6 Hot New 'Yakiniku' Restaurants in Tokyo
One thing you absolutely have to eat while you're visiting Tokyo (provided you're not a vegetarian or vegan) is yakiniku barbecue. And with so many options, it might be overwhelming to find the best spot around Tokyo. We've put together a list of six incredible new restaurants to help you navigate the wonderful world of tasty grilled meat.
1. Try Osaka-Based Yakiniku Without Leaving Tokyo
Ryu no Su is the first Tokyo branch from their home in Osaka! On the menu board: yakiniku, kasu udon (noodle soup with beef offal), and motsunabe (beef or pork offal hotpot). Under the direct management of a butcher’s shop, Ryu no Su is a horumon-ya restaurant (specializing in cooked beef or pork offal) with a great location three minutes from Shinjuku Sanchome Station. The place stays open all night until 8 a.m. the next morning. With free Wi-Fi, charging points and great service, you’ll never want to leave this cozy restaurant.
Ryu no Su
1F, 3-9-3 Shinjuku
- www.ryu-nosu.co.jp (Japanese)
2. Even Dining Alone You Can Enjoy this Modern Yakiniku Restaurant
The boss of Niku Azabu opened his restaurant with the passionate wish to establish a place for people to enjoy yakiniku even when eating alone. The meat used here is always fresh, never frozen, premium (A4 rank or higher) Kuroge wagyu beef. Also well worth checking out are the more than ten varieties of sauces!
Niku Azabu - Roppongi Branch
4−10−7 Roppongi, Minato-ku, 2F
- www.nikuazabu.com (Japanese)
3. The Best Beef Bowl in Ikebukuro
Specializing in lean meat and welcoming solo diners, Karubiano restaurant sits quietly amid the bustling shopping streets of Ikebukuro. Inside the calm interior, the cool-looking chef stands on the other side of the counter, carefully grilling meat right before your eyes. Table seating can be found on the second floor. The egg yolks cured in soy sauce there are a rare treat and go great with the lean cuts of meat. To finish, trying the raw beef with rice dish, which took first place in the “Donburi Grand Prix,” is highly recommended.
Karubiano - Ikebukuro Branch
2-12-14 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
4. Standing-Room-Only Yakiniku Just Minutes from Shibuya Station
A popular place unrivaled for value for money, where dishes can be ordered individually, Jiromaru, a yakiniku diner with standing room only, is situated right next to Shibuya Station. There’s always a never-ending stream of customers filling this well-liked spot. Inside, the atmosphere is just like a sushi restaurant. The staff lets you know the day’s specials, and you can chat happily across the counter. Since it’s possible to casually enjoy yakiniku here on your own, solo-dining female customers are continuously dropping by. The place stays open for business until the next morning.
Jiromaru - Shibuya
RISM渋谷 1F, 2-6-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
5. Cool, Smoke Free Yakiniku Restaurant That's Perfect for a Hot Date
With exposed brick and concrete and hanging light bulbs, this is a cool Brooklyn-style venue exactly midway between Shibuya and Ebisu. With the mood of a secret hideout, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic evening. The menu is centered on premium A5 ranked lean wagyu beef, and the superb beef stew is a great way to round off your meal.
2-20-18 Higashi, Shibuya-ku
6. On a Diet? Try Some Guilt-Free Healthy Yakiniku
A popular place for young women, this restaurant specializes in grilled chicken and has a stylish café-like interior. Even if you are on a diet, you can stop worrying and enjoy the food here. Chicken is the main item on the menu, and only domestically produced birds are used. Branded meat selected from every region of the country is lined up for display on the counter.
Yakinikudori g g (焼肉鳥 gg)
105 Ebisu Union Bldg, 1-2-10 Ebisu South, Shibuya-ku