Shinjuku is considered as a center of dining, shopping and entertainment in Tokyo. It is also home to the busiest railway station in the world. You can even say it is a hub that connects you to everything that you’ll ever need in the city.
Shinjuku is home to many restaurants that have their own specialty dish, and you’ll have a hard time deciding on which place to settle on. In fact, those who love to eat even take their time to visit each restaurant in Shinjuku and recommend those that satisfied their culinary palate.
Of course, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy good food. As long as you enjoy the taste, then that is all that matters. Going to Shinjuku to have dinner with your family, friends or lover will always be a delicious and memorable experience.
Here are the 10 best places to have dinner in Shinjuku.
1. Yakiniku Onuki (焼肉 大貫)
Enjoy yakiniku at its finest at Yakiniku Onuki. Their serving of meat and innards are quite satisfactory. They also have grilled beef tongue for those who want to taste something different at a yakiniku restaurant. The crispy yet juicy taste of the grilled beef tongue is something that you must taste at least once. The number of tables in Yakiniku Onuki is limited so making reservations is necessary.
Address: 2-18-1 Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
2. Darumaya (だるまや)
Darumaya is specialized in Genghis Khan, mutton barbecue, which is Sapporo’s local food. It is one of the few restaurants in Japan where you can eat “raw lamb”. Yes, they serve raw lamb, and it is actually popular with their customers. Of course, if you don’t prefer to eat them raw, you can order their highly acclaimed lamb steak. Make sure to add the Korean salad as well for a more satisfying meal!
Address: 1-15-7 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
3. Menya Kaijin (麺や 海神)
Menya Kaijin is a great place to enjoy delicious seafood broth ramen at Shinjuku. Their ramen broth has a light and unique taste that is guaranteed to whet your appetite. They serve ramen with a rice ball for ¥950 and ¥800 if you just prefer to eat the ramen. However, for the regular customers, they always add the riceball whenever they order their ramen. After the noodles are gone, they just drop the rice ball on their ramen soup and finish the bowl until nothing is left.
Address: 2F Sanraku Bld 3-35-7 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Website: http://www.kaijin-ramen.com/ (Japanese Only)
4. Tenhide (天秀)
Tenhide is a highly reputable tempura restaurant in Shinjuku. They get their seafood at the Tsukiji Fish Market so you can be assured of its freshness and quality. Be amazed as you watch your tempura cooked right before your eyes and enjoy the taste of deep-fried perfection. Without a doubt, Tenhide is one of the highly recommended places to have dinner in Shinjuku.
Address: 7-12-21, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
5. Wakatsuki (若月)
Wakatsuki has been around since 1948 and is well known for their ramen, yakisoba, and pan-fried gyoza. This restaurant is located at Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (A.K.A Memory Lane) and is often crowded with people. However, you don’t have to worry because your wait will be worth it, You can’t help but smile after you tasted their affordable and delicious food and this small restaurant will definitely become one of your favorite dining places in Shinjuku.
Address: 1-2-7 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
6. Dancing Crab
If you went to the Dancing Crab restaurant to watch crabs dance, then you went to the wrong place. If you went there to feast on crabs and other seafood delicacies, then you won’t be disappointed. The theme of this restaurant is to enjoy everything with your hands. So dig in and enjoy the finger licking goodness that can only be found at the Dancing Crab Restaurant.
Address: Shinjuku Nowa Bldg 2F, 3-37-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
7. Ichirin (いちりん)
The specialty of Ichirin is sea urchin shabu-shabu. Just a 3-minute walk from the Shinjuku Sanchome Station, this restaurant is an ideal place for those who love to eat seasonal seafood and vegetables at affordable prices. They also have a wide selection of Japanese sake that is gathered from all over Japan, so gather your friends and acquaintances for a memorable dining experience.
Address: 5-12-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
8. Shabujo (しゃぶ叙 )
Shabujo is a fancy shabu-shabu restaurant that is found in Shinjuku. You can choose from a wide selection of meat including pork, beef, and seafood. They have both a la carte and set menu courses so feel free to try as many as you can. One thing is for sure; you’re bound to leave Shabujo with a full tummy and a satisfied smile on your face.
Address: 2-22-5 Kabukicho Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://shabujo.com/ (Japanese Only)
9. Moyan Curry Dining (もうやんカリー大忍具)
Moyan Curry Dining will definitely appease your curry craving! Choose your favorite curry flavor and have your fill on their “unlimited side dishes” as much as you want (potato and pickles). Staff service is impeccable, and they also have an English menu, so ordering will be much easier for those who don’t know any Japanese.
Address: 8 Chome-19-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.moyan.jp/ (Japanese Only)
10. Misoya Yaro Shoten (味噌屋八郎商店)
MIsoya Yaro Shoten is all about miso ramen. Their miso ramen has a very rich taste, and the serving along with a few side dishes is enough to make you feel full. They also have curry miso ramen which is also popular with their customers. A highly recommended shop for those who want to experience authentic and delicious miso ramen.
Address: Plaza Nishi-Shinjuku 102, 7 Chome-5-5 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
All information in this article is as of May 2017
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