Heichinro is one of the oldest, most well known Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown. And with seven floors to choose from, it is also one of the largest. It is known as the granddaddy of Chinatown, and its popularity makes reservations a must. The first floor is famous for its immense variety of dim sum. As with all Chinatown's best dining spots, Heichinro's prices reflect the superb quality of both its food and its service. It has a great lunch menu, which is priced a bit more economically. Heichinro is situated about a block away from the Holiday Inn Yokohama, and is about a leisurely ten-minute walk from Ishikawacho Station.
A must for beer lovers, Bashamichi Taproom is one of several outlets for Baird Beer, a small brewery dedicated to making flavorsome beers using traditional malted barley, whole flower hops and soft Numazu water. The three-story Taproom has a long bar on the ground floor, a large room with bar and table seating on the second floor and a rooftop beer garden. The range of beers on tap include brown ale, pale ale, IPAs, a lager, a stout, and amber ale, as well as seasonal choices and a guest ale. The food menu offers authentic American style BBQ with beef, pork and chicken. There is also pizza, salad, macaroni cheese and Texas chili. A big-screen TV and regular music events help to create an inviting atmosphere. -AH
Located in the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, the landmark on the Yokohama waterfront was originally built in 1911, and today it provides you fine live jazz music with French cuisine. You can enjoy all types of jazz from local artists or world-class big names at one of the most romantic places in Yokohama. Tickets are available on the Internet.
Downbeat has been serving drinks to jazz lovers for more than 40 years, and it is still as popular as ever. The owner's record collection, which totals over 3,000 LPs, provides most of the music, but once a month there is a live session. The lounge-style seats and low tables provide a very relaxed atmosphere to enjoy your drinks--and the music. Make sure you eat before you drop into Downbeat; the place serves only very light snacks, such as mixed nuts and cheese. There is, however, a very comprehensive drink menu. Bourbon is the most popular drink here and this is closely followed by gin and lime, an unusual choice, but a favorite among the regular clients.
Tanakaya serves authentic age old traditional Japanese food. The 6th generation to of owners of Tanakaya now handles its operations; they sure take their customers seriously. Every customer is greeted with a musical instrument being played, after which, the history of Yokohama is presented with photographs. The food served is fresh at all times and carefully chosen for the patrons. Alcohol is served here at no extra cost and is included in the meal cost. Tanakaya believes in quality of food and serves customers better than ones expectations. A highly recommended restaurant for an authentic Japanese experience.
A US chain, this Mexican restaurant has a full range of south-of-the border favorites. Located on top of the Sky Building, Yokohama residents often stop here on their way to and from Narita, as the YCAT (Yokohama City Air Terminal) is on the first floor. Appetizers include Chorizo, Guacamole and a Baja Combo (quesadilla, chicken fingers and enchiladas). The sizzling fajitas are favored by the Japanese men. Have you had a lobster fajita? Mexican flan, caramelized pudding, is a popular dessert. There is a full drink menu, and a separate bar area. One entire wall is windows, and on a clear day you can see the towering skyscrapers of Shinjuku in Tokyo. The staff is friendly and the clientèle is eclectic. Sombreros, folk art pottery and cactus are the main decorating themes.
Taimeiken is famous for its Tampopo omurice - chicken fried rice with an omelet on top. The dish was invented for Juzo Itami's famous movie, 'Tampopo' and has remained a favorite ever since. Tameiken serves very tasty Western-style Japanese food - all the favorites are available here, from ramen, to Japanese curry and, every Westerner's favorite, hamburgers. Credit cards are accepted, but only on the second floor.
Renga-tei is unique in that it has managed to thrive in Tokyo since 1895. One urban legend has it that Renga-tei invented tonkatsu but even if that isn't true, they were definitely the pioneers of rice on the plate with the meat, instead of a bowl, and they also were the first to garnish their tonkatsu with the now ubiquitous shredded cabbage. Aside from their perfectly cooked tonkatsu, Renga-tei serves battered deep fried oysters in the winter, a long-time popular dish. Eat here for a golden sample of Tokyo's illustrious culinary past.
The Michelin Stars awarded restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro is headed by celebrated Sushi master Jiro Ono. Gourmands from all over the world brave the long reservation waiting lists, just to experience the art of Sushi as practised by the legendary chef. Jiro Ono often himself engages in a live performance of the craft, with awe-struck patrons taking in the finesse with which he creates the sushi. 20 pieces of exquisitely crafted sushi are prepared and served to each patron.The restaurant, whose patrons include presidents of nations, tourists and well as locals, is an international culinary hotspot.
The Auguste Mariage et Compagnie Tea Company, established in the seventeenth century, was a high-end tea supplier for the Parisian upper-class. The company has retained its impeccable name and reputation and the city of Tokyo positively drinks it up; Mariage Freres has four teahouses in the city alone. Go to the elegant Ginza branch and try one of their hundreds of types of tea - if you're feeling the call of your sweet tooth, try one of their delectable desserts in the upstairs tearoom.
Just behind Ginza's famed Kabuki-za Theater, you'll find this delightful little teahouse. Its founder, Yoshioki Katayama, wished for Narukami to perpetuate the pure spirit of tea drinking and the teahouse upholds this principle. Katayama serves up eighteen kinds of green tea along with local delicacies including ponzu, where gyokuro tea leaves are mixed with soy sauce, radish and lemon. It's extremely popular with locals and theater-goers and is a more-than-worthy Tokyo experience.