Chef Masayo Funakoshi cooks beautiful contemporary cuisine, precisely and with a light, inventive touch. As a trained artist (she majored in sculpture), it's hardly surprising that everything looks great on the plate.

All the patties are prepared in-house from 100 percent wagyu (Japanese black Angus cows -- hence the name, an abbreviation of "black cow"). The buns are from the celebrated Maison Keyser bakery. And there's a tasty range of fillings, from spicy jalapeno to Italian-style ...

If you find yourself in the Korakuen neighborhood, it is certainly worth making the detour to find this diner, with its classic American-style ambience and roadhouse fare.

The bright yellow sign calls down over the busy, narrow sidewalk like a grandmama from the old country exhorting her brood to come to table. "EAT EAT," it shouts. Do as you're told: Go in and sit down. We did. And we ate. We ...

Portions are ample, closer to what you'd expect in the Big Apple than we're used to here in Tokyo. Order the meat loaf, for example, and you get two very hefty slices of melt-in-the-mouth meat moistened with a savory mushroom gravy, and salad and ...

If you're into assigning genres, then call it a high-tech teppanyaki grill -- albeit one that's been sprinkled with a liberal dose of magic dust. Dining there takes you to an entirely different, parallel universe from the standard teppan fare popularized by the likes ...

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