Shinjuku is an area with sky scrapers of office buildings and Tokyo City Hall. Being a terminal station for multiple railway, this is one of the most crowded area in Japan. There are many bars and Izakaya in this area. The golden gai, omoide yokocho and kabukicho are also here. There are so many restaurants in this area and it is very difficult to find good quality restaurants without knowing where they are.
Take a look at "more details" for each restaurant where Picrumb shows "the real pictures with arrows and texts to guide you along".
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Restaurant: 沼津港 (Numazukou)
Nearest Station: 1 minute on foot from JR Shinjuku Station South entrance.
Another direction from JR Shinjuku Station South East Exit
Open Hour: 11:00～22:30
The No 1 ranking Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) in Shinjuku. When the Japanese choose a sushi restaurant, it is almost always the balance of the price and the freshness of the sushi toppings. This restaurant is evaluated for the fresh toppings, and also very energetic staffs that makes your meal even more enjoyable. There are many seats available inside but most of the time, it is full of people (and you'll know why). If you are looking for best Kaitenzushi in Shinjuku, we strongly recommend you this one without a doubt!
Open Hour: 24H
Price: [Lunch] -999Yen, [Dinner] 2,000-2,999Yen
The high class sushi for less. Kizunazushi is one of the top sushi restaurants in Shinjuku area, and it has been introduced in several TV shows for it's taste. If you have tried enough of
the Kaiten Sushi (Conveyor belt sushi), you can have a try here, ordering what you want as you go. Where traditional sushi restaurants got really expensive ordering as you go, the price here is
You can also have all you can eat sushi for 3,900yen for men, 3,150yen for women, 2,100yen for kids under 6th grade, and free for kids under 4 years of age (2 or more adults required for all you can eat).
Restaurant: Himawari Sushi (ひまわり寿司)
Address: 1-15-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South Exit
Open Hour: From 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Close: Open 365 days
Price Range: [Lunch] ～￥999, [Dinner]￥1,000～￥1,999
Credit Card: N.A
Seats: 28 seats (only counter seats)
Himawari Sushi is one of the famous conveyor belt sushi restaurants that serves outstanding sushi around Shinjuku station. The sushi toppings are fresh enough to make you satisfied especially in a very reasonable price, ranging from 150 yen to 200 yen a dish. There are NOT many conveyor belt sushi restaurants around Shinjuku where they serve sushi with quality, so you have come to the right place where you can actually taste the freshness of the fish. Though, if you want the best of the best in Himawari Sushi, we suggest you order from the menu to get a new plate, not from the conveyor belt, just to make sure the sushi topping are perfectly fresh. We had tuna, salmon, sea urchin, the young yellow tail as the starters and they were quite higher standard for the price which we were supremely impressed. When you are visiting Shinjuku, make sure to meal here.
Serving the best fresh sushi in Shinjuku Kabukicho for more than 25 years, Yarou Sushi is one of the rare sushi restaurants in Shinjuku that serves exceptional sushi toppings in a reasonable price. It is also quite amazing that it is open from 11am in the morning until 7am in the next morning, making it convenient for the customers to visit from Kabukicho, one of the most famous places in Japan for nocturnal city. Going wild in a city never sleeps, it may be a good idea to have a few pieces of exceptional sushi in Yarou Sushi before going back to have a good rest. The recommendation here is their 4,000 yen set course which includes one drink during the meal with fresh tuna, shrimp, squid, sea urchin, salmon, eel, and more. You will be surprised, in the middle of the night, of how delicious their sushi is!
Restaurant: おたる 政寿司 (Otaru Masazushi)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East entrance On foot 7 minutes
Open Hour: 11:00～23:00 (LO22：00）
Price: [Lunch] 4,000-5,999Yen, [Dinner] 8,000-9999Yen
If you want to try a high quality sushi, you can try by having lunch at Otaru Masazushi, so that it won't be too expensive. Most Japanese value the balance of price and the freshness, but there
is something that we can't balance, and that is the quality. Anybody can buy fish and bring it back to the restaurant quickly, but only a few can evaluate the quality of the fish without eating.
Otru Masazushi is one of the few that can, and it comes pricier than others.
Try the selected courses called Omakase Course (5000YEN) to try a full set of quality sushi. The lady's course is also available for 2500YEN and Otaru Course for 3500 YEN.
Restaurant: Itamaesushi Hanare (板前寿司 離れ)
Address: 1-19-11, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Nishishinjuku Koshu Building 4F
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South Exit
Open Hour: [Mon～Sat] 11:30～15:00, 17:30～23:30
Close: Sundays and holidays
Price Range: [Lunch]￥1,000～￥1,999, [Dinner]￥8,000～￥9,999
Credit Card: (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)
Seats: 20 seats (12 seats of tables, 8 counter seats)
When you are looking for a sushi restaurant with an outstanding cost performance, look for Itamaesushi Hanare in Nishi Shinjuku. The freshness of the sushi toppings in this restaurant is quite amazing and it absolutely outstrips the price of your bill while the decor is also very sophisticated with so much thoughts put into every detail. The recommendation here is Shun no Omakase Nigiri set course 3500 yen, which includes a seasonal appetizer (to start with), nine pieces of exceptional sushi as the main dish, and a cup of delicious soup to enjoy the fresh seasonal ingredients from the sea. They are, in fact, all delicious. You may sit either on a counter seat or at the table where you can enjoy watching the sushi chef neatly preparing the delicious pieces of sushi for you with a smile. You also have to walk few minutes to reach Itamaesushi Hanare from the station, which is worth to do so as surely they make everyone at your table happy at the end after having their exceptional tuna, the sea urchin, the young yellowtail and more!
Restaurant: 新宿つな八 総本店 (SHINJUKU TSUNAHACHI SOUHONTEN)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East Entrance On foot 5 minutes
Open Hour: 11:00～22:30 (L.O.22:00)
Price: [Lunch] 1,000-1,999Yen, [Dinner] 3,000-3,999Yen
Ever since Tsunahachi opened its door 88 years ago, they have earned the reputation for best Tempura in town and diligently worked for long years only to hear customers say "I will come again". People love Tsunahachi and is now a chain restaurant that expands its share all around Japan. This restaurant is the origin as well as the headquarter of all Tsunahachi restaurants which holds an established position in Tokyo. The Tempura here are different from other typical Tempura restaurants in town, you will realize the importance of continuous change even for such an old established restaurant. We proudly recommend you this restaurant as No 1 in Shinjuku and hope you have an excellent experience there.
Restaurant: 船橋屋 本店 (FUNABASHIYA HONTEN)
Open Hour: 11:40～22:00
Price: [Lunch] 1,000-1,999Yen, [Dinner] 2,000-2,999Yen
Funabashiya is also one of the most well known Tempura restaurants in Japan. Found even before Tsunahachi for over 100 years, you will know why and how it has survived the competition against
Tsunahachi, just a few steps from it.
If you had a chance to sit on the counter seats, watch closely how masters of Tempura deep fries and beautifully decorates dishes. Some may think Tempura is merely a fried food in Japan that may be categorized right next to French fries. But for Japanese, the Tempura dish is not just a fried food, but a form of art that also expresses the beauty of external appearance.
Restaurant: 木挽町 天國 (KOBIKICHO TENKUNI)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East Entrance On foot 5 minutes
Open Hour: 11:00～23:00
Price: [Lunch] 2,000-2,999Yen, [Dinner] 4,000-4,999Yen
KOBIKICHO TENKUNI opened its door in Meiji times serving best Kakiage Tempura (a mixture of vegetables and other ingredients fried in batter) for 120 years. It is no exaggeration to say that TENKUNI has elevated its beautifully served Kakiage to almost an art form. If you are looking for the masterpiece of Kakiage, you will not regret trying this restaurant. The restaurant is located in Shinjuku Takashimaya 14F.
Restaurant: Tenhide (天秀)
Address: 7-12-21, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station West Exit
Open Hour: [Mon～Fri] 11:30 ～ 13:30 (LO 13:30)
Close: Every Sunday
Price Range: [Lunch] ￥1,000 ～￥1,999, [Dinner]￥6,000～￥7,999
Credit Card: (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)
Seats: 22 seats
If you are looking for the real tempura with outstanding crispy battered coating that makes the local gourmet patrons completely speechless, go ahead and take the good 8 minute walk to visit Tenhide. The delicious tempura brought directly from the Tsukiji fish market beautifully prepared on a dish has a stunning impression that amazes customers with every aspect. The Edo period way of making the exceptional tempura oil for their specially made tempura blended with sesami and salad oil is traditionally called "ou jime shibori" which brings the flavor of the deep fried even deeper. Once you taste their deep fried seafood with a bit of their special salt, you would realize there is something different compare to the ones you have eaten before in the past. The restaurant is a very quiet place where you will not hear any bustling sound of Shinjuku which makes an outstanding ambience of having the tempuras of the highest quality. The recommendation is the A set course which includes a seasonal appetizer, the fresh raw sashimi, 8 splendid pieces of deep fried, and a refreshing desert to finish your perfect meal.
Tenkichiya has one of the most exciting tempura bowls in Shinjuku. The four big fresh shrimps on top of the tasty rice accompanied with eggplant, squid, kidney beans, eggs, and seaweed that are all sticking out from the big bowl looks splendid as if you are watching a bunch of unique ones trying to express themselves for the best. You would also love the crispy texture of the tempura that are all extremely tasty with the secret sauce which perfectly match with the white rice hiding underneath. Among those tasty tempuras on the rice, the shrimp was just exceptionally good with its impressive chewy texture which we have nothing but praises for. When you come to Tenkichiya, you must not leave without having their Tenkichidon (1000 yen).
Have you ever heard of "kushi tempura" before? The skewered and deep fried mixed in one? Neither did we. Tempura and kushi are both traditional fried cuisines in Japan and the only major difference between the "tempura" (deep fried) and the "kushi" (skewered) is that they are using different battered coating. Tempura is made of water, weak flour and eggs. On the other hand, kushi is made of water, flour, eggs and bread crumbs. If you mix them together, it will make a good kushi tempura which is served in Dandanya. The new way of having tempura, we must say, is a skewered deep fried which looks exactly like a kushi but tastes like tempura. But what made us even surprised was that it was seriously a completion of the masterpiece as if Dandanya has accomplished a new way of having perfect mixture of kushi and tempura. The golden crispy battered coating of the kushi tempura that makes a great sound each time you make a bite is phenomenal. It is nothing like kushi or tempura which is something that you can enjoy as a new type of food to say at least. Meanwihle, Dandanya has few set courses of Kushi Tempura from 3,000 yen to 6,000 yen that includes rice, miso soup, and some Japanese pickles as the side dishes. Believe it or not, we loved it very much and are willing to go back anytime. If you have never tried their kushi tempura before, we strongly recommend you do.
Restaurant: Izakaya Renma (居酒屋れんま)
Address: 3-27-5, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Keisury Building 5F
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station
Open Hour: [Mon-Thu] 12:00PM - Next Day 04:30AM,
[Fri-Sun, Day before holiday, Holiday] 12:00PM - Next Day 04:30AM
Close: No Holidays
Price Range: [Lunch] 1,500 - 2,000 JPY, [Dinner] 3,000 - 5,000 JPY
Credit Card: (VISA, MasterCard, UC, DC, Diners Amex, JCB, MUFG)
Seats: 140 seats
Wifi: Free Wifi available
We have found an excellent Izakaya place for you to dine at the heart of Shinjuku today. For your information, Izakaya is a type of informal gastropub and it’s usually a very casual place for after-work drinking.
Renma, not only has the varieties of delicious Japanese sake on the menu, it has selections of impeccable food such as Mizutaki Nabe (unthickened stew of chicken and fresh vegetables from Hakata cooked on the table), Dobuzuke Kara Age (special fried chicken dipped in a salty-sweet sauce), Mitsuse branded chicken meatloaf with exceptional cheese fondue on top grilled on the iron plate), Ton Kotsu Yaki Gyoza (the juicy fried dumplings dipped in the delicious pork bone based soup), and more! They are all phenomenal especially the ones on the menu using the branded chickens from the Miyazaki Prefecture that are so tender and juicy whether to be fried, boiled, or grilled, you can feel the perfect chewiness of the meat. Every bite seriously makes you go weak in the knees. The Nabe soup, on the other hand, is extremely tasty or complex we should say, that has so much thoughts into every ingredients mixed together in one splendid broth. It was really excellent right down to the last bite. Everyone on our table was blown away by how good it was. Honestly, we are quite surprised with the quality of the food in this Izakaya restaurant which we have nothing but praises for them.
We also liked the impeccable service and knowledgeable wait staff, and a warm lighted cozy room that has a very easing ambiance with the selections of fantastic Japanese sake to be paired (we wish we could stay there longer!).
Last but not least, the better cost performance for the quality of the food and drinks is a MUST in this website, but Renma, no compliments at all, has a great cost performance indeed and we would surely like to continue using this place again for our events in the future.
Restaurant: Roto Matagi (炉とマタギ)
Address: 6F Ishizuka Bld, 1-6-3, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station
Open Hour: [Mon-Fri] 5:00PM - 11:00PM, [Sat,Sun,Holiday] 16:00 - 23:00
Close: New Years
Price Range: [Dinner]￥4,000 - ￥6,000
Credit Card: Available
Seats: 58 seats
Menu: English Menu available
The restaurant Roto Matagi values with the first priority, “safety and security” of the food they offer with pride. The "deep Japanese food" may sound better if we are to talk about "Gibier" that has been around for hundreds of years in this country, unlike the usual image of the traditional Japanese food. Just like Gibier in French cuisine "fond de gibier", we also used to eat venison, boar or rabbit meat in ancient time of Japan. As you can imagine, more than 70% of this country is covered by the mountains with abundant wildlife, there was no reason not to have the fond de gibier in such environment. In that sense, what Roto Matagi serves us is very traditional from the different aspect yet in a deep way.
Well, let us get straight to the point.
We LOVED all the exceptional dishes they served on our table including the delicious venison, boar, and even the duck meat with little bit of salt and wasabi on top having new palate feeling with unconventional hardness and chewability. Surprisingly, there was no animal smell from the slices we had. Not at all. The meat were extremely fresh and had refined taste that matched perfectly with the Hakkaisan branded Japanese Sake from Niigata Prefecture which also amazed us with every sip. You would realize they have a reliable outlet that is very professional and impeccable keeping such higher quality that has been attracting many locals for years. They also have the super fresh raw horse meat served with soy sauce and garlic neatly placed on top of the beautiful bowl typed dish with dried ice underneath, that was giving us the fantastic atmosphere at the table. The grilled river fish, on the other hand, was one of our greatest recommendations as well. You would realize how fresh the white meat inside is from the first bite and its chewy texture of the firmed up body built in the cold weather. You may not be able to find the grilled fish with such quality around this area which made us sweep it from head to tail really clean. You may also order a breathtaking warm meat stew that gives you somewhat the peace of mind with relief.
The restaurant inside has a very unique retro ambience with stuffed deer head placed at the entrance and comfortable wooden tables available for 58 gourmet customers. The room is clean and tables neatly prepared for the customers and the staffs are extremely polite. They have English menu as well with descriptions and pictures which is very helpful for the tourists from abroad. We would definitely go back to have their mind-blowing gibiers and to meet the impressive staffs again. The restaurant is strongly recommended!
Restaurant: 麺屋 海神 (Menya Kaijin)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East entrance On foot 2 minutes
Open Hour: Mon-Fri 11:00～15:00（L.O.）, 16:30～23:30（L.O.）
Price: 800Yen - 1000Yen
The soup taken from bones and head of fish, called "Ara-jiru" in Japanese, is giving it a fond taste to the ramen here. The fish used for the soup changes daily, so you can come here everyday and
enjoy a different taste!
The ramen is recommended to be served with "Heshiko Onigiri (rice ball with pickled fish)". The best way to eat this is, after eating the ramen, dunk the rice ball into the soup and eat it with the spoon. With the pickled fish dissolving into the soup, the taste of the soup changes and you can enjoy a different taste after your ramen.
Ramen with rice ball 950yen, Ramen without rice ball 800yen.
Restaurant: ラーメン凪 （Ramen Nagi - Shinjuku niboshi Shinjuku Golden Gai）
Located in Shinjuku Golden-gai, a ramen shop found on 2004, is the most popular ramen shop around. Specializing in dried fish based soup, they have extracted
the soup in very concentrated and rich in taste that they had to warn their customer not to eat if they don't like dried fish. You will know by the first sip it's richness and fondness of the
flavor. The charshu (boiled pork) is thick and juicy adding an accent to to the ramen.
The restaurant is small, only 10 counter seats, and located on the 2nd floor on a steep stairs which you won't be able to pass by each other. So in case the restaurant is full, you need to wait outside for the ramen.
Restaurant: 煮干しらーめん 玉五郎 (Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro)
Nearest Station: 5 minute from JR Shinjuku station South East Entrance
Open Hour: 11:00～23:00
Seats: 15 counter seats
This ramen shop is, indeed, very difficult to find if you did not have a detailed map in your hand, but it has an excellent taste. It might be a good place to go since there isn't a queue
you need to wait in. The soup here is Tonkotsu and Niboshi (pork and dried fish) based. Also if you are very keen to the trend in Japan, you should order TKG, which stands for Tamago Kake Gohan
(Raw egg on rice; 200yen). It has been a small trend in Japan to search for the best TKG in Japan, and having "Tama" in the name of the restaurant, Tamgoro offers TKG. Add a little bit of soy
sauce (really a little bit!!) and blend it with the rice.
Niboshi ramen for only 670yen.
Fu-Unji in Shinjuku is best known for its heavy chicken based tsukemen. When you are here, you must order their Tokusei Tsukemen (950 Yen). The thick delicious soup that contains ingredients from the sea, which adds a pleasant flavor to its chicken based, goes perfectly well with the medium thin noodles with an outstanding chewy texture. On top of the thick soup you will find slices of bamboo shooting and delicious chashu pork that are neatly prepared right next to the tasty egg called ajitama. Once you start taking two or three strands of noodles and dip them in the soup to enjoy the outstanding harmony of the Fu-Unji's tsukemen, you will be amazed of its mind blowing flavor of the broth that wows you with every sip. When you are in Shinjuku looking for the best tsukemen, Fu-Unji is the place to go.
Restaurant: Ramen Manrai (らあめん 満来)
Address: 1-4-10, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station West Exit
Open Hour: From 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Price Range: [Lunch]￥1,000～￥1,999, [Dinner] ～￥999
Credit Card: N.A
Seats: 15 seats (counter seats)
If you have never had exceptional shoyu based ramen that goes right into your throat, you must try Manrai's ramen because that is the most prominent of its kind around Shinjuku area among the locals. The standard ramen (950 yen) is a full of tasty chashu pork, bamboo shootings, and fresh green vegetables on top of the chicken bone based shoyu ramen. The noodles in Manrai are medium thin al dente prepared just the way we want them to be. Some of the customers say it's a bit pricey for the ramen, but given the heavy volume of the broth with thick chashu pork on top that seems almost overflowing, it may be rather cheaper to say at least. Since it is a famous ramen shop very well known by the locals, you may as well try their outstanding ramen for the first time especially when you are around Shinjuku area searching for the great ramen shops.
A tomato ramen is a chicken bone based broth that consists three whole fresh organic tomatoes, grated cheese, vinegar, delicious chicken chashu, and some Japanese mustard spinach on top of the tasty tomato colored soup. The soup looks and tastes more like an Italian potage which makes the typical image of the oily ramen more stylish and healthy. Perhaps more than 80% of the customers are ladies as you can probably understand why, with a fancy ambience inside where a lady can sit alone to have a bowl of delicious ramen without feeling any stress. The recommendation here is definitely the Taiyo no Cheese Ramen (850 yen). If you like tomato or want to know the deepness of its flavor that changes in every occasion, Taiyo no Tomatomen Next in Shinjuku Mylord is a must go place.
Restaurant: 鳥源 (Torigen)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station East Entrance on foot 6 minutes
Open Hour: 16:00～23:30(L.O.23:00)(1F)
We recommend you to make reservation here in advance especially before 8PM. That's how popular this restaurant is in Shinjuku no matter how outdated it looks from outside. When you order, order "Sashimi" which is a raw flesh of chicken. Never had raw chickens before? Well, it has to be super fresh to serve customers such food and those chicken must be raised in the farm with special handlings. The taste of the chicken sashimi is just superb though. The recommendations for Yakitori are the "tsukune", "tebasaki" the chicken wing, and the "liver". Fresh chicken and vegetables boiled in special soup and served with dipping ponzu called "Mizutaki" is also very popular in Torigen. It won't let you down either.
Restaurant: 一久 (Ikkyu)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East Entrance on foot 6 minutes
Open Hour: 17:00～1:00
Price: [Dinner] 3,000-3,999Yen
A very small yakitori restaurant with 6 or 7 seats at the counter and a table for a group of 4. The price of the yakitori here is not so cheap, but the technique of the grill is surely worth
"Ikkyu yaki", skewer of rice rolled by pork is an interesting style, and is recommended. "Tsukune (ground chicken)" is also good.
Restaurant: 新宿 今井屋 本店 (Shinjuku Imaiya Honten)
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East Entrance On foot 8 minutes
Open Hour:[Lunch] Sat/Sun/Hol 11:30-15:00 (LO14:00),
[Dinner] Mon-Fri 17:00～24:00(L.O.23:00), Sat/Sun,/Hol 14:00～24:00(L.O.23:00)
Price: [Lunch] -1,999Yen, [Dinner] 5,000-5,999Yen
A yakitori restaurant specialized in using the Hinai chicken, chicken produced in Akita prefecture. It was quite difficult to define what is "the best" Yakitori in Shinjuku, but Imaiya Honten has
been successfully selected as No 1 for its taste, quality for price, customer service, and its atmosphere. Everything including Japanese sake, has high standard quality that might make you
want to come back. Thanks also for the spacious rooms that give you comfort where many Yakitori restaurants have only small and hard seats.
English menus with pictures are also available.
Here is the famous Yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant of a long standing in Shinjuku. Torishige has been around and loved by the locals for more than 65 years acquiring reputations for its outstanding customer satisfaction. In that sense, there is not much to say about the restaurant except that you would be amazed of their exceptional yakitoris with the highest quality if you ever had a chance to visit here. Not only they are good at grilling fresh chickens but also good at roasting giblets and beef sirloins that are quite popular among the locals too. Though, what is so amazing about Torishige is that they have variety of grilled cuisines and parts (of chicken) that are difficult to manage but never failed to satisfy customers, by which they must have gained such sophisticated techniques as well as carefully selected impeccable outlets in the long history. The restaurant is, indeed, a treasure for everybody who come to Shinjuku either for lunch or dinner to say at least.
They have varieties of set menu also, price ranging from 2000, 2400, 2800, 5000, 6000, 8000, and 12000 yen. Unfortunately there is no English menu available. In that sense, the restaurant is almost always full of locals where you need to make reservation in advance. The recommendations are the 5000 yen Omakase Kushi Course (all selected by the chef) and 6000 yen Tokusen Course (6 skewered yakitoris, the fresh chicken sashimi, and the porridge of rice and vegetables) respectively. They are, without compliments, so delicious. Once you come to Torishige for their yakitoris, you will never see yakitori the same way again. It is that different from the other yakitori restaurants.
Restaurant: Torihana (鳥はな)
Torihana may be the best place to have the exceptional yakitori in Shinjuku that are prepared by the most sophisticated chef who is well known by the gourmet patrons around Shinjuku as a master of grilling chicken meat. Apparently, this expert knows what to grill and when to finish grilling in a series of events. The high quality chicken, skewered by the master of Yakitori, turns out to be the best tsukune (chicken meatloaf made with egg), torikawa (chicken skin), tebasaki (chicken wing), seseri (chicken neck meat), liver, and more. The ones just mentioned above are the most recommended in this restaurant that will make you seriously speechless. We already have enough reasons to come here but when you actually come to this place, they will definitely take you to the next level where you will never see grilled chickens the same way again. Meanwhile, you can order a set course that includes 8 skewered tasty yakitori with a seasonal appetizer and perhaps a glass of delicious Japanese sake to spur your appetite. Enjoy!
Restaurant: Torimitsu (鳥みつ)
One of the most well hidden restaurants in Shinjuku Kabukicho where it serves exceptional fresh grilled chicken. In fact, we were stunned how such a small restaurant with few counter seats in a hidden street could serve such higher standard yakitoris that wows customers with every bite. In this restaurant, you must order their delicious juicy white liver (shiro rebar), half raw chicken breast with wasabi (mune wasabi), and tsukune (chicken meatloaf) that makes you completely speechless without compliment. The owner of this restaurant is a young fellow who surely has a high technique to skewer the meat. The quality of the chicken meat on the other hand probably is one of the best around this town which is why people continuously come and go even after straying around a while to get here. Torimitsu is a small yakitori shop located at an extremely narrow street just around the corner of Toho Cinemas that may be hard to find without a direction guide, but it is absolutely a hidden gem.
Restaurant: Katsukura (かつくら)
Address: 5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Shinjuku Takashimaya 14F
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station, South East Entrance
Open Hour: 11:00 - 23:00 (L.O.22:00)
Price: [Dinner] 2,000- yen 2,999 yen [Lunch] 1,000- yen 1,999 yen
Credit Card: VISA, MASTER, JCB
Seats: 56 seats
Katsukura serves the highest quality tonkatsu (fried pork cutlets) in town. The tonkatsu in this restaurant is crispy outside, very tender and juicy inside. You can even hear the sound of its crisp once you taste it with the exceptional sauce mixed with the grinded sesame seeds. You can either try two kinds of sauce. The lighter sweet sauce or the dark, thicker sauce which are both delicious. They also serve the pickled vegetables, miso soup and freshly cooked rice along with the pork. The service and the quality of food are indeed excellent. The English menu is also available.
Restaurant: Tonchinkan (豚珍館)
Address: 1-13-8, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Takahashi Building 2F
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South entrance
Open Hour: 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
Close: Sunday, holiday
Price: [Dinner] - 999 yen [Lunch] - 999 yen
Credit Card: N.A
Seats: 30 seats
Here is another restaurant for the Tonkatsu lovers. Tonchinkan is a kind of place where you can be all over with the fried pork. A large portion of the cutlets with a lot of side dishes in this restaurant definitely make your stomach full. In addition, the refills for the pork miso soup as well as the rice are free of charge. But above all, the tasty sauce on top of the exceptional filet (which is our recommendation) is just hats off. The crispy layer outside and the tender and juicy meat inside are indeed exceptional. It is a small place and may be just a little bit tight inside, but the quality of the food and the staffs friendly service are absolutely beyond the expectation.
Restaurant: Suzuya (すずや)
Address: 1-23-15, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Sugiyama Building 2F
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station, East Entrance
Open Hour: From 11:00 - 23:00 (L.O.22:30)
Price: [Dinner] 1,000- yen 1,999 yen [Lunch] 1,000 yen - 1,999 yen
Credit Card: VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX
Seats: 96 seats
The tonkatsu in Suzuya is very thick, tender, and juicy. The sauce is home made which makes those fried pork cutlets taste super delicious. But when you are in Suzuya, there is one peculiar menu called Tonkatsu Chazuke, so called Toncha, you may want to try. It is the fried pork cutlets on top of chazuke (boiled rice with tea) which is something you do not see anywhere else in Japan. Though, it is the most popular dish in Suzuya and even the locals would be amazed of such exquisite mixture (fried pork and rice with tea) being so delicious.