Updated May, 2016
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.
Tempura – Kondo (Ginza), Zezankyo (Monzennakacho), or Tenko (Kagurazaka)
Value-priced tempura – Tenmatsu (Nihonbashi)
Tofu – Tofuya Ukai (Shiba Koen)
Pickles – Kintame (Tokyo Station or Monzennakacho)
Meat – New York Grill and Bar (Shinjuku) is on the top of my list as there is an Argentine chef, Federico Heinzmann, who knows what he’s doing when it comes to steak. If you want to eat Kobe Beef, come here. Alternatively Ukaitei teppanyaki (Ginza or Omotesando)
Izakaya – Yamariki (Morishita) or Saiseisakaba (Shinjuku or Monzennakacho)
Kaiseki – Nihonbashi Yukari (Nihonbashi), Waketokuyama (Hiroo), Kikunoi (Akasaka)
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.
I have also contributed to these great food guides for: