010

Tokyo highlights include Seiji Yamamoto’s Nihonryori Ryugin and Bryan Baird’s The Taproom in Harajuku. Read on for more for the best in the world.

Tokyo’s Shoutengai Shopping Arcades 東京の商店街

Shoutengai

Shoutengai

This article from Metropolis magazine is a list of my favorite shoutengai in Tokyo. Shoutengai are shopping arcades. Here you will find small ma and pa shops selling freshly made tofu, vegetables, seafood, meats, and much more. This is a great way to spend some free time while exploring the city.

http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/local-flavors/street-eats/ (text follows)

While the one-stop food shopping at Tokyo’s depachika is an amazing experience, the gourmet eats come with a high price tag. At the other end of the spectrum are the places where most Japanese do their daily shopping: neighborhood shopping streets known as shotengai, where you’ll find mom and pop shops selling vegetables, fish, meat, rice and even handmade tofu. The Tokyo Shotengai website (http://meturl.com/shotengai) lists over 550 of these shopping streets; here are some of our favorites.

 

KAGURAZAKA

 

This foodie neighborhood is filled with many fantastic shops along the main drag. Try 50-ban (3-2 Kagurazaka) for its steamed buns, Kintokiya (2-10 Kagurazaka) for wagashi made from sweet potatoes, and the gorgeousRakuzan (4-3 Kagurazaka) for tea. Isuzu (5-34 Kagurazaka) offers a variety of Japanese-style sweets and, if you walk along the street far enough, Baikatei (6-15 Kagurazaka) has fantastic handmade wagashi. Nearest station: Iidabashi

 

NIPPORI

Just outside of Nippori station lies the Yanaka shotengai—very typical of what you would imagine an old-style shopping street to be like. Two of the area’s meat shops are famous for their menchikatsuNiku no Sato (3-13-2 Yanaka) and Niku no Suzuki (3-15-5 Nishi-Nippori). Goto no Ame (3-15-1 Nishi-Nippori) has a colorful selection of candies. There are many options, including deep-fried tofu balls known as ganmodoki, atMusashiya (3-9-15 Yanaka), oyatsu-pan (snack breads) at Atomu Bakery (3-11-14 Yanaka), and skewered and grilled seafood at Fukushima Shoten (3-13-4 Yanaka). Note that a lot of the shops are closed on Mondays.Nearest stn: Nippori. www.yanakaginza.com

 

NINGYOCHO

 

The historic Ningyocho district is always a delight to visit. While you’ll find many shops selling the local specialty, ningyoyaki (small cakes filled with azuki bean paste), there are many other interesting stores. On the famous Amazake Yokocho shotengai is Futaba Tofu (2-4-9 Ningyocho), with a variety of tofu products and also the sweet, creamy drink for which this street is named. Hojicha tea is the specialty of Morinoen (2-4-9 Ningyocho), while the long line outside the tiny Yanagiya (2-11-3 Ningyocho) is a testament to the popularity of its taiyaki sweet-bean cakes—considered one of the three best varieties in the city. Ningyocho’s most famous restaurant may well be Tamahide (1-17-10 Ningyocho), renowned for its oyako-don rice bowls. Nearest stn: Ningyocho.

 

KICHIJOJI

 

Just north of Kichijoji station is Sun Road, a covered shotengai filled with many small shops. Among the several worth exploring are traditional German bakery Linde (1-11-27 Kichijoji-Honcho) and Meat Shop Sato (1-1-8 Kichijoji-Honcho), which is famous for its menchikatsu and wagyu and which also has a popular restaurant on the second floor, usually with a long line. Okashi no Machioka (1-15-1 Kichijoji-Honcho) will have your eyes spinning with all of the different types of candies, sweets and snacks. In the evening, the Harmonica Yokochostrip is filled with small restaurants that are perfect for a drink and some nibbles. Tecchan is a popular yakitori spot—if you can squeeze in (1-1-2 Kichijoji-Honcho). Nearest stn: Kichijoji.

 

AZABU-JUBAN

 

This popular foodie street in the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The renowned Mamegen (1-8-12 Azabu-Juban) tempts customers with over 90 varieties of flavored rice crackers, including uni, wasabi and curry, but it’s the shio-okaki (deep-fried and salted) that are irresistible. The taiyaki at the extremely popular Naniwaya Sohonten (1-8-14 Azabu-Juban) are made by the shop’s fourth-generation owners. Hasegawa Saketen (2-2-7 Azabu-Juban) has well-selected sake, shochu and umeshu. If you’re craving meat, the yakitori at Abe-chan (2-1-1 Azabu-Juban) will hit the spot. Alternatively, slurp up some soba noodles at Nagasaka Sarashina (1-8-7 Azabu Juban), notably the delicate, white sarashina noodles. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban.

Kintokiya in Kagurazaka 神楽坂のきんときや

Kintokiya

Kintokiya

Kintokiya きんときや

Shinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 2-10 新宿区神楽坂2-10

Phone: 03-3260-4151

10:00 – 20:00 (Sundays and holidays until 19:00)

no holidays

www.kintokiya.com (Japanese)

This tiny wagashi sweets shop has items based on with imo (sweet potatoes) and kuri (chestnuts). There are also some classic sweets including yokan and dango. In the summertime pick up a purple sweet potato soft cream.