Restaurants & Bars 10

Intro to Tokyo food scene

chutster | Apr 2, 200810:17 PM

I'm heading to Tokyo next week and will be bringing my family along (parents in early 60s and siblings in late 20s). Most of them have not been to Tokyo before and I've only been there a few times in recent years. They are all chowhounds and food obsessed like I am and I'd like to give them a good introduction to the local food scene in the five days we will be there.

Here's a working list of places I'm thinking of taking them to:

Gonpachi for Izakaya - I've been there once before, fun place, pretty good eats, is this the top choice?

Maisen for Tonkatsu - Been there twice, seems like a can't miss institution

Zakuro (or Seryna) for Shabu Shabu - Really enjoyed my one visit there

Tsukiji for Sushi - Don't have the patience for Daiwa, ate at some other place in the area and loved it, especially the incredible Anago

New York Grill - The setting, the vibe and the food were excellent the two times I visited

Most of the above are for dinner, except lunch at Maisen and Tsukiji. Lunches will be more random based on which neighborhoods are being explored.

I know there are many amazing Western restaurants in Tokyo, and I was thinking of throwing one in there. But with only three dinners, it's tough to fit one in. New York Grill can be considered Western I suppose, although it's pretty much a Wagyu joint.

Tokyo-ites, please let me know what you think of this list and if you have any suggestions. Thanks everyone. This site is a real gem.

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