Tokyo hounds, konnichiwa from NYC hound!
Last-minute vacation to Tokyo for 4-5 days. Have been doing research on this board, but am getting overwhelmed with the choices, prices and language barrier. I've been to Tokyo once before, but had friends take me around, which was amazing; this time, not as lucky. That said, please throw your short-list suggestions at me! Given high prices (esp. with yen strength vs USD) and impossible-sounding reservations, am not even attempting the top-tier restaurants like Ryugin, Sawada, etc.
sushi: of course I've heard of Sushi Dai/Daiwa, but are there better choices at this price level, quality-wise? I'm not terribly keen on waiting on line with a bunch of tourists unless it's something I can't find elsewhere. From this informative thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824180), it sounds like Uoshin might fit the bill. Looking for sushi that's as good or even better at a similar price point, will be eating TONS of it.
The first time I went to Tokyo, we ate three times at Sushi Tsune at Shibuya 109 since it was SUCH a good deal for fresh fish. I'm guessing it doesn't hold very highly on CH, so enlighten me as to others, please.
tonkotsu ramen : Warito
tsukemen: Shinkoiwa (according to Tabelog, which is all wonky after using Google Translate)
soba: Where to go? Once had great soba at a subway station (!) - don't remember name.
Tsukiji eats: of course will be seeing the Tsukiji market. I always wondered if the sushi places wree more of a tourist attraction - would a fishmonger be interested in eating sushi much? - and I get the feeling there could be better eats there that are non-sushi. Kitsuneya?
yakiniku: Jojoen and Jumbo chains
horumon: Saiseisakaba in Shinjuku? Birdland seems mentioned a lot.
I'm sure I'm missing some other must-eats, but these are foremost on my mind. Thank you in advance for your help!
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