Craft Beer Market Koenji

Sometimes you just want to hunker down somewhere simple. You're not looking for anything cutting-edge or fancy, just a place where the welcome is warm and the food is good, plentiful and satisfying — and ditto the beer. If you're anywhere near the Koenji ...

Coffee Amp

For coffee lovers in Tokyo, the past five years have felt like a never-ending bonanza. Where once you might have trekked halfway across town to get a decent brew, now nearly every neighborhood seems to have its own micro-roaster or fancy coffee stand. Yet ...

Rituel par Christophe Vasseur Jiyugoaka

What you'll find at artisan baker Chrisophe Vasseur’s first French pastry cafe in Japan: buttery, crumbly croissants that virtually disintegrate as you start aiming for your mouth; giant whirls filled with pistachio paste and chocolate chips, egg tartlets and pastries with fresh mango ... ...

Ryuan

We were in the mood for eating Japanese -- nothing too fancy, but somewhere modern, with a sense of style, to match the elevated state engendered by strolling under the Meguro-gawa blossoms. We couldn't get into our favorite watering holes alongside the river. So ...

Bespoque

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that, generally speaking, English meals are bad." So begins Nozomu Hayashi's best-selling 1991 treatise on British food, "Igirisu wa Oishi" ("England is Delicious"). As comments go, this one is relatively mild. After all, it has long been fashionable in ...

Ramen Burger

Ramen Burger has come to Tokyo. Its eponymous creation has been one of the hottest new foods in the U.S. in the past couple of years, but here in Japan the arrival has been muted to the extreme, with minimal publicity and a location ...

Ivan Ramen Plus

There are those who love ramen, and those who are obsessive. Count us firmly in the first category. We won't cross town, wait in line for hours or pore over websites just to slurp at some particularly popular noodle shop. But if we hear ...

Frozen yogurt is taking off in Tokyo as a healthy alternative to ice cream in an effort to beat the heat. Made from milk instead of cream, frozen yogurt packs far less fat and more nutrients. Woodberry's uses freshly homemade fermented yogurt and fruits straigh ...

Baby King Kitchen

Blink and you might miss it, but tucked away on a side street, off the old-school shōtengai (shopping street) in Tokyo's Koenji neighborhood, is Baby King Kitchen, an establishment where even adults eat off the kid's menu. Not entirely sure what to expect on our ...

Koenji Bakushu Kobo

Growing up, I'd always thought that drinking before dusk was considered something of a no-no. When my friend suggested on a recent Sunday that we stop by Koenji Bakushu Kobo to try some jikasei (homemade) beer at 3 p.m., I pushed it to the ...