I often am asked for restaurant suggestions in Tokyo. Wow. Where does one begin? The food is amazing, from the high end kaiseki restaurants and sushi counters to the neighborhood ramen shop or izakaya. Even on a budget it is very easy to eat well in Tokyo.
Let me put here just some of my recommendations of restaurants based on the types of food one should try when visiting. Also, one should consider location as the city is so big and there are so many great restaurants, it may not be necessary to traverse the metropolis.
Low end sushi – Tsukiji Market outer market. I like Nakaya for their donburi.
Tempura – Kondo (Ginza), Zezankyo (Monzennakacho), or Tenko (Kagurazaka)
low end tempura – Tenmatsu (Nihonbashi)
Tofu – Tofuya Ukai (Shiba Koen)
Pickles – Kintame (Tokyo Station or Monzennakacho)
Meat – Ukaitei teppanyaki (Ginza or Omotesando) or New York Bar and Grill (Shinjuku)
Izakaya – Yamariki (Morishita) or Saiseisakaba (Shinjuku or Monzennakacho)
Kaiseki – Nihonbashi Yukari (Nihonbashi) or Waketokuyama (Hiroo)
Unagi – Nodaiwa (Higashi Azabu)
Monjayaki – Okame Hyottoko Ten (Tsukishima)
Yakitori – Birdland (Ginza) or Isehiro (Kyobashi)
Oden – Otafuku (Asakusa) or Ogura (Ginza)
My short list of where to drink in Tokyo.
A similar list of culinary highlights in Tokyo from Indagare.
And, now that Tokyo Sky Tree has opened up, here is my shortlist of shops in the Solamachi Mall at the base of the Sky Tree.