I'm planning a trip to Tokyo in late December and I'm looking for places to eat (obviously!).
I'm okay at Japanese (I took the JLPT N2 yesterday, though I probably bombed the listening section) and I can roughly read Tabelog, but I feel like it's kinda dry just going down a list and picking the one with the best rating. All of the food looks good! I also watch a lot of Japanese TV and it seems like every place is good and every place has some sort of specialty item that's super delicious. Perhaps I just watch too much TV.
So, I thought I'd ask here to see if people have personal favorites.
What I want to do is gather a list and then just plan it later... so restaurants requiring no reservation will help if I have to do it days/weeks in advance. I'm also going the week before New Year's and I expect lots of places to be closed, so I think it's better to have a giant list and not go to all of them. =)
Anyway, I'm looking for the following
-Sushi (lunch, preferably under 5000 yen)
-Wagyu Teppanyaki (planning on this being the most expensive meal; limit is probably 15000 yen. There is no necessity for A5, if it's good it's good)
-Ramen (ate at Menya Kissou last year. Wondering if I should go back again this year or try another place. Jiro is on the list but I've heard it can be cultish and people get mad if you don't follow the rules.)
-Tonkatsu (last year I ate at a chain and it thoroughly beat the pants off of anything I've had in LA. now I want to push the limits.)
-Youshoku: Hamburgers, both western-style and Japanese; hayashi rice; Japanese curry
Also if there's some food that I've left out but is worth trying, please let me know! I think there are enough Izakaya and High-End sushi threads out there that I've done a fair amount of searching through.
I value personal experience more than picking off a chart, so if you can please tell me about your experience. I will also pick a fair amount off of Tabelog anyway. =)