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Cafe Bleu

The real sign of Maruyama-cho’s evolution is that it now has a daytime presence, too — especially since the opening of Cafe Bleu. Glass-fronted and light-filled, this is the latest outlet from the folks at To-vi (Buchi,Bongout Noh, Kitchen Cero, Kinsai) and bears their unmistakable imprint of easygoing professionalism.

It’s also a tie-up with Setagaya-based Nozy Coffee, one of the city’s premier artisan espresso shops, so you know the java is going to be good. At dinnertime, ever-energetic owner/manager Hisae Iwakura offers a wide selection of wines (including many Japanese ones) to go with the tasty hybrid Japanese-Mediterranean cuisine.