Takazawa 180

Tokyo's newest major retail emporium, Ginza Six, opened on Ginza's main thoroughfare last month with hype and hoopla to match its massive scale. It's primarily a vehicle for luxury brands, offering plenty of sparkle but little in the way of atmosphere. Sadly, the same ...

Akomeya Chubo

The holidays are over and so is the feasting. Now it's time to revert to less extravagant fare. But simple doesn't have to mean plain. Even Japanese comfort food can be a delight to the eye, the palate and the stomach. If you head ...

Esquisse Cinq

Kazutoshi Narita makes gorgeous desserts. They are lyrical flights of fancy, adorned with colorful swooshes and sprinkles, crisp shards, fragile foams and delicate, lacy sugar confections. Until recently, the only way you could taste them was at the end of a full meal of ...

Argile

Is there any Tokyo neighborhood more focused on dining than Ginza? Its nine compact blocks house the greatest concentration of high-end restaurants in the country — quite possibly the whole world. But when it comes to quality cuisine at somewhat more affordable prices, the ...

Bistro Marx

There are several good reasons why Bistro Marx is one of Tokyo's hottest new openings of the year: The excellent cooking and high quality ingredients; the spacious dining room and comforting absence of table cloths; plus the fact it's under the imprimatur of one ...

Kazami

Ohata’s noodles are every bit as refined as the setting — so elegant that he calls them “soba,” which is short for chūka soba (“Chinese noodles”), rather than mere ramen. Both his shio (salt) and shoyu soba are light and refreshing, perfectly suited to ...

Kagari

Even though Kagari is hidden away down a tiny unmarked alley in Ginza, the giveaway is the perpetual line of people outside.

Cafe de Rope Ginza

Tokyo's hippest new cafe is also one of its most obscure, even though it occupies some of the city's swankiest real estate. Cafe de Rope Ginza lies in a corner of a converted parking garage three floors under the venerable Sony Building. And it's ...

The Apollo

Taramosalata, dolma, souvlaki, moussaka: Even the briefest roll call of these classic dishes will trigger intense Pavlovian salivation in anyone who has ever visited Greece. For most people in Tokyo, though, these foods have been off the radar. The arrival of The Apollo looks ...

Kagari Echika fit Ginza

Thick, rich, creamy white soup, delicate noodles, elegant toppings of chicken breast and seasonal vegetables — Kagari serves some of the finest, most seductive ramen in the city. There's only one downside: the wait in line can sometimes take up to an hour. No time ...