Hello, I'll be visiting Tokyo during the 3rd week of November for work. I have 8 dinners and maybe 6 lunches at my disposal. Based on what I read on the boards, I've come up with a tentative list and would appreciate some feedback. Any must haves that I'm missing, any duds on my list?!?
I'll be staying at the Imperial Hotel and working in Marunouchi building. I'll be dining by myself and I do not speak Japanese. I've requested a friend who speaks Japanese for help with the reservations but I'm not sure if all of the following accept reservations or not.
1. Saturday dinner: Yoroniku
2. Sunday lunch : Hirosaku
3. Sunday dinner: Sushi Saito (I understand that this is probably going to be hard given that I have only a month to go. Any suggestions on what to replace it with? Sawada just seems to expensive :(
4. Monday dinner: Tempura Kondo
5. Tuesday dinner: Butagmi
6. Wednesday dinner: Daisan Harumi
7. Thursday dinner: Takazawa (If I don't get this, then the next option is RyuGin)
8. Friday dinner: Torishiki
9. Saturday lunch: Nodaiwa
10. Saturday dinner: Uoshin Nogizaka
11. Sunday lunch: Sushi Taichi (What time does this open?)
As you can see, I do not have any Ramen, Soba or Udon here. I was hoping to do that for my weekday lunches. Can someone please help me figure out possible options that are close to the Marunouchi building? I was thinking about Ramen (Gyoukai Tsukemen & Tonkotsu), Udon (Tsurutanton?), Soba (Narutomi? This does not seem close to the office).
Any other lunches around the office that are must haves?
I also wanted to add some Bakeries and Food Halls but there are so many that I can't decide.
Bakeries (I'm probably going to kill a lot of names with my spellings): Pompadour, Vie de France, Roule, Tolo, Robouchon, Isetan@Shinjuku, Donq, Ameya Citaro Mitsukoshi, Viron, Sadaharu Aoki, Boulangerie, Pascal Caffet, Mont St. Clair, Patisserie Paris S'eville, Sebastian Bouillet, Chez Cima, Le Cour Pur, Viron, Echire Butter, Hidemi Sugino, Tes Souhaits, Laudree, Baloyau, Pierre Herme, Paul Hevin, Jean Francois, Fedrick Cassel.
Food Halls: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920032 and Nisshin, Hanamasa & Meijiya.
Can someone please help me narrow this down to maybe 3-4 bakeries and 2 food halls. Also, I'm a complete noob when it some to food halls. Are there any must buys? Anything that can be transported on an international flight is fine.
Breakfasts! I haven't planned anything yet but what can I try in the morning (before work so pretty early I guess)? I'm prepared to wake up as early as required to try something delicious :)
Finally, bars! Anything that is unique to Tokyo that I won't get in NYC? I read an article about cocktail bars in Tokyo but I'm not sure if they are different from the ones in NYC.
Thank you very much!