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Maison Kayser - Bakery: Ikebukuro

Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.

Excellent pastries and breads to go from this French bakery, or you can relax with a cup of coffee or tea and a snack in the cafe area. There are a few outdoor tables for when the weather permits. ...

Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.

Riki - Yakiton: Ikebukuro

Open 3-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Located just a minute or two from Ikebukuro station, this bustling izakaya is an easy stop for a quick bite and a drink on the way home, and the crowded ground-floor counter is full of solo diners as...

Open 3-10:30pm (LO) daily.

High Five Salad - Deli salads: Edogawabashi

Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.

"Step out of your comfort zone" reads the sign in front of the shop. Yes, it's another salad bar with a slogan and an accompanying manifesto. The salads are pretty good though, some focusing on...

Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.

★Banh Mi Sandwich - Vietnamese: Takadanobaba

Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.

This simply named shop sells freshly made Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in several enticing varieties, including roast pork (our current favorite), grilled chicken with honey and lemongrass, ham and...

Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.

Myondon Norimaki - Korean: Okubo

Open 24 hours a day.

The unusual specialty of the house is Korean futomaki - fat sushi rolls filled with vegetables, bulgogi, cheese, kimchee, glutinous black rice - some ten variations in all, including a sampler set if...

Open 24 hours a day.

Aureole - Western: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae

Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

European-style home cooking, wrap sandwiches and other "wrap cuisine" is the focus of the menu at this casual park-side cafe. Full-course vegetarian dinners are available, and everything on the menu...

Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

★Park Hyatt Delicatessen - Sandwiches/ deli: Nishi-Shinjuku

Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.

Perhaps the best deli counter in town, with a huge selection of cold cuts, pates and salads. Lunches are priced from around Y1000, and breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 to 10:30am. The outdoor...

Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.

Boul'ange - Bakery: Nishi-Shinjuku

Open 7:30am-10pm daily.

This two-story bakery across from Shinjuku station produces top-grade breads, pastries and sandwiches, to eat in (in the upstairs cafe area) or to go. The selection includes interesting...

Open 7:30am-10pm daily.

Shake Shack - Burgers: Nishi-Shinjuku

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Fancy Angus-beef burgers, gourmet hot dogs, milkshakes and location-specific frozen-custard desserts are the draw at this popular fast-casual chain. The draft beer is made by Brooklyn Brewery, and...

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Khao San - Thai: Nishi-Shinjuku

Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Good Bangkok street-stall food in this department-store basement, including dishes like Nam Phrik Kapi (shrimp and chili paste with vegetables), stir-fries and spicy salads. Most of the menu is...

Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Masala Hut - Nepalese: Harajuku

Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.

Very good Indian curries, tandoori dishes, and Nepalese specialties. Full-course dinners from Y2500 (or Y2000 for the vegetarian special). The dining room is tiny but cheerful.

Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.

Kebab Box J - Turkish: Harajuku

Open 10:30am-9pm daily.

First-rate doner kebabs, substantial in size, ready to take home or just eat on the sidewalk outside the shop. Kebabs are chicken, beef, or mixed, served in toasted pita bread and topped with a...

Open 10:30am-9pm daily.

Chiles Mexican Grill - Tex-Mex: Harajuku

Open 11am-9pm daily.

The menu here covers the usual bases for fast-food Tex-Mex - tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, and burrito bowls - with beef, chicken and pork fillings and customizable toppings. ...

Open 11am-9pm daily.

Guzman y Gomez - Tex-Mex: Harajuku

Open 11am-9pm daily.

Meaty, well-prepared tacos and burritos are served at this Tokyo outlet of an Australia-based Tex-Mex chain. For added structural integrity, the tacos are double wrapped in nice corn tortillas, and...

Open 11am-9pm daily.

Luke's - Sandwiches/ deli: Harajuku

Open 11am-8pm daily.

Lobster rolls - lobster meat sandwiches in a toasted bun - are the specialty at this New York-based shop. All the lobsters come straight from Maine, and a display in front of the shop shows their...

Open 11am-8pm daily.

Great Burger, The - Burgers: Harajuku

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

First-rate premium-grade burgers, although we prefer the more laid-back atmosphere at their nearby sister shop, Hohokam Cafe. Lunch sets from Y1000 are served until 4pm (2pm weekends).

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

★City Shop Noodle - Deli salads: Omotesando

Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

A sister shop of the nearby City Shop deli-cafeteria, this more noodle-focused branch offers combination platters with your choice of deli salads, noodles and toppings. There are more than a dozen...

Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

★Farmers Market @ UNU - Retail: Omotesando

Open 10am-4pm (weekends only).

Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are on sale at the popular farmers market that pops up every weekend in front of UN University (across the street from Aoyama Gakuin). Besides the dozens of stalls...

Open 10am-4pm (weekends only).

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Omotesando

Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona beers from Hawaii.

Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

Breadworks - Bakery: Omotesando

Open 8am-9pm daily.

The original Breadworks is in Tennoz Isle next to TY Harbor Brewery; this new branch is attached to TY's sister restaurant Cicada, and offers a similarly inspiring selection of pastries and savory...

Open 8am-9pm daily.

★City Shop - Deli salads: Omotesando

Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

A nice variety of deli-style salads is ready for your grazing pleasure at this casual cafe, with inventive dishes like Spicy Roast Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with Onion Bacon Jam, and Roast...

Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Tinun Aoyama - Thai: Omotesando

Open 11am-9pm (lunch to 2) daily.

This branch of the ubiquitous budget Thai chain has a larger-than-average menu, good food and take-out service. The decor is also a cut above the norm.

Open 11am-9pm (lunch to 2) daily.

Andersen (bread shop) - Bakery: Omotesando

Open 7am-9pm daily.

This particular branch is one of Tokyo's better bakeries, with many varieties of fresh bread and pastries, baked on the premises. They also sell premade sandwiches to go.

Open 7am-9pm daily.

Andersen (sandwich counter) - Sandwiches/ deli: Omotesando

Open 9am-9pm daily.

Excellent made-to-order sandwiches and salads in the basement deli area underneath the bread store.

Open 9am-9pm daily.

★Harakara - Burgers: Gaienmae

Open 11:30am-4, 6-8:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8). Closed Mondays.

Harakara's burgers are seasoned with only salt and pepper - no ketchup, mustard or sauces - so as not to mask the rich flavor of the aged beef. The most popular offering is the avocado cheeseburger...

Open 11:30am-4, 6-8:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8). Closed Mondays.

★Eat - Burgers: Gaienmae

Open 11:30am-5:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.

This ambitious American-style diner serves one of the few lamb burgers in town, and they do a terrific job. With minimal dressing on the burger, it's all about the very flavorful meat, beautifully...

Open 11:30am-5:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.

Shake Shack - Burgers: Gaienmae

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

The long lines have finally subsided at this inaugural branch of the popular New York gourmet burger shop from restaurateur Danny Meyers (Union Square Cafe). In addition to several burger and hot...

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Saigon - Vietnamese: Shibuya

Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.

A good take-out menu, and a few counter seats where you can grab a quick curry while shopping.

Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.

Guzman y Gomez - Tex-Mex: Shibuya

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

This Australia-based chain serves meaty, well-prepared tacos, burritos, burrito bowls and other casual Tex-Mex fare. Tacos are double wrapped in nice corn tortillas, and you can choose from a...

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Luke's - Sandwiches/ deli: Shibuya

Open 11am-7pm daily.

The popular New York-based lobster shop serves up tasty sandwiches - both seafood rolls and grilled-cheese style - featuring Maine lobster, crabmeat and shrimp. They also carry American craft beers...

Open 11am-7pm daily.

Viron - Bakery: Shibuya

Open 9am-10pm daily.

Great French cafe-style sandwiches, quiches and pastries to take out; there's also a pleasant cafe upstairs.

Open 9am-10pm daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Shibuya

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Big Hawaiian-style hamburgers and assorted sandwiches, plus Hawaiian beers from Kona Brewing Company.

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Boul'ange - Bakery: Shibuya

Open 7:30am-9pm daily.

This "artisanal bakery" produces first-rate breads, pastries and sandwiches. The selection includes some interesting Japanese-inspired items like yuzu cheesecake and curry baguettes. (Formerly...

Open 7:30am-9pm daily.

Ebisu Banh Mi Bakery - Vietnamese: Ebisu

Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.

This neighborhood take-out sandwich shop is serious about their banh mi, and the staff in charge of baguette production learned their craft at a bakery in Vinh Yen, Vietnam. Fresh-baked baguettes...

Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.

Great Burger Stand - Burgers: Ebisu

Open 11:30am-11pm daily.

Overlooking the railroad tracks behind the Photography Museum in Yebisu Garden Place, this tiny twelve-seat shop is a branch of one of Tokyo's best gourmet-burger chains (they also run Hohokam Cafe...

Open 11:30am-11pm daily.

Shake Shack - Burgers: Ebisu

Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Founded by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer (Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern), fast-casual chain Shake Shack serves Angus-beef burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard milkshakes and custard desserts...

Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

★Blacows - Burgers: Ebisu

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Run by a Japanese meat company, Blacows specializes in gourmet burgers made from black Angus wagyu beef, coarsely ground and very juicy. A full-time butcher occupies one corner of the kitchen and...

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Green Brothers - Deli salads: Ebisu

Open 11am-10pm daily.

Yes, it's another salad specialty shop, offering a variety of themed salads (Mexican Beef, Coriander Addict), seasonal salads (Gazpacho Greens), custom-order salads and soups. Custom salads give you...

Open 11am-10pm daily.

Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Daikanyama

Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.

The tasty burritos, tacos, and fajitas here are all made from premium organic ingredients. You can choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; with prices...

Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.

Cafe Habana - Cuban: Daikanyama

Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Tasty Cuban-style sandwiches - stuffed with shredded roast pork, ham and cheese - are a big draw at this Cuban-themed bar-restaurant, along with Mexican-style grilled corn on the cob topped with...

Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

★King George - Sandwiches/ deli: Daikanyama

Open 11am-9pm (Sat -10, Sun -6) daily.

King George's sturdily constructed sandwiches include appetizing concoctions like the Meathead, made with turkey, turkey pastrami and jalapenos (Y1600), and the HLT with honey-glazed ham and white...

Open 11am-9pm (Sat -10, Sun -6) daily.

★B612 Nishiazabu - Italian: Nishi-Azabu

Open noon-4, 6-10pm daily.

Real New York-style pizza is hard to find in Tokyo - up until now we've had to travel up to Oji for pizza at Rocco's - so this spacious cafe-restaurant in the back streets of Nishi-Azabu is a great...

Open noon-4, 6-10pm daily.

Le Souffle - French: Nishi-Azabu

Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Yes, this cafe would be worth knowing about for their dessert souffles alone. But they also offer a full menu of remarkably high-quality French cooking, from straightforward starters like scallop...

Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Sawamura - Bakery: Nishi-Azabu

Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

The ground-floor bakery includes a cafe area where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread and pastries with your morning coffee from 7am.

Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Burger Mania - Burgers: Hiroo

Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Good American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches are served here, with six taps of craft beer in different styles - lager, pale ale, IPA and so on. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml...

Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Luke's - Seafood: Hiroo

Open 11am-4, 5-9pm daily.

This popular New York-based lobster specialist is known for their tasty lobster and seafood rolls - sandwiches stuffed with Maine lobster, crabmeat and shrimp. As a bonus, you'll find a well-chosen...

Open 11am-4, 5-9pm daily.

And The Friet - Dutch: Hiroo

Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.

It's a restaurant (well more of a stand, really) devoted to French fries, served with various dips (basil mayonaisse, chili sour cream, avocado) and side dishes like pork sausage, chili con carne and...

Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.

★Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Hiroo

Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.

Terrific overstuffed sandwiches and great burgers in a pleasant cafe-style setting. They also provide thirty-minute delivery within the area.

Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.

Burger Mania - Burgers: Shirokanedai

Open 11am-11pm daily.

The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale,...

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Gotanda

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus beers from Kona Brewing Company.

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

7025 Franklin Avenue - Burgers: Gotanda

Open 11am-9pm daily.

American West coast-style burgers and sandwiches, with delivery service and a pleasant outdoor patio.

Open 11am-9pm daily.

Bon Appetit - Curry: Mita

Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Closed weekends.

An old standby in the Mita neighborhood, this long-running basement shop has solid wood furniture, stucco walls, odd little paintings and soft jazz in the background. The roux here is okay, but the...

Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Closed weekends.

Le Pain Quotidien - Bakery: Shiba-koen

Open 7:30am-9pm (LO) daily.

Located inside a park and surrounded by greenery, this popular Belgian organic bakery is famous for their large communal table, although they also offer smaller tables for two or four. The interior...

Open 7:30am-9pm (LO) daily.

Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Roppongi

Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.

Gourmet burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. ...

Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.

Malin's - British: Roppongi

Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.

Gourmet fish and chips are the specialty here, and the chips are especially well prepared. Boxed sets of cod, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) are priced Y1300-1500, and everything can be...

Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.

Le Pain Quotidien - Grill: Roppongi

Open 7:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

This branch of the popular Belgian organic bakery has expanded beyond breakfast and brunch, offering grilled meat main dishes like Australian lamb (Y2690) and US Prime rib steaks (Y6790 for 270g)...

Open 7:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

Shake Shack - Burgers: Roppongi Hills

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

This popular branch of the New York-based fast-casual chain serves gourmet burgers, flat-top hot dogs and fancy milkshakes and desserts along with wine and beer.

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

★Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Azabu-Juban

Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.

Gourmet burger pioneers in Tokyo, they still grill up some of Tokyo's better burgers in town, and also assemble great sandwiches (including an inspirational shrimp and avocado combination) and...

Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.

Hudson Market Bakers - Bakery: Azabu-Juban

Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.

The concept here is a New York-style bakery-cafe in the heart of Azabu-Juban, selling top-quality cheesecake, carrot cake, brownies, cookies, cornbread and pastries just like you'd find in New York. ...

Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.

Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Azabu-Juban

Open 11am-10pm daily.

Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...

Open 11am-10pm daily.

Hainan Chi-fan - Singaporean: Akasaka

Open 11am-11pm daily.

A cozy little shop specializing in the famous Singaporean chicken-rice dish and a surprisingly big menu of other street-stall dishes; some take-out is available.

Open 11am-11pm daily.

★Pariya - Deli salads: Tameike

Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.

Each week, the creative chefs at Pariya whip up an ever-changing selection of gourmet salads and original vegetable-friendly savory dishes for your dining pleasure. The cafe's so-called deli-style...

Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.

★Fermintxo Boca - Spanish: Roppongi 1-chome

Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.

Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served at lunchtime here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially...

Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.

3rd Burger - Burgers: Roppongi 1-chome

Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.

Budget almost-gourmet burgers in a fast-food setting, along with fruit and vegetable smoothies. Pungent marinated Japanese mustard greens and wasabi-tartar sauce add some sparkle to the namesake 3rd...

Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.

Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Shiodome

Open 11am-9:45pm (LO; Sat -8:45, Sun -7:45) daily.

The tasty burritos, tacos, and fajitas here are all made from premium organic ingredients. You can choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; with prices...

Open 11am-9:45pm (LO; Sat -8:45, Sun -7:45) daily.

Komeraku - Japanese: Shiodome

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Choose from over 30 varieties of chazuke - with both katsuo- and pork-based broth - at this modest little budget shop. Side dishes and drinks are served in the evening, plus chazuke-centered set...

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Bareburger - Burgers: Ginza

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

A popular New York-based burger chain, Bareburger offers an interesting assortment of specialty burgers and sandwiches along with a couple of craft beers (Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire) on tap. Burgers...

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Pantry - Sandwiches/ burgers: Marunouchi

Open 11am-9pm (weekends -6pm). Closed Sundays.

Great sandwiches, American-style burgers and substantial salads (from the same management as Homework's in Hiroo). They deliver over a wide area from Nihonbashi down to Shimbashi/Uchisaiwaicho.

Open 11am-9pm (weekends -6pm). Closed Sundays.

Shake Shack - Burgers: Marunouchi

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Occupying an annex of the Rafael Vinoli-designed Tokyo International Forum, this is probably the most architecturally adventurous branch of the popular burger shop. Angus-beef burgers, flat-top hot...

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Viron - Cafe: Marunouchi

Open 10am-midnight daily.

A combination bakery and brasserie; it also features a small standup bar serving ten wines by the glass - a good place to meet up before dining nearby.

Open 10am-midnight daily.

Yabaton Kitte Granche - Kushiage: Marunouchi

Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.

Yabaton is Nagoya's most popular tonkatsu shop, and this small take-out stand offers not just tonkatsu but also a good selection of inexpensive kushiage and other deep-fried delights. Choose your...

Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Marunouchi

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Hawaiian-style burgers and sandwiches. The atrium deck is very airy and pleasant, but seating there is limited.

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Umum Good Burritos - Tex-Mex: Marunouchi

Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.

If you were a creative chef who had read about burritos and seen pictures, but had no idea how to make them, this is what you might come up with. Tandoori lamb, sloppy joe filling, brown rice,...

Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.

Wise Sons - Sandwiches/ burgers: Marunouchi

Open 7:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30-8) daily.

Pastrami and corned beef sandwiches are the specialties of this San Francisco-based Jewish delicatessen. Other delicacies, many of them rarely seen in Tokyo, include rugelach, babka, coconut...

Open 7:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30-8) daily.

Dean & Deluca - American: Marunouchi

Open 7am-11pm daily.

Mostly an all-day cafe/restaurant, although they also have a small deli counter and grocery section with coffees and teas, spices, baked goods, cold cuts, four kinds of smoked salmon, and real dill...

Open 7am-11pm daily.

Ekibenya Matsuri - Retail: Yaesu

Open 5:30am-11pm daily.

Eki-ben - bento boxes sold at train stations that incorporate regional dishes or special local ingredients - have a long tradition in Japan. Celebrating that tradition, this very popular shop inside...

Open 5:30am-11pm daily.

Nishimura Biyori - Japanese regional: Yaesu

Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.

Akashiyaki is like takoyaki, only lighter and fluffier, with bits of tender Akashi octopus in the center; here it's Y850 for a plate. They also make yakisoba, okonomiyaki, and a variety of...

Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.

★Erick South - Indian: Yaesu

Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.

Erick South specializes in dishes from southern India, and serves up some of our favorite budget curries in Tokyo. Curries and side dishes are all distinctively flavored, and the quality is a few...

Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.

Lou - Dim sum: Yaesu

Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Chinese dumplings - to eat in or take out - are the specialty of this Kamakura-based shop inside the new Gran Roof complex next to Tokyo Station. The take-out menu includes three types of gyoza...

Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Yabaton - Tonkatsu: Yaesu

Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.

One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a...

Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.

Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Otemachi

Open 11am-10pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays.

Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...

Open 11am-10pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays.

Looking Good - Sandwiches/ deli: Otemachi

Open 7:30-9:30, 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.

It's good to have a specialty, and this tiny shop has single-mindedly devoted itself to toasted cheese sandwiches, served morning, noon and night. They're nicely prepared and served on crunchy...

Open 7:30-9:30, 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.

Maison Kayser - Bakery: Nihonbashi

Open 7am-10pm daily.

Excellent breads and pastries are available to take out, or you can stop for a pastry and an espresso in the lobby seating area. There's also a nice lunch menu, priced at Y1200 and Y1600.

Open 7am-10pm daily.

Paul (bakery) - Bakery: Yotsuya

Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.

European-style bread, pastries, and a big assortment of sandwiches to go.

Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.

Aux Bacchanales - French: Kioicho

Open 10am-11pm daily.

A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper...

Open 10am-11pm daily.

★Erick South - Indian: Kioicho

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Our new favorite budget Indian restaurant, Erick South specializes in dishes from southern India and offers a wide variety of multi-dish set menus, ranging in price from Y1080-1650. Curries and...

Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Gojuban - Retail: Kagurazaka

Open 9:30am-11pm (LO) daily.

Famous throughout Japan for their manju (Chinese steamed buns), available in 15 varieties. Take-out service available 10am-11pm.

Open 9:30am-11pm (LO) daily.

Paul - Bakery: Kagurazaka

Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.

Good pastries and sandwiches, to eat in or take out, at this French-based bakery-cafe.

Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.

★Yamituki Curry - Curry: Iidabashi

Open 11am-11pm daily.

The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with...

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Shake Shack - Burgers: Suidobashi

Open 11am-10pm daily.

The seventh Tokyo branch of the popular fast-casual burger shop is located in the Tokyo Dome stadium and amusement-park complex. Like the other branches, they offer location-customized milkshakes...

Open 11am-10pm daily.

★Bondy - Curry: Jimbocho

Open 11am-10pm daily.

The curry sauce here is scrumptious, with a natural fruit sweetness, well-balanced spices and complex flavors. There aren't many mixed-ingredient options, but the shrimp, clam and chicken was quite...

Open 11am-10pm daily.

★★Yamituki Curry - Curry: Jimbocho

Open 11am-11pm daily.

The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with...

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Chantoya Coconut Curry - Curry: Ogawamachi

Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.

A dozen varieties of coconut-based, vegetable-filled, Thai-inspired, Japanese-style curries are on offer here, with 25 optional toppings, including baked cheese. The attractively decorated space is...

Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Ogawamachi

Open 11am-10:30pm daily.

Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian beers from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.

Open 11am-10:30pm daily.

Ume no Hana - Tofu: Ueno

Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.

A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900. Take-out bento are also available.

Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.

Ichibanya - Retail: Asakusa

Open 9am-7pm daily.

The Ichibanya shop sells over a hundred varieties of sembei, with exotic flavors like garlic, wasabi, hot pepper, shiso, plum, seaweed and many more. You'll even find shrimp, bonito, cod roe and...

Open 9am-7pm daily.

Yukari - Chicken: Asakusa

Open 10am-10pm daily.

This take-out-only shop serves fantastic deep-fried chicken kara-age, freshly prepared when you order. The extra-crispy momo (thigh meat) is indeed wonderfully crunchy; there's also an extra-juicy...

Open 10am-10pm daily.

★Fire House - Burgers: Hongo

Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun. 7pm) daily.

A pioneer of Tokyo's gourmet hamburger scene, this charmingly rustic little shop offers more than a dozen burgers to choose from, with variations like apple-mozzarella, mushroom-mozzarella and...

Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun. 7pm) daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Daiba

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Gourmet Hawaiian-style burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches, plus Kona beers.

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Breadworks - Bakery: Tennozu Isle

Open 8am-8pm daily.

Luxuriously spacious and modern in feel, this combination bakery-cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a coffee and pastry, or a quiche, cup of soup and salad. There's also a bit of outdoor...

Open 8am-8pm daily.

Le Jardin Gaulois - Retail: Higashi-Nakano

Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays.

Marvel at the huge selection of authentic French terrines, quiches, tarts and cakes to take out. From the management of Brin de Muguet restaurant in Ogikubo.

Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays.

Kyle's Good Finds - Bakery: Nakano

Open 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.

Cakes, pies, cookies and muffins made by New York baker Kyle Sexton.

Open 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.

Myondon Norimaki - Korean: Koenji

Open 11am-3am daily.

With its overhead backlit menus and unpretentious furnishings, this late-night joint looks like a cross between a fast-food stand and a Chinese noodle shop. The unusual specialty of the house is...

Open 11am-3am daily.

Atre Kichijoji - Retail: Kichijoji

Open 10am-9pm daily.

This branch of JR's Atre shopping complex offers a sprawling, rather impressive food hall, on a par with Shinjuku department-store food floors.

Open 10am-9pm daily.

Midori-zushi - Sushi: Kichijoji

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

You'll find high-quality fish at affordable prices (Y3000-5000 with a few drinks) at this popular mid-priced chain, but you may have to wait on line during peak hours.

Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Le Pain Quotidien - Bakery: Hatsudai

Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

The second Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery is open from 7:30am, serving coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like...

Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.

Chess Garden - Burgers: Hatagaya

Open noon-3, 6-10pm (Sun -8pm; Tue 12-3 only). Closed Wednesdays.

The charcoal-grilled burgers here are meaty and juicy, with a subtle smoky flavor from the grilling process. They're served with excellent bacon (optional), raw onions for a bit of bite, and piquant...

Open noon-3, 6-10pm (Sun -8pm; Tue 12-3 only). Closed Wednesdays.

★Malin's - British: Hatagaya

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Gourmet fish and chips are the specialty here, with boxed sets of cod, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) priced Y1300-1500. They also serve a variety of pies - beef and beer, chicken...

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Torian - Chicken: Hatagaya

Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.

This popular local fried-chicken take-out shop also provides a few seats if you want to eat here. The chicken is on the juicy end of the scale and nicely seasoned; variations include nankotsu...

Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.

Arms - Burgers: Sangubashi

Open 11am-11pm daily.

You'll find excellent gourmet hamburgers at this pleasant little parkside cafe, including some interesting special toppings that change seasonally.

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Camelback - Sandwiches/ deli: Yoyogi-Koen

Open 9am-7pm. Closed Mondays.

Modern, Japanese-inspired sandwiches prepared by a former sushi chef are served at this tiny take-out counter. Sushi-style tamagoyaki omelettes, steamed monkfish liver and home-cured lamb bacon are...

Open 9am-7pm. Closed Mondays.

Arms - Burgers: Yoyogi-Koen

Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays.

Good burgers to go, including some interesting seasonal variations, at this take-out-only branch of the popular gourmet burger shop. They also offer delivery service to most of Shibuya-ku.

Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays.

★Mi Choripan - Argentine: Yoyogi-Uehara

Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.

Mi Choripan proudly serves up "Argentinian Soul Food" - aka overstuffed chorizo-sausage sandwiches seasoned with chimichurri sauce, which are sold from street stalls in Argentina and other parts of...

Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.

Borrachos - Tex-Mex: Sangenjaya

Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-2am (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.

One of the highlights at Tokyo's only Okinawan Mexican restaurant is the spareribs made from heirloom Okinawan pork, which you can order in advance when you make your reservations. The menu is...

Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-2am (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.

Baja - Tex-Mex: Naka-Meguro

Open 5pm-5am (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.

The plump, meaty pork and guacamole burritos serves here are a stand-out, while the chicken burritos and various tacos are also quite popular. The narrow, 8-seat shop attracts a local late-night...

Open 5pm-5am (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.

Patisserie Potager - Bakery: Naka-Meguro

Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.

If you love dessert but also love vegetables, this unique pastry shop is the place for you. Sample tempting creations like avocado cheesecake, buckwheat chai mousse, arugula jelly with black-sesame...

Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.

★Ka-Ku-Ra - Curry: Naka-Meguro

Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.

Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900. They often run out, so call ahead or have a backup plan.

Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.

Moriyama - Chicken: Gakugeidaigaku-mae

Open 11am-7:45pm (LO) daily.

Special blended spices, ginger and home-cultivated garlic are some of the flavor secrets of the fried chicken at this small take-out shop. Unlike most karaage shops, you can choose which cuts of...

Open 11am-7:45pm (LO) daily.

Potato Cream - Cafe: Jiyugaoka

Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Mashed potatoes topped with pasta-style cream sauces - that's the rather unique offering at this tiny food stand. There are five choices of sauce, in variations like seasonal-vegetable curry and...

Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Koshigaya Laketown

Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.

American-style sandwiches and burgers are the draw here, along with Hawaiian beers.

Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Yokohama Sta.

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Good American-style sandwiches and burgers are the draw here along with Hawaiian beers. In the evenings they also offer a few Hawaiian main dishes.

Open 11am-11pm daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Yokohama Nihon-Odori

Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.

Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona beers from Hawaii. This branch is located in the food-court area of the Red Brick Warehouse shopping complex.

Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.

★Buy Me Stand - Sandwiches/ deli: Yokohama Motomachi

Open 8am-10pm daily.

Classic American diner-style grilled-cheese sandwiches are the specialty here, along with BLTs, hearty soups, gourmet coffee, and various breakfast dishes in the morning. We enjoyed a well-executed...

Open 8am-10pm daily.

Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Kamakura

Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.

The main drag from Kamakura station to the beach is lined with cafes, fast food and family restaurants. Kua-aina stands out by virtue of its terrace and its reliable mahi-mahi sandwiches.

Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.