Ginza Torishige. Upscale joint in Ginza has been in business for over 80 years, and the experience shines through in their tsukune meatballs, light-tasting quail skewers, and chewy duck dishes. Don't forget to end your meal with a bowl of Torishige's famous 'dry curry'.
Matsugen (Ebisu): this (soba) restaurant became famous when Jean George Vongerichten, the three-Michelin star French chef with numerous restaurants around the world, declared Matsugen as his favorite soba restaurant in the world
ONITEI chicken bbq. Reservations a must! Onitei Nabe (hot pot, one of best, order in advance) 5,600 yen, Momoyaki (Chicken Thighs) 850-950 yen, Neck No Negi Shio (Chicken Neck meat with salt and green onion) 950 yen, Tsukune Wasabi (Minced Chicken with Wasabi) 950 yen, Sunagimo Shioyaki (Salted Chicken Gizzard) 850 yen, Onitei Salad (Onitei's Chicken Salad) 1,200 yen, Samgyetang (Whole Chicken in Chicken Soup with sticky rice inside) 5,600 yen, Other dishes from 850-1,500 yen
UCHIDA (Keisei Tateishi) is probably the most famous motsuyaki (roast pork giblets) restaurant. For drinks, everyone orders is UME (Shochu wiht plum syrup). Get there at least 30 min before it opens before the lines form.
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