Bubby's new store in Tokyo Station

The American cafe and restaurant Bubby’s is opening a new branch in the Yaesu underground shopping mall of Tokyo Station, known as Yaechika, on June 22.

The first Bubby’s opened in the Tribeca area of Manhattan in 1990, starting out as a pie shop then enlarging its menu to offer other traditional American fare. In 2003, Bubby’s opened a branch in Brooklyn and in June 2009, the first overseas restaurant opened in Yokohama. After the launch of an Akasaka branch this February, Bubby’s third branch in Japan will be in the underground shopping arcade directly connected to Tokyo Station, in the capital’s business district.

Opening as early as 7:30 a.m., the restaurant offers a variety of classic American dishes such as homemade pies, pancakes, eggs Benedict and hamburgers. The restaurant also offers takeout, so people can drop in for breakfast or lunch, or make a brief visit to pick something up before heading to the office.

Bubby’s, Yaechika is in Yaechika, directly connected to Tokyo Station on the Yaesu side. Open from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (last orders 10 p.m.) on weekdays, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (L.O. 9 p.m.) on weekends and holidays. For more information, call (03) 6225-2016.

Izakaya-style dining at the Westin

The Westin Tokyo in Yebisu Garden Place has started a special casual dinner plan called Izakaya Style at its Japanese restaurant Mai to encourage more customers to enjoy its offerings.

The plan offers the restaurant’s high-quality, authentic Japanese cuisine in a casual style at reasonable prices, as if in an izakaya drinking establishment. Dishes include sashimi, beef croquettes, kakuni braised pork and soba, and prices start from ¥320. For large groups, the dishes will be served on plates suitable for sharing.

Also, an all-you-can-drink plan is available at ¥2,500 for 90 minutes, and it offers various kinds of sake, beer, wine and other spirits.

The restaurant has a relaxing and casual atmosphere, with upbeat music to help patrons forget about the workday.

The prices include tax and a service charge. The regular dinner menu is also available.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place, a 7-minute walk from Ebisu Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 5423-7865 or visit

Hotel New Grand special suite plan

In celebration of the 85th anniversary of its opening, the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama is offering a special accommodation plan called Classical and Modern Stay throughout this year.

The hotel was established in 1927 and has welcomed guests from all over the world, including many dignitaries and celebrities. The classical form of the original Hotel New Grand is in harmony with the sophisticated modern design of the Tower annex built in 1991 and connected to the main building.

The plan offers a stay of three days and two nights with two breakfasts, and guests will stay in a suite in each building, one per night. Also, as an option, guests can have dinner at the hotel’s restaurants, some with splendid views of Yokohama Bay.

The plan is available from Sunday to Thursday, except on holidays, at ¥42,500 per person for double occupancy, including tax and a service charge.

The Hotel New Grand in Yokohama is a 1-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line. For more information or reservations, call (045) 681-1841 or visit

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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