My wife and I will be doing 1 high-end sushi dinner in Tokyo, as this is all our budget (and her palette) can handle.
Thus, I was hoping to get your advice (or that you can direct me to such advice) regarding cheap/moderate, great non-sushi destinations.
My wife likes everything else for the most part. Where do you guys recommend for great ramen, yakitori (non-gizzard at least, hopefully chicken thigh, breast) etc. where we can get by not speaking English and could find ourselves armed with Japan Pocket Mifi + iphone + guidebook. Furthermore, dependent on sightseeing, timing, etc., are there particular areas of Tokyo where one could walk into any quick eatery, yakitori, ramen place etc. and it would be very good? My wife is not a foodie ha, so I can drag her along on my food excursions only to a point--outside of the 1 high-end sushi dinner, she would be interested in maybe traveling for the best tonkotsu ramen and udon noodle soup only. Thus most other lunches, meals will be a function of where we are sightseeing.
I have read about some great izakayas with solid food quality and drink value. But are these places not feasible if one does not speak Japanese? There is no English menu either right, so outside of alcohol, I highly doubt I could articulate an order for food? Thanks for any help.