Tokyo

Restaurants in Tokyo

The quintessential izakaya (Japanese tapas bar) in the heart of Tokyo’s shitamachi (old downtown) area is a third-generation, six-decades-old restaurant.

Sequestered on a side street between the edgy fashion districts of Harajuku and Aoyama, this tiny, cheerful yakitori restaurant provides welcome relief for famished shoppers roaming nearby Omotesando Hills. Free-range Nagoya Cochin chicken, a tender breed, is the specialty here.

Lyonnais legend Paul Bocuse's first restaurant outside France occupies the National Art Center's stunning glass-and-steel lobby. It sits atop a three-story inverted concrete cone, but delivers down-to-earth brasserie fare, such as whitefish-mousseline quenelles in a bisque sauce.

Ask for a seat on the outdoor terrace at this Teruo Kurosaki-owned eatery.