Browsing articles in "Restaurants & Bars"
Jul 13, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Mado Lounge

By Steve Trautlein

Perched 52 floors above Roppongi, Mado Lounge is Tokyo’s highest-altitude dining room. It also shares space with the city’s most talked-about museum, and it’s well-known among club kids thanks to frequent late-night dance parties. With all that Mado Lounge has going for it, the kitchen could still attract a following even if the food was mediocre.

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Jun 28, 2012
Francesco Agresti

The Full Monty

By Jeff W. Richards

Now just three minutes from Hinodecho station, The Full Monty is back after a hiatus as Kannai’s Three Lions pub, reverting to its original name from its Higashi Kanagawa days. Smaller and cozier, the new venue offers the convivial atmosphere every neighborhood pub should have. It’s still smoke-free, and their made-from-scratch English pub menu is still intact—along with their proper Imperial pint serving taps.

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Jun 15, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Mucho Mexicano

By Kevin Mcgue

In the center of Cabo San Lucas, a resort town at the very tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, there’s a three-story monument to hedonism called El Squid Roe. At this combination bar, restaurant and dance hall, bartenders arm themselves with spray tanks of tequila and drunk American tourists dance on the tables.

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Jun 1, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Jip Wine Bar & Wine Shop

By Jeff W. Richards

Propped up at the timber counter—a tasting flight of red wine in front of him channeling crimson hues of strawberries and garnets—the completely lost Belgian tourist seemed rather content. “I was trying to find a jazz bar and ended up here,” he explained. “Who’d have thought the Japanese could make decent wine?”

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May 11, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Wakanui

By Jeff W. Richards

You may associate slab o’ meat cookin’ with Texas-style BBQ, but Wakanui Grill Dining in Higashi Azabu is out to change your mind. Specializing in meat-on-the grill dining with all ingredients sourced from New Zealand, Wakanui opened in April of last year and is gaining a foothold in the upscale—and decidedly non-veggie—Tokyo foodie circles.

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Apr 13, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Phonic Hoop

Phonic Hoop

 

By David Labi

For a crystallization of post-hippy bourgeois-bohemian cool, swan through the plant-flanked door of this street-level bar located a few minutes eastward from Golden Gai. Elevated prices stem perhaps from its astounding location on Yasukuni Dori, in a zone of mostly upper-floor cubbyholes accessible via a beat-up elevator. A cover charge of ¥500, plus an additional 10% service charge after 10pm might stop this being a regular hangout. Still, excellent cocktails and food make Phonic Hoop a prime date spot or somewhere to impress, and a decent nomihodai deal (2 hours/¥2,300, cover charge included) makes it worthwhile for groups of four or more.

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Mar 9, 2012
Francesco Agresti

White Smoke

Ken Blog

 

By Jeff W. Richards

The grilled meat renaissance in Tokyo is being led by Craig White. With grills like Yokohama’s Baird’s Bashamichi Taproom, the Wakanui in Higashi Azabu and constant openings of premium burger joints, meat lovers have reason to celebrate—and White Smoke may just be the altar to which we niku-tarians pray.

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