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
Like its sister pubs in Tokyo, The Tavern pub serves good, traditional pub food and a variety of English and Irish draft or bottled ales and beers to help it down. It has a cozy, British atmosphere, even when it is crowded. There is an extensive menu of British delights to choose from. Fish & chips, probably the best in town. Add a portion of mushy peas to it. Then choose the Shepherd's pie or the Cornish pasty if you prefer.The traditional Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding is another dish that you could order. Beers from England, Ireland and Even Australia you could find here. If you are interested in sports you could watch them at the bar while you relax with your drink.
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.
Pompompurin Cafe is a theme restaurant, with a quirky interior palette of its own. Based on Pompompurin (the famed Sanrio character), every dish on their menu includes either a cutlery or an edible piece of the cartoon. The cafe gets together in one plate, many cuisines of the world, and so there's pasta, noodles, rice, beef puddings, tacos and eggs, and all of them look so adorable! There are also sweets that look amazing with all the colours and shapes. The ambience is cheerful, thanks to the theme, and the service is nice. Pompompurin Cafe can be visited for some out-of-the-box binging.
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.
A Japanese kaiseki restaurant, Tenkichi serves a variety of beautifully prepared dishes in a casual Japanese-style atmosphere. This is a great place to enjoy fine Japanese food, without the stiff ceremonial atmosphere, or high prices. This place may serve kaiseki, but the atmosphere is casual, very much like an informal izakaya. Table and counter seats are available.
One of the few Turkish restaurants in town, Ali Baba is a godsend opportunity for those among us who crave the delicate flavors of Anatolia. Ali Baba is not just about kebabs, good as they are here, but it presents the whole range of Turkish cuisine.
Sisiliya is a restaurant in Yokohama that serves authentic Italian Pizza. The restaurant serves some of the best brick oven fried pizzas and other Italian delicacies as well. It has great service and an amazing ambiance and the place is ideal to go with friends, families and colleagues. Reservations are a must, as this place gets packed after sunset.
Vincent, which is located on the second floor of the Hotel Yokohama Garden, just next to Yokohama Stadium, is very popular with young ladies. This probably more to do with the fact that it offers a special Ladies Selection menu rather than its proximity to the stadium.
If you do not feeling like counting calories and are more in the mood for the words "battered" and "fried," then Kushinobou will make sure you are sated. This intimate counter restaurant has a system that is sure to fill you up. This is a very small establishment, so it is a good idea to come early. There is only counter seating.
Sparta is the oldest Greek restaurant in Japan! In the 1950's, Greek sailor Eriyasu Sukazofu landed on Japanese shores, and has since been turning out sugoi oishi (very yummy), authentic Greek food with ingredients sent over from his homeland. If you want a souvlaki, some moussaka, paidakia, spanikopita or a greek salad with real feta cheese... this is the place for you! With course menus starting at JPY2500, extremely reasonable for any restaurant in the Land of the Rising Sun, as well as many a la carte choices and libations to boot, you might get the itch to break a plate in celebration at the end of the meal. Don't, but do drop by and enjoy some super Greek hospitality the Spartan way! -Stephen Lebovits