太子堂5-15-11, Setagaya, Tōkyō, Japan
First stop after dropping off our luggage—Yakitori. This homey place just around the corner from where I was staying was everything: ice cold beers and perfectly charred skewers.
Midori Sushi / 美登利寿司
銀座7-2先 (東京高速道路山下ビル 1F), Chūō, Tōkyō, 104-0061, Japan
Reasonably priced sushi that tastes really good. Unfortunately it comes with a long wait. Somewhat fortunately, they have a ticket system that can text you when your table is almost ready so you can take your number early and walk around Ginza.
Usagi Ramen / うさぎ
神泉町8-13, Shibuya, Tōkyō, Japan
My first ramen stop in Tokyo, it does not disappoint.
Kaikaya / 開花屋
円山町23-7, Shibuya, Tōkyō, 150-0044, Japan
A loud and friendly izakaya focused on fresh fish. Their sashimi is top notch and the otoro... It just melts in your mouth.
渋谷3-15-4, Shibuya, Tōkyō, 153-0002, Japan
Known for their oyako-don and chicken sashimi, we arrived too late in the day to try chicken sashimi; but the medium rare grilled chicken thigh and wings more than makes up for it. Oh, the wings.
Afuri / 阿夫利
恵比寿1-1-7 (117ビル 1F), Shibuya, Tōkyō, 150-0013, Japan
Afuri's unique yuzu ramen is the first "refreshing" ramen I've ever had. The soup is lightly flavoured and topped with citrusy notes of yuzu and the smokiness of the charred roast pork.
Tonkatsu Maisen / とんかつ まい泉
神宮前4-8-5, Shibuya, Tōkyō, 150-0001, Japan
By far the best tonkatsu I've ever had, and I'm not usually even a fan of tonkatsu. You can choose from about 6-7 different varieties of pork, many of them proprietary to Maisen.
Daikon-san / だいこんまん
北沢2-14-3, Setagaya, Tōkyō, 155-0031, Japan
銀座5-4-15 (Efflore Ginza5 Bldg BF), Chūō, Tōkyō, 104-0061, Japan
I believe this bar was mentioned favourably by Anthony Bourdain and the likes. It's a quiet place tucked away in a building in Ginza. They don't have a menu, instead, they chat with you about what drinks you like and recommends something for you. The owner here is clearly passionate about cocktails and very knowledgeable. He mentions that these days everyone's obsessed with small-batch, local, and artisanal ingredients but not all small label things are well done and not all big labels means low quality.
Many neighbourhoods in Tokyo has an alley of little bars you can duck into, filled to the brim with locals and tourists alike. Stopping by one of these is a must-do if you're in Tokyo. The most famous one is probably Golden Gai in Shinjuku, which I didn't visit just because I didn't end up near that area. Many of these little bars have a theme, and the theme at Omoide Yokocho is yakitori.
This place here is a "yakitori" place that does only pork skewers. He dunks the skewers in a huge boiling pot of yuzu miso broth first, and then throws them onto the charcoal grill.
Now to end things, a picture of a pudding I grabbed somewhere while walking around.