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.
Noge Oden was established here in 1913. Oden is really the name of a slow-simmering stew of roots, vegetables with fish and sausages and tofu served with yellow mustard sauce. There are over 20 varieties of Oden and you can order from the menu or just look into your neighbors table and order. Everything is huge here including the servings, which people find it easy to share.
This café is situated in a small building at the rear of what used to be the British embassy. Nowadays, the building is part of the Yokohama Archives of History, and the café makes a good stop after a visit. They serve coffee, tea and cold drinks as well as various sandwiches, quiche lorraine, croque monsieur, salad and a few desserts and cakes. There are tables and chairs with umbrellas outside and an effort has been made to keep the area green with plants and flowers in pots. Inside, the floor is tiled and there are tables for two and four. A picture window looks out on Kaido Hiroba, where the monument stands to commemorate the conclusion of Japan-America Treaty of Amity and Friendship. -AH
Le Temps Perdu is Belgian-style bar in Yokohama's "blue-collar paradise," the Noge district. Le Temps Perdu has "a hole in the wall" look to it, but appearances can be deceiving. Don't be fooled, Belgian Bar Le Temps Perdu is a happening place that offers Flemish beer, some snack food, and live jazz.